Gamma Iota Sigma News                        
February 2014
In This Issue
43rd Annual Conference
GIS Career Center
New GIS Chapters
1st Annual GIS Week of Service
GIS Week of Service: Rho
GIS Week of Service: Alpha Epsilon
GIS Week of Service: Beta Beta
Chapter News: Sigma
Chapter News: Alpha Iota
Calling all GIS Alumni!
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

43rd Annual International Conference
Mark Your Calendars!

Gamma Iota Sigma is pleased to present the 43rd Annual International Conference, which will take place October 2-4, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. It is the premier event for the insurance industry to engage the next generation, with an agenda that includes:
  • Career fair
  • Speaking opportunities
  • Educational sessions
  • On-site first-round interviews
  • Plenty of networking events
Last year, 405 students from 38 colleges and universities across North America participated, and this year's accomplished group is looking to meet you!

Our students are the future leaders of the insurance industry - support their passion and come and meet them! Sponsorship details are available online: find a package that's right for you.

GIS Career Center: Targeted Recruiting
Build Your Pipeline, Attract Top Talent
Are you looking to hire the best and brightest students preparing for careers in the insurance industry? Be sure to visit the GIS 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!

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.

1st Annual GIS Week of Service
Future Industry Leaders Making A Difference  


From February 1st through 18th, Gamma Iota Sigma's 1800+ student members from 46 active chapters were encouraged to coordinate chapter-specific events for the inaugural GIS Week (or Weeks, this year) of Service. Participants spent the time volunteering, hosting canned food drives, and finding other ways to give back to their communities.

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.
Congratulations and thank you to all of the chapters, students and faculty advisors who participated!
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

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Noelle Codispoti, ARM
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