Gamma Iota Sigma Student Newsletter                           
October 2016
In This Issue
GIS 45th Annual International Conference
Dive In Festival
GIS Week of Giving
Sustaining Partner Spotlight
CAS Student Portal
Scholarship Opportunities
Industry Career Opportunities
Midwest Actuarial Conference
GIS Social Media
GIS Merchandise
Amazon Smile
Quick Links

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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

Thank you for Another Successful GIS Annual International Conference!
The 45th Conference Provided Memories That Will Last a Lifetime!

This year, over 500 students and advisors, countless alumni, and over 250 industry representatives gathered from September 29th through October 1st, at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. 

Over 60 organizations participated in the career fair, sessions, with over 400 first round interviews being held on-site  during the first two days along. Attendees took a trip to the Columbus Zoo on the opening night. There were over 60 industry and student led educational and informational sessions over the course of the event that encouraged student participation and sharing of experiences and ideas. These sessions will lead to growth opportunities and creative ideas for students and other attendees.

A number of speakers donated their time to share their insights during the general sessions. Friday's opening breakfast session included two incredible speakers, Mike Miller, Treasurer, Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation and Mark Berven, President and Chief Operating Officer, Nationwide Property & Casualty Operations. During the luncheon, Sophia Yen, Head of Insurance Strategy and Operations, KPMG LLC, addressed the crowd. 

During the awards dinner, GIS was fortunate to have Patrick Kinney as the keynote speaker. Patrick is Executive Vice President, Field Management at Travelers, and delivered a moving and motivational speech that kept the audience on the edge of their seats. 

Dive In Festival events occurred with great success. GIS was part of this incredible event to bring significance to diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry.  GIS was honored to be selected as a location for Dive In, and thankful to the facilitators and attendees for making it a success.

Also announced during the Conference were the results of the student vote for the two International Student Representatives (ISRs). This year, Celeste Azubuike, of the Alpha Mu chapter at Virginia Commonwealth University was voted into the role, and Sarah Rumon of the Beta Pi chapter at St. Thomas University was voted in for her second term as ISR. Congratulations to both Celeste and Sarah.
The Grand Chapter would like to thank the sponsors of this year's Conference who make this event possible. GIS is grateful for the variety of contributions the sponsors make year after year, allowing GIS to achieve the goals for the Conference. #GammaIS #GIS2016 #CareerTrifecta

GIS Participated in the Dive In Festival
Changing the Insurance Industry's View of Diversity and Inclusion

Gamma Iota Sigma was selected to be a global participant in the 2016 Dive In Festival.  The GIS Annual Conference was one of only three US locations chosen for this cross-market, industry-wide, global event! Allstate and IABA partnered with GIS locally to put together the event.
During the Conference, our partner organizations and the student-organized GammaSAID Council (Gamma's Solutions for Authenticity Inclusion and Diversity Council) hosted hosted a series of sessions and workshops designed to encourage engagement, discussion and visibility of Diversity & Inclusion!

Session topics were the following: 
  • Humans of GIS Fireside Chat
  • Leveraging Inclusive Diversity at Allstate
  • Diversity Beyond the Obvious Triggers of Race, Color, Age, Sex, Religion
  • D&I Institute Millennial Discussion: A Look from a Different Perspective
  • Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat
Attendees at each of the sessions had positive feedback, and GIS hopes to participate in other Dive In events in the coming years! GIS wants to thank everyone who made the participation in this important global festival a reality.
Award Recipients for the 2015-2016 School Year
Congratulations to the Winners!

Individual Awards:

Alan. C. Williams: The Alan C. Williams Leadership Award was established to recognize the one individual member of Gamma Iota Sigma that sets the best example for all other members and is our best ambassador to the insurance, risk management and actuarial science industries at the International Level as well as the local and regional levels.  In other words, the Alan C. Williams Leadership Award is the highest honor an individual member can receive from the Grand Chapter.

Alex Diverde, Alpha Chi Chapter, Bradley University 

Warren L. Weeks: This award is given to encourage individual member leadership and to further the goals of the fraternity.  It is a tribute to the memory of an outstanding teacher and insurance industry leader and to our first Grand Chapter President.  

Carolyn Murset, Sigma Chapter, Temple University
Omar Powell, Tau Chapter, Howard University
Sarah Rumon, Beta Pi Chapter, University of St. Thomas

Elizabeth Lange: This award is intended to recognize a member of a Gamma Iota Sigma collegiate chapter best exemplifying the personal character and values of Elizabeth Lange. Successful chapter, family and community contributions will hold a higher priority for the recipient than solely individual recognition.

Aliyah Rolack, Tau Chapter, Howard University

Thomas J. Miles:
This award was cre
ated in 2007 to honor the contributions to Gamma Iota Sigma of Tom Miles, professor emeritus of Central Michigan University and longtime advisor of the Nu Chapter. Established to recognize the one individual member of Gamma Iota Sigma that best represents the qualities of scholarship, leadership, character, and service exemplified by Dr. Miles. 

Colin Anderson, Sigma Chapter, Temple University

Alumnus of the Year Award:  In 2015, GIS created the Alumnus of the Year award to recognize the the great work and volunteer efforts of our alumni who continue to contribute in success of our organization and go above and beyond.  

Brian Bowerman, CPCU, CSSC, Westfield Services Leader
Beta Chapter Alumnus, Bowling Green State University

Chapter Awards:
Chapter Awards are given based on information submitted on the monthly chapter reports, and communication between the chapters and the Grand Chapter. 

Bowers Award:  The Edison L. Bowers Award was established in 1972 and is the oldest and most coveted of all the awards conferred by the Grand Chapter.  Created to recognize the one single chapter that demonstrates the most well-rounded and organized program for each scholastic year, this award is the highest honor a chapter can receive from the Grand Chapter.   

Alpha Iota, St. John's University

Superior Chapters
Alpha Alpha, Olivet College
Alpha Iota, St. John's University
Chi, Drake University
Nu, Central Michigan University
Sigma, Temple University 

Excellent Chapters
Alpha Chi, Bradley University
Alpha Kappa, Illinois State University 
Beta Gamma, California State University, Fullerton
Beta Lambda, Butler University
Alpha Mu, Virginia Commonwealth University
Rho, Appalachian State University

Well-Rounded Chapters
Alpha Epsilon, Indiana State University
Alpha Psi, University of Central Arkansas
Alpha Tau, University of North Carolina Charlotte
Beta Epsilon, University of Central Oklahoma
Beta Eta, Northern Michigan University 
Beta Iota, Troy University
Beta Phi, University of Texas at Dallas
Beta Pi, University of St. Thomas
Beta Rho, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Beta Theta, East Carolina University
Beta Zeta, University of North Texas 
Lambda, University of South Carolina
Omega, Middle Tennessee State University
Phi, Ball State University 
Tau, Howard University
Upsilon, Ferris State University
Xi, University of Connecticut
Zeta, Georgia State University 

Most Improved Chapter

Beta Lambda, Butler University

Special Achievement Award
Beta Rho, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 
Beta Phi, University of Texas at Dallas

Best Kept Secret Award
Alpha Mu, Virginia Commonwealth University 

Black & Gold Awards


Alumni Student Mentorship Program 
Excel Training Workshop Series
Fox's Got Talent
Intern Testimonial Interviews

Alpha Iota: 
Gamma Gala: Humans of New York
Gamma in New York
Gamma Embarks on Central Park

GIS Actuarial Conference


Gamma Gets Fit

Beta Xi: 
Young Risk Professionals Mentorship Program

The International Chapter Awards:
The International Chapter Awards were created to develop chapter activities around the five vital areas of participation in Gamma Iota Sigma: Chapter Management, Membership Development, Alumni Relations, Public Relations, and Community Service.

2015-2016 Chapter Awards:
Alpha Alpha, Olivet College:  Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service,  Membership Development, Public Relations.

Alpha Epsilon, Indiana State University:  Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service,  Membership Development, Public Relations

Alpha Iota, St. John's University: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations

Alpha Kappa, Illinois State University: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations

Alpha Lambda, Missouri State University: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations

Alpha Mu, Virginia Commonwealth University: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations

Alpha Omega, St. Joseph's University: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations 

Alpha Psi, University of Central Arkansas: 
Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Membership Development

Beta Alpha, University of Iowa: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service, Membership Development

Beta Beta, New Mexico State University: Chapter Management, Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations

Beta Epsilon, University of Central Oklahoma: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations

Beta Lambda, Butler University: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations

Beta Mu, University of Colorado Denver: Public Relations 

Beta Phi, University of Texas at Dallas: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations

Beta Pi, University of St. Thomas: Chapter Management, Community Service,  Membership Development, Public Relations

Beta Xi, St. Mary's University: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations

Chi, Drake University: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations

Eta, University of Georgia: Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations

Epsilon, University of Alabama
Chapter Management, Membership Development 

Iota, Florida State University: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations

Lambda, University of South Carolina: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service, Public Relations

Nu, Central Michigan University: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations

Phi, Ball State University: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations

Pi, Mississippi State University: Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations

Rho, Appalachian State University: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations

Sigma, Temple University: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations

Tau, Howard University: Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Membership Development, Public Relations

Xi, University of Connecticut

Chapter Management, Alumni Relations, Membership Development

Roll Call Winners:

Roll Call videos and performances were presented on Saturday morning by each participating chapter. Each chapter had one vote to make for their favorite roll call performance. 

Beta Iota at Troy University "Closer"
Troy University's Roll Call Video

Runner Up:
Xi at University of Connecticut  "The Most Interesting Actuary In the World"
University of Connecticut's Roll Call Video

Congratulations to all the award winners!
#GammaIS Giving Back
Celebrating our 4th Year of GIS Week of Giving

Gamma Iota Sigma was overjoyed to partner with the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) and Dress for Success during the 45th Annual International Conference.  This was a kick off to the GIS 4th Annual Week of Giving and the Annual Conference included an incredibly successful donation drive that to benefit  Dress for Success of Columbus!

The mission of Dress for Success  Columbus is to promote the economic independence of women in need by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Please visit  for additional information.
GIS held a donation drive on Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30 during the Annual International Conference.  The clothing drive was promoted within each individual chapter and students committed to bringing toiletries, clothing, shoes, bags and jewelry along with them to the Conference and made their significant donations in boxes set up during the Career Fairs. GIS looks forward to participating in other Dress for Success events and fundraisers in the future. 

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 Travelers!
Travelers recognizes the importance of attracting, developing and retaining the next generation of insurance leaders, and has been a longtime sponsor of Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS). With countless career paths and opportunities, Travelers is an excellent place for college students and recent graduates to begin their careers. 

Many Travelers employees are former GIS members, particularly within the company's leadership and development programs. Emily Kessler, a participant in Travelers' Actuarial & Analytics Leadership Development Program who was a founding member of the GIS Chi Chapter at Drake University, is one of those employees. "I knew Travelers would be an ideal company for me to launch my career," said Kessler. "They share many of the same core principles as GIS, such as community involvement and philanthropy, and they value the leadership skills that I developed as a GIS officer."

During Kessler's time at Drake, the Chi Chapter of GIS had to overcome several obstacles to establish itself and drive membership growth. Its members created innovative programs influenced by the organization's core principles and, less than two years after being chartered, were recognized for their achievements as finalists for the Edison L. Bowers Award, which recognizes the one GIS chapter that demonstrated an exceptional, well-rounded and organized program the past scholastic year. It is the highest honor a chapter can receive.

"Being in a rotational development program enables me to improve on the leadership skills that I acquired during my time with GIS, network with senior leaders in the company and receive continual training," said Kessler. "It's an opportunity that will position me for a successful and fulfilling career."

Explore the many career opportunities available at Travelers by visiting The company offers internship and full-time positions in a number of disciplines across the country.
CAS Student Portal
Connect with a University Liaison!

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.

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.

DW Simpson Actuarial Science Scholarship Program
Deadline for Fall: October 31.  
For more information:

The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation Scholarship
Deadline for Fall: November 1
Download an application at:

Westfield Insurance and Westfield Agents Association Scholarship Program
Deadline: November 1

The Surety Foundation Industry Intern and Scholarship Program for Minority Students
Deadline: November 15

For additional scholarship opportunities visit:

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!
You are Invited to Register for the Midwest Actuarial Conference
October 21-22 at DePaul University in Chicago, IL
Please join the DePaul Actuarial Science Club from  October 21st to October 22nd, 2016 at DePaul University in Chicago for the 4th Annual Midwest Actuarial Student Conference hosted by the DePaul Actuarial Club in conjunction with DePaul University. We encourage you to share this message with members of your club and any other actuarial students you may know in the Midwest. This event is FREE to students and food is included. More information will be provided as we get closer to the date.

Registration is now open, which can be done at:

Please see attachments for more details. We look forward to seeing you at the conference. 

DePaul Actuarial Science Club

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Kinga Mamulska, DePaul University, 2017 at The registration link contains helpful information such as the agenda, and details on location. Thank you to for inviting GIS to your event!
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We hope to see you on social media! 

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GIS Online Merchandise Store
Order 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!


The GIS Pom-Pom shirts that were so popular at the Annual Conference will be coming soon to the Merchandise Store! Stay tuned!

Gamma Iota Sigma Merchandise Store 

Support GIS - Use Amazon Smile!

Go to and select "Gamma Iota Sigma" where  every time you shop, GIS will receive a donation from Amazon of 0.5% of your eligible purchases with no cost to you! 

Simple, effortless and free! Thank you!
Noelle Codispoti                                            
Executive Director                                         

Grace Grant
Director of Chapter Services

Alyson Koehler
Director of Marketing & Communications

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