Gamma Iota Sigma Newsletter                           
April 2013
In This Issue
Sponsorship Details
Alumni Update Form
Beta Eta Chartering at Northern Michigan University
News from Butler University
Chapter News: Lambda
Chapter News: Upsilon
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Board of Trustees

Margaret Accordino, ARM


Khadine Adams


Meg Allwein*


David Bigger


Mike Boa


Brian Bowerman*


Luke Charlton


Noelle Codispoti, ARM*


RB Drennan, Ph.D.*


Stephen Fino, CPCU, CLU


Jacob Galecki


David Goodwin, CPCU, CIC


John Hammond*


Josh Hart*


Derek Hazeltine


James Heuker*


Alan F. Hoffmann*


Peter Hohman, FCIP, CRM, CAE, ICD.D


William J. Hold


Tim Kelly


Matt Kletzli


Julia Kramer


Jeff Lamb*


Lance A. Lancour*


Tim Leman


Lyric Lewis, AIC, FLMI, AIAA, ACS


Stephanie McElroy


John Meder*


Peter Miller, CPCU


Joseph Pizza


Christopher Place, FSA, EA*


Doug Rogers


Rajiv Sagewan


Paige Stiefel


William Tarinelli, Jr.


Jason Terrell


Jacob Timmins


Jason Warden


Jason Wells, ARM


Alan Williams, Ph.D., CPCU, CLU*


Decker Youngman



* Executive Committee Member

2013 Conference: Register Now!
October 3-5 in Charlotte, NC

Sponsorship details are available for the 2013 Conference, and selections are going fast! "Get Your Motor Running" will take place October 3-5 in Charlotte, NC. The conference is an excellent opportunity to meet hundreds of the most accomplished students preparing for careers in risk management, insurance and actuarial science, and we are thrilled to have the Rho Chapter from Appalachian State University as this year's co-host. Mark your calendars and don't miss out - submit your sponsorship selection now!
Thank you to our 2012 Sponsors!
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Calling All GIS Alumni!

GIS boasts an alumni base of over 15,000 individuals from our 54 chapters and we need your help in updating our current records. Please use the link below to update your information and pass it on to as many alumni as you can.

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 
Chapter News: Upsilon
Reactivating after 30 Years!
Gamma Iota Sigma's Upsilon Chapter at Ferris State University reactivated on February 16, 2013, after over 30 years! The ceremony was held on campus at the FLITE library, with 40 friends, family, faculty and GIS representatives in attendance. Josh Hart presided over the ceremony as the Alumni Representative of the Grand Chapter with the help of James Heuker (Student Representative to the Grand Chapter and President of the Alpha Alpha Chapter at Olivet), Dr. Tom Miles (Advisor to the Nu Chapter at Central Michigan), and David McClendon (Advisor to the Upsilon Chapter). The Upsilon Chapter's original charter was returned to the campus of Ferris State, where it will be proudly displayed for many years to come. Seven new members of the Upsilon Chapter were initiated at the event. "The decision to reactivate was an obvious one," said Michelle Frahm, President of the Upsilon Chapter. "After attending the International Conference in October and seeing all of the benefits a chapter of GIS could bring to Ferris State, we knew we had to reactive the Upsilon Chapter."
We hope to see you in Charlotte!




Noelle Codispoti, ARM
Executive Director, Gamma Iota Sigma                                       View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook