Gamma Iota Sigma Newsletter                           
April 2013 
In This Issue
Save the Date!
Reminder for Tomorrow's Webinar
Free Subscription to Best's Review Magazine!
Beta Eta Chartering
News from Butler University
Chapter News: Lambda
Alumni Update Form
New Deadlines Added
Quick Links

Upcoming Deadlines


InVEST Higher Education Scholarship Deadline
April 26, 2013 


April 30, 2013

DW Simpson Actuarial Science Scholarship Deadline
April 30, 2013


Robert Clements / ACE Scholarship Deadline

April 30, 2013


Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

May 03, 2013 


 Click here for a calendar of other deadlines and events

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,
This is a busy time for all! With RIMS 2013 well underway in Los Angeles, an abundance of upcoming scholarship deadlines, looming graduation dates, planning for the Leadership and International Conferences, and much, much more, we find ourselves living and breathing Gamma these days. Please keep in mind the tremendous resources available, such as webinars (see below for tomorrow's!) and offers from our partners. Have any questions the Grand Chapter can help to answer? Just ask! YOU are the future of the industry, and we are here to help prepare you as best we can.


Fraternally yours,

Noelle Codispoti, ARM
Executive Director, Gamma Iota Sigma
42nd Annual International Conference
Latest News

The 2013 Conference, Get Your Motor Running, will take place October 3-5, 2013 in Charlotte, NC. We are thrilled to have the Rho Chapter from Appalachian State University as this year's co-host. Stay tuned for registration and reservation details, as well as a listing of the sponsors who have committed to date.
Charlotte Skyline
REMINDER: GIS Webinar Series
Next installment is TOMORROW, April 24, 2:30-4pm EST     

Register now for tomorrow's webinar, Predictive Modeling 101, sponsored by the Casualty Actuarial Society.
Roosevelt Mosley, FCAS, MAAA, Principal & Consulting Actuary with Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc., will cover the basics of applying predictive modeling techniques to both personal and commercial lines using real-life examples. We'll tackle data concerns, use of external data, practical considerations, emerging variables, and much more. Learn the best practices to be used in the construction of predictive models and the skills you need to develop while in college so that you are prepared for your first predictive modeling project when you are hired as an actuary.
This webinar is brought to you by Gamma Iota Sigma and the  Casualty Actuarial Society, a leading resource in educating casualty actuaries and conducting research in casualty actuarial science. Space is limited; register here. 
Catch the replays of the most recent webinars:

Thank you to Assurex Global for providing the host technology.

FREE Subscription to Best's Review!

Be sure you are taking advantage of the special offer from our partner company A.M. Best! Students and faculty can access a FREE subscription to Best's Review magazine - digital version. Link to the registration page here! Best's Review is the premier insurance industry monthly magazine, providing the latest global news and trends, plus industry analysis and featured articles.
Beta Eta Chartering
Welcome to our Newest Chapter at Northern Michigan University!

The Beta Eta Chartering ceremony, held on Monday, April 22, was a great success! Approximately 20 people attended the ceremony, including a faculty member from Michigan Tech, Mark Gockenbach. The group was welcomed by the Chair of Northern Michigan's Mathematics Department, G. Jailan Zalmai. Alpha Alpha Chapter Olivet College's Professor Michael Hubbel, CPCU, ARM, AU, AIM, ARP, ASLI, ARe kindly represented the Grand Chapter.
The charter was signed and presented to the new Chapter President, Sean Coykendall. 12 new members were initiated, and an Officer installation was conducted, followed by a lunch reception. We look forward to welcoming Beta Eta members at our upcoming events!
News from Butler University
New Chapter in Formation!

The Davey Risk Management & Insurance program at Butler University owes its beginning to the generosity of Butler alumni William and Bernice Davey.  The Davey's were both significant contributors and remained active supporters of the University in their lifetimes.


The program has erupted over the last year and has many goals for the upcoming years. With approximately 29 Davey majors in its second semester of existence, the Davey program is paving a new path for Butler's College of Business and creating a focus on Risk Management. The mission of the program is to develop leaders with a holistic view of the insurance industry, who understand and can quantify and manage both the upside and downside of risk.


Alongside the new program, Butler will be instituting a new chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma! The goal is for it to be officially chartered next year and to waste no time getting up and running. Beyond the professional chapter meetings, there is a buzzing excitement among the students and members of this newfound fraternity to take part in national competitions such as the VCU RISC/Spencer Risk Management & Insurance Challenge.


Originally coined by Butler legendary coach, Tony Hinkle, "the Butler Way" has come to define this university partly due to the success of our basketball team's multiple Cinderella Story basketball runs in the NCAA tournament.  The Risk Management program has played a role in this Butler basketball mania as Kevin Schwartz, a Risk Management major, made a half-court shot coincidentally enough for State Farm Insurance.  Just like the Butler basketball team and Kevin Schwartz, the new, but quickly developing Risk Management program at Butler University plans to make a big splash in the industry sooner than you may expect!
By Jordan Thomas, President of Butler University's GIS Program and soon-to-be Chapter
Chapter News: Lambda
Making Great Strides since Reactivating!
The University of South Carolina's Lambda Chapter has experienced great success in its first year. We now have 55 members in our chapter. There have been many events that have really helped us get to where we are today. One big event was the opportunity to attend the PLRB Claims Conference in Boston. Through the help of AMICA, we were able to send 5 members. At the event, our members had the ability to learn more about the Property and Liability industry through classroom sessions, exhibit halls, and receptions. Two of our members are attending the RIMS International Conference in Los Angeles, where we hope to network with other Gamma Iota Sigma chapters.
Other highlights that we have been able to accomplish through our executive board include our resume book, a quarterly newsletter, and a fantastic website. Community service has also been a great part of our success. We have participated in two events and also two canned food drives so far, and we plan on doing one more event to close out the year. Overall, we have really come together as an organization through our officers and members to help make the Lambda Chapter great again at the University of South Carolina. We look forward to attending our first Gamma Iota Sigma Conference in Charlotte this fall.
By Michael A. Kelly II, Lambda Chapter President
Calling All GIS Alumni!

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Calendar Additions 

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