Gamma Iota Sigma  Student Newsletter
January 2017   

In This Issue
Scholarship Opportunities
Industry Career Opportunities
Student Spotlight
Alumni News
GIS Resources
GIS on Social Media
Amazon Smile
Quick Links

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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


The Grand Chapter wishes you a very happy, healthy and successful 2017!

Insurance Careers Movement Challenge!
"Why should other young professionals explore a career in insurance?"

Attention young insurance professionals:  
As we begin phase II of our movement, we need your help to share what makes working in the insurance industry so great. Insurance offers some of the most rewarding careers out there. It hits the career trifecta: stable, rewarding and limitless. So we want you to tell us, in 200 words or less; Why should other young professionals explore a career in insurance?

You can enter the contest now through January 13th at 5 p.m., by posting a response to the question below. Let us know what inspires you about your career in the insurance industry! Our goal is collect informative and thoughtful responses that we can highlight throughout Insurance Careers Month on social media.

In order to be eligible to win, you must (1) indicate you have read and agree to the Contest Rules and Contest Release & Waiver (found in the ICM LinkedIn Group) by 'liking' this post; and (2) posting a written response to the question "Why should other young professionals explore a career in insurance?"

Entries longer than 200 words or that contain any copyrighted, inappropriate, offensive, unethical, or illegal content, as determined by PCI, will not be considered.
No purchase is necessary to enter or win. A purchase does not increase the chances of winning.

Enter Here for a Chance to Win a $500 Debit Gift Card (1st prize), a $100 Debit Gift Card (2nd prize), or a  $50 Debit Gift Card (3rd prize)!

Simply log in to your LinkedIn account and join the LinkedIn Group, called the Insurance Careers Movement Champions, to complete your submission.

GIS Webinar Series: January 25 - 2:30pm EST
Your Actuarial Career - Things the SOA & CAS Don't Tell You 

We are pleased to revive the monthly GIS Webinar Series for Winter 2016-17! This is an opportunity for top-rated sessions from the Annual International Conference to be revisited and presented with a Q&A component for the benefit of the entire GIS membership, not just those attending the Conference. It is also a fabulous chance to engage with and pose questions directly to industry experts. 

The series will kick off on Wednesday, January 25th at 2:30pm EST with ACTEX Publications presenting 
Your Actuarial Career - Things the SOA & CAS Don't Tell You.

Stay tuned for registration details, but please help us to spread the word. For other upcoming webinars, we will alternate actuarial and non-actuarial topics each month. Please be sure to share the webinar details with your entire membership and beyond, and encourage participation, even as a group dialing in together. Additional details, including the registration link for the January 25th webinar will be sent by early January. 

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. 

Actuarial Foundation Scholarships: Applications open January 2017

Spencer Educational Foundation Scholarship: January 31 st

Surety Foundation Scholarship: January 31 st

AAMGA White Paper Contest: February 15 th

IASA Scholarship Program: February 28 th

PRIMA Student Scholarship: February 26 th

CAS Trust Scholarship: March 1

For additional scholarship opportunities visit:

The Philadelphia Excursion - March 24-26, 2017
Hosted by the Sigma Chapter at Temple University

Interchapter Event Opportunity!
The Sigma Chapter at Temple University will host the  Philadelphia   Excursion  from 
March 24-26, 2017 . The  Philadelphia   Excursion  is a great way to meet other members of Gamma Iota Sigma from all across the country, all while exploring one of America's most historic cities! The Sigma chapter will once again be hosting this annual event and would like for your chapter to join in on the fun!
Please direct any questions to Sigma Chapter president Patrick Cohen at
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017Registration & Event Details Here

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!
NAPSLO Symposium - March 31, 12pm - Save the Date!
Extreme Risk Takers Hosted by the Alpha Kappa Chapter at the Illinois State University Katie School of Business

Join NAPSLO again in Chicago for the annual Extreme Risk Takers Symposium focusing on the extreme side of insurance. Industry leaders will share their experiences and perspectives regarding the industry and the opportunities it offers to interested students. 

WHAT: A surplus lines insurance symposium and career fair to educate students about the surplus lines industry and the benefits of a career in the industry. 

WHEN:  March 31 at 12 p.m. - April 1 at 4:30 p.m. (closing dinner/reception from 6-9 p.m.) 

WHERE:  Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Lakefront, Chicago, IL 

COST:  Registration is only $25 for students and includes: Friday night dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, career fair, event t-shirt, inclusion in the symposium resume booklet, and a subsidized room rate with Embassy Suites (breakfast included). 

Mark your calendars. Registration will open in mid-January 2017 and be available here
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: 
Attention GIS Students! 

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!

The GIS Dallas Alumni Chapter held an event on December 15th at The Social House in Addison, TX. The event was graciously sponsored by RT Specialty. The best ugliest sweater won a prize donated by Rimkus Consulting. We asked everyone to wear an ugly sweater and bring a new sweater to donate to The Family Place. Attendees are pictured below! GIS Dallas Alumni are active! Get inspired!

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!  
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                                         

Sharla Floyd
Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives

Grace Grant
Director of Chapter Services

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Director of Marketing & Communications

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