Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance Henry B. Tippie College of Business
In this issue The Patient Protection
And Affordable Care Act of 2009

by Terri Vaughan, CEO, National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Terri VaughanOn March 23, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, historical health care reform legislation, was signed into law. While there are a number of aspects to the reform package, a few key features will have a dramatic effect on private insurance markets. Read more…

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Graduate Reflections

By Larry Hershberger, Director

Larry Hershberger

Come spring 2010 commencement, nearly 100 students, 30 of whom will graduate in May, will have successfully completed the Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) curriculum and earned the RMI certificate. We are extremely pleased with the growth in the number of RMI graduates since the first one earned the certificate four years ago.

Last spring, 12 of the 25 were personally interviewed and asked for their impressions of the RMI program. Each was asked 18 questions covering all facets of their experience in the program, both positive and negative. The questions pertained to course work, the RMI faculty, internships, participation in Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS), student advising, their plans for the future, etc. Read more…

Insurance Hightlighted on London Trip

By Ruth Paarmann

RMI students in London phonebooth

Insurance and risk management were in the spotlight during the recent UI Tippie College of Business Winter Session in London. From December 27, 2009 to January 10, 2010, 20 students "hopped the pond" with Ty Leverty, assistant professor of finance who teaches in the Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) program.

During the trip, Ty taught Topics in Finance II: Risk Management and Insurance in a Global Economy. The course included basic knowledge of insurance and how insurance markets are structured in the U.S. and internationally. Ty also addressed what makes London special in the global insurance complex.

The trip was as much about experiencing a different culture as it was about the insurance world. Read more…

Americans, Take Charge of Your Health

By Scott Fisher, Adjunct Professor

Reprinted with permission of the author. Originally published in the Corridor Business Journal, Feb. 8-14, 2010.

Scott Fisher

Health-care reform efforts have become a three-ring circus, complete with elephants and donkeys, and performers breathing fire under the biggest gold domed top of all. P.T. Barnum would be proud. Yet most Americans would say that we are further away from reform today than we have been in the last six months. However, as the theatrical credo says — the show must go on — whether or not a reform bill becomes law. Read more…


By Dana Ramundt

Dana Ramundt

The 3rd Annual Dana C. Ramundt Insurance Education Golf Outing was held on Thursday, August 20, at Finkbine Golf Course, which brought 56 insurance industry leaders and 12 RMI students together. What an event it was!

The primary purpose of the event is to introduce executives of the insurance industry to the talented students currently enrolled in the RMI program at the Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance, and conversely, give the students the opportunity to meet these future employers in a venue not inhibited by corporate HR directors. Secondly, the event raises money for student scholarships whose career plans include the insurance industry. This year’s event netted over $24,000 for the foundation. Read more…

Industry Mentoring: Everyone Plays a Role in Education

By Viana Rockel

TJ Anderson, Hal Larson, and Jon RaftisHal Larson, vice president and risk manager of Muscatine Foods, is a founding member of the Industry Mentors program, which is cosponsored by the Vaughan Institute, the Greater Quad Cities Risk and Insurance Management Society, and the Tippie College's student organization Gamma Iota Sigma.

"I am pleased to be a part of such a large collaborative effort that is making the students stronger and helping them move forward in the profession," he says. Hal feels that everyone plays a role in education and in making students stronger applicants and potential employees, which is why he mentors several students each year. Read more…

Just the Facts

Certificate Enrollment, Spring 2010
71 Enrolled to complete the 24-credit hour curriculum
  • 3.37 average GPA
  • 46 from Iowa
  • 5 international
Course Enrollments, Academic Year 2009-10
277Principles of Risk Management and Insurance
57Corporate Financial Risk Management
35Life and Health Insurance
47Employee Benefit Plans
38Property and Liability Insurance
6Prior to Academic Year 2007-08
22Academic Year 2007-08
30Academic Year 2008-09
42Academic Year 2009-10