Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance

Vaughan Institute Industry Mentors 2011 

The Year Ahead for the Industry Mentoring Program

Will you mentor a Vaughan Institute Risk Management and Insurance student this adademic year?


The word is out!  Twenty-four students have requested applications for the 2011-12 Vaughan Institute's Industry mentoring program.  The program has shown its value to RMI students thanks to the many past mentors who have shared their wisdom with our students.  Your dedication and commitment is greatly appreciated.


If you are considering mentoring for the first time this year, I hope by now you have a better understanding of the program.  If not, please feel free to contact me, Viana Rockel, at 319-335-1015 for more information.


We understand that things change in our lives.  For this reason we have created a very short, eight question survey that we hope you will complete.  On the survey, you can indicate your interest in participating this year.  Also, the answers you provide will help us find a the right student as a match for you.  


Please take a couple of minutes to complete the questionnnaire. If the link doesn't work, you can copy this URL in your browser:


The 2011-12 Schedule--Please mark your calendars! 


September-October, 2011   

Student Applications and Interviews 

Student applications are due by September 26.  The steering committee will interview students as applications are received.  We hope to match the students with mentors by mid-October, at which time you will be given your mentees essay and resume. 


 November 7, 2011 - Kick-off

Join students and other mentors at 5:30 p.m. for a program on negotiations, then stay for snacks and refreshments and  to get to know all of this years mentors and mentees.  The meeting will be held in S401 PBB--the John Pappajohn Business Building at the corner of Clinton and Jefferson in Iowa City


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 ettiquette.  A sumptuous dinner will be provided. (Location:  W 401 PBB)


April 9, 2011 - Celebration and Program Evaluation      

We'll hold another social event to celebrate a successful year.  The students will annoucement their plans for jobs and internships and have an opportunity to thank all of the mentors.  


Don't forget to access our resources!

 Contact one of the mentoring steering committees at the right at any time with questions or to discuss an issue.  If you need assistance finding ideas for activities, we have a webpage with ideas!   


If you want to work cooperatively with another mentor,  the list of mentors and students will  be on the web in time for the kick-off November 7.  


You may also want to suggest your student access the University resources to polish their interviewing skills by signing up with the Career Center for a mock interview, to hone their writing skills with assistance from the Business Communications Center, or to review the mentoring resources at the University.  

Student Profile 

Meet Jonathan Jaeger
Gamma Iota Sigma
VP for Mentoring
 Jonathan Jaeger

My name is Jonathan Jaeger and I was born and raised in Keota, Iowa. I am currently a Senior at the University of Iowa and will graduate in May of 2012 with a B.B.A. in Finance and a Certificate of Risk Management and Insurance from the Vaughan Institute. I took part in the mentoring program last year, and I am excited to take over as VP of Mentoring for Gamma Iota Sigma for this school year. I am also actively involved in Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, my social fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon, and my job at the University of Iowa Grant Administration Office.


This past summer, I interned at IMT Insurance in West Des Moines. I was a Personal Lines Underwriting Intern and I also developed an internal rotation program for future interns. Becoming involved with the Vaughan Institute has been one of the best and most rewarding decisions that I have made. At the most recent event, I was able to hear Andy Drish speak about professional networking, participate in interesting round table discussions, and also get my resume reviewed by an industry professional. I an confident that activities such as these and courses that the RMI Certificate offers will help me realize a successful career after graduation.


I couldn't be more excited and eager to learn and experience more of the insurance industry through this year's mentoring program before I enter the workforce in May.

Sponsoring Organizations  

Emmett J. Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance

Risk management and insurance (RMI) is a vital and growing segment of our economy and essential to the economic health of Iowa and the nation. Employment demands are high and the industry is dynamic and changing rapidly. The Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance is devoted to providing University of Iowa students with the necessary skills to make a difference in the workplace and to serving the employment needs of this highly respected industry.


The Vaughan Institute offers a variety of programs that lay the groundwork for a rewarding career. The keystone of the program is the Risk Management and Insurance Certificate, which covers a variety of topics and ensures that undergraduate students have the needed knowledge for the field.


Greater Quad Cities RIMS Chapter

The Greater Quad Cities Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society Inc. serves member companies and the risk management community by fostering an environment of communication, education, and networking to advance the practice of protecting physical, financial, and human resources.


The chapter is a not-for-profit association of risk and insurance professionals who meet on a monthly basis in an effort to advance our profession and professional skills through educational programs, networking, and information sharing. The Greater Quad Cities Chapter is one of 81 chapters in the U.S. that makes up the national organization known as Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS). RIMS also sponsors a student mentoring program on the national level.


Individuals representing our member companies have both full- and part-time risk and insurance management responsibilities. Our membership comes from the Quad Cities, Muscatine, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Des Moines.


Gamma Iota Sigma

The Beta Alpha Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma is a professional insurance, actuarial science, and risk management fraternity at The University of Iowa. The chapter provides members with leadership opportunities and access to top-notch speakers who can help shape the futures of students. The chapter won the award for the best speaker series in the Tippie College of Business in 2009 and the Industry mentoring program was chosen as the best program in 2010.


In addition to the professional aspects of GIS, the organization is actively involved in the community, including sponsoring meals at Ronald McDonald House and participating in Habitat for Humanity.

September 20, 2011

In This Issue...
The Year Ahead
Student Profile
Sponsoring Organizations

Important Dates



Student applications due.  



Student Interviews 


Mid-to Late Oct -Matched pairs receive intormation about their matches



Kick-Off Event-Negotiations 



Spring Kick-off and Etiquette Dinner



Celebration Event and Program Evaluation

Mentoring Program Steering Committee


Hal Larson 

Vice President

Risk Manager

Muscatine Foods 


Viana Rockel

Associate Director

Vaughan Institute 



Jonathan Jaeger

VP of Mentoring

Gamma Iota Sigma 

Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance
Henry B. Tippie College of Business