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Vaughan Institute Industry Mentors

February 2012

Welcome Back!

What are your plans for spring semester?

Spring semester is under way. Welcome back to everyone involved with the Vaughan Industry Mentors Program. By now, you should have identified your activities for the next few months. If not, the articles in this newsletter may provide inspiration. In this edition, you'll read about two of our students and their mentors and learn about the company mentoring programs offered by a few of our corporate partners.

Looking for more ideas for activities? Check out ideas on our webpage, read the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's publication on Best Practices: Mentoring, look to the company mentoring programs offered by some of our corporate partners, or browse the University of Iowa's mentoring resources.

Spring 2012 Schedule

February 6, 2012—Etiquette Dinner
We will gather at 5:30 p.m. again for an etiquette dinner. Have fun while helping the students learn meal and business etiquette. A sumptuous dinner will be provided. The location has changed to the South Room of the IMU. RSVP online. All RMI and GIS students are welcome. Learn more...

April 9, 2012—Celebration and Program Evaluation
We'll hold another social event to celebrate a successful year. The students will announce their plans for jobs and internships and have an opportunity to thank all of the mentors.

In This Issue...
Welcome Back!
Student and Mentor Profiles

Important Dates

February 6, 2012
Etiquette Dinner

April 9, 2012
Celebration and Program Evaluation

Mentoring Program Steering Committee

Hal Larson
Vice President
Risk Manager
Muscatine Foods

Viana Rockel
Associate Director
Vaughan Institute

Jonathan Jaeger
V.P. of Mentoring
Gamma Iota Sigma

Student and Mentor Profiles

Jim Kapsch and Patrick McNichols
Seeing Many Angles
By Ruth Paarmann

Patrick Mcnichols When mentors and mentees come together through the Vaughan Institute’s mentoring program, students often come to a greater understanding of the risk management and insurance industries. Such was the case for Patrick McNichols, a senior finance major working toward his RMI certificate. Jim Kapsch, vice president at Holmes Murphy Associates in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, welcomed Patrick, who had interned at Muscatine Foods Corporation, a client of the firm.

“I didn’t know exactly what the mentoring program was when I signed up for it, but it has given me more insight not only into Jim’s career, but into the issues he deals with in the industry,” says Patrick.

Jim found out about the mentoring program through the Greater Quad Cities RIMS chapter four years ago. He is eager to share his 29 years of property/casualty, brokerage and underwriting experience with interested RMI students. Read more....

Rod Warren and Zach Halstead
A Comprehensive View
By Ruth Paarmann

Zach Halstead Rod Warren (BBA86 Finance, MBA 97), president of NCMIC Insurance Company and Professional Solutions Insurance Company in Clive, Iowa, wouldn’t be where he is today without people believing in him. For that reason, he feels it is important to pay back those mentors by becoming a Vaughan Institute mentor himself.

Rod found out about the program two years ago at Insurance Day on the Hill in Des Moines. With each mentee match, Rod tries to share a comprehensive view of the internal workings at NCMIC and Professional Solutions. This year, Rod was matched with Zach Halstead, a junior studying finance and accounting who hails from Coon Rapids, Iowa. Zach welcomed the chance to see inside a smaller company even while participating in a year-long internship in portfolio management at AEGON, Cedar Rapids.

“I’m interested in insurance, but I don’t know a lot about property/casualty or the rest of the insurance landscape,” explains Zach. “I really wanted a big-picture overview of the insurance industry.” Read more...


NCMIC and Professional Solutions Informs Legislators of the Vaughan Institute and the Company's Partnership with the Industry Mentoring Program

Each year, the Federation of Iowa Insurers holds an Insurance Day on the Hill to inform Iowa legislators of the importance of the industry to the State of Iowa. During this event, companies host booths and disseminate information.

This January, NCMIC and Professional Solutions attended the event and chose to inform legislators about the Vaughan Institute, the Risk Management and Insurance Certificate, and the company's participation in the Industry Mentoring Program. Many thanks to Rod Warren and NCMIC for this valuable exposure and for your years of service to the mentoring program. View the marketing piece they developed for the event.

Corporate Employee Mentoring Programs

Students, have you ever wondered what to ask a company when you are interviewing for a job or internship? Why not ask them if they have a new employee mentoring program and how the program works?

The Vaughan Institute recently asked corporate partners about their mentoring programs and two responded.

The goal of M3 Insurance Solutions (Madison, Wis.) mentoring program is to create "an open door" relationship between the mentor and mentee in an attempt to identify ways that knowledge, experience, and advice can be shared. According to Alicia Kiser, human resources generalist, mentors are carefully selected and remain engaged with their mentee throughout their employment. As employees grow within the organization, new mentors may be assigned to them. They assign mentors in all areas of operations, including sales, insurance operations, corporate services, and interns. The internship mentoring program is a little different in that the internship mentors also provide professional and performance coaching. More information…

United Fire Group
Julie Schneekloth describes United Fire Group's mentoring program as having two approaches: one-on-one mentoring and group mentoring. The group mentoring sessions are held during the lunch hour and expose employees to management's aspirations and the different leadership styles of their managers. The sessions stress the importance of networking in career development. Employees who want an individual mentor are asked to complete an application and an interview with the Employee Development Management Committee. The mentors volunteer and are part of the executive management team or department heads. Learn more…

Best Practices: Mentoring
U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Companies interested in creating their own mentoring program may want to review a 23-page document written in 2008 by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The document provides more than 10 reasons why an agency might want to create a mentoring program and defines four types of mentors: career guide, information source, friend, and intellectual guide.

We are confident that Vaughan Industry mentors provide all four types of mentoring to our students. As a result, the report states that the mentor should benefit by a renewed enthusiasm for their role, greater understanding of the barriers that others experience, and better awareness of generational differences. We hope the Vaughan Industry Mentoring Program provides our mentors with these benefits. And we have no doubt that our students are able to assimilate into the workforce more smoothly, have better plans for professional development, develop new and different perspectives, and explore their potential with the help of their mentors. These are all benefits identified by this report.

If you are interested in reading the report, you may read it online.

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