Robert Morris University Illinois Teams Up with Coprodeli In Marketing Project

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RMU's ICenter provides hands-on experience for students and valuable business assistance for non-profits and local companies each quarter throughout the year. New projects will get underway with the winter quarter, beginning December 7.

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The virtual reality event not only enhanced the learning experience, but we all came to know and appreciate what a great cause can be found in the efforts of Coprodeli.

Students at Robert Morris University Illinois have the opportunity to gain experience through internships and projects that promote experiential learning and the application of concepts learned in the classroom. When the University established the ICenter, a hub for students to work on business projects for real clients in the Chicago area, several local businesses and organizations looked to RMU for assistance.

The result has been a win-win situation for businesses and students. The companies present their business needs or dilemmas and students create responses and solutions – all at no cost to the companies. Each quarter, more organizations use the ICenter to work with students, and the next quarter at RMU begins December 7, 2015

Many non-profit organizations have found working through the ICenter to be a viable answer to building up or promoting their efforts. One such organization is called Coprodeli, a non-profit with offices in Chicago, which works to develop services and programs for the underprivileged in Peru.

This past summer, Coprodeli initiated an ICenter project with RMU students to remedy and enhance the function of their database. They also needed assistance in marketing a virtual reality event they had in September with Chicago’s TOMS shoe store in Wicker Park.

RMU computer studies students took on the database project and completed it by the end of the summer. Then, art and design students helped create brochures and invitations for the TOMS shoe store event.

Deanna Ho, RMU’s dean of External Experiences, who oversees the ICenter, and Betty O’Leary, director of Corporate Relations, were both involved in working with Coprodeli. Both students and staff from Coprodeli were excited with the results, and many participated in the virtual reality event at TOMS. “This night was very special for all involved,” commented Deanna Ho. “It demonstrated all of the work the students have put in over the last couple quarters to all who attended. It not only enhanced their learning experience, but we all came to know and appreciate what a great cause can be found in the efforts of Coprodeli.”

“Coprodeli was very appreciative and has acknowledged Robert Morris on their website,” added Betty O’Leary. “They included very kind words about all of our students.”

Information on exploring an ICenter project or for establishing a corporate partnership at RMU, can be found on the ICenter page on the University’s website:

Robert Morris University Illinois is a not-for-profit, baccalaureate and graduate degree granting institution, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.* The University serves over 4500 students interested in getting an education in business, graphic arts, nursing and health care, culinary and computer studies at its main campus in Chicago, as well as at locations in Arlington Heights, DuPage, Elgin, Orland Park, Bensenville, Springfield, Peoria, Schaumburg and Lake County. In all communications, please refer to the university by its full name, Robert Morris University Illinois. For more information, call 800-RMC-5960 or visit the web site at

*Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60602, 312-263-0456.

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