Gamma Iota Sigma Newsletter                           
December 2014 
In This Issue
GIS Webinar Series
GIS Welcomes Three New Chapters
AAMGA Student Research Contest
Giving Tuesday
GIS Career Center
43rd Annual Conference
2014 Conference Sponsors to Date
GIS Resources
Calling All Graduates and GIS Alumni
Free Subscription to Best's Review Magazine!
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Mark Your Calendar!


Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program Nomination Deadline:

December 9, 2014   


The Surety Foundation Internship and Scholarship Program for Minority Students Deadline:

January 31, 2015


Spencer Educational Foundation Scholarship Deadline:

January 31, 2015


AAMGA Student Research Contest

Deadline: March 1, 2015



View all scholarship deadlines and events.

Executive Committee
 John Hammond



Meg Allwein

Executive Vice President


Jason Warden

Vice President


Jeff Lamb

Vice President

(Immediate Past President)


Sabrina Hanitz



Glenn Dorr



Jake Timmins

Alumni Representative


Jacob Galecki

Industry Representative


Dr. RB Drennan

Faculty Representative


Dr. Karen Epermanis

Faculty Representative


Kit Mohler

Student Representative


Zach Vasseur

Student Representative


Noelle Codispoti 

Executive Director


Dear Students,
As we find ourselves already in December, we face another year coming to a close. This has been an extraordinarily busy and exciting semester for GIS, having held our largest conference yet, chartered three new chapters (with several more in the pipeline!), participated in our first ever #GivingTuesday, and brought some wonderful new talent to the Grand Chapter Board of Directors and Executive Committee. #GammaIS truly a remarkable network of individuals - from students and faculty to senior industry executives - committed to helping you succeed. This month we feature several upcoming opportunities and deadlines that should not be missed!

We are poised to sustain this tremendous momentum and growth as we enter our 50th Anniversary year in 2015, and we continue to develop and deliver valuable programming to you, the future of insurance industry. December graduates, don't forget to fill out the Alumni Update Form so we can stay connected!

We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season.

Fraternally yours,

Noelle Codispoti, ARM
Executive Director, Gamma Iota Sigma
GIS Webinar Series
Tune in this WEDNESDAY, December 10 at 3:00pm EST


The second installment of the 2014-15 GIS Webinar SeriesEye of the Storm: A Day in the Life of ERM, will take place this Wednesday, December 10 at 3:00pm EST. Join us for a session that will explore risk management and how it relates to the insurance industry. Using real examples, learn about a day in the life of professionals who work across a risk organization. Register here!

Presented by Jenny Comerford, who currently serves as Director of Strategy and Communication in The Hartford's Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) organization. She also manages the company's Risk Leadership Development Program, a challenging rotational program designed for high-potential recent college graduates. Over the past six years, she has held various roles of increasing responsibility across the company's ERM and investment groups. Jenny graduated from the University of Connecticut and received her MBA in 2012 from the University of Hartford. In her spare time, Jenny serves on the board of directors of Operation Fuel, a statewide nonprofit organization committed to providing emergency energy assistance for residents in need, and as a member of the Hartford Marathon Foundation's Collar Crew. She volunteers with numerous other charitable organizations, including the United Way, Foodshare, and Junior Achievement. Jenny was recognized as a Hartford Business Journal 40 Under 40 winner in 2012 and served as a judge for the 2013 awards. She was also nominated for the United Way Emerging Leader Society's Community Rock Star award in 2014.


This webinar is brought to you by Gamma Iota Sigma and The Hartford Financial Services Group



Save the date for the next installment:

Catch the replay of the November installment:

Thank you to Assurex Global for providing the host technology.

GIS Welcomes Three New Chapters!

The Grand Chapter is pleased to announce the addition of three new chapters, all chartered since the beginning of November! This brings the number of colleges and universities to which Gamma Iota Sigma has granted chapters to 63. Gamma Iota Sigma's Executive Committee was thrilled to approved charters for the following schools:  

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  • Kent State University - Kent, Ohio
  • St. Mary's University - San Antonio, Texas
  • Columbia University - New York, New York 

Congratulations and welcome! And look out for spotlights on how these schools are making GIS work for them! 

AAMGA's Student Research Contest 
Enter for a $2000 Award!

GIS has teamed up with AAMGA to promote the 2015 Student Research Contest! This annual opportunity is open to all risk management juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Interested applicants must write a 1500-2000 word research paper on the wholesale insurance industry and submit it by the March 1, 2015 deadline.

The authors of the two winning papers will receive $2000 and be invited to attend the AAMGA Annual Meeting May 2015, where they will be recognized for their achievement. This is an opportunity for invaluable mentorship and networking at an event attended by 1000 individuals.


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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Giving Tuesday!
Support that Makes a Difference

On December 2, GIS participated in its first ever #GivingTuesday, a day that supports worthy nonprofits, celebrates giving, and kicks off the holiday season. Thank you to those who gave their time in helping to showcase Gamma's value by telling their story of the difference GIS has made, such as in this video. Be sure to check out the GIS Facebook page for other student videos and testimonials!

GIS Career Center: the Industry Wants You!
Check out the GIS Career Center, the only centralized location for you to search through and apply for internship and entry-level opportunities across the industry. 18 employers have posted over 95 positions! Employers can also search through student profiles, so be sure to get your resume on there! It's easy:

  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
A Resounding Success!

The 43rd Annual International Conference, co-hosted by Beta Zeta Chapter at the University of north Texas, hit new records across the board! Thank you to all who participated in making this such an amazing and successful conference, especially our sponsors, supporters, and partners.

A special congratulations to the 2013-14 Award Winners, announced during the Friday evening Awards Banquet.

Thank You to Our 2014 Sponsors!



Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers / The Foundation for Agency Management Excellence (FAME)





Atlantic Specialty Lines, Inc.

Brown & Brown / Hull & Company

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Lockton Companies

Markel Corporation



Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company 

Assurex Global

Burns & Wilcox

Casualty Actuarial Society

CNA Insurance

Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation

Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.

RIMS Student Advisory Council

R-T Specialty, LLC


Society of Actuaries

Spencer Educational Foundation

Swiss Re


Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.



A.M. Best Company

ACE Group


American Association of Managing General Agents

Chubb & Son

The CPCU Society/The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation

Great American Insurance Group

The Institutes

The Insurance Institute of Canada

International Association of Insurance Professionals 

Lloyd's America

The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research

National Interstate Insurance Co.

Professional Liability Underwriting Society

The Surety & Fidelity Association of America

The Surety Foundation

Texas Mutual Insurance

Towers Watson

Westfield Insurance


Zurich North America



All Risks LTD


Arthur J. Gallagher

Auto-Owners Insurance Company

The Cincinnati Insurance Companies

Ezra Penland Actuarial Recruitment

Farmers Insurance

Nautilus Insurance Group/Vela Insurance Services (a W. R. Berkeley Company)




Accident Fund Holdings, Inc.

ACTEX Publications

AmWINS Group

Argo Group US

Arlington/Roe and Company

BancorpSouth Insurance Services, Inc.

Boyden World Corporation

EMC Insurance Companies

GAINSCO Auto Insurance


General Reinsurance Corporation

Gibson Insurance

Hoffman & Associates Insurance Services, Inc.

Insurance Accounting and Systems Association

Regional Excess Underwriters

State Auto Insurance Companies



View the list online.
GIS Resources!
#GammaIS Insuring Your Future

Interested in a career in insurance? Not sure how or where to start, or what the right fit for you might be?
Be sure to check out the Career Resources Hub, a widely collaborative effort spearheaded by GIS in partnership with trade groups and professional associations to avail the industry's collective resources to YOU, the next generation of insurance professionals!
Through a combination of dedicated career path pages, career tools, roadmaps, surveys, and quizzes, the new Career Resources section will introduce you to many different insurance industry careers and provide you with resources to help you find your fit. Not only can you access valuable career planning and professional development resources, you can also learn about the organizations offering these resources.
Calling all December GIS graduates!
Stay in touch - update your contact info!

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Help us keep your contact information current! GIS boasts an alumni base of over 21,000 individuals from our 63 chapters and we need your help in updating our current records. Alumni and soon-to-be-Alumni, please use the link below to update your information, and pass it on to as many fellow graduates as you can.

FREE Subscription to Best's Review!

Be sure you are taking advantage of the special offer from our partner company A.M. Best! Students and faculty can access a FREE subscription to Best's Review magazine - digital version. Link to the registration page here! Best's Review is the premier insurance industry monthly magazine, providing the latest global news and trends, plus industry analysis and featured articles.                                       View our profile on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook