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2014 Risky Business Week

Message from the Office of Enterprise Risk Management and Risk Management Association


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2014 Risky Business Week

Risky Business Week Webinars Delaware State University will be hosting the Risky Business Week Webinars in the Martin Luther King Student Center, Parlor C.  Please see the Risky Business Week calendar for scheduled times. Monday, 11/3: Roles and Responsibilities of Safety Representatives  Tuesday, 11/4: No Events Scheduled Wednesday, 11/5: Cyber Security  Thursday, 11/6: SaVE Act and Campus Sexual Assault Friday, 11/7: Understanding Appropriate Workplace Behavior Message from the Office of Enterprise Risk Management and Risk Management Association The University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA) and Delaware State University are proud to announce the launch of a week dedicated to the value of risk management in higher education. Taking place on November 3-7 2014, Risky Business: A Week Focusing on Risk Management’s Contributions to Higher Education aims to build awareness of how risk management can provide innovative and effective solutions to the challenges facing institutions of higher education in the pursuit of their academic, social, and economic goals. The week will also forge campus relationships to create a culture of risk management and better protect individuals served by institutions of higher education. A schedule of events has been created for you to take part in webinars and sessions highlighting the goals of risk management, as well as the latest risks facing higher education. The Alarming Truth The Office of Enterprise Risk Management attended the viewing session for The Alarming Truth at the University of Pennsylvania on September 26, 2014. This video is a collaborative effort between the Clery Center for Security On Campus, Campus Firewatch, University of Pennsylvania, Michael H. Minger Foundation, Rowan University, and the Philadelphia Fire Department. This short film focuses on fire safety at an off-campus residence, which is where 80% of college fire fatalities occur.   Click here to view the video: The Alarming Truth  Send us your comments by emailing:    

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Mark Your Calendar!!

November 3-7, 2014

Print the 2014 Risky Business Calendar here.

Click here for more information regarding URMIA’s Risky Business Week.


Contact the Office of Enterprise Risk Management


Associate Vice President/Chief Risk Officer

Michelle L. Shorter, MBA is the Associate Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of the Delaware State University (DSU) Office of Enterprise and Risk Management and Administration (ERM). In her post, Ms. Shorter has created a campus-wide risk program that will increase risk awareness amongst faculty, staff and students and produce data-driven results. As a risk partner to the DSU community, Ms. Shorter assists with managing risk in the following areas: strategic, operational, financial, compliance, safety, reputation, branding and external. She currently chairs the Enterprise Risk Management Council, University Safety Committee, and has recently developed a Minors on Campus Committee.  Since joining the team in March 2014, she has participated on the Early College High School project team, assisted with the continued development of reporting, and implemented a risk  management routine.  “Risk is a partnership. I’m excited to continue to build more partnerships across campus so we can collaborate on how to protect the University’s interests.” In the future, Ms. Shorter plans to launch an Enterprise Risk Management training, refresher compliance training, and introduce a risk management tool that can be used by the University community.  “This is an exciting time for Delaware State University.  We will be industry leaders with our focus on risk and I am honored to be a part of the vision.” Prior to her arrival at DSU, Ms. Shorter spent 15 years working in the financial industry. She brings to the institution experience in operations, lending, risk, fraud, and policy in both consumer and small business credit portfolios. She has Bachelor and Master’s degrees, both from Pennsylvania State University and is Six Sigma certified . Michelle has a well-regarded reputation as a Diversity and Inclusion leader and she also received a 2013 award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.   Enterprise Risk Management Organization

Enterprise Risk Management

Mission The mission of the Office of Enterprise Risk Management and Administration (ERM) is to serve as a University partner with faculty, staff, and students to manage risk in the following areas: strategic, operational, financial, compliance, safety, reputation, branding and external. It is the goal of ERM to assist Delaware State University with maintaining a formal and sustainable risk culture that is robust and thorough. 2014-15 ERM Key Priorities: Develop and communicate the risk culture across the Enterprise Support responsible, sustainable growth within the defined risk appetite Establish a formal, centralized process to capture and track new issues Finalize an action plan to remediate the Top 10 key risks/issues identified Enhance reporting capabilities in risk data and metrics Communicate, educate, and engage key stakeholders in the ERM process Through a University-wide effort to manage risk, Delaware State University can reduce the chance of losses, increase operational efficiency, and support the University’s strategic plan.     Delaware State University ERM Risk Framework The ERM Risk Framework provides a coordinated and strategic methodology for managing risk.    

Upcoming Events / Training

Minority Vendor Fair, October 14, 2014
Martin Luther King Student Center, Parlors B & C
Time: 9 am – 2 pm

Risky Business Week, November 3-7, 2014

Click here for the 2014 Risky Business calendar.




Michelle L. Shorter
Associate Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

Jasmine S. Burrus
Assistant to Associate Vice President  | 302.857.7826

Jessica Wilson
Director of Purchasing  | 302.857.6272

Monica Hall
Associate Director of Policy and Compliance  | 302.857.7080

Lucie Jeneske 
Purchasing Coordinator  | 302.857.7829

Robert Zipp
Purchasing Coordinator  | 302.857.6270

Doris Hicks
Purchasing Specialist III  | 302.857.6270

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