Gamma Iota Sigma  Student Newsletter
September 2017   

In This Issue
46th Annual Conference
Leadership Symposium
Sustaining Partner Webinars
Dive In Festival
Sustaining Partner Spotlight
New Chapter Charterings
Industry Career Opportunities
Scholarship Opportunities
Week of Giving
Alumni News
GIS Merchandise
GIS on Social Media
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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


46th Annual International Conference!
Contact Your Officers and Advisors to Register!

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas from  September 28-30, 2017 for the 46th Annual International Conference

This is a one of a kind opportunity to expand on your industry exposure and knowledge. Review this year's  agenda which includes the largest career fair of its kind with first round interview opportunities with many companies. There are educational sessions, Dive In diversity and inclusion sessions, and keynote addresses, in addition to leadership seminars and continuous networking opportunities. 

Space is limited. Please remember to contact your chapter officers or advisors if you are interested in attending. Registration ends September 8th! 

Make sure we see you in Dallas! 

Read the Press Release from August 28, 2017 announcing the 46th Annual International Conference!
2017 Leadership Symposium
Your Leaders are Prepared for a Great School Year!

From August 25 through August 27, 94 student leaders from 68 chapters gathered in Columbus, Ohio for this year's Leadership Symposium.  The days were long and packed with activity, but also fun and productive! 

Friday's session included a "Meet and Greet" with 21 of Gamma Iota Sigma's Sustaining Partners followed by first-ever career reception with those Sustaining Partners. During the mini career fair, students were able to have one on one discussions with those organizations.  Nationwide provided Leadership Training to the group later in the day. For evening fun, students went to Magic Mountain Fun Center for pizza, arcade games, go-karts and miniature golf.

On Saturday, students participated in discussions and sessions focused on a variety of topics to get prepared for the new school year. The day ended with dinner out at Gordon Biersch Brewery that evening. After sessions Sunday morning learning chapter reporting and getting details on the Annual Conference, students departed well-prepared and geared up for a wonderful 2017-2018!

Thank you to all of the attendees, and to the planning committee who created a great program for this group. It was an exciting and fun weekend!  

NEW! GIS Sustaining Partner Webinars
Exclusive Access to the Industry!
We are thrilled to offer the new GIS Sustaining Partner Webinar Series, offering you exclusive access torecruiters, executives, and GIS alumni from our Sustaining Partners leading up to and following the Annual Conference. Join us for these interactive sessions to learn firsthand about each organization's culture, training programs, employment opportunities, career paths of successful employees, resources, news, and more! You can find the registration details here. These are incredible opportunities to make direct connections, ask questions, and showcase yourself, your chapter, and your members. Please plan to participate, and help us spread the word!
Upcoming Webinars:
  • Swiss Re, Wednesday, September 13, 2-3pm EST
  • CNA, Tuesday, September 19, 2-3pm EST
  • AIG, Wednesday, September 20, 2-3pm EST
"Dive In" at the Annual International Conference
GIS Hosts the Festival for Diversity & Inclusion in Insurance for the Second Year in a Row!

GIS is proud to again host the Dive In Festival at this year's Annual International Conference! 

Similar to last year, the Festival is global and includes cities and events where diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs are taking center stage. In 2016, GIS students created a diversity committee to give themselves a voice in this topic and the enthusiasm has continued. 

Dive In is helping insurance get fit for the future, highlighting the business case for diverse and inclusive workplaces and providing practical ideas and inspiration for how to bring about positive change.

Programming for the conference is being planned and GIS is thrilled to offer this opportunity to share with our members for the second time!

For more information about the festival, and to appreciate our excitement about its inclusion in the conference, please visit:

Sustaining Partner Spotlight
The Hartford

Whether you're majoring in actuarial science, risk management and insurance, economics, finance, math or business, The Hartford is a company where your individual talents are celebrated and applied to meaningful work. And while diversity fuels our success, we're joined together by a shared passion - helping individuals and businesses prevail. But don't just take our word for it, listen to what AJ Oller has to say. He's one of our early career professionals and knows firsthand what it means to be a part of a company that cares - not just about its employees and customers, but also about the people in our communities.

We're an industry leading provider of property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds. With more than 200 years of expertise, The Hartford is widely recognized for its service excellence, sustainability practices, trust and integrity.

The Hartford is proud to sponsor GIS and to help inspire the next generation of insurance professionals. Be sure to stop by our booth at the GIS Conference in Dallas later this month to learn more about our incredible culture, career opportunities, our benefits, including generous paid time off and the important work we do helping people and businesses overcome challenges. At the booth in Dallas, we'll be interviewing people right there. Learn more about our current job openings at We look forward to seeing you there!

New Chapter Charterings
#GammaIS Growing and You Can Attend!

GIS continues to expand with two new schools officially joining the organization in the next two months. 

The Gamma Beta Chapter at the University of Akron will charter September 14, 2017 and the Gamma Gamma Chapter at Iowa State University will charter October 14, 2017.

If you are interested and may be able to attend, please contact your chapter officers or advisor. 

Congratulations in advance to these two incredible schools!

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. 

October 31:

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

November 1: 
The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation Scholarship: November 1

Westfield Insurance and Westfield Agents Association Scholarship Program: November 1

Ezra Penland Actuarial Scholarship: November 1 st

For additional scholarship opportunities visit:

Week of Giving - Save the Date! 
Make a Difference from October 14-21, 2017

Gamma Iota Sigma strives to give back to our local communities, and in partnership with the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Week of Giving, we are hoping to make our biggest impact yet. 

Additional details will be made available soon, but please be prepared to volunteer, give, and make an impact in your local communities during the week of October 14-21, 2017.   

Alumni Updates and Events
Calling All GIS Graduates to Stay Involved! 

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. 

Dallas Alumni Chapter Happy Hour:

There was a great turnout for the Dallas Alumni Chapter's happy hour on Wednesday, August 23rd at Stirr in Deep Ellum. Stirr provided complimentary drinks and appetizers, and the group mingled and networked. A great time was had by all. Congratulations to the Dallas Alumni Chapter!

GIS Online Merchandise Store
Get your Gamma Gear 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, ties, coffee mugs, and graduation stoles.

Check out the  site at the link below to order your Gamma Merchandise today!

Stay tuned, the new GIS football jerseys are going to be coming to the merchandise store soon!

GIS on Social Media:
Please be sure to like, follow, and join! #GammaIS

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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

Grace Grant
Director of Chapter Services

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