Gamma Iota Sigma Student Newsletter                           
July 2016
In This Issue
GIS 45th Annual International Conference
Dive In!
Alumni Chapters
CAS Student Portal
Scholarship Opportunities
Industry Internships
GIS Career Center
GIS Resources
GIS Social Media
AAMGA University West 2016
Chapter Spotlight
Student Spotlight
Alumni Spotlight
Quick Links

Mark Your Calendar!
July 15, 2016
September 29 - October 1, 2016

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


Alex Diverde

Student Representative


Sarah Rumon

Student Representative


Noelle Codispoti 

Executive Director


GIS 45th Annual International Conference:  
September 29 through October 1, 2016

Save the Date! The 45th Annual International Conference is taking place this fall in Columbus, Ohio, September 29-October 1, 2016. Congregate with your GIS peers from across the country and Canada, and connect with industry and GIS alumni. Your future employer is waiting to recruit you.

Check out the agenda in the link below. The agenda includes a career fair, educational sessions and keynote addresses, in addition to leadership seminars and ample networking opportunities.  This year's conference will serve to further the interaction between our students, the industry and our alumni. See you there! Registration links will be available soon!

"Dive In" at the GIS Annual International Conference:  
The Festival for Diversity & Inclusion in Insurance

We are proud to announce that this year,  the GIS Annual Conference was added as a global Dive In Festival city!  The Dive In Festival was first held last year in the Lloyd's market.  It was a market-wide four-day celebration of the bottom line benefits of diversity and inclusion for the insurance industry led by Inclusion@Lloyd's. 

This year the Festival is going global and including cities and events where diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs are taking center stage.  Earlier this year, GIS students created a diversity committee to give themselves a voice in this topic.  

Programming for the conference is being planned and GIS is thrilled to have this opportunity to share with our members!

For more information about the festival, and to appreciate our excitement about its inclusion in the conference, please visit:

Alumni Chapters Continue to Expand: 
Join or start a chapter in your area today!

Please consider joining one of our alumni chapters if you are looking to continue your involvement with our organization. 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!

Chapter Location
Chapter Leader
Ben Robbins
Jon Perry
Kenneth Rawls
Ali Rosenberg
Des Moines
Mike Jennings
Des Moines
Elizabeth Cokel
Ashton Baca
Jonathan Thompson
Sam Weiss
Kansas City
Jeff Sandy
Los Angeles
Dymphna Menedez
Page Hoggle
New York City
Simone Blond
New York City
Brittany Sakson
Chelsea Thorpe
Juliette Bachalany
Geoffrey Bernardo
Joshua Rubin
South Bend
Andrew Graman
St. Paul
Anna Rockers

This photo was taken at a happy hour for the Dallas 
CAS Student Portal:  Connect with a University Liaison!

The Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) is the only actuarial organization in the world exclusively focused on property and casualty risks, is the unparalleled gold standard of expertise, credibility and professional integrity for the casualty actuarial profession, known internationally as the field of general insurance.

Are you interested in having a CAS University Liaison visit your school? Submit a request on the CAS Student Central website and they will be in touch -  Request for University Liaison.

Scholarships Available:
Do You Need Money to Pay for School? Apply today!

There are many scholarship opportunities available for stu dents studying risk management and insurance. See below for application and deadline information for upcoming opportunities.

ACORD Student Scholarship: Deadline EXTENDED, July 15, 2016
For additional scholarship opportunities, please visit:

GIS Features Industry Internships:  
Don't miss out on these great opportunities, apply today!
For additional internship opportunities, visit the Career Center described below at

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.  Employers can also search through student profiles, so be sure to get  your resume on there!  It's 

  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!

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, Twitter and LinkedIn?
Like our Facebook Page and join in the conversation with other students and alumni just like you as well as employers from all over the world!
Write on our wall and tell us how GIS has been beneficial in your path to becoming a professional or what you are looking forward to in the upcoming academic year. Did you have an internship this semester? Give your employer a shout out on our Page and tell us how your internship went!
Follow us on social media to get updates on upcoming events and information on industry scholarships!
We hope to see you on social media!

Gamma Iota Sigma Grand Chapter on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

AAMGA University West 2016:  
Your Have the Opportunity to Attend!

GIS members invited to attend AAMGA University West 2016!

Don't miss the opportunity to learn from insurance industry experts and build relationships with more than 300 professionals representing the wholesale insurance marketplace at this two-day educational workshop in Scottsdale, AZ.  Gamma Iota Sigma student members receive a special flat registration rate of $25, which includes registration, classroom materials, and breakfast and lunch August 18-19. 

Please contact  Alyssa Bouchard, CPCU, ASLI ( at AAMGA Headquarters for more information!

Chapter Spotlight: Nu Chapter


Students at the Nu Chapter at Central Michigan University enjoyed a social outing at Comerica Park watching the Detroit Tigers.
Student Spotlight: 
" Having a fraternity for our related majors is similar to having a family."
Name:  Kristen Miller
School: University of Mississippi
Chapter: Mu Chapter
Major: Vice President of Recruitment
Graduation: December 2016
What do you hope to do with your degree in Risk Management, Insurance, or Actuarial Science?
Upon graduation, I hope to stay in the south, hopefully Louisiana or Texas, and pursue a career in claims and client management within the commercial insurance area.                        
Why did you choose to major in Risk Management, Insurance, or Actuarial Science?

My mother is a CSR for an independent agency in my hometown of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Growing up, she taught me a great deal of information relating to personal lines of insurance. When I first began college as a business major, I could not decide what area to focus in. After a year of school, I finally decided that I wanted to learn more of what my mother began teaching me. It has been one of the greatest decisions I have made.  

Why did you join Gamma Iota Sigma?

When I found out Ole Miss was reestablishing our Gamma Iota Sigma chapter, I immediately wanted to become involved. Having a fraternity for our related majors is similar to having a family. I wanted to be a member of an organization that is involved both on campus and in my future.  

How has your participation in Gamma Iota Sigma prepared you for your career?

Last semester I got to go to the Gamma Iota Sigma Annual Conference, where I was able to attend many informational sessions and a career fair. Those sessions taught me about many areas of insurance and risk management I did not have much prior knowledge of. Being a part of the Mu chapter has taught me many organizational skills and how to prepare others for upcoming events. 

What would you say to a student interested in joining Gamma Iota Sigma?

I would tell an interested student not to hesitate in joining Gamma Iota Sigma because it provides more than just career opportunities. It gave me an insurance family and a great way to volunteer, both for Gamma Iota Sigma and for becoming more involved on campus. I made some great friends at the Annual Conference that I will stay in contact with throughout our careers, and I cannot wait to see what Gamma Iota Sigma has in store for me or other members next.

Alumni Spotlight:
I would highly recommend attending as many networking events that you can.
Ashton Baca, Production Specialist, AIG
Alma Mater: University of North Texas, May 2014
Chapter: Beta Zeta 
Major: Risk Management and I nsurance
Grand Chapter Involvement:  Alumni Council Liaison, Greater Indianapolis Chapter

Why did you join GIS, and what benefits did you experience through your participation in the organization?

When I was pursing my degree at UNT I hadn't chosen a major and stumbled across the GIS chapter on campus. They help a meeting and had asked me to join. In the meeting I learned about all the benefits that we are exposed to through the organization. 

As a member I had received multiple scholarships, made many helpful connections to industry professionals, interviewed with multiple insurance companies, and finally landed a job with AIG.

What advice would you give to students considering joining GIS

As a member of GIS, I would highly recommend attending as many networking events that you can. The connections that you make are very important. The people you meet might be the person that hires you out of school, or recommends you. The bigger the network you have the better. Make sure to make a good impression as that is your label in the industry and you want to have a good one.  

What advice would you give to students wishing to pursue a career in the insurance industry? 

Make sure to brush up on the companies and line of business that you are pursuing. If you have done your homework it will show. It will also impress whomever you are speaking with regarding your goals. 

How has your career been impacted by your college and alumni involvement in GIS? 

I can thank GIS for assisting me in finding a job before I graduated. I can also thank the organization for the many connections that I continue to make. As a GIS Alumni, I have co-founded the Houston GIS Alumni chapter. This is great way to stay connected to alumni across the country.  

Is there any advice you wished you had before graduating college with regards to the insurance industry, GIS, or your career path? 

GIS and the advisors did a wonderful job of advising us as we made our way through school. Just make sure to stay focused and determined.  

Noelle Codispoti                                            
Executive Director                                            

Grace Grant
Director of Chapter Services

Alyson Koehler
Director of Marketing & Communications

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