Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance

RMI Student News


New Class Under Development
The Vaughan Institute is currently considering developing a new class. The class, Risk Modeling, may begin as early as fall 2011 and will be offered only once a year.

We should have more details in time for early registration in the spring.

Mentoring Program Update
Welcome to all of the students and mentors who are participating in this year's mentoring program. If you would like to learn who is participating this year, please check out our mentoring website. Juniors, we hope you will all request a mentor next fall.

Business Insurance: Best Places to Work 2011
The Institute has several copies of Business Insurance: 2011 Best Places to Work. If you would like a copy, please stop by Viana's office, S230 PBB. There are a limited number of copies, so come early.

State of Iowa Insurance Licensing Class-Response Requested
Each spring the Vaughan Institute and the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa offer a group study session for students interested in taking the combined Commercial and Personal Lines Property and Casualty licensing test from the State of Iowa. Students interested in careers in underwriting, claims or sales should consider this class. Although many employers will provide the opportunity for you to get licensed, your job application will float to the top of the stack if you are already licensed.

We would like a count of the number of students who think they may take this class before we make arrangements with the IIAI. Please don't wait to let us know if you are interested. If we don't have 10 or more students interested, we won't try to schedule the class.

Please email Viana before you leave on winter break if you are interested in this free study class. We typically hold it over a Friday and two Saturdays in early April.

Industry News

Holmes Murphy & Associates Internships
Des Moines, IA

Holmes Murphy is currently recruiting for summer interns. HMA is a broker and most positions are either sales roles or support their sales department. They will hold an open house for students interested in learning more about their internships January 5, 2012 from 3-5 P in their West Des Moines Office, 3001 Westown Parkway. Please RSVP soon for the openhous. To learn more...

Chicago Board Options Exchange
College Day CRAM Session
December 29, 2011

Grab a study buddy and get ready to immerse yourself in a world of options at The Chicago Board Options Exchange! Enhance your Business, Economics or Finance background and build your knowledge of the trading industry and equity options with one-day of intensive learning.

In this tough economy your success in the job market depends on how well diversified you are. Build your knowledge of the trading industry that can help give you that 'uptick' in market value to stand out in the crowd.

You'll appreciate this once in a lifetime learning experience and your parents will enjoy the added savings to help pay down those student loans. Bring it on!!! Cost is $199. To apply...

Marsh Announces 4 Summer Internships in Urbandale
Marsh will have four paid interns in their Urbandale office summer 2012. The internships run for approximately 12 weeks. Apply on the Marsh website to job number URB000WN. The internships are also posted on HireAHawk. They are recruiting students with a cum GPA of 3.0 or higher. If you decide to apply, let Viana know and she will alert the recruiter in Urbandale to watch for your application.

Risk and Insurance Management Society
Join as a student member RIMS for free and connect with local risk managers and brokers. Check out the Greater Quad Cities RIMS Chapter.

Why should you join RIMS?
-To connect to professionals all over the world working in risk management and insurance, including the local Greater Quad Cities RIMS members
-To post your resume in their job bank and search for jobs posted on the RIMS website.
-To connect with the local chapter and attend their educational and social meetings. The website currently has 36 job openings.

Gamma Iota Sigma

GIS Announces Spring Officers
The spring officers for GIS are:

  • Justin Kolka, President
  • Peihong Yu, VP of Finance and Socials
  • Yunlu Lu, VP of Communications
  • Mengying Wang, VP of Community Service
  • Sarah Muntz, VP of Industry Relations
  • Travis Espenhover, VP of Technology
Congratulations! And thank you for stepping forward as leaders for this important RMI organization.

Become a GIS Member

Many of the Institute's industry partners like to hire GIS members as interns and recent graduates. Don't miss out on this important opportunity to improve your resume and learn more about the industry.

New Membership Dues and Forms: All new members should bring dues to the next meeting if they want to be initiated in December, and haven't already paid. Also, members who haven't filled out the new membership forms should contact Justin Kolka as soon as possible.

Recruitment: Recruitment is an ongoing process at GIS and our best tool has been word of mouth. Let your friends know who we are and what we’re about as a student organization.

GIS meetings will resume in January. Business casual dress will be required.

December 2011

In This Issue


Industry News

Gamma Iota Sigma

Important Dates and Deadlines

Scholarship Applications due to UPO in Feb.

More Events

02/06 - Mentoring Program Etiquette Dinner. RMI students will be invited.

Gamma Iota Sigma

Meetings Resume in January

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