Gamma Iota Sigma News                        
December 2013
In This Issue
Noelle Codispoti Named 2013 Woman to Watch by Business Insurance
43rd Annual Conference
Check Out the GIS Career Center
Calling all GIS Alumni!
Grand Chapter Adds Staff
Chapter News: Pi
Chapter News: Rho
Chapter News: Beta Alpha
Chapter News: Beta Beta
Seeking Scholarships
Quick Links

Board of Trustees

Margaret Accordino, ARM


Khadine Adams


Meg Allwein*


Lauri Atkinson


Michael Boa


Alyssa Bouchard*


Brian Bowerman*


Noelle Codispoti, ARM*


Glenn Dorr


RB Drennan, Ph.D.*


Karen Epermanis*


Brittany Foye


Jacob Galecki


Wesley Griffiths


John Hammond*


Josh Hart*


Derek Hazeltine


Jeffrey D. Henry, M.Ed.


Alan F. Hoffmann*


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


William J. Hold


Cynthia Hornby


Mike Kelly*


Tim Kelly


Matt Kletzli


Julia Kramer


Jeff Lamb*


Lance A. Lancour


Tim Leman


Lyric Lewis, AIC, FLMI, AIAA, ACS


Steve Marohn


Stephanie McElroy


John Meder


Peter Miller, CPCU


Christopher Place, FSA, EA*


Paige Stiefel


William Tarinelli, Jr.


Jason Terrell


Jacob Timmins*


Jason Warden


Dr. Alan C. Williams, Emeritus


Decker Youngman



* Executive Committee Member

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 WatchThe 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!

GIS Career Center: Targeted Recruiting
Build Your Pipeline, Attract Top Talent
Does your organization have open jobs and internships? Are you looking to hire the best and brightest students preparing for careers in the insurance industry? Be sure to visit our new Career Center!
It is a resource to reach Gamma Iota Sigma members exclusively, where you can easily:
  • post your internship and job opportunities
  • search student resumes
  • set up a resume alert
  • manage applicants
Our 1,800 student members are majoring in Risk Management, Insurance, Actuarial Science and more, including Statistics, Finance, Business and Mathematics. Don't miss out - your future employees are looking for the opportunity to work with you!

Are you (or do you know) a GIS Alum? 
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Grand Chapter News: Staff Addition

Gamma Iota Sigma is pleased 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! 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 Chapter President
Chapter News: Beta Beta
Congratulations, December Graduates! 

Scholarships: Investing in the Future
We Help Match Talent with Resources

Does your company or organization offer scholarships to students? Let us help spread the word among Gamma Iota Sigma members! Email us the details or for further discussion.


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