Gamma Iota Sigma Student Newsletter                           
May 2016
In This Issue
Welcome Beta Chi
Calling All Graduates
Alumni Council Continues to Expand
Full Time Job Opportunities
GIS Merchandise Store
Sustaining Partners Program
Scholarship Opportunities
Industry Internships
GIS Career Center
GIS Resources
GIS Social Media
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 Welcomes Beta Chi: Congratulations to the Beta Chi Chapter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst!
Congratulations to the Beta Chi Chapter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, our 70th chartered chapter! Thank you to students from the Alpha Iota Chapter at St. John's University, the Alpha Omicron Chapter at the University of Hartford, the Tau Chapter at Howard University, and the Xi Chapter at the University of Connecticut for attending and conducting the ceremony for the Beta Chi Chapter.
Officers and members were inducted through an official chartering ceremony on Friday, April 29, 2016 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Congratulations to the Beta Chi Chapter!
  Congratulations Beta Chi!

Calling All GIS Graduates: Connect today, transform tomorrow

S pring is finally here, but this also means that graduation is right around the corner. We want to stay in touch with our graduates! Alumni and soon-to-be alumni, please take a few minutes to fill out the Alumni Update Form and help us keep your contact information current.

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.

GIS Online Merchandise Store: Order Today!

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

Attention 2015 graduates - Please remember to order your graduation stoles through the online merchandise store. Please note it is our most popular item and will run out quickly!

GIS Sustaining Partners
Thank you to our committed sponsors!

In 2015, GIS implemented a fundraising initiative designed to allow the industry to have a sustaining impact on the development of the next generation of insurance professionals; the Sustaining Partners Program. Because of the support of our Sustaining Partners, GIS has been able to increase the number of strategic initiatives designed to promote the educational and professional development of our students!  This month features The Institutes.

What I Would Tell My 20-Something, Job-Starting Self
A longer version of this article appears as a blog post by Martin J. Frappolli on The Institutes Community, an online social platform for risk management and insurance professionals. The Institutes are the industry's leading provider of technical risk and insurance knowledge solutions.
If you're fresh to the workforce, you're probably used to hearing how to get ahead: work hard and strive to earn positive reinforcements and promotions. But how do you actually do that? Here's a shortcut to get you going: figure out how to make your boss's job easier.
You could say that everybody's job description fits this same instruction. If you're making your boss's job easier, you'll make him or her happy. But more importantly, if you're looking to get ahead, your and your boss's efforts will be aligned. And if your boss is doing the same, his or her efforts are aligned with top management's. And assuming top management understands and shares the company's mission and vision, and everyone fulfills that simple job description, alignment happens and the organization moves toward its mission.
I try to examine my workplace efforts in this alignment light. Am I making my boss's job easier? Am I bringing problems or solutions? Can I better align my efforts with those of the organization? I wish someone had told my younger self to ask these questions, because that's the easy path to win-win.
To read more about this and other industry topics, visit The Institutes Community.
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!

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Student Spotlight: "The knowledge and skills I have learned in GIS will hold value long into my career."
Name:  Hui Ying (Ashlyn) Chan
School: Drake University
Chapter: Chi Chapter
Chapter Position: Vice President of Internal Affairs
Major: Actuarial Science
Graduation: May 2016
What do you hope to do with your degree in Risk Management, Insurance, or Actuarial Science?
With a degree in Actuarial Science, I would love to work for an insurance or pensions company within a rotation program. I look up to high position CEOs and COOs in big companies and would like to be someone who inspires others in the future.                              
Why did you choose to major in Risk Management, Insurance, or Actuarial Science?
I chose to major in Actuarial Science as I have had a strong interest in Mathematics since elementary school. My brother is also pursuing the Actuarial career filed and has always been my role model since I was young. Looking at his success in the actuarial field, I would like to follow his footsteps. I realized that being an actuary is a rewarding career. When you put in more effort, you will get greater reward.
Why did you join Gamma Iota Sigma?
It's the core values of our chapter that caught my attention when I was first introduced to it. They are brotherhood, knowledge, professionalism, leadership and community involvement. As an international student, I cherished all the opportunity that can enhance my personal growth into a well-rounded individual and I would also like to know more people who are pursuing the same career path as me. I wanted to be in a part of an organization that would bring me out of my comfort zone, and Gamma Iota Sigma has done that for me.
How has your participation in Gamma Iota Sigma prepared you for your career?
Through participating in Gamma Iota Sigma, it has provided me plenty of opportunity to build my relationships with industry professionals, learn more about the industry and further my professional development. Also, through serving in the Executive Council, I gained leadership skills and improved my teamwork skills. The knowledge and skills I have learned in GIS will hold value long into my career.                     
What would you say to a student interested in joining Gamma Iota Sigma?
Be ready to step out of your comfort zone and explore your passions and interests! Gamma Iota Sigma is the place where you can grow into a well-rounded individual while you are in school. Do what you want, don't let anyone or anything stand in your way.                       
Alumni Spotlight: "An aging workforce, combined with an industry in desperate need of innovative solutions is a golden opportunity for the next generation." 
Name: Andrew Graman, Senior Client Manager - Employee Benefits Practice, Gibson
Alma Mater: Indiana State University, May 2013
Chapter: Alpha Epsilon Chapter
Position: Vice President of Industry Relations
Major: Insurance and Risk Management
Grand Chapter Involvement:  Alumni Council Liaison, Greater Indianapolis Chapter

Email/Tel: / 574-245-3580

What was a pivotal moment in deciding to pursue a career in insurance? A pivotal moment in my pursuit of a career in insurance and risk management was being accepted as a high school senior into The Gongaware Center at Indiana State University. Established in 1998 at Indiana State as a program to develop future leaders in the Insurance and Risk Management industry, The Gongaware Center is a highly competitive scholarship program that involves extensive professional development, international business experiences, and studies in insurance and risk management. Classwork, internships, constant industry interaction, and much more gave me the knowledge and experience to set myself apart from my peers in a highly competitive industry.
What has been a major highlight in your career following graduation? The one highlight that stands out the most is obtaining my CEBS (Certified Employee Benefit Specialist) designation in March of 2015. Between the hours of studying and quarterly exams, I truly am thankful that I put in the time right after college to obtain this designation. Plus, the opportunity to meet hundreds of industry professionals from across North America at the conferment ceremony in Vancouver was an incredible experience.
How did Gamma Iota Sigma influence your career path? Gamma Iota Sigma allowed me to create numerous connections that helped me acquire multiple internships as an undergraduate. In terms of my current job, I was able to meet Tim Leman, fellow Sycamore and former member of the Gamma Iota Sigma Board of Trustees, through connections I had made in Gamma Iota Sigma. Using the years of sales experience Tim had developed over the years, he was able to convince me (and a few of my fellow scholars in the years following) to move to South Bend, Indiana to join Gibson, where I've been for almost 3 years since graduation.
What would you say to an undergraduate considering a career in insurance, or considering joining GIS?  Keep an open mind. Insurance may not sound like the obvious choice when deciding on a major, but the opportunities that exist in this industry are nearly endless. An aging workforce, combined with an industry in desperate need of innovative solutions is a golden opportunity for the next generation to make a huge impact on the future. Plus, there are so many different tracks within insurance and risk management that almost anyone can find an occupation that they truly enjoy.
Where is your hometown? My hometown is Bruceville, IN, a very small town in Southwest Indiana.
Little-known fact about you... During the summer between my Junior and Senior years of high school, I grew 8 inches. Needless to say as a tri-sport athlete, there were a lot of surprised coaches when I showed up on the field senior year!
Noelle Codispoti                                            
Executive Director                                            

Grace Grant
Director of Chapter Services

Alyson Koehler
Director of Marketing & Communications

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