Gamma Iota Sigma News                        
May 2014
In This Issue
2014 Conference: Register Now!
GIS Career Center
Calling all GIS Alumni!
GIS Reaches 60 Chapters
Interview with Beta Mu's John Daley, Ph.D.
Chapter News: Beta Alpha
Chapter News: Beta Zeta
Chapter News: Sigma
Seeking Scholarships
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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

2014 Conference: Register Now!
October 2-4 in Dallas, Texas

Gamma Iota Sigma is pleased to present the 43rd Annual International Conference, Industry Legends Past, Present and Future. 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 we are expecting even more in 2014! 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 opportunities are going fast: 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? Visit the GIS Career Center, a resource to reach Gamma Iota Sigma members exclusively, where you can easily:
  • post your internships for FREE!
  • post entry-level job opportunities
  • search student resumes
  • set up a resume alert
  • manage applicants
Our 2,100+ 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!

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Calling All GIS Alumni!
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Help us keep your contact information currentGIS boasts an annual membership of over 2,100 students and an alumni base of more than 20,000 individuals from our 60 chapters, and we need your help in updating our records. Use the link below to update your details, and pass it on to fellow alumni!

GIS Reaches a New Milestone: 60 Chapters

The Grand Chapter is pleased to announce the that all three chapters approved earlier this year have officially chartered! Shield Only

  • Beta Kappa: University of Houston Downtown - Houston, Texas
  • Beta Lambda: Butler University - 
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Beta Mu: University of Colorado at Denver - 
    Denver, Colorado

Congratulations and welcome! Read the announcement.

Interview with John Daley, Ph.D.
Beta Mu Chapter Faculty Advisor 

Dr. John Daley
 is a Senior Instructor and the Assistant Director of the Finance and Risk Management & Insurance (RMI) Program at the University of Colorado Denver's Business School. Beta Mu, Gamma Iota Sigma's 60th Chapter, was chartered on April 26, 2014 during RIMS 2014 in Denver, Colorado. 


1. What drove your school's interest in forming a GIS chapter?


Two things: Our industry partners suggested it, and the benefits that GIS offers our students. Our RMI program was built in close association with local industry leaders. Having our own GIS was mentioned early on, but we didn't have enough students to form a viable chapter.


2. What does it mean to you to have a GIS Chapter?


It puts our program on par with other national programs. GIS is an important part of any RMI program. Students learn to take responsibility for running and/or sustaining an organization. They learn the importance of and have an opportunity to organize and participate in community service projects. GIS also benefits our students as they search for a career through the job and internship opening listings posted on their website.  The national conferences are also anotherhuge benefit.


3. What are your hopes for the new relationship?


That our students will realize and take advantage of the value added by the relationship. It's a terrific opportunity for students to take leadership roles in a structured, supportive environment. When we first began the chapter formation process, two of our students attended the President's conference in Philadelphia. They returned full of ideas and energy. This energy seemed to spread to other members of our unaffiliated club. I hope that the next set of leaders will find the same energy and transfer it to new group members. And of course, I hope that all will find stimulating and long-lasting careers.


4. What do you think will be the most immediate impact on your students?


The opportunity to get involved in a viable student organization with a sense of history. A GIS chapter is not just another student club. It's one small piece of an international fraternity of students with a common interest - managing risk. Hopefully, this sense of belonging to a larger whole will develop a sense of stewardship amongst all of our members.


Chapter News: Beta Alpha
On-Campus Accolades 


Gamma Iota Sigma's Beta Alpha Chapter at the University of Iowa has achieved outstanding success over the 2013-2014 academic year. The organization has grown its membership, enhanced and diversified the speakers' series, and increased participation in the Mentoring Program. The Beta Alpha Chapter recently won two awards at the Tippie College of Business Student Leadership Awards Reception for two new initiatives that were implemented over the academic year. GIS received the Best New Program of the Year for the Ambassador Program and Outstanding Service to the Community for the Ronald McDonald House risk assessment. The Ambassador Program was implemented to reach out to high school students to instill a greater understanding for risk management and insurance and promote education in this field. In order to give back to the community, GIS performed a risk assessment for The Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City in which members identified significant risks the House faced and suggested recommendations. Thanks to all of the dedicated members and the executive board, GIS experienced an outstanding year. 


By Ali Rosenberg, Beta Alpha Chapter's VP of Mentoring Program

Chapter News: Beta Zeta
Gaining Hands-on Risk Management Experience

Daryl Wigington, CPCU, ARM, CSP, ALCM, vice president of Risk Management at Ben E. Keith Company in Fort Worth, TX hosted 10 Beta Zeta Chapter members for a day-long tour of the company's Fort Worth operations. Mr. Wigington, former president of the DFW RIMS Chapter and President-Elect of the Fort Worth CPCU Chapter, presented a wonderful history of the 108 year old company. He also shared valuable information on his professional career journey and gave the students excellent advice for launching their careers.


UNT students and GIS members Winfred Amondi, Kimberly Anderson, Angela Beebe, Matt Davis, Margaret Dean, Daniel Guerrero, Diane Nguyen, Stephanie Noguez, Michael Pradith, Annette Scharping and their professor Debra Richardson, CPCU, CIC, CRM, AINS, learned hands-on what it takes to manage the loss exposures and business risks of the largest Anheuser Busch distributor in Texas (second largest in the U.S.). Having the responsibility for 14 beer companies and 9 food companies presents Mr. Wigington and his team of risk management professionals opportunities and challenges daily. "My job is to protect the company's assets on a daily basis, and find opportunites to minimize our exposures to risk", said Mr. Wigington. The RM department, in addition to insurance policy contract management, handles corporate safety, training, claims, food safety, warehouse management, and regulatory matters with DOT, EPA, OSHA, NIOSH and a host of other entities.


The new automated beer warehouse with robotics used in the customer order fulfillment process was one of the highlights of the tour. Students also enjoyed touring the refrigerated coolers which go as low as -20 degrees below zero. The state-of-the-art operations of this leading company were very impressive.


Ms. Beebe, a senior in UNT's RMI Program, said "What an excellent opportunity to bring classroom education to life! Having just returned from the RIMS 2014 International Conference in Denver, it was great to see risk management in practice." All participating students are members of the Beta Zeta Chapter and recipients of numerous scholarships awarded by the risk management and insurance industry. All plan to enter the industry full time upon graduation.  

Submitted by Debra Richardson, Faculty Advisor to Beta Zeta Chapter
Chapter News: Sigma
2014 Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge Victors


A team consisting of four Sigma Chapter members and Spencer Educational Foundation scholars won the 2014 Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge. Fifteen teams from universities that had active Gamma Iota Sigma chapters participated in the case competition, which started in mid-January and culminated in late April at the RIMS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Denver, Colorado. The teams were asked to compete for Snap-on Incorporated's broker and consulting business. Teams submitted written papers and from there, nine were chosen to present to a panel of ten judges in Denver. From the nine, three finalists were chosen: Temple University (Sigma), Florida State University (Iota), and Virginia Commonwealth University (Alpha Mu).


The finalists presented during a conference industry session to an audience of roughly 100 professionals, students and academics. The team placements were announced during the conference finale by RIMS Executive Director, Mary Roth and Spencer Educational Foundation Vice President, Zakia Campbell. FSU (Iota) won second place and VCU (Alpha Mu) third place.


The Temple team, consisting of Cathleen Gabriel, Martin Leicht, Steven Costa, and William Thorsson, expressed their joy in leading Temple to its second consecutive win of the risk challenge, formerly known as the VCU RISC/Spencer RMI Challenge. The team also expressed their gratefulness to RIMS, the Spencer Educational Foundation, and the Risk, Insurance and Healthcare Management Department at Temple's Fox School of Business for the incredible opportunity to participate in the risk challenge and attend RIMS 2014. The team is very pleased and proud to represent the high caliber talent and professionalism exhibited by Gamma Iota Sigma members who are pursuing the risk profession.


By Cathleen Gabriel, Sigma Chapter Executive Vice President

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We hope to see you in Dallas!

Noelle Codispoti, ARM
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