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Executive Committee Will Hold Town Hall Meeting

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May 16, 2006

A Town Hall meeting on implementation of a new Financial Management System (Project Café) will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 1 in the McCormick Tribune Auditorium at the James L. Allen Center.

The Enterprise Systems Executive Committee (ESEC) has scheduled the meeting as part of an ongoing communication effort.

“The Town Hall meeting is intended to inform the Northwestern University community of the progress made on this project, as well as to provide an opportunity for members of the community to address questions and concerns with ESEC and the project management,” according to Mort Rahimi, ESEC chair. “We hope that faculty and staff will take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the impacts and outcomes of this very important effort, and we look forward to hearing from them”.

Other members of the committee are Lawrence B. Dumas, provost; C. Bradley Moore, vice president for research; and Eugene S. Sunshine, senior vice president for business and finance.

Project Café kicked off in February 2005 and has involved hundreds of participants from the Evanston and Chicago campuses in defining the functionality the University requires of a new Financial Management System.

The Project Café team is working to implement the Financial Management component of the Oracle/PeopleSoft product line. This system will replace the current CUFS system and provide the University with a solution that will provide users more flexibility and features and that will more directly interface with the University's existing Human Resource and Student Information management systems.

Sunshine encourages community participation in the meeting and adds, “We look forward to receiving feedback from our colleagues at the Town Hall meeting and hope to be able to further inform them of the details of the CUFS replacement effort.”

For further information on this event, contact Kathleen Crawford, Office of Change Management Director-IT Initiatives, at ke-crawford@northwestern.edu.