Fall 2017 Projects

Fall 2017 Projects

Naperville Area Humane Society

Naperville Area Humane Society (NAHS) is a non-profit, limited admission animal shelter accepting cats and dogs. Our shelter can house as many as eighteen dogs and forty cats.

Mission Statement
To promote the humane treatment of companion animals and create lasting human-animal bonds.

Vision Statement
To engage people to compassionately and responsibly create a more humane world.

Our Values
To deliver services to our community that reflect our integrity, respect, compassion and joy for all people and animals.

Our Strategies
In order to achieve our vision we will strive to achieve these strategic objectives:

  • To improve the quality of life for animals through relationships with people
  • To improve the quality of life for people through relationships with animals

NAHS has proposed the following ELC project for Fall, 2017.  The project has identified four goals.

  1. NAHS seeks to understand how it can increase its intake of animals and decrease their shelter stay. In doing so, NAHS seeks a better understanding regarding how it may educate the community about its services and gain market awareness.  The creation of a marketing plan may be ideal here.
  2. NAHS seeks to develop its “Foster Parent” program for temporary dog care. NAHS seeks guidance on how to create this type of program.
  3. Social media.  NAHS seeks a strategic understanding regarding how it should employ social media (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, and others).  The goal of this social media initiative is increase patron and supporter promotion, educate the community about NAHS, and build community awareness of the NAHS, with the intent of increasing animal intake and decreasing animal stays.  NAHS is also interested in strategic insights into “how to” operate social media in a manner that is easy to understand and inexpensive.
  4. NAHS seeks to understand best practices in fundraising, with a secondary focus in animal shelter fundraising.  Fundraising includes the development of strategic initiatives in events as well as promotional (print and digital) materials. An understanding of philanthropy trends among millennials would be insightful. 
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Social Media and Marketing Plan

Meeting Time:
M/W 12:30 P.M. - 1:45 A.M.

Faculty Coach:
Dr. Mark Rosenbaum

Parent Petroleum

Parent Petroleum specializes in the service and sales of petroleum products to retail, commercial, and industrial customers throughout Illinois and the Tri-State area. We are comprised of two division; fuels and lubricants. The fuels division is responsible for wholesale gasoline, diesel, and many others to gasoline stations, commercial accounts, and local municipalities. The lubricant division handles the sale and distribution of over 5,000 different oils and greases that meet the needs of car/truck repair, food and medical industrial plants, construction equipment, and any other industry that needs a lubricant product.

Parent Petroleum would like an ELC team to work on a systems enhancement project.


System Enhancement and Strategy

Meeting Time:
T/TH 2:00 P.M. - 3:15 P.M.

Dr. William Tallon

AMITA Health

This project is a partnership between the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning, the College of Business, the College of Health and Human Sciences, and AMITA Health.

AMITA Health is a faith based health system created by Adventist Midwest Health and Alexian Brothers Health System. AMITA Health is focused on delivering the most efficient, highest-quality, faith-based care possible. It is a new health system that integrates its founding organizations' nine hospitals and an extensive physician provider network of more than 3,000 physicians.

AMITA’s Health Innovation team believes that “Aging Well” is one of the most important issues of our time, and is looking for the next generation of problem solvers to meet the many challenges facing the rapidly growing aging population. Developing strategies for supporting the elderly population also has the potential to “empower young people to make better health decisions earlier, design solutions from the senior perspective, and empower caretakers with meaningful on-demand data insights” (www.amitadesignchallenge.com). The current project is an outgrowth of AMITA's Health Design Challenge, “Explore Aging Well,” which took place in October 2016.

AMITA has requested assistance from a team of students from Northern Illinois University to collaborate on the development of recommendations for moving the 2016 pilot forward.  The initial AMITAmate pilot examined the possibility of providing housing for college students and necessary support to older adults through a housing partnership program. 

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply as this is an opportunity to develop expertise in a variety of areas including but not limited to business, graphic design, health promotion, gerontology, and program development.

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Implementation Recommendations for a College Student/Older Adult Housing Partnership Program

Meeting Time:
T/TH 12:30 P.M. – 1:45 P.M.

Faculty Coach:
Dr. Jamie Mayer (HHS) and Dr. Shail Godambe (COB)


Medline Industries

Medline is the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies in the United States, providing more than 350,000 products that serve the entire continuum of care. Our innovative products and programs can be found in most hospitals, extended-care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices, home care dealers, home health agencies and retail outlets. Please see the Medline website for additional information.

Founded in 1910, Medline has grown from a small manufacturer of aprons, surgical gowns and uniforms to a thriving $8.1 billion global enterprise because of our dedicated people, entrepreneurial spirit and honest values.

Medline would like an ELC team to conduct a project regarding its industry’s Competitive Intelligence and Benchmarking.

Medline Industries

Competitive Intelligence/Benchmarking

Meeting Time:
T/TH 11:00 A.M. – 12:15 A.M.

Faculty Coach:
Dr. James Johnson