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September 13
RMI Student Resume Book

If you want your resume in the RMI resume book in time for the Career Fair, send Viana a current copy by September 13. The resume book will be emailed to nearly 250 industry partners by September 17. Your resume may be included at any time during the semester; however, most employers will access the resume book before the Septbember 20 Career Fair.

You must sign a waiver to be included in the resume book. If you didn't sign a waiver at the Ramundt Golf Outing or the All Student Meeting last week, blank waivers are posted under the light near the Institute's offices S230 PBB.

Also, don't forget to update your resume on HireAHawk. All RMI employers are encouraged to post openings and schedule interviews through the Pomerantz Career Center. You could miss out on an important opportunity if you don't use the Career Center and all of the services they officer.

Sign up for 06F: 104 Corporate and Financial Risk Management
in the Fall

and for 06F:109 Global Perspectives in Insurance (London Winter)

Don't forget to sign up for Corporate and Financial Risk Management in the fall. We won't offer this class in the spring and it is a required class for all RMI Certificate students.

Also, Professor Ty Leverty will teach a class in London during Winter Break. We will count it as one of the two insurance electives you need to graduate. The class will be titled "Risk Management in a Global Economy". The last time Ty taught this class, they visited Lloyds of London and Lockton. Program fees will be set by July 1. For more information and for applications, contact or on or after July 1.

Attend the May 17, 2012: Greater Quad Cities RIMS Golf Outing
Geneva Golf and Country Club, Muscatine, Iowa.
Students interested in assisting with this golf outing should contact Viana today. This is a great opportunity to meet risk managers and brokers and have fun. You'll assist with check-in, games and more. Contact Viana today to sign up. Viana will provide transportation.

August 16, 2012: Dana C. Ramundt Insurance Education Foundation Golf Outing
On August 16, Dana Ramundt will hold a golf outing to raise funds for scholarships for RMI students. The outing is at the Finkbine Golf Course, in Iowa City, IA, the Thursday before fall classes begin. More than 100 industry professionals attend this meeting and many of our students have found full time employment because of the contacts they made at this outing. This is probably the single most effective networking experience you can attend. Contact Viana Rockel or Justin Kolka if you are interested in attending. We need your RSVP before you leave for the summer.

Congratulations to the RMI Graduating Seniors
We are proud to announce that 23 seniors will graduate in May having completed the RMI Certificate. Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for a successful career. We hope that all of you will join our LinkedIn Group (Vaughan Institute Alumni) and keep in touch. We would love to hear about your life events, such as career moves, marriages and family. It has been a pleasure having you in the program, and we'll follow your careers with great interest.

Pomerantz Center Announcements
May 2 and 15: Suit Camp: A Boot Camp for Your Career Search Career Leadership Academy Internship Registration Changes Fee Changes
Learn more ...

Want a mentor this summer?
If you would like a mentor this summer, check out the Young Alumni Board's Summer Mentoring Program. Learn more at a presentation on May 6th. You can sign up for the program by emailing the following information to

  • Name
  • Major
  • Graduation year
  • Location of internship
  • Company where you will intern
  • Role of internship
  • Primary email address
  • Phone number

Industry News

Iowa Bankers Insurance and Financial Services, Johnston, IA,
Full-Time Positions

The Iowa Bankers Association is looking for a marketing representative and a Customer Service Rep I in their health division. They promote from within and when additional openings are available, current employees are allowed to apply. The marketing representative is also in their Life and Health Division; however, the candidate won't sell to individuals. This position contacts their member banks and sells group policies to the banks.

Contact Patti Plath with questions about the Service Rep position and Dave Hughes with questions about the marketing rep position.

There is a careers link on their website that also lists jobs at member banks, and both of the positions listed above are on their careers website. For example, Lee County Bank & Trust in Ft. Madison is looking for a Credit Analyst and Midwest One Bank is looking for a Community Reinvestment Act Officer. There are many more banking jobs listed, so check them out.

United Fire Group, Cedar Rapids, IA
Underwriter Trainee Positions
United Fire Group will hire two Commercial Lines Underwriter Trainees in the Cedar Rapids Office. Search their Careers Website to apply.

Neighbor Insurance, Various Locations in Iowa
Neighbor Insurance has an ongoing program to hire marketing (sales) representatives. Click here for more information. Email for more information.

Gamma Iota Sigma

Welcome, GIS Fall Board
GIS has chosen officers for the fall. Congratulations to the following members who are donating their time and expertise to strengthen and move the organization forward.

  • President, Justin Kolka
  • Executive Vice President, Patrick Keeley
  • VP of Industry Relations, Aaron Hoefle
  • VP of Finance, Kyle Johnson
  • VP of Community Service and Socials, Andrea Bahr
  • Secretary and VP of Communications, Kevin Forsberg
  • VP of Mentoring, Austin Neimanis
  • VP of Technology, Sean Noonan

Join GIS
Recruitment is an ongoing process at GIS and the organizations best tool has been word of mouth. Let your friends know GIS and what it is about as a student organization. Join now to make certain your name is on the mailing list for the golf outing. Email Justin Kolka for more information.

May 2012

In This Issue


Industry News

Gamma Iota Sigma

Important Dates and Deadlines

May 17, 2012: Greater Quad Cities RIMS Golf Outing.

August 16, 2012: Dana C Ramundt Insurance Education Foundation Golf Outing

Action Items

  • Register for the fall Corporate and Financial Risk Management course (06F 104)

  • Sign up for the May 17 and August 18 Golf Outings.

Gamma Iota Sigma

Meetings will resume in the fall


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