The Emmett J. Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance

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Contact Viana Rockel, 335-1015

Headlines January 2011

Vaughan Institute Announcements

  • Scholarships
    • UPO Deadline, Feb. 28, 2011
    • IASA Scholarship Due March 1, 2011
  • Dates to put on your calendar
    • Feb. 7, 2011, GIS/RIMS/Vaughan Institute "Mocktail" Party, Iowa City
    • Feb. 9, 2011, Risk Managers Roundtable, Iowa City
    • Spring 2011 Resume Book-Deadline Feb. 15
    • Career Fair Feb. 23.
    • March 25-26, 2011 NAPSLO Conference, Chicago, IL
    • IIAI Licensing review class: April 1 ,2, 9, Iowa City
    • April 8, 2011, Professional Trip to Nationwide, Des Moines
    • May 19, RIMS Golf Outing to Benefit the Vaughan Institute, Muscatine
    • August 18, Dana Ramundt Insurance Education Golf Outing for scholarships for RMI students, Finkbine Golf Course

Gamma Iota Sigma Announcements

Industry Opportunities

  • Sentry Announcements
    • Leadership Development Program
    • Mock Interviews February 1 and 10.
  • EMC Internships, Des Moines, IA
    • Special Investigative Unit Internship
    • Branch Underwriting Internship
    • Branch Claims Internship
  • IMT Summer Internship, West Des Moines, IA
  • United Fire Group Underwriting Trainee, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Willis Risk Analyst, New York and Chicago
  • Liberty Mutual/Indiana Insurance Underwriting Internship, West Des Moines
  • TrueNorth Companies Internships, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • AEGON USA Internships, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Holmes Murphy & Associates, Cedar Rapids Event January 30.
  • IRU Internship, Deadline Feb. 1
  • Search for Jobs through RIMS and the Insurance Career Center

Vaughan Institute Announcements


UPO Scholarship Application Deadline, Feb. 28, 2011

Fill out your online application by Feb. 28 to be considered for College of Business scholarships or one of the many merit-based (not need based) scholarships offered to Risk Management and Insurance students who are US citizens. Here is a list of the scholarships we will award this year to RMI students:

  • Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa (2 for $1,500 each)
  • Principal Financial Group (2 for $1,500 each)
  • Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame (1 for $1,000)
  • Greater Quad Cities Risk and Insurance Management Society (1 for $2,500)
  • Iowa Insurance and Financial Services Education Foundation (2 for $2,500. Now open to RMI students and other business majors. Essay and interview required. Mentor will be provided. Contact Viana for more information.)

IASA Scholarship, Deadline March 1, 2011.

This is a newly established scholarship from the Issuance Accounting and Systems Association. Members include all types of insurance companies and other companies that serve the Insurance Industry. The Application Deadline is March 1 (postmarked).

Dates to put on your calendar

Feb. 7 "Mocktail" Party, Iowa City

By Ashley Schulz
Date: Feb. 7, 2011
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: W401 PBB

RSVP to Ashley Schulz. This is an extremely important event for you to attend.

The Mocktail Event is a crucial event for your growth and development here at the Tippie College of Business. All RMI students have been invited to attend, and it is a required event for students in the mentoring program. The opportunity to network with industry professionals, many of whom are recruiters and highly ranked members, in a non-intimidating environment is a rare opportunity. The connections and networks you can begin to create for yourself while still in school are very important for your career growth later on down the line. The chance to work with a Pomerantz Career Center individual to perfect your elevator speech and networking skills is something that you shouldn't pass up. I encourage each and every RMI student to try to attend this event, you won't regret it!

Feb. 9 Risk Managers Roundtable and Reception, RSVP to Viana

Date: Feb. 9, 2011
Time: 6:15-8:00p.m.
Location: W401 PBB

All RMI students are invited to the Feb. 9 Risk Managers Roundtable. Risk Managers from Rockwell Collins, Mucatine Foods, HNI, Snap-On tools and the University of Iowa will present during the latter part of Phil Brook's Property and Liability class. The presenters and other RIMS members will hold a social with students following the presentation. Food will be served. If you want to attend, RSVP immediately to Viana.

Spring Resume Book Deadline February 15

Students who were in the resume book last fall have already been contacted regarding their resumes. For those who didn't participate last fall, you can be included in the spring resume that will be mailed to nearly 175 industry professionals. You should:

  • Complete your resume, upload it to HireAHawk and let Viana know it is ready to download into the resume book.
  • Complete the waiver, with an original signature (an e-mail version can't be accepted) and bring it to Viana's office S230 PBB by Feb. 15. If she isn't in, slide the waiver under the door.

Spring Job and Internship Fair

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union

Last year over 120 employers and approximately 1,500 students attended this event! All Vaughan Institute corporate partners are encouraged to attend and recruit students at the Pomerantz Center Career Fair. Here are a few of the RMI employers and partners you may want to visit when you are at the Fair: : AEGON Companies, AVIVA, Cottingham & Butler, HNI Corporation, Kohler company, Liberty Mutual/Indiana Insurance, Modern Woodman of America, Nationwide Insurance, Sentry Insurance, Securian Financial, The IMT Group, United Fire Group. Please let them know you are Vaughan Students. If you want to really impress them by learning how to prepare your own business cards for the event, stop by Viana's office for information.

NAPSLO Conference March 25-26, Chicago, Deadline March 1.

This is an annual conference sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma. It is a great opportunity to learn about excess and surplus lines and meet professionals. It should be particularly valuable for anyone wishing to land a job in the Chicago area. NAPSLO stands for National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices.

For more details about GIS plans to attend, attend a Gamma Iota Sigma meeting or contact Alyssa Flamm. GIS has some funds available to help students attend this conference.

IIAI Licensing Review Class: April 1, 2, 9.

The state licensure study course sponsored by the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa is free to all RMI certificate students. The study materials, which normally cost $85, are also provided free of charge. The course will be held all day on April 1, 2, 9 if we get enough students signed up. This is the second year we have offered this course and those who attended last year found it very valuable for anyone going into underwriting, claims or sales. The course will prepare you for the combined Iowa Personal Lines and Commercial Lines licensure test. International students aren't eligible to sit for linsangs; however, we strongly suggest other RMI students take the course. After completing the test, you will need to apply to the Iowa Insurance Division for licensure. You are responsible for the cost of the test and applying for licensure.

We need RSVP's as soon as possible to determine if we have enough interest to hold the class. Last year, one student received an immediate raise and promotion after taking the class and test. Also, it will look good on your resume and help you land a job. Many states have reciprocity agreements, which means if you take the Iowa test, you will only need to apply for licensure in another state. Contact Viana for more information and to reserve a seat in the class.

April 8 Professional Trip to Nationwide, Des Moines, IA

Details are being finalized for a professional trip to Nationwide in Des Moines. Please put this date on your calendars and watch future newsletters for more information. They want to begin early on the 8th, and we are determining whether we will travel to Des Moines the evening before or that morning. It should be a very informative day and a way to get to make contacts and get to know more about a major property and casualty insurance company.

RIMS Golf Outing May, 19, Muscatine Iowa

The Greater Quad Cities Risk Insurance Management Chapter is planning a golf outing at the Geneva Golf and Country Club in Muscatine for May 19. Proceeds from the event will be given to the Vaughan Institute to support insurance education. This is the second year for the event, and the date was chosen to allow students to attend and network with the golfers. More information will be provided at a later date.

Ramundt Golf Outing, August 18, Finkbine Golf Course

This is a favorite activity for RMI students, and it raises money for scholarships for risk management and insurance students. Student mingle with nearly 75 highly successful industry professionals in a relaxed and fun setting. Many find connections that lead to internships and jobs. More information will be forthcoming.

Gamma Iota Sigma Announcements

Please put the following dates your calendars and plan to attend. All students are welcome to join at any time.

  • January 30, 2011, C125 PBB, 5:00 p.m.
    Anna Jaeger, a 2008 graduate of the Risk Management and Insurance Certificate Program, will speak. She is currently a Bond and Financial Products Underwriter for Travelers Insurance in West Des Moines.

  • Thursday, January 27, 2011, S401 PBB, 5:15 p.m. Informational Session.
    Interested in learning more about GIS and thinking about becoming a member? They are holding an information session to discuss the benefits of becoming involved with Gamma Iota Sigma, a risk management, insurance, actuarial science and accounting student organization. Come, bring a friend, and find out more about this active professional organization.

  • Feb. 24th, GIS will hold a community service event at Ronald McDonald House.

  • GIS officers are finalizing speakers for the rest of the semester. Speakers are being considered for the following dates: February 13th, February 27th, March 27th, April 10th, April 24th (Maureen Olson, EMC Insurance)

Industry Opportunities

Sentry Insurance

Sentry is seeking qualified applicants for their Leadership Development Program, and the University of Iowa is one of their target schools for recruitment. In addition to attending the Career Fair, they will be on campus twice for mock interviews: Javier Sotelo will be here on Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon, and Jeff Rasmussen will be here on Feb. 10 from 9:00 to noon. Learn more about the company while practicing your interview skills by signing up for a mock interview through HireAHawk.

EMC Internships, Des Moines Iowa

EMC has posted three summer 2011 Internships.

IMT, Summer Internship, West Des Moines, IA

IMT Group plans to attend the career fair. They are in the process of "migrating" their computer systems and their online internship announcement isn't live yet. Please check their website frequently for the announcements and stop by and visit their booth at the Career Fair.

United Fire Group Underwriting Trainee, Cedar Rapids

United Fire Group has posted a job opening for an Underwriter Trainee. Interested students can apply online or send their resumes and cover letter to Geoffrey Knoop. United Fire Group will attend the Career Fair, so stop by and meet Geoffrey, Sue Meeks and Tim Spain.

Willis Risk Analyst, New York and Chicago

Willis has a Risk Analyst Program. It is for high potential college graduates interested in experiencing all three major components of the program, client service, placement and advocacy. Candidates must have a GPA of 3.0, be eligible for work in the US and fill out an application. The deadline is March 1, 2011.

Liberty Mutual/Indiana Insurance Internship, West Des Moines, IA

Liberty Mutual/Indiana Insurance is also attending the Career Fair and would like to hire someone in their Des Moines Office as an underwriting intern. They are particularly interested in an RMI students and have hired two Vaughan Institute RMI graduates full time after they completed their internship. There are very few underwriting internships and this is a unique opportunity. Submit your resume online for job #16033 and visit with Brain Prozeller during the Career Fair. GIS members who are RMI students are encouraged to apply.

TrueNorth Companies Summer Internships, Cedar Rapids

TrueNorth is currently finalizing details for three internships in Cedar Rapids this summer. They should be ready to announce the internships by next month. Check this newsletter in about a month or visit their website for more details.

AEGON Internships

AEGON will also be announcing a number of summer internships. They will have the openings posted on their careers website by January 31.

Holmes Murphy & Associates Informational Session, January 31, Cedar Rapids

Holmes Murphy & Associates invites you to join them on January 31 from 5p.m. - 7 p.m. at their Cedar Rapids Office, 500 First Avenue NE, Suite 300 to learn more about internships and full-time opportunities with their brokerage. Food will be served. Please RSVP to Amanda Vander Ley.

IRU Internships Deadline February 1, 2011

Frank Bigley, Vice President of Farmers Mutual Hail in Des Moines, encourages RMI students to consider the Intermediaries & Reinsurance Underwriters Association (IRU) internship program. The deadline is February 1. This is probably one of the most unique and enabling internships available to RMI students, and it comes with the potential for earning a $2,000 scholarship. IRU members sponsor the interns who spend time with both an underwriting company and an intermediary.

Search for jobs through RIMS and the Insurance Center

Students who are members of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (membership is free) can search their careers data base for job openings. In addition, the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America sponsors a careers site. This is a new site and is just beginning to be used by firms looking for employees.

Viana Rockel
Associate Director
The Emmett J. Vaughan Institute
of Risk Management and Insurance
Henry B. Tippie College of Business
Department of Finance
108 John Pappajohn Business Building, Ste S230A
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000
319-335-1015 Fax 319-384-3585