Gamma Iota Sigma  Student Newsletter
February 2017   

In This Issue
Insurance Careers Month!
GIS Webinar Series
New Chapter Chartering
Travelers RoadTrip Nation
Industry Career Opportunities
Scholarship Opportunities
Philadelphia Excursion
Student Spotlight
Alumni News
GIS Resources
GIS on Social Media
Amazon Smile
Quick Links

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  View all  scholarship deadlines  and events.
Executive Committee
  Meg Allwein



Glenn Dorr

Executive Vice President


Jason Warden

Vice President


Jeff Henry

Vice President


John Hammond

(Immediate Past President)


Sabrina Hanitz



Wes Griffiths



Jake Timmins

Alumni Representative


Jacob Galecki

Industry Representative


Dr. RB Drennan

Faculty Representative


Dr. Karen Epermanis

Faculty Representative


Celeste Azubuike

Student Representative


Sarah Rumon

Student Representative


Noelle Codispoti 

Executive Director


February is Insurance Careers Month
Vote for the Video Contest Winner, and find other ways to participate and show your support!

1 - Get in on the live tweeting!

We are pleased to present three live one-hour Q&A sessions on Twitter throughout Insurance Careers Month! Follow Gamma's Twitter handle and join in with your questions or comments!
  • Thursday, February 9, 1pm - GIS Executive Director Noelle Codispoti, CPCU, ARM 
  • Thursday, February 16, 11am - ISR Celeste Azubuike, Alpha Mu Chapter  
  • Tuesday, February 21, 1pm - ISR Sarah Rumon, Beta Pi Chapter
2 - Pick a winner!

We posted your videos on the Grand Chapter YouTube Channel beginning February 1, 2017 and shared them on Facebook and Twitter.  The video with the most engagements will win the Grand Prize.

Winning videos must be shared or retweeted a minimum of ten (10) times directly from the GIS Grand Chapter Facebook or Twitter page and have at least 20 likes. 

This contest is intended to engage your membership to spread the word about careers in insurance, risk management and actuarial science. 

Check out the Grand Chapter's Insurance Careers Month Playlist on our YouTube channel to watch the videos that were submitted.

3 - How else can you participate in Insurance Careers Month?

Videos go viral....why not yours!? Missed the contest deadline? It is never too late to make a statement on your social media page! Follow the Grand, share, tweet, retweet, hashtag #GammaIS and #CareerTrifecta to stay a part of the movement! 

Follow the Grand Chapter today!

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GIS Webinar Series
New Date and Time: Thursday, February 23, 11:00am EST
The Impact of Meaningful Marketing and Client/Broker Relationships

On Thursday, February 23, from 11:00am-12:00pm EST, Sabrina Hanitz (Sigma, 2007) and Mamadou Sow of AIG will present the second GIS webinar of 2017,   The Impact of Meaningful Marketing and Client/ Broker Relationships.

Have you ever wondered how marketing can drive new business, retain clients, or strengthen relationships in the insurance industry? Join AIG's National Retail Channel Leader, Broker Engagement and Global Chief Marketing Officer to learn how AIG strategically utilizes meaningful marketing to lead to meaningful relationships with clients and brokers. Register today!

This webinar is brought to you by Gamma Iota Sigma and  AIG. Thank you to Assurex Global for providing the host technology! Find all the details on the GIS Webinar Series, including replays, here.

New Chapter Chartering
Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University will charter on March, 29th, 2017 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. The chartering will take place in the Chapel Hall at 12:00pm EST.  

If you are interested in attending, please reach out to your chapter's leaders.

Travelers + RoadTrip Nation = An Incredible Opportunity!
Apply Today

We are excited to share news from one of our Sustaining Partners! The Travelers RoadTrip Nation (RTN) program is revving up! Fueled by Travelers, RTN is currently accepting applications for career explorers to literally take a road trip to learn about the many opportunities in our industry. The application deadline is February 27, and the trip is open to individuals 18 and older who have an interest in working in the insurance industry.  Apply today!

GIS Features Industry Opportunities:  
Don't miss out on these great opportunities, apply today!

C heck 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.   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!
Below are just a sample of some of the opportunities that await you in the Career Center. Go to 
for additional opportunities!
Scholarships Available:
Do You Need Money to Pay for School? Apply today!

There are many scholarship opportunities available for stu dents studying to pursue careers in insurance. See below for application and deadline information for upcoming opportunities. 

AAMGA White Paper Contest: February 15 th

PRIMA Student Scholarship: February 24th

IASA Scholarship Program: February 28

CAS Trust Scholarship: March 1

For additional scholarship opportunities visit:

Inter-Chapter Event Opportunities!

The Philadelphia Excursion: March 24-26

The Sigma Chapter at Temple University will host the  Philadelphia   Excursion,  a great way to meet other GIS members from across the country while exploring one of America's most historic cities! Registration deadline:  Friday, March 3, 2017.

NAPSLO Symposium  Extreme Risk Takers: March 31-April 1 

The Alpha Kappa Chapter at the Illinois State University Katie School of Business invites you to join NAPSLO in Chicago for the annual Extreme Risk Takers Symposium and career fair focusing on the surplus lines industry - the extreme side of insurance. Industry leaders will share their experiences and perspectives regarding the industry and the opportunities it offers to interested students. The event includes a closing dinner and reception. Registration is open!

The Drake Symposium: April 8-9

The Chi Chapter at Drake University is hosting the Drake Symposium on Leadership and Insurance in Des Moines, Iowa, April 8-9, 2017. The event includes speaker sessions, a formal, and a golf tournament/ clinic. The first registration deadline is February 14.

Contact your Chapter leaders for additional details or to participate in any of these three inter-chapter events!

AAMGA Student White Paper Contest 
Due February 17th!

Distinguish yourself by being part of the AAMGA's nationwide White Paper Research Contest for students enrolled in University and College Risk Management and Insurance programs. This is an exclusive opportunity to research and write on a topic of current interest to the insurance marketplace, win a scholarship, get your paper published in WIN Magazine, win a trip to the 2017 AAMGA Annual Meeting for your and your professor, and be recognized by wholesale insurance professionals nationwide. The deadline to submit your entry is February 17th, 2017 at 5 pm EST.

For more details visit the white paper contest website!

Visit  here    to submit your paper!

Student Spotlight: 
Edmund Puodziunas, Sigma Chapter at Temple University
Congratulations to Edmund Puodziunas, a GIS member of the Sigma Chapter, at Temple University. Edmund received his Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation. He is a senior Risk Management and Insurance major in the Fox School of Business and will be graduating in May 2017.  Edmund is also an active member of Gamma Iota Sigma, where he currently holds a leadership position as Director of Finance. The Sigma Chapter shared further details in a Press Release last week, "He began his exam journey in February 2016 and passed his final exam in January 2017.  This accomplishment is an extraordinary achievement, as obtaining the CEBS designation before graduating college is rare.  We are excited and proud of Edmund for his hard work and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors!" The Grand Chapter seconds that!
Are you interested being considered for the Student Spotlight?

If you are interested in being featured on social media, newsletters, or other GIS communications, please fill out the form in the link below! Thank you!
Alumni News
Calling All GIS Graduates! 

Alumni and alumni to be, please take a few minutes to fill out the Alumni Update Form. Help us to stay in touch with you, and keep you in the loop on all things GIS!

There are many ways to stay involved as an alumnus of GIS, and by providing your new information we can keep you informed with newsletters, e-mails and about important information and upcoming events. We look forward to watching your careers grow!

GIS Alumni Council:
Students, please consider joining one of our alumni chapters if you are looking to continue your involvement with our organization upon graduation. Our alumni chapters are growing in current cities and expanding into new cities. We are looking for alumni who would like to be involved in starting new chapters in new locations!  
There were a few alumni events over the last few weeks:

Alumni from Temple and GIS wanted to start 2017 off strong with a Co-sponsored Happy Hour to bring together the NYC community. This event was the first of many for both organizations for 2017. Pictured on the right small portion of our group from our 2017 Co-sponsored Kick Off event with Temple University Alumni at the Perfect Pint in January. 

Another very active Alumni Council is
Chicago. This group held another successful happy hour on January 20th. 

For more information on the GIS Alumni Council, please contact one of the regional chapter leaders below or Alumni Council President, Jake Timmins at or Vice President, Sabrina Hanitz at for information on starting a chapter in your area! You can also visit the Alumni Council Webpage to contact your local leaders.

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 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.
Your connection to the network is imperative in the future of your career. Connect with the industry by utilizing our Find A Chapter map, where you can find local leaders for the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS),  Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Society (CPCU), Insurance Accounting and Systems Association (IASA),  International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP), Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), and Risk Insurance Management Society (RIMS). You can access the map through the following link -
GIS on Social Media:
Please be sure to like, follow, and join! #GammaIS

Did you know that Gamma Iota Sigma is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn?
Share your photos and events, and f ollow us on social media to get updates on upcoming events, hear from other chapters, and get information on industry scholarships and opportunities!
We hope to see you on social media! 

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Noelle Codispoti                                            
Executive Director                                         

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Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives

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