Gamma Iota Sigma Student Newsletter                           
June 2016
In This Issue
Congratulations Graduates
Alumni Council Continues to Expand
Full Time Job Opportunities
CAS Student Portal
Insurance Careers: The Best Kept Secret
Scholarship Opportunities
Industry Internships
GIS Career Center
GIS Resources
GIS Social Media
Attention Actuaries
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


Congratulations GIS Graduates: Prepared for the future! #GammaIS 


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

Are you in need of a full time job?:  Don't miss out on this opportunity with AIG!

The American International Group (AIG) serves commercial, institutional, and
individual customers in more than 130 countries through one of the most extensive worldwide property-casualty networks of any insurer. AIG employees have the unique opportunity to accelerate their career across the multiple business lines, functions, and regions in which we operate. Strong work ethic, motivation, and talent will ensure your success at AIG, as we provide exceptional opportunities for growth throughout our global business. 


Learn more about their Full-Time Analyst Underwriting Program here.

CAS Student Portal:  Connect with a University Liaison today!

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.

Insurance Careers: The Best Kept Secret!

Sarah Rumon, International Student Representative, and Beta Pi Chapter President, was featured on the MyPath blog. She was quoted saying, "I will never forget the piece of advice that a keynote speaker shared at my first Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) International Conference. He asked all the students in the audience to lean forward because he was going to let us in on a secret. "You just made the best choice by being here at this conference," he said. "Working in the insurance industry is the best-kept secret." I didn't think much of it at the time, but as I have grown in my education and my career, this statement has never been truer. 

Read the complete blogpost here -

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.

Attention Actuaries:
What is the Key to a Successful Actuarial Career?

Are you interested in becoming an actuary?

Check out the below from the Society of Actuaries to learn more.

What Can You Do?
What is the key to a successful actuarial career? What are the top 10 lessons to start your career? How do you decide on a field of practice? These, and many other issues were covered in the Society of Actuaries Candidate Connect webcast  "What Can You Do?" .
Jordan Paulus, FSA, MAAA, consulting actuary at Milliman, Grace Lattyak, FSA, EA, FCA, associate partner, Aon Hewitt and Michael Ewald, FSA, CFA, CERA, director and assistant actuary at The Hartford Financial Services Group shared their experiences in health, pension and predictive analytics-from how they became actuaries to their daily work lives and what their employers look for in new actuaries.
The  webcast recording  is now available. 

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: "The insurance industry is the hidden treasure of the working world."
Name:  Melissa Sutton
School: Baylor University
Chapter: Alpha Pi Chapter
Major: Vice President
Graduation: May 2017
What do you hope to do with your degree in Risk Management, Insurance, or Actuarial Science?
I hope to pursue a career in the Property/Casualty industry as an actuary.                             
Why did you choose to major in Risk Management, Insurance, or Actuarial Science?
I always knew I wanted to do something math-related, and Actuarial Science seemed like the perfect fit for me. Not only is it great for people who love numbers, the insurance industry is the hidden treasure of the working world.
Why did you join Gamma Iota Sigma?
I joined immediately when I heard GIS gives great opportunities to learn about the industry, network, find jobs, and help guide me through my college process.
How has your participation in Gamma Iota Sigma prepared you for your career?
GIS has given me a huge insight into the industry I wish to enter. All of my internships, my actuarial exam success, and my confidence in the career path I've chosen can all be attributed to GIS.                 
What would you say to a student interested in joining Gamma Iota Sigma?
I would say it is much more than an organization where students just share a common interest. It is an entrance into the real world designed to help students carve out their paths into the career they want. With the help of GIS, I can be confident in my future because of the opportunities it provides.                
Alumni Spotlight: "Get involved as early as possible!
Name: Laura Nance, Senior Underwriter, Liberty Mutual
Alma Mater: Illinois State University, May 2011
Chapter: Alpha Kappa Chapter
Major: Insurance
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? I joined GIS once I had decided to pursue the insurance major. I got involved the second semester of my sophomore year, which was earlier than most and allowed me to connect with older members of Gamma. This was a great experience because I was able to re-connect with a lot of those people my Junior and Senior years of college, when they were already in the industry, and still today. The main benefit was the professional skills we gain through GIS - how to conduct yourself in an interview, workplace expectations, professional writing skills, etc...without these I wouldn't be where I am in my career today, at least not yet.
What advice would you give to students considering joining GIS? Get involved as early as possible! And get to know your GIS Directors and leaders. The more activities you attend the more you will gain both personally and professionally.
What advice would you give to students wishing to pursue a career in the insurance industry? It is a hidden gem in the business world. There are so many different areas to pursue, there's a job for anyone. Try to start in a broad position and narrow down your specialty as your career progresses.
How has your career been impacted by your college and alumni involvement in GIS? In every way! I literally wouldn't have my career without GIS. 
Is there any advice you wished you had before graduating college with regards to the insurance industry, GIS, or your career path? Really think about what you want to do for your first job. It's a longer commitment than a semester in school, so make sure you are applying for positions you can really see yourself sticking with for the foreseeable future.

Noelle Codispoti                                            
Executive Director                                            

Grace Grant
Director of Chapter Services

Alyson Koehler
Director of Marketing & Communications

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