Gamma Iota Sigma  Student Newsletter
March 2017   

In This Issue
Insurance Careers Month!
Chapter Spotlight
New Chapter Chartering
Industry Career Opportunities
Scholarship Opportunities
Insurance Jeopardy
AIG's University Challenge
Inter-Chapter Events
Student Spotlight
Alumni News
III Fact Book
GIS on Social Media
Amazon Smile
GIS Merchandise
Quick Links

Mark Your Calendar!
  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


Insurance Careers Month
GIS Success Story and Re-Cap! Thank you!

Thank you to all of you who participated in the Second Annual Insurance Careers Month. Whether you were sharing your event photos and using the hashtags #GammaIS and #CareerTrifecta, liking and sharing your peers' videos and photos, providing helpful information about your industry experiences, or sharing your perspective on why insurance careers are a great choice, you made a huge impact on this grassroots campaign! 

You all did a fantastic job emphasizing the stable, rewarding and limitless career opportunities that the insurance industry offers!

There are a few notable moments that we would like to highlight:
  • GIS' first Live-Tweet sessions hosted by Noelle Codispoti, and your International Student Representatives Celeste Azubuike and Sarah Rumon were a huge success! Student participation was impressive, and GIS certainly got the attention of the industry and your networks. 

    • Beta Phi at the University of Texas at Dallas
    • Iota at Florida State University
    • Chi at Drake University
    • Alpha Iota at St. John's University
    • Beta Lambda at Butler University
    • Alpha Tau at UNC at Charlotte
    • Beta Xi at St. Mary's University  
    • Beta Iota at Troy University
*An honorary mention goes to the Sigma Chapter at Temple University, who submitted on the last day of Insurance Careers Month just to get the message out!


Grand Chapter postings received a great amount of attention from our followers, thank you for your activity on our pages.


Insurance Careers Month may be over but the Insurance Careers Movement continues! Follow the Grand Chapter!

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Chapter Spotlight!
Insurance Careers Month Contest Winners

In December, the Grand Chapter challenged you to create a video that best shows or inspires a young person to pursue a career in insurance. Videos were due on Friday, January 27, 2017, and we received 8 submissions inspired by the Insurance Careers Movement, meant to inspire young people to choose a career in insurance.

Grand Prize Winners! Two chapters will receive up to $500 off Annual Conference Registration fees in 2017 plus one complimentary hotel room at the Annual Conference.

Of the three student videos we posted on Feb.1, St. John's received the most impressions (3,756), followed by UNCC (2,844) and Drake University (1,740).

Our top student videos were Drake University (11,080 people reached), University of Texas at Dallas (9,490 people reached) and UNCC (1,100 people reached). St. John's was a close fourth (1,010 people reached). 

Most Creative and Inspiring Video Prize: One Chapter will receive a complimentary hotel room for the Annual International Conference for the most creative and inspiring video as determined by the Grand Chapter Executive Committee.
  • Most Creating and Inspiring Prize Winner:  
    Chi Chapter at Drake University

Participation Award - All 8 chapters that submitted videos will receive a $100 credit towards their Spring fees! 

New Chapter Chartering
Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University will charter on March, 29th, 2017 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. The chartering will take place in the Chapel Hall at 12:00pm EST.  

If you are interested in attending, please reach out to your chapter's leaders.

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!
GIS Webinar Series
The Business & Science of Pet Health Insurance 
Wednesday, March 15, 2:30-3:30pm EST

Brought to you by:  Gamma Iota Sigma and the Society of Actuaries.
Presenter: Laura Bennett, FSA

Many actuaries consider pet insurance not much better than alien abduction insurance - but that's only because they don't know any better. This session will delve into the subtleties of pet insurance and why this product line is worthy of actuarial interest. The conversation will be interwoven with the story of how an actuary jumped from life & health to pet insurance while building a pet insurance company from an idea and a business plan to a rapidly growing private equity-funded company.

The Sophistication of Business Insurance
Wednesday, March 29, 3:00-4:00pm EST

Brought to you by: Gamma Iota Sigma and Nationwide.
Presenter: Eric Coleman, CPCU

Business insurance is one of the last holdouts in a financial world that has gone from relationship orientation to technological innovation. While relationships are at the heart of any industry, business insurance is now moving forward with models, analytics, and adoption of technology faster than ever before. This session will explain the advancements this industry is experiencing and will evolve toward in the future.


Thank you to Assurex Global for providing the webinar host technology!
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. 

March 9:

March 31:

April 1: 

May 1:

May 2:
For additional scholarship opportunities visit:

Sign Up for Insurance Jeopardy!
Hosted by AAMGA at the GIS Annual International Conference

Join us for the AAMGA's Insurance Jeopardy, hosted at the 2017 GIS Conference! Don't miss this opportunity for friendly competition with your GIS colleagues! The competition will take place in several rounds on Saturday, September 30th in Dallas, TX, with the final round being held at the Saturday-night GIS Annual Conference event! Build your 4-person team, and sign up online by Friday, September 8, 2017 to secure your chance to play.

Important Note: A team of four players is not required to be entirely from the same chapter. You are encouraged to form a team representing either your chapter, or a combination of chapters! Individual players may also sign up to be placed on a team (based on availability). Interested but don't have a team put together yet? Complete the form anyway to let us know of your interest! A resource bank will be provided on the GIS website in advance of the competition.
AIG's University Innovation Challenge
Deadline - March 12, 2017

AIG's Spring 2017  University Innovation Challenge is live.  This challenge allows college students from across the U.S. and parts of Canada to pitch their solutions and ideas to AIG.
Challenge Question: How can emerging technologies advance or improve commercial insurance? 
The deadline to submit your solution is 
Finalists will attend the Grand Finale in Houston, TX in April to present their solutions to a panel of judges. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the challenge winner!

RIMS NeXtGen Forum 2017
June 4-5 in Austin, Texas!

This year, RIMS has opened registration to the RIMS NeXtGen Forum to its student members. Join us in Austin, TX, from June 4-5 for this educational and networking event for young risk professionals.

This event is an opportunity to supplement your studies with practitioner insight on real-world risk management challenges, as well as meet Rising Risk Professionals who can give you career advice. You'll also learn risk management best practices and how to navigate corporate structures. The agenda offers 101 level sessions for early career professionals:

* Everything You Need to Know About Cyber Risk Insurance
* A Fresh View from the Rising Stars
* Risky Business: Navigating Risk Management Inside and Outside Your Company
* Networking Your Way to Your Next Risk Management Role

Become a RIMS Student Member to attend the NeXtGen Forum at the student rate of $99. All you have to do is submit a PDF of your transcript to and we will activate your membership.

Visit the website to view the complete agenda, learn about the speakers and get hotel/travel information. We hope to see you there!
Inter-Chapter Event Opportunities!

The Philadelphia Excursion: March 24-26

The Sigma Chapter at Temple University will host  the  Philadelphia   Excursion,  a great way to meet other GIS members from across the country while exploring one of America's most historic cities! Registration deadline:  Friday, March 3, 2017.

NAPSLO Symposium 
Extreme Risk Takers: March 31-April 1 

The Alpha Kappa Chapter at the Illinois State University Katie School of Business invites you to join NAPSLO in Chicago for the annual Extreme Risk Takers Symposium and career fair focusing on the surplus lines industry - the extreme side of insurance. Industry leaders will share their experiences and perspectives regarding the industry and the opportunities it offers to interested students. The event includes a closing dinner and reception. Registration is open!

The Deductible Dash at the Philadelphia Zoo: April 08, 2017

The Saint Joseph's University Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, the International Risk Management,Insurance, and Actuarial Science Collegiate Fraternity, will be hosting their 1st Annual Deductible Dash 5K at the Philadelphia Zoo on Saturday, April 08, 2017. The 5K will be a charitable event with proceeds going towards The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), which helps communities and enriches lives by combining the collective strengths of the industry to provide grants, volunteer service and leadership.

Contact your Chapter leaders for additional details or to participate in any of these three inter-chapter events!
Student Spotlight: 
" It is great to be surrounded by people who share the same passion as you as well as supporting you every step of the way."
Name:  Katherine Sargent
School:  East Carolina University 
Chapter:  Beta Theta Chapter 
Officer Title:  President 
Major:  Finance 
Concentration: Risk Management and Insurance
Graduation:  May 2017
What do you hope to do with your degree?
In June 2017, I will be joining Liberty Mutual in Charlotte, North Carolina in the Underwriting department. I will be a trainee for six-months before stepping into an underwriting role.              
Why did you choose to major in Risk Management, Insurance, or Actuarial Science?
I chose RMI as a concentration when I was finishing up my sophomore year because it was something different and from what I had heard the opportunities were endless. I had heard nothing but good things about the faculty and students that were apart of the program. I took Principles of Risk Management and Insurance and knew that this was the right choice and path for my future.

Why did you join Gamma Iota Sigma?

I joined GIS because of their mission to help students who are interested in a field in Risk Management and Insurance. It is great to be surrounded by people who share the same passion as you as well as supporting you every step of the way. 
How has your participation in Gamma Iota Sigma prepared you for your career?

I started off in GIS as a director, but once I took on the role of VP and President I learned the value of leading, and supporting others to pursue their dreams in RMI. GIS has unlimited amount of opportunities for students to gain internships and jobs while still a student at a university. The National Convention last year (2016) was a great example how dedicated GIS is to making sure students succeed in the field of RMI. 

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

Get ready to talk about Insurance! If you enjoy talking about insurance and see yourself having a career in the RMI industry then you will LOVE GIS. It has been helped me in so many ways create a pathway for my future. I have met so many great friends through the RMI program at my school and through GIS, everyone truly cares and is there to support one another. 

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 current and informed 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!

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 Events: 
The GIS Dallas Alumni Council partnered with the Beta Phi Chapter at the University of Texas - Dallas for a fundraising event. A local Thai restaurant offered to donate 25% of their proceeds to the Beta Phi Chapter. Both alumni and students gathered for dinner and shared valuable conversations. We were able to raise nearly $400 for their chapter! Pictured below.

Another great alumni event took place recently. Members of the GIS Indianapolis Alumni Council as well as students from the Beta Lambda chapter at Butler University, met at a local bar and grill called Scotty's Dawghouse on Butler's campus yesterday to network and watch Butler's basketball game on February 26th. Pictured below.

Great work! These events have a powerful impact on the organization!  

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.

III's 2017 Insurance Fact Book

The Insurance Information Institute recently announced the publication of its annual Insurance Fact Book. In publication for nearly 60 years, this venerable almanac (called by some a virtual "Google for insurance geeks" and "essential for insurance pros and job-seekers alike") has received a complete refresh for '17. If you are interested in purchasing a copy for you or your chapter visit:

Check out the III on social for more information:
@III_Research * @IIIorg * @IIIIndustryBlog:

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