Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance
Vaughan Institute Industry Mentors 2012-13September 27, 2012

The Year Ahead for the Mentoring Program

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

Fourteen students have submitted applications for the Vaughan Institute's 2012-13 Industry Mentors Program.  Most are taking their first Risk Management and Insurance course this fall, which means that they are very inexperienced and have little understanding of the industry. If you are chosen as a mentor this year, you may need to adjust your mentoring style to provide more basic information.

We have made a concerted effort to inform students about the Risk Management and Insurance Certificate before their junior year. This may be why we have more juniors in the mentoring program this year. To help inform the students about the various opportunities in the industry, we have created eight new videos. If you are interested in viewing them, the videos can be found on YouTube or the institute's homepage.

We need your help on November 3!

The Kick-Off will feature a panel of experts, moderated by the student V.P. for mentoring, Austin Neimanis. We are recruiting experts from many fields to talk about their positions, what they do on a daily basis, and their career paths. If you would like to be considered to serve on the panel, please contact Viana or Austin.

2012-13 DATES—Please mark your calendars!

October 15-17, 2012: Student Interviews
In addition to the steering committee, we are grateful to Ming Lodh and Tong Yao for their assistance with interviewing the international students. Ming is a Financial Risk Manager at AEGON USA and served as a mentor last year. She has experience in investment performance attribution, economic capital frameworks, and portfolio risk analytics. Tong Yao is an assistant professor in the Department of Finance at the University of Iowa. He has a Ph. D in finance from Boston College and has expertise in stock return predictability, investment management, and mutual funds.

November 3, 2012—Kick-Off and Mentoring Program Reunion
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Hotel Vetro in Iowa City

RSVP as soon as possible.  Everyone is invited. We will have a program at 10 a.m. and brats and burgers at 11 a.m.  If the football game starts at 11 a.m. and we can get a feed, we can watch the game together.

February 4, 2013—Etiquette Dinner
Back by popular demand. Because most of our mentees are new to the program, they haven't yet had the opportunity to attend an etiquette dinner. Details will follow.

April 8, 2013—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.

Don't forget to access our resources!

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

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

Student Profile

Meet Austin Neimanis
Gamma Iota Sigma V.P. for Mentoring

Austin NeimanisAustin Neimanis is from West Des Moines, Iowa. He is majoring in accounting and finance as well as completing the RMI Certificate. He will graduate in May 2014. In addition to serving as V.P. of Mentoring for Gamma Iota Sigma, Austin serves as the Executive Finance Chair for Campus Leaders Today, Career Leaders Tomorrow. After graduation, he wants to pursue a career as either a risk manager, a private accountant, or in corporate finance.

Austin will study Risk Management in a Global Economy with professor Ty Leverty in London this winter. He is an active member of the Financial Management Association and HawkTrade, and he volunteers with Habitat for Humanity.

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 United States 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 members come 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. 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.

In This Issue...

The Year Ahead
Student Profile
Sponsoring Organizations

Important Dates

Contact Viana or Austin if you want to serve on the professional panel during the kick-off on November 3.

Week of October 22
Matched pairs will receive information about their matches.

Saturday, November 3
Kick-Off Event and Mentoring Program Reunion. RSVP today!

February 4, 2013
Spring Kick-Off and Etiquette Dinner

April 8, 2013
Celebration Event and Program Evaluation

Mentoring Program Steering Committee

Hal Larson
Vice President
Risk Manager
Muscatine Foods

Viana Rockel
Associate Director

Austin Neimanis
V.P. of Mentoring
Gamma Iota Sigma

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