Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance Henry B. Tippie College of Business
In this issue Special Award Honors Adjunct Lecturer Donna Pearcy

By Ruth Paarmann

Donna PearcyDonna Pearcy has brought risk management to a new level of awareness. The adjunct lecturer for the Vaughan Institute serves as the University’s chief risk officer. As such, Donna has been the leading staff member in planning for and responding to the 2008 flood. On April 1—almost a year after flood-planning meetings began—Donna received the Distinguished Leadership Award at the annual Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women held at the Old Capitol. Read more...

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A Year of Exceptional Growth

By Larry Hershberger, Director

Larry Hershberger

The past year has been one of exceptional growth in the Institute’s Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) program. As an example, when our first newsletter was published in spring 2008, 41 students were enrolled in the RMI certificate program. In the spring 2009 semester, 68 students are pursuing the certificate. Combined with the six we graduated in the fall, we have a total enrollment of 74 for the current academic year. Read more...

Phil Brooks Relishes Resources and Relationships

By Ruth Paarmann

Phil BrooksPhil Brooks is busy enough practicing business law as a member of Simmons, Perrine, Moyer, & Bergman, PLC. But once a week, he gladly pays forward what he learned from Institute founder Emmett J. Vaughan by engaging students in his life and health and property and liability courses. Brooks holds an MBA in insurance and risk management from The University of Iowa as well as a law degree from Creighton University. Read more...

Peter Berg<em>--</em>A Recent Graduate Making a Difference

By Misti Huedepohl

Peter BergAs an undergraduate student majoring in finance, Peter Berg was one of the first students to recognize the value of the Certificate of Risk Management and Insurance offered at the Tippie College of Business. Before long, Peter took a leadership role as a founding member in Gamma Iota Sigma, the RMI-focused student organization, and served the organization as vice president of industry relations.

Gamma Iota Sigma Launches Two New Initiatives

By Viana Rockel, Associate Director

The job market is challenging, but nothing that students in the Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) organization, Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS), can’t handle. "GIS provides exceptional opportunities for our members and we are always looking for ways to expand our services," says President Karyn Droessler. "Networking and professional development are two of our top priorities, and the reasons why we began two new initiatives this year." Read more...

Dr. Terri Vaughan Named NAIC's New CEO

Reprinted with permission: The National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Terri VaughanKANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 15, 2009) — Former Iowa Insurance Commissioner Therese M. (Terri) Vaughan, Ph.D., has been named Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), effective Feb. 18, 2009. Vaughan serves as the association’s primary representative and chief spokesperson in Washington, D.C. In addition, her responsibilities include outreach to federal governmental entities and state government associations, as well as consumer and insurance industry representatives. Read more...

UI Professor Finds a Way to Make Money Investing in Insurance Stocks

by Tom Snee, UI News Services

Ty Leverty

Investors have pummeled insurance and financial stocks lately, but a University of Iowa finance professor is actually making money trading them. Ty Leverty, assistant professor of finance in the Tippie College of Business, has been experimenting since last fall with a strategy of trading only the stocks of well-managed property and liability insurance companies. Although his test portfolio is extremely volatile, its value shows an increase of about 10 percent, as opposed to a broader market loss of about 30 percent during the same time. Read more...

Degrees of Success: Tom and Debbie Veale

Reprinted with permission: Business at Iowa, Winter 2008-09

Tom and Debbie VealeThe University of Iowa helped Tom Veale bring his "California dream" to life. After graduating with a UI accounting degree in 1980, the aspiring business leader headed west, where he landed eight job interviews — and eight offers — thanks to the quality of his Iowa business education. Veale is demonstrating his gratitude to his alma mater with a generous $250,000 gift for the Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance. Read more...

Just the Facts

Certificate Enrollment, Spring 2009
68 Enrolled to complete the 24-credit hour curriculum
  • 3.28 Average GPA
  • 54 from Iowa
Course Enrollments, Academic Year 2008-09
292 Principles of Risk Management and Insurance
65 Corporate Financial Risk Management
40 Life and Health Insurance
63 Employee Benefit Plans
44 Property and Liability Insurance
6 Prior to Academic Year 2007-08
22 Academic Year 2007-08
30 Academic Year 2008-09