Task Forces

After the intent to integrate was announced in October, over 35 task forces were created. Task forces consisted of current faculty, staff and students from both universities and were charged with, but not limited to, working on tactical items that required discussion, dialogue, strategy and ideas that would be impacted by the integration.

Chair: Jamar Orr, Assistant Provost for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Roosevelt University
jorr05@roosevelt.edu

Integration of student affairs efforts, student organizations, and the live-on housing requirement.

The following Student Affairs recommendations have been approved by Roosevelt University and Robert Morris University Illinois leadership: 

Student Housing

  • The two-year live-on housing requirement will remain in place. Once the integration is finalized, RMUI students will be able to apply through the RU portal.
  • Beginning fall 2020, all students in housing must have health insurance coverage, and the pricing model will be based on a per bed cost.
  • Beginning summer 2021, student-athletes will be charged a fee to move into the halls before the housing contract starts.

Student Conduct

  • All student conduct cases will be funneled through the current RU process.
  • Coaching staff will continue to be notified of issues that could lead to suspension or expulsion and the outcomes of conduct cases.

Student Organizations

  • All RMUI student organizations will become part of RU’s Center for Student Involvement.

Chair: Katrina Coakley, Associate Provost for Student Success, Roosevelt University
kcoakley01@roosevelt.edu

  • Registration and advising protocols to arrive at one system once the Banner database is set up.
  • Robert Morris student retention
  • Combining staff in the various areas of: Office of Student Progress, Career Services, Disabilities Services, Learning Commons.
  • Transfer of Robert Morris grants to Roosevelt; Opening the Roosevelt grants up to Robert Morris students.

Chair: John Jaramillo, Director of Athletics, Roosevelt University
jjaramillo01@roosevelt.edu

  • Athletic compliance and eligibility process, including training opportunities for all coaches and staff on their respective association’s rules to ensure compliance,
  • Process to certify student-athlete eligibility each term for the sport’s respective association.

Chair: John Jaramillo, Director of Athletics, Roosevelt University
jjaramillo01@roosevelt.edu

  • Current owned and leased athletic facility spaces; additional facility space or updates to existing facility space is required to meet expanded student-athlete rosters/reserve teams
  • Rebranding needs and estimated costs

Chair: Kelsey Kaiser, Head Athletic Trainer, Roosevelt University
kkaiser02@roosevelt.edu

Updated student-athlete handbook: expectations, processes, guidelines and association mandated rules and regulations

Chair: John Jaramillo, Director of Athletics, Roosevelt University
jjaramillo01@roosevelt.edu

  • Develop strategies and outline associated costs to execute successful varsity reserve athletic programs
  • Determine process for roster determination between varsity and varsity reserve programs

Chair | Core: Amanda Wornhoff, Assistant Provost for Core Curriculum and Assessment, Roosevelt University
awornhoff@roosevelt.edu

Chair| Majors: Tom Philion, Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Dean of the College of Education
tphilion@roosevelt.edu

  • Incorporation of Robert Morris programs into similar Roosevelt programs
  • Adoption of the Roosevelt CORE in Robert Morris programs
  • Structural organization for the colleges

Chair: Kyree Whitehead, Executive Director of Admission and Recruitment Strategy, Roosevelt University
kwhitehead03@roosevelt.edu

Recruitment strategies and admission process undergraduate prospective students will follow

Chair: Kyree Whitehead, Executive Director of Admission and Recruitment Strategy, Roosevelt University
kwhitehead03@roosevelt.edu

Recruitment strategies and admission process graduate/doctoral prospective students will follow

Chair: Michelle Stipp, Director of Financial Aid Services, Roosevelt University
mstipp01@roosevelt.edu

Importing current and prospective Robert Morris students into Banner Financial Aid for the Fall 2021 recruitment cycle

Chair: Michelle Stipp, Director of Financial Aid Services, Roosevelt University
mstipp01@roosevelt.edu

Financial aid services: in-person, on the phone and electronically, as part of an integrated office for the 2020-21 academic year.

Chair: Michelle Stipp, Director of Financial Aid Services, Roosevelt University
mstipp01@roosevelt.edu

Financial aid policy handbook: role the financial aid services office will play in student confirmation, process for the packing of financial aid for current and prospective students.

Chair: Michelle Stipp, Director of Financial Aid Services, Roosevelt University
mstipp01@roosevelt.edu

Financial aid verification process, including, technology needs

Chair: Denisha Smith, Assistant Director of Admission, Operations, Roosevelt University
dsmith53@roosevelt.edu

Importing current prospective RMUI students into Slate for the 2021 recruitment cycle

Chair: Katrina Coakley, Associate Provost for Student Success, Roosevelt University
kcoakley01@roosevelt.edu

  • Definitions of experiential and the various types in Robert Morris programs
  • Professional development

Co-Chair: Gail Gadberry, Associate VP of Budget and Planning, Roosevelt University
ggadberry@roosevelt.edu

Co-Chair: Patrick Alforque, University Controller, Roosevelt University, palforque@roosevelt.edu

Fiscal year close/alignment, financial statements, external audit, treasury/cash management, banking relationships, and credit card processing

Chair: Heather Williams, Director of Accounting and Payroll, Roosevelt University
hwilliams15@roosevelt.edu

Payroll system of record, integrating personnel to final structure, ensuring seamless payroll activity and data capture

Chair: Tangella Maddox, Associate Vice President of Finance, Roosevelt University
tmaddox@roosevelt.edu

Requisition process, purchase order process, structure, vendor universe, policy integration, long term contracts, PO/Req dollar limits by user type

Chair: Maggie Turner, Bursar, Roosevelt University
mturner@roosevelt.edu

Student account data capture, system upload, program coding/implementation, past due/delinquent/collection activity.

Chair: Stuart Folse, Associate Professor, Music Composition; Chair, University Senate, Roosevelt University
sfolse@roosevelt.edu

  • Rights and obligations of Robert Morris faculty within Faculty Handbook
  • Budget and timeline for Robert Morris faculty to participate in Roosevelt research grants and professional development awards

Chair: Ryan Petty, Interim Dean and Associate Dean, Heller College of Business; Associate Professor, Human Resources Management, Roosevelt University
rpetty01@roosevelt.edu

  • Benefits
  • Working hours
  • Flexible schedules

Chair: Joseph Augustin, Director of Human Resources Technology, Roosevelt University
jaugustin01@roosevelt.edu

Importing incoming Robert Morris employees into Banner.

Chair: Joe Regan, Associate Vice President of Institutional Research and Accreditation, Roosevelt University
jregan@roosevelt.edu

  • ILEA database
  • Student profile database
  • Instructional course/credit database
  • Enrollment projections database
  • IPEDs databases for reporting:
  • Grade database
  • Degrees conferred database
  • Student persistence database
  • Data analytics reports

Chair: Estevan Montano, Director of Libraries, Roosevelt University
emontano02@roosevelt.edu

  • Duplicate resources identified and eliminated and what ones will be moved to Schaumburg
  • Square footage needs based on the assumption we will keep most books in closed racks.

Chair: Jared Fritz-McCarty, Director of Strategic Communications, Roosevelt University
jmccarty@roosevelt.edu

Communications and engagement strategy to Robert Morris alumni, including event planning and stewardship.

The following Alumni & Giving recommendations have been approved by Roosevelt University and Robert Morris Illinois University leadership:

  • Actively engage alumni through a comprehensive series of social, networking, volunteer and learning-based events. Regularly communicate news, success stories and opportunities with alumni.
  • Promote stewardship and engagement among existing donors while developing opportunities for increased giving and donor recognition. Intentionally provide University updates to donors, focusing on personalized communications.
  • Develop a comprehensive fundraising strategy to segment initiatives by affiliation and preference while advancing University goals.

Chair: Mike Kaluzny, Assistant Vice President of Marketing Communications, Roosevelt University
mkaluzny@roosevelt.edu

  • Integration of Enrollment Communications, Alumni Communications, Internal Communications
  • Developing communications plan for the period after public announcement but before HLC approval
  • Developing communications plan for period after HLC approval

The following Marketing & Communications: General recommendations have been approved by Roosevelt University and Robert Morris Illinois University leadership: 

  • Deploy timely, consistent and ongoing communications to RMUI and RU current/continuing students, applicants and admits.
  • Continue communications to high school and community college counselors and include parents and families.
  • To complete the Fall 2020 recruitment cycle, continue parallel admission communication plans and social media channels for RMUI and RU.

Chair: Erica Poremba, Executive Director of Community College Academic Partnerships, Roosevelt University
eporemba02@roosevelt.edu

Incorporating Robert Morris programs into Roosevelt CC relations, online programs, Harper and other CC University centers

Chair: Elizabeth Thomas, Assistant Vice President of Technology Administration and Project Management, Roosevelt University
ethomas@roosevelt.edu

  • Technology related policies and recommend a combined set of policies.
  • Technology acquisition to disposal, and recommend combined processes
  • Software for integrated operations

Chair: Eric Vuillemot, Assistant Vice President of Enterprise Applications, Roosevelt University
evuillemot@roosevelt.edu

Enterprise apps used at Robert Morris and develop roadmaps to integrate the data between like systems

Chair: Elizabeth Thomas, Assistant Vice President of Technology Administration and Project Management, Roosevelt University
ethomas@roosevelt.edu

Technology infrastructure inventory of Robert Morris and Roosevelt; Needs to accommodate 2000 users at Schaumburg

Chair: Wamiq Ansari, Assistant Vice President of Technology Support, Roosevelt University
wansari@roosevelt.edu
  • Productivity software inventory, software licenses
  • Classrooms and conference rooms, especially at Schaumburg, to determine what’s needed to be ready for all classes to be in use at the same time.

Chair: Aaron Rester, Assistant Vice President of Web Department, Roosevelt University
arester@roosevelt.edu

  • Identify existing RMUI content that will need to be transitioned to RU website
  • Evaluate and establish content governance processes for integrated institution
  • Ensure compliance with accessibility regulations
  • Successfully transition integrated institution to Drupal content management system

Chair: Amanda DePalma, Director of Brand Marketing, Roosevelt University
adepalma@roosevelt.edu

  • Identification and understanding of key traditions at both RU and RMUI.
  • Fostering integration of respective cultures.

The following Traditions, Values and Culture recommendations have been approved by Roosevelt University and Robert Morris Illinois University leadership: 

  • Host at least one faculty, one staff, and one student meet and greet.
  • Play up the larger role of sports with a yearly pep rally, including transportation, a guest speaker, activities, food and giveaways.
  • Expand the senior showcase to various disciplines and have all showcases on the same day in various areas of the University.

Co-chair: Michael Ford, Chief of Staff to the President, Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Roosevelt University
mford@roosevelt.edu

Co-chair: Nino Randazzo, Institutional Director of Facilities, Robert Morris University Illinois
nrandazzo@robertmorris.edu

This task force is responsible for preparing recommendations to deliver to its EC/DC Liaison(s) by December 1, 2019 on the following topics: A plan for determining physical space allocations, renovations, program locations and class scheduling. This task force is not to focus on the college in which each program will reside (this is for the Curriculum Task Force).