Gamma Iota Sigma Newsletter                           
December 2013 
In This Issue
Virtual Career Fair
Noelle Codispoti Named 2013 Woman to Watch
43rd Annual Conference
GIS Career Center
Grand Chapter News
Chapter News: Pi
Chapter News: Rho
Chapter News: Beta Alpha
Chapter News: Beta Beta
REMINDER: 2014 Spencer Scholarship Update
AAMGA's Student Research Contest
Featured Jobs
Free Subscription to Best's Review Magazine!
Calling All December Graduates and GIS Alumni
Quick Links

Mark Your Calendar!


December 19, 2013


The Surety Foundation Internship and Scholarship Program Deadline

January 31, 2014


 Spencer Educational Foundation Scholarship Deadline

January 31, 2014


IRU Summer Intern/ Scholarship Program Deadline

February 1, 2014


GIS Webinar Series

Actuarial Topic

February 5, 2014


GEICO Achievement Award Deadline

February 22, 2014


Johnstone Educational Foundation Scholarship Deadline

February 28, 2014



View all scholarship deadlines and events.

Executive Committee
 John Hammond



Meg Allwein

Executive Vice President


Jason Warden

Vice President


Alan Hoffmann

Vice President

(Past President)


Jeffery W. Lamb

Vice President

(Immediate Past President)


Jake Timmins



Brian Bowerman



Josh Hart

Alumni Representative


Christopher Place

Industry Representative


Dr. RB Drennan

Faculty Representative


Dr. Karen Epermanis

Faculty Representative


Alyssa Bouchard

Student Representative


Mike Kelly

Student Representative


Noelle Codispoti 

Executive Director


Dear Students,

We have been working feverishly and are excited about a host of new and upcoming developments. This issue highlights an inaugural initiative that GIS and Business Insurance have partnered to present: a Virtual Career Fair. If a year is too long to wait between GIS International Conferences, then this is for you!


Don't miss today's webinar, Underwriting & Loss Control: Team Work Makes the Dream Work, presented by GIS and Amerisure - a must for future leadersWe are also pleased to announce the dates and location for the 43rd Annual Conference, and if you haven't already, be sure to check out the GIS Career Center.


Read on for other exciting news about the Grand Chapter, your chapters, and our partners, and congratulations to all of the December 2013 graduates!


Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season and New Year.


Fraternally yours,

Noelle Codispoti, ARM
Executive Director, Gamma Iota Sigma
Career Connection: Virtual Career Fair
February 13, 2014

Gamma Iota Sigma and Business Insurance have partnered to present the first annual The event is free to students! Details and registration link here, and additional information in the prospectus.

GIS Webinar Series
Reminder for Today's Program

Today's installment of the 2013-14 GIS Series, Underwriting & Loss Control: Team Work Makes the Dream Work, will take place at 2:30pm EST. If you haven't yet, register here!


This session is a must for future leaders in loss control and underwriting. Learn the importance of working together and how to leverage the expertise of loss control consultants to underwriters to build a profitable book of business for your company! Our presenter will be Josh Hart, Marketing Underwriter at Amerisure, Alpha Alpha alumnus and Gamma Iota Sigma Executive Board Member. 


This webinar is brought to you by GIS and Amerisureone of the top 200 Property & Casualty companies in the US.


Save the date for these upcoming webinars, and take advantage of opportunities to enhance your industry knowledge and ask questions of leading organizations and executives:

  • January 16 at 2:30pm EST: The Sexy Side of E&S.
  • February 5 at 3:00pm EST: Actuarial topic, details to follow.
  • February 20 at 2:30pm EST: Preserving Patient Safety, presented by AIG.
Thank you to Assurex Global for providing the host technology.
Business Insurance Honors Noelle Codispoti
As 2013 Woman to Watch


GIS Executive Director Noelle Codispoti was selected by Business Insurance as one of its 2013 Women to Watch. The award honors 25 women leaders worldwide each year for their outstanding work in insurance, risk management, employee benefits and related fields. During the December 3 awards luncheon in New York City, Ms. Codispoti spoke about how uniquely positioned Gamma Iota Sigma is to "revolutionize the way the industry recruits fresh talent."


Read the full announcement.

43rd Annual International Conference
Mark Your Calendars!

Gamma Iota Sigma's 43rd Annual International Conference will take place October 2-4, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Save the date and stay tuned for details!

GIS Career Center: Opportunity Awaits

Have you visited the new GIS Career Center? It is exclusively for Gamma Iota Sigma members and features internship and job listings from our industry partners. Don't miss out - your next professional opportunity could be on there right now!
It's as easy as 1-2-3:
  1. Go to the Career Center website
  2. Upload your resume
  3. Check out the posted jobs and internships

Grand Chapter News: Staff Addition!

Gamma Iota Sigma is thrilled to announce expansion at the Grand Chapter level and welcomes Grace Grant as the Director of Chapter Services. Grace will be the liaison between the Grand Chapter and local chapters, fostering clear and open communication and ensuring that student members have the resources they need. Welcome to Grace, and we look forward to having you work with her!

Read the full press release.
Chapter News: Pi
Giving Back and Moving Ahead  

The Pi Chapter at Mississippi State University organized a toy drive for a local orphanage for its fall community service project. GIS members began planning the event in the early fall, and Pi Chapter officers visited several classes to announce the details to their classmates. Students were given the opportunity to bring toys to the RMI office, drop off in a designated box in the hallway, or bring to our annual Christmas/Graduation Luncheon. We collected many toys and gifts for all ages. The Palmer Home house parents were thrilled to receive the gifts at their annual Christmas party. We look forward to partnering with them again for an activity in the spring.


The Pi Chapter has also been on the road this semester! Two members attended the International Conference in Charlotte, four members attended Alabama I-Day, and four members attended Troy University's Surplus Lines Conference. Pi Chapter was delighted to help serve in the chartering ceremony for Troy at their conference.


Mark your calendars for the 27th Annual Mississippi State Insurance Day on March 25 and 26. The keynote speaker for the event is William R. Berkley, CEO W.R. Berkley Corporation. Attendees will have a chance to earn up to twelve hours of continuing education, enjoy exciting social activities, and participate in a special Gamma Iota Sigma student session.


Submitted by Tammi Metz, Pi Chapter Faculty Advisor.

Chapter News: Rho
Alumni Connections 

The Rho Chapter at Appalachian State University organized its semi-annual GIS Alumni event in Charlotte this December. All of the alumni in the Charlotte area gathered at a local restaurant to socialize with each other, along with several current students and professors. Holding alumni events helps foster relationships with our graduates in the industry and gives current students a chance to build insurance connections. It is so wonderful to see all of the GIS members enjoying one another's company, whether it be reminiscing on their collegiate experiences with the fraternity or sharing their knowledge with current students since entering the insurance industry. We appreciate the continued involvement and support of GIS alumni!


Submitted by Lindsey Haney, Rho Chapter EVP.

Chapter News: Beta Alpha
A Record-breaking Semester! 

The University of Iowa's Beta Alpha chapter has experienced another record-breaking semester. Chapter membership is at an all-time high, the ambassador program was introduced, the professional speaker series was full of high-level insurance executives, including the Chief Risk Officer of Principal Financial Group, and the chapter enjoyed two professional trips: Gamma Iota Sigma's 2013 International Conference and a visit to Allied Insurance Headquarters. Pictured are the students who visited Allied on November 8, 2013, who ranged from senior Vaughan Institute RMI students to freshman actuarial science students. 


Allied, headquartered in Des Moines and the parent company of Nationwide, treated University of Iowa students to an action-packed day filled with educational presentations and hands-on learning. Presenters ranged from top-level executives, including the President of Allied, the President of Nationwide Agribusiness and the President Nationwide Investments, to entry-level University of Iowa and Beta Alpha Chapter alumni. By the end, students were well versed in the various functions of a large insurance company, including: underwriting, claims, sales, operations, actuarial pricing, catastrophe modeling, risk retention groups, and captive. Additionally, at the closing reception, participants were presented with an exceptional networking opportunity with over 40 Allied and Nationwide employees.


As the Fall semester closes and the Spring semester is right around the corner, the Beta Alpha Chapter is looking forward to the NAPSLO Conference hosted by Illinois State, the Annual RIMS Conference in Denver, and another stellar speaker series, which includes Todd Fuhs, Chief Actuary at Transamerica and Lara Baugh, Director of Risk Manager at John Deere Companies.


Submitted by Aaron Hoefle, Beta Alpha President.

Chapter News: Beta Beta
Congratulations, December Graduates!

2014 Spencer Scholarship Update
Only Online Submissions will be Accepted
Students, take note: the Spencer Educational Foundation will only accept electronic applications for the 2014 scholarship year. Attached is a copy of the application, due January 31, 2014. Students will be required to include all necessary documentation in one document including electronic transcripts, if possible. Students may also download the application from
AAMGA's Student Research Contest 
Enter for a $2000 Award and Trip to Hawaii!

On behalf of the AAMGA University, we invite you to be a part of the fourth annual AAMGA Distinguished Chair Student Research Contest. With this solicitation, the AAMGA seeks research papers on property and casualty industry-related topics focused on the issues and dilemmas faced by organizations and individuals in the Wholesale or Excess and Surplus Lines industry. Papers are due March 1, 2014.

Two winning papers will be selected from the submissions and the authors will be awarded $2000 and, at the AAMGA's expense, invited to attend (with their professor) the AAMGA Annual Meeting at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii, May 18-21 2014, where they will be recognized for their achievement. This event, attended by over 1000 individuals, is an invaluable networking experience.


In addition, the winners' research papers will be released to trade publications, including the Wholesale Insurance News (WIN) Magazine dedicated specifically to the Excess and Surplus Lines Industry. We encourage you to be a part of this opportunity! Find all of the details here.


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