Gamma Iota Sigma Newsletter                           
February 2014 
In This Issue
GIS Career Center
43rd Annual Conference
New GIS Chapters
GIS Week of Service: Rho
GIS Week of Service: Alpha Epsilon
GIS Week of Service: Beta Beta
Chapter News: Sigma
Chapter News: Alpha Iota
AAMGA's Student Research Contest
The Institutes' Collegiate Studies for CPCU
Noelle Codispoti Named 2013 Woman to Watch
Featured Jobs
Free Subscription to Best's Review Magazine!
Calling All December Graduates and GIS Alumni
Quick Links

Mark Your Calendar!


GEICO Achievement Award Deadline

February 22, 2014


Johnstone Educational Foundation Scholarship Deadline

February 28, 2014


AAMGA Student Research Contest Deadline

March 1, 2014


NAMIC Merit Society Scholarship Deadline

March 1, 2014


CAS Trust Scholarship Deadline

March 3, 2014


11th Annual Extreme Risk Takers NAPSLO Symposium

Chicago, Illinois

March 28-29, 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,

Congratulations to so many of you who recently participated in the inaugural GIS Week (or Weeks, this year) of Service! A special thank you to Alyssa Bouchard of Rho Chapter and Mike Kelly of Lambda Chapter, the 2013-14 co-ISRs who worked diligently with the other Chapter Presidents to coordinate an amazing event that demonstrated how committed, active and community-oriented the industry's future leaders are! This month we highlight some of the participating Chapters' Week of Service events, and we encourage you to keep submitting your wrap-up stories and photos.


We also cannot stress enough the value of the new GIS Career Center! If your resume is not on there yet, you are missing out. We are actively marketing the Career Center to our sponsors and industry partners, and in turn we are seeing the number of jobs and internships posted increase. In addition to you being able to peruse open positions, employers can scan through the uploaded resumes, and they want to see YOU. What better way to get in front of them? Make the time to upload your resume today. 


Fraternally yours,

Noelle Codispoti, ARM
Executive Director, Gamma Iota Sigma
GIS Career Center: Own Your Future

You've heard it again and again: opportunity awaits. But what does it mean? It means that employers who have posted and will be posting open jobs and internships on the GIS Career Center are literally looking for you. And if your resume is not on there, they cannot find you. Gaining access is 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
This is an exclusive benefit for Gamma Iota Sigma members to be seen by companies and organizations who are actively recruiting and to apply for internships and jobs. Don't miss out!
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. The agenda will include a two-day career fair, educational sessions and keynote addresses, in addition to valuable leadership seminars and plenty of networking opportunities. We are actively reaching out to sponsors to make this the most robust event yet. Save the date!

Please note: registration links for students and faculty are sent to schools directly and will be made available over the summer.

New GIS Chapters Announced!

The Grand Chapter is pleased to announce the addition of three new university affiliations. In its January meeting, Gamma Iota Sigma's Executive Committee approved charters for three applicant schools:   Shield Only

  • University of Houston-Downtown - Houston, Texas
  • Butler University - Indianapolis, Indiana
  • University of Colorado at Denver - Denver, Colorado

The new chapters are expected to become official in chartering ceremonies over the coming months, bringing the number of colleges and universities to which Gamma Iota Sigma has granted chapters to 60. Congratulations and welcome!


Read the full announcement.

GIS Week of Service: Rho Chapter

On Saturday, February 8, 2014, 19 volunteers with Appalachian State's Gamma Iota Sigma Rho Chapter traveled to Winston-Salem, NC to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, which is the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina's Young Agents' selected community service project for the year.


The Ronald McDonald House acts as a home away from home for families with children in nearby hospitals for both long and short periods of time. The House provides an inexpensive place to stay and amenities such as a fully equipped kitchen, multiple living and play areas, large outside decks full of rocking chairs, and a playground area for children. The GIS group was given a tour of the house followed by our volunteer assignments for the day, which varied from cleaning rooms and bathrooms to carrying gifts over to children in the hospital across the street. This was a rewarding day for our chapter.   


As we left the house, our members raved about the wonderful time they had and expressed their desire to return for another day of service!


By Annalie Ricketts, Rho Chapter Director of Community Service
GIS Week of Service: Alpha Epsilon Chapter

The Alpha Epsilon chapter at Indiana State University decorated over 100 Valentine's Day cards to be delivered to the residents of a local nursing home!


Submitted by Logan Mendenhall, Alpha Epsilon Chapter President

GIS Week of Service: Beta Beta Chapter

From left to right, Robert Baker, Beth Solomon, Fahad Alsebaie, Karina Campolla go through every item to ensure it is good enough to eat.


On Friday, February 7, 2014, while most of the country was blanketed in ice and snow, members of the Beta Beta chapter took advantage of the New Mexico winter and participated in Gamma Iota Sigma's Week of Service by volunteering at Roadrunner Food Bank in Las Cruces, NM. Members took charge of sorting food from 3 industrial size refrigerators and freezers, cleaning and disinfecting the units, and cleaning the facility restrooms. The food bank is the only food supply for other local charities, like women's shelters and the soup kitchen. Local supermarkets and grocers donate food to the highly efficient organization. In fact, they are able to feed 10 people for every $1 that is donated. This just shows how a little help from an organization like Gamma Iota Sigma can go a very long way.


By Mike McGonigle, Beta Beta Chapter Advisor

Chapter News: Sigma
H. Wayne Snider Distinguished Guest Lecturer
The Sigma Chapter at Temple University had the privilege of opening its H. Wayne Snider Distinguished Lecturer Series for Spring 2014 with distinguished guest speaker Noelle Codispoti, Executive Director of Gamma Iota Sigma and a Business Insurance Magazine 2013 Woman to Watch. Over 360 Sigma Chapter members welcomed their past President and listened to her enthusiastically share her mission to "revolutionize how the insurance industry recruits the next generation of talent."


Noelle spoke about the importance of perception, how different generations regard each other, and how her audience should mindfully use luxuries such as technology and social media. Noelle also emphasized how the risk management and insurance industry's looming talent gap presents a great opportunity for eager students who look to join a dynamic practice that is intrinsically important to business continuity and allows its members to touch all aspects of an organization. Her presentation provided a fair share of lighthearted moments such as a short video clip of a fellow Sigma Chapter alumnus impersonating the Sigma Chapter's long-time faculty advisor and Gamma Iota Sigma's Faculty Representative, Dr. R. B. Drennan.


The Sigma Chapter was very pleased to listen to Noelle eloquently share about her journey from choosing to pursue the risk profession, to serving as a student leader of Gamma Iota Sigma, to now leading the charge of ensuring the continuity of our industry.  


By Cathleen Gabriel, Sigma Chapter Executive Vice President

Chapter News: Alpha Iota
Insurance Leader of the Year Dinner 

On January 15, St. John's University's School of Risk Management and Insurance hosted the 19th Annual Insurance Leader of the Year Dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York. This year, Robert H. Benmosche, President and CEO of AIG, was honored as the 2013 Insurance Leader of the Year. Members of the Alpha Iota Chapter were invited by the school to attend this event, giving them a tremendous opportunity to network with industry professionals, whether during the cocktail hour or at the dinner table. Alpha Iota members also met with prospective students and their families, who are invited to attend the dinner so they can get a chance to learn more about the St. John's program from a student's perspective. This dinner is always a special night for all those who attend. 


By Davy Limahtock, Alpha Iota Chapter President

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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The ACORD LOMA Forum, May 4-6, 2014
By Johnell Johnson

Now is the time to prepare for your future in the insurance industry. The best way to do that is attend this year's ACORD LOMA Forum in Orlando, Florida from May 4-6th. Unlike other events geared towards domains such as underwriting, claims and actuarial, ACORD LOMA covers that AND technology and operations. Plus, you have the potential to network with:

  • CIOs
  • COOs
  • Technology research analysts
  • System vendors in the insurance space
  • Agents
  • Analysts
  • Architects
  • And so many more!

What will you learn? Hear the latest on topics including:

  • Data & Analytics
  • Distribution
  • E-Business
  • Emerging and Disruptive Technology
  • Operations
Visit for a complete list of session topics. And the best part: registration for students is FREE! That's a savings of $1,000! Contact Johnell Johnson at to discuss your attendance at this year's Forum. We hope to see you there!
ACORD (Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development) is a global, nonprofit standards development organization serving the insurance industry and related financial services industries. ACORD's mission is to facilitate the development of open consensus data standards and standard forms. ACORD members include hundreds of insurance and reinsurance companies, agents and brokers, software providers, and industry associations worldwide. ACORD works with these organizations towards a goal of improved data communication across diverse platforms through implementation of standards. ACORD maintains offices in New York and London.



The Institutes' Collegiate Studies for CPCU
By Connor M. Harrison, CPCU, AU, ARe

As part of the desire to educate more students about risk management and insurance as a career, The Institutes developed the Collegiate Studies for CPCU program and certificate. The program recognizes coursework completed in college as part of an RMI degree program by providing qualifying students at approved colleges and universities with credit toward up to two parts of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. 


The goals of the Collegiate Studies for CPCU program are three-fold:

  1. Help students connect their university educational experience with the competencies that will be demanded of them by future employers
  2. Recognize college academic work that aligns with The Institutes' credentialing
  3. Make students more attractive to employers and make colleges and universities with RMI programs more attractive to students

As of January 2014, 33 colleges with 79 qualifying courses are participating in the Collegiate Studies for CPCU program. The GIS schools are:

  1. Appalachian State University
  2. Ball State University
  3. Butler University
  4. California State University - Sacramento
  5. Eastern Kentucky University
  6. East Carolina University
  7. Florida State University
  8. Georgia State University
  9. Howard University
  10. Illinois State University
  11. Indiana State University
  12. La Salle University
  13. Missouri State University
  14. New Mexico State University
  15. Olivet College
  16. St. John's University
  17. St. Joseph's University
  18. Temple University
  19. Troy University
  20. University of Central Arkansas
  21. University of Central Okahoma
  22. University of Georgia
  23. University of Houston - Downtown
  24. University of Louisiana - Monroe
  25. University of Mississippi
  26. University of North Carolina - Charlotte
  27. University of North Texas
  28. Virginia Commonwealth University

To qualify for the program, a college or university must offer a Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) major, minor, concentration, track or emphasis; have proven experience in providing RMI education and be AACSB accredited or regionally accredited; and use at least 75% of The Institutes' course material in their course content as outlined in the syllabus.


To qualify, students must complete their course work at an approved college or university, and earn a "B" or better as the final grade in the class. Students who earn two CPCU course waivers and complete Ethics 312-Ethics and the CPCU Code of Professional Conduct will earn The Institutes' Collegiate Studies for CPCU Certificate.


The Institutes' Collegiate Studies for CPCU program has been well received by students. To date, The Institutes have granted 353 waivers, and 21 students have earned the Collegiate Studies for CPCU certificate. This program is a great start to placing students on a professional designation path that will reward them throughout their careers. Full-time students who have earned all their waivers or who do not qualify can take The Institutes' assessment at a significantly reduced cost.


For more information on the Collegiate Studies for CPCU program, visit


Connor M. Harrison, CPCU, AU, ARe, is director of custom products for The Institutes in Malvern, Pennsylvania. The Institutes are the leader in delivering proven knowledge solutions that drive powerful business results for the risk management and property casualty insurance industry. Harrison can be reached at


2013 American Institute For Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters

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.

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