Gamma Iota Sigma  Student Newsletter
June 2017   

In This Issue
Congrats 2017 Grads!
46th Annual Conference
Dallas Road Show
NYC Summer Series
IAIP Convention
Industry Career Opportunities
Scholarship Opportunities
Student Spotlight
Alumni News
GIS Merchandise
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


Congratulations Graduates!
Professional, Prepared and Primed for the Future! 

#GammaIS Proud of Your Achievements, Class of 2017! It is thrilling to watch the future of the industry off to pursue their own #CareerTrifecta! Be sure to submit your personal or new professional e-mail through the Alumni Update Form. We want to keep in touch with you! 


46th Annual International Conference!
Save the Dates!

The  46th Annual International Conference  is under four months away. It will be held this year 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! 
Success in Dallas! 
The Road Show Happy Hour Drew a Crowd!

The Grand Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma and the Dallas Chapter of the GIS Alumni Council hosted a Road Show Happy Hour on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Meso Maya in Dallas, Texas. The evening provided the attendees with an opportunity to meet current GIS student members, alumni, and organization representatives and connect with current and former colleagues and classmates. This was a perfect kickoff event for the GIS Annual International Conference just under four months away!

Thank you to the many industry attendees and supporters, as well as the alumni, student and faculty attendees from so many schools. As always, you put your best selves forward and ignited interest in the 2017 Annual International Conference, while perfectly representing GIS. 

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!

An example of one of the events they are hosting is happening today, through a collaboration with the GIS NYC alumni council, a networking event called "Melting the Ice in the Big City."  The invite is shown to the right.

We look forward to sharing your summer events and successes!

Discount for GIS at the 76th Annual IAIP Convention
June 15-17th in Albuquerque, New Mexico!

Plan now to attend the IAIP 76th Annual Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico where the IAIP will influence careers, develop leaders and connect members.  

Educational workshops will include CE approved courses, topics focused on career development, and association management training for local leaders. Network with other professionals and vendors to take the pulse of what is happening for industry trends, share best practices, and gather new ideas to take home.

A special discounted student rate is available only for GIS student members - over 50% off the non-IAIP member price!

Visit the website for more information and to register 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. 

June 17:

For additional scholarship opportunities visit:

Student Spotlight: 
"The intentional commitment to students at all levels makes Gamma Iota Sigma very unique. From industry conferences to networking events, everything is designed to make you succeed as a student."
Name: Florent (AC) Ndindjock
School:   University of Texas at Dallas
Chapter:  Beta Phi
Officer Title:  Vice President, Recruitment
Major:  Finance/Risk Management & Insurance
Graduation: May 2017
What do you hope to do with your degree in Risk Management, Insurance, or Actuarial Science?
I would like to work as a Risk Analyst upon my graduation. I have gained interest in both Surplus Line and Commercial Line underwriting as well. The challenges of the underwriting job and the analytical aspect of it, are very enticing.     
Why did you choose to major in Risk Management, Insurance, or Actuarial Science?
I am naturally a risk adverse person. I truly believe that for any organization to succeed, it has to wholeheartedly adopt a risk management framework and encourage everyone within the enterprise to follow suit. I love analyzing complex situations and coming up with ways to make them adaptable. For that reason, I was naturally attracted to the Risk Management and Insurance industry. 

Why did you join Gamma Iota Sigma?

I have been around many college fraternities in the past but none like Gamma Iota Sigma that embodies professionalism and a genuine interest in the success of its members.The intentional commitment to students at all levels makes Gamma Iota Sigma very unique. From industry conferences to networking events, everything is designed to make you succeed as a student. 
How has your participation in Gamma Iota Sigma prepared you for your career?

I have been privileged to participate in many networking events and industry conferences organized by Gamma Iota Sigma. Those events gave me the opportunity to meet and get to know industry experts who have graciously shared their knowledge with me and have encouraged me in my pursuit. I am thankful for Gamma Iota Sigma for having made it possible and I can say with confidence that every year spent in school and all the networking have prepared me for my career in the risk management and insurance industry.  

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

It does pay to give it a try. The insurance industry is going through a major transformation and there is a great need for younger talents. The cost of the membership dues is nothing in comparison to all the benefits that you receive as a member. You get out what you put in. I would encourage any student interested in joining Gamma Iota Sigma to trust the process and go in with an open mind and willingness to learn alongside the best in the industry. I do not know if you can get that elsewhere. 

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 Updates and Events
Calling All GIS Graduates to Stay Involved! 

Recent Alumni Events! 

The New York City Alumni Chapter has been busy with fun and varied activities, including an upcoming event! Thank you to everyone who participated in the NYC Alumni Kickball League this Season and also to those who came out to their Co-Sponsored Community Service Event with Reinsurance Under 40s! 

Congratulations to the Scottsdale Alumni Chapter  on their first event! It was a huge success with over 20 students and professionals in attendance. The event was sponsored by Markel and Nautilus at a local brewery in Scottsdale. Both GIS and the members are thrilled to share this news and watch the growth of your chapter!

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

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

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Director of Chapter Services

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