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Nominate Your Favorite Instructors for Teaching Excellence
Deadline December 5

The President & Provost Awards for Teaching honor both clinical/tenure track faculty as well as lecturers and adjunct faculty. And the chosen faculty member receives a $3,000 honorarium. Let your favorite faculty know how much you appreciate their efforts by nominating them today.

Graduating Seniors Exit Interviews--Schedule Now, Please
If you're graduating this fall, please make an appointment for your exit interview with Viana. Appointments can be made through If a time doesn't fit your schedule, please email Viana with suggestions for other times.

$2,500 Scholarship for AY2013-14
To date, no one has applied for this scholarship. Please consider it.

The Iowa Insurance and Financial Services Education Foundation will award two $2500 scholarships to support students in the Tippie College of Business and the Vaughan Institute who are pursuing a career in the insurance and financial services industry. Qualifications are: US Citizen or Permanent Resident; sophomore status or above; minimum GPA of 3.0.; Risk Management and Insurance Certificate and/or a related major in economics, accounting, finance, marketing or business analytics and information systems; full-time student status with at least one full academic year remaining.

Click here for more information and for an application form. Applications are mailed directly to the IIFSEFS Foundation and not collected by the Tippie College of Vaughan Institute. While the application deadline isn't until March 28, 2014, I encourage your to apply early. Contact Viana Rockel with questions.

Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter
Study Program Scholarship
Completing one to three of the CPCU exams should be easy after taking RMI/Finance courses. Also, the completing the exams will give you an edge in the job market. Contact Viana today if you are interested in being nominated.

Each year, the Vaughan Institute nominates two students for scholarships to complete the CPCU exams. This is over a $3,000 value, but there is a catch. You must be committed to completing the CPCU courses within three years. If there are more than two students interested, we will have an internal review of the applicants to determine who to nominate. Applicants must be full time and completing a Finance major or RMI certificate, have a GPA of 3.3 or better, and provide an official transcript. Click here for more information about CPCU for students. Contact Viana if you are interested in being nominated.

Spencer Education Foundation Scholarships
The Spencer Education Foundation has announced scholarships for the 2014-15 Academic year. Some awards are for as much as $5000 for undergraduates interested in careers in risk management and insurance. Most require a GPA of 3.0 or better. One application is used all scholarships. Apply no later than January 31, 2014.

Still Undecided About a Career?
Check out the Career Leadership Academy courses. Students graduating in May should begin planning now. Make an appointment with Viana to discuss your job search plans at:

Industry News

Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) Claims Conference
March 16-19

PLRB will continue to introduce college students to the insurance industry by inviting them to the 2014 Claims Conference. Through the Insurance Career Development Program, and with assistance of member insurance companies, they hope to invite 50 students to attend the 2014 Claims Conference. Please contact Viana if you are interested in learning more.

IMT Insurance, West Des Moines, IA
Depending on where you want to locate, IMT Insurance has entry level positions open,including a commercial lines underwriting assistant in their West Des Moines office.

United Fire Group Claims Trainee, Cedar Rapids
United Fire Group will hire a claims trainee in their Cedar Rapids office. This position will teach an inexperienced individual how to investigate and evaluate property and liability claims. This role is designed to teach all aspects of the claims representative position. This role typically last about 6 -12 months before the individual is promoted to an inside claims representative.

The company plans to fill this position with someone who can start in January. December graduates are encouraged to apply online at

Still looking for an internship?
Check out openings at Allied in Des Moines

Allied Insurance posted many of their internships last week. The Des Moines office has openings for Surety and Fidelity (Agribusiness), Commercial Lines Underwriting, Claims, Personal Lines and Sales. Also

Gamma Iota Sigma

GIS Meetings
Ali Rosenberg has created a calendar of events and meetings for Gamma Iota Sigma. Meetings are held in S107 PBB unless other wise stated. The time for meetings has changed to 4:00 p.m. instead of 5:00 p.m. You'll find the meeting, social and event schedule on the calendar.

Spring GIS Leadership Chosen
if you are interested running for office in Gamma Iota Sigma, please feel free to contact one of the board members below for more information.

  • President - Austin Neimanis
  • Executive VP - Mike Olczyk
  • VP of Finance,Lizzie Hague
  • VP of Community Service, Charlie Clark
  • Secretary and VP of Communications,Page Pardrige
  • VP of Mentoring,Ali Rosenberg
  • VP of Technology, Kevin Forsberg
  • VP of Socials, Staci Pump
  • VP of Technology, Kevin Forsberg
  • VP of Ambassador Program, Chenjing Cui
  • VP of Alumni Relations, Yu Cao

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 Austin Neimanis for more information.


November 2013

In This Issue


Industry News

Gamma Iota Sigma

Important Dates and Deadlines

December 5
Nominate your favorite instructor

Gamma Iota Sigma
September Meetings

To resume in January

Student News Archives

Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance
Henry B. Tippie College of Business