Gamma Iota Sigma  Student Newsletter
July 2017   

In This Issue
Recruiting Practices Survey
46th Annual Conference
Dive In Festival
GCIE Designees
New Chapter Charterings
NYC Summer Series
Industry Career Opportunities
Scholarship Opportunities
Alumni News
GIS Merchandise
GIS on Social Media
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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


Recruiting Practices Survey!
Participate by July 21 for a Chance to Win!

It's that time of year again! We need YOUR PARTICIPATION in the 2017 Recruiting Survey by July 21. 

GIS continuously works in close partnership with you, our student members and recent graduates, as well as with the industry to make engagement opportunities even more meaningful. With this survey, we seek to inform the industry's recruiting practices based on YOUR experiences and input.

Your feedback is extremely valuable in helping us work with recruiters so that they can develop and hone their recruiting strategies. This survey asks for your own recruiting experiences, as well as your thoughts and opinions regarding what you look for in a prospective employer; companies coming to campus; when and for how long they extend an offer to you; and what you think is the best means for them to reach you and your peers.

To thank you for your participation, there will be opportunities to win*!

1 - $500 Visa Gift Card
5 - $50 Visa Gift Cards
Any school with 10 participants will receive $100 off of 2017-2018 membership dues!

* You must enter an email address in the survey (#39) to be eligible for a prize.

Individual answers will be kept confidential, but the complete results of this survey will be used as part of a Recruiters' Roundtable that will take place on Thursday, September 28 during the GIS Annual Conference in Dallas.

Your opinion matters! Help us and our partners create the best strategies for recruiting GIS members! Please respond by July 21.

46th Annual International Conference!
Save the Dates!

The  46th Annual International Conference  is less than 3 months away! We are looking forward to seeing you at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas from  September 28-30, 2017. Block your calendar and get ready to be "Professional, Prepared, Primed" to enter the insurance industry.

Don't miss this premier event allowing you to develop professionally and expand on your industry exposure and knowledge. The agenda includes the largest career fair of its kind, educational sessions, Dive In diversity and inclusion sessions, and keynote addresses, in addition to leadership seminars and ample networking opportunities. 

Make sure we see you in Dallas! Please reach out to your chapter president or advisor if you are interested in attending! 
"Dive In" Returns to the Annual International Conference
The Festival for Diversity & Inclusion in Insurance

We are proud to announce for the second year in a row, the GIS Annual Conference will be a global Dive In Festival city! The Dive In Festival was first held in 2015 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.

Similar to last year, the Festival is going global and including cities and events where diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs are taking center stage. In 2016, 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 offer this opportunity to share with our members for the second time!

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

GCIE Designees 2017
GIS Risk Management and Insurance Programs Honored!

The Global Centers of Insurance Excellence released their list of universities and colleges recognized for their outstanding Risk Management and Insurance programs. 

Congratulations to the following GIS schools that made the 2017 list:

Appalachian State University
Ball State University
California State University - Fullerton
Florida State University
The University of Iowa
University of Mississippi
Temple University
Virginia Commonwealth University

See more at:  GCIE 2017 Designees

New Chapter Charterings
#GammaIS Growing!

GIS is thrilled to have two new schools officially joining the organization this fall. The Gamma Beta Chapter at the University of Akron will charter September 14, 2017 and the Gamma Gamma Chapter at Iowa State University will charter September 16, 2017.

If you are interested and may be able to attend, please contact your chapter officers or advisor. 

Congratulations in advance to these two incredible schools!

New York City Summer Series
Stay Tuned for Exciting Summer Events

The Alpha Iota Chapter at St. John's University in New York is running a NYC Summer Series with great events planned for any GIS members interning in NYC for the summer. 

GIS members that are interning in New York for the summer of 2017 should forward your contact information to the Alpha Iota President, James Pappas at

They have several events planned that aim to connect the young professionals in the area and are eager to have your Chapter represented!

Pictured below is a photo from the last event that they successfully co-hosted with the GIS NYC Alumni Council called "Happy Hour in the Big City" at the Revival Bar in NYC, Tuesday, June 27th. There was an amazing turnout! Four current GIS Presidents attended (from St. John's, St. Joe's, University of Houston and Howard University), eight chapters represented (St. John's, St. Joe's, Appalachian State University, Troy University, Temple University, the University of Connecticut, University of Houston, and Howard University) with 35 total attendees! 

Congrats to Alpha Iota on a great start to another successful summer series! 

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. 

July 31:

For additional scholarship opportunities visit:

Alumni Updates and Events
Calling All GIS Graduates to Stay Involved! 

On June 29, the Scottsdale Alumni Council hosted their second event called "BYOI - Bring Your Own Intern." There were 22 people in attendance, with interns from three different companies and two NAPSLO interns. The interns represented GIS from Appalachian State, Olivet, Indiana State, New Mexico State, Ole Miss, Montana State, and Arizona State. Nine different companies had representatives in attendance! The group had a great time and is looking forward to hosting their next event. A photo of many of the attendees is below. 

Get inspired by the Scottsdale alumni and connect with your GIS peers! The network continues long past graduation!

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!

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!  

Recent graduates, another reminder to please help us stay in touch with you and take a moment to fill out this Alumni Update Form. We will keep you informed on all things GIS as your career develops! Without your personal e-mail or new work e-mail addresses we risk losing touch! 

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 Online Merchandise Store
Get your Gamma Gear Today!

GIS has partnered with an online vendor to conveniently provide customized Gamma merchandise to you such as polo shirts, fleeces, pins, padfolios, table cloths, coffee mugs, and graduation stoles.

Check out the  site at the link below to order your Gamma Merchandise today!

GIS is looking forward to sharing your pictures this year with the cap toppers now available on the website!
The GIS Pom-Pom shirts that were so popular at the Annual Conference shown to the right are also available Merchandise Store! Stay tuned!

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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