Gamma Iota Sigma Newsletter                           
January 2013 
In This Issue
GIS Webinar Series
In the News: Alpha Rho
Chapter News: Rho
Chapter News: Alpha Kappa
Alumni Spotlight: Kaitlin Graf
Alumni Update Form
New Deadlines Added
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January 31, 2013


February 22, 2013

February 28, 2013

March 1, 2013

March 4, 2013 

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Executive Committee
 Jeffery W. Lamb



Dr. Alan C. Williams

Executive Vice President


Alan E. Hoffmann

Immediate Past President


John D. Meder

Past President


Lance A. Lancour



Brian Bowerman



John Hammond

Vice President


Meg Allwein

Vice President


Josh Hart

Alumni Representative


Dr. RB Drennan

Faculty Representative


Christopher Place

Industry Representative


James Heuker

Student Representative


Noelle Codispoti 

Executive Director


Dear Students,
Happy New Year! We hope you returned to school from the holiday break energized for the semester ahead. Be sure to check out all of the upcoming events and scholarship deadlines to keep your academic and professional careers on track. As always, please continue to send us updates on the exciting work your chapter is doing.
Fraternally yours,

Noelle Codispoti, ARM
Executive Director, Gamma Iota Sigma
GIS Webinar Series
Next scheduled for January 17, 2013

Join us at 2:30pm EST on January 17 for the next installment in the 2012-13 Webinar Series. Representatives from CRC Insurance Services will summarize the E&S industry and discuss where the industry is headed in the near future.  In addition, they will discuss ways in which students can get involved now and during their professional careers.


CRC Insurance Services, Inc.™ is the leading wholesale broker in the nation with offices across the country. Despite their increased size, CRC remains dedicated to a commitment to set the bar ever higher on both service and performance. Their extensive market experience allows them to draw on a wide range of resources from across the country and around the world. This broad reach enables CRC to create better, smarter insurance solutions faster than their competition for virtually any risk imaginable.


This webinar is brought to you by GIS and the Derek Hughes / NAPSLO Educational Foundation, which is dedicated to encouraging the educational development of all those interested in the excess and surplus lines business, to creating an understanding, and overcoming the misperceptions of the misunderstood market - the excess and surplus lines market. Register here.


Catch the replays of the most recent webinars:

Webinars occur the third Thursday of the month, 2:30-4pm EST. Take advantage of opportunities to enhance your industry knowledge and ask questions of leading organizations and executives. Students who register and participate in the webinars will be automatically entered in a raffle for a $50 Amex gift card!

Thank you to Assurex Global for providing the host technology.
In the News: Alpha Rho

The following article ran in the November 2012 edition of Without Prejudice, a trade magazine for adjusters in Canada. Written by Eric Gagne, Fanshawe College's VP of Industry Relations, the article discusses the school's insurance program, Gamma Iota Sigma, and the work of the Alpha Rho Chapter.
Chapter News: Rho
Insurance Jeopardy! 

Rho Jan 2013 Who would have ever thought that insurance could be just as exciting and fun as Wheel of Fortune, Deal or No Deal, and Who Wants to be a Millionaire?! The Rho Chapter at Appalachian State University has been hosting Insurance Jeopardy for several years now. This competition is between the three North Carolina Risk Management and Insurance Programs (Appalachian State, UNC Charlotte, and East Carolina University). This event has become a large attraction, and on November 15, 2012, we had over 300 students and industry professionals in attendance! The competition is sponsored by the North Carolina Surplus Lines Association and provides a wonderful opportunity for fun, networking, and school camaraderie. Pictured in the photo is the winning team, the Rho Chapter from Appalachian State University!


By Cameron Annas, Rho Chapter President

Chapter News: Alpha Kappa
Thanksgiving VolunteeringAlpha Kappa TG 2012
During the week before Thanksgiving, one dozen members of the Alpha Kappa chapter volunteered at Home Sweet Home Ministries, a local food pantry in Bloomington-Normal. Our members helped put together Thanksgiving food baskets for families in need in our community. It was a great opportunity for our chapter to build a relationship with a local non-profit organization and for our group to give something back to the Bloomington-Normal community. Members of our chapter were most impacted when we observed the long line that stretched throughout the parking lot of individuals and families waiting to receive their Thanksgiving meals. The experience was extremely rewarding and enjoyable for our members who participated in the event.


Furthermore, don't forget to register for the NAPSLO Symposium this March 22-23 in Chicago, IL. Details about the event and on how to register and reserve your hotel room were sent along with the registration form in early January to the Gamma Presidents and Advisors. We hope to see you all there!
By Brett Glaser, Alpha Kappa Chapter President
Alumni Spotlight: Kaitlin Graf
Life after College: A Recent Graduate's Perspective

It's hard to think that it's already been eight months since I graduated college. There have been so many changes over that time span and yet it feels like I was ironing my gown and walking across the stage to collect my diploma last Sunday. I can't speak for other graduates, but I have this terrible anxiety that I'm growing up too soon and at such an accelerated pace!


The past eight months have been a roller coaster for me. After graduation, I went on vacation and got engaged. When we got back, my car's lease was up and I had to buy a new one. For the first time in my life, I couldn't be covered under my mother's car insurance, so I had to get my own. I started a new job, spent a month in Zurich, Switzerland, traveled to Missouri, Illinois and Rhode Island the following two weeks and the next thing I knew it was Thanksgiving. Phew. Is your head spinning now as fast as mine was then? Everything I had taken for granted began falling on my lap: paying bills, consolidating loans, setting up my own health benefits. I was slapped in the face with the reality of being an ACTUAL adult. I can't comprehend how I actually believed I was an "adult" at 18 and then felt even more like an "adult" at 21.


Like any changes in life, starting a full-time job with Swiss Re was emotional, too. I was excited to start, anxious to know how I'd fit in, nervous to make a good impression, scared that I wouldn't understand my daily tasks, and confident that I could succeed (yet worried of judgment if I didn't). I felt like I was back to square one: I was starting all over again. When you start college, no matter the size of the university, you can feel like a small fish in a big pond until you start paving your way. You learn about scholarship opportunities, internships, professors, exams, your way around campus. You make friends that you'll keep and ones that you'll lose; you learn your contact people for different questions you may have and you find your footing. And by the time you're a senior, you are the person underclassmen are asking for advice and directions to a building. Well on my first day of work, I found myself there again: a small fish in a big pond. I'm a freshman in college all over again, only now I'm learning about training opportunities, rotation programs, mentors, designation and professional exams, and how to find someone's desk assignment.  I'm meeting people internationally (and still forgetting names) and bothering Human Resources about benefit packages that I don't know if I should be signing up for. There aren't any more scholarship applications, library days, lounging mornings or "mental health" days. It's a shock, one that we go through multiple times in our lives, but never get accustomed to.


Personally, the biggest adjustment to make is that there aren't scheduled days off anymore; you plan them yourself. A piece of advice that was given to me at graduation was, "Every month, give yourself something to look forward to: a movie release date, a long weekend, a vacation, a spa day, a special dinner, something not work related." The concept is simple, but I've found that we can get so caught up in our new working ADULT lives that we forget to schedule time for ourselves. When we were in college, it was scheduled for us, probably the last "hand-holding" we will be able to remember now as college graduates.


Just like we figured out throughout our college days, if you keep working hard, it will pay off.  We will have many transition periods in our lives: graduating college, starting to work full-time, getting married, having children, changing jobs. Whatever it may be, embrace it with a full heart and an open mind (and Gamma pride too, of course!). You will find that no matter how bad the beginning is or how small of a fish you are, it will end up being an experience that you can continue to learn and grow from.


By Kaitlin Graf, Alpha Iota Chapter, St. John's University '12 
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