Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance

RMI Student News


Cedar Rapids Professional Trip
Rescheduled to April 12
The professional trip in Feb. was cancelled due to weather. Those who had signed up for the trip and some on the waiting list will be contacted to see if they want to attend in April. If you are on the list to attend, you will need to complete a new waiver, Please contact Viana Rockel for instructions on completing the waiver.

Mentoring Program Wrap-Up
April 8, 5:00 p.m.

The mentoring program will hold its final group session on April 8. We are still determining the program and the location. An email will be sent as soon as we have more details.

Graduating Seniors
Exit Interviews

The Vaughan Institute holds exit interviews with each graduating senior. Information from the interviews has been used to improve and expand the curriculum and improve student services and activities. Please contact Viana Rockel today to schedule your interview.

Information on Required Course
Corporate and Financial Risk Management Offered Fall Only

If you are graduating before December 2014, you will need to register for Corporate and Financial Risk Management Fall 2013. It is only offered once a year and it is a required course. Space will be restricted to RMI students during the first week of graduation. I will put a code in for RMI students to allow them to register. Please contact Viana immediately if you feel you won't be able to fit this course into your fall schedule.

Industry News

Hiscox, Chicago
Underwriting Intern
Hiscox will hire an underwriting intern in each of its main offices, including the Chicago office. They are already interviewing for the position, so apply ASAP if you want to be considered. The job number is #1960 or you can search for intern on their career website. You must be graduating between December 2013 and June 2014. The announcement doesn't say if they will accept international students.

Hiscox USA is a fast growing specialty insurance carrier with nearly 230 employees in six offices across the US; New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and White Plains, NY. Hiscox USA is part of the $2 billion Hiscox Group, which is headquartered in Bermuda and has over 100 years of history and 1,300 staff in 13 countries worldwide.

CPCU Conference
October 26-29
New Orleans

Plans are being completed for the Certified Property and Casualty Underwriters Conference in the fall. The conference normally provides some assistance to students who want to attend. If you are interested, please put the dates on your calendar and contact Viana in August for more information.

Leadership Iowa University
Apply Today!

Although application deadline isn't until June 1, I suggest you apply today to secure a place in the next Leadership Iowa University. Students who have attended this consider it a highlight of their college experience. Fashioned after Leadership Iowa, Leadership Iowa University works to educate, inspire and develop collegiate leaders as the foundation for Iowa’s future economic growth. The program also encourages and facilitates these young leaders’ on-going involvement in local communities and the state to create a better future for all Iowans.

Approximately 30 students will be selected for this year’s program which includes a premier week long residential leadership and issues awareness program August 4-8, followed up by one-day sessions in September and February and an ongoing mentorship with a professional in the student’s field of interest. Mentorships have often resulted in premier internships and jobs for LIU graduates.

Leadership Iowa University is now accepting nominations and applications for the Class of 2013-14. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis (ultimate deadline June 1st). Learn more....Learn more...

Millhiser Smith, Cedar Rapids
Personal Lines Risk Consultant
The Millhiser Smith Agency, an independent risk management and insurance consulting firm in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is seeking a Personal Lines Risk Consultant, who will actively seek out new clients in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor area. They specialize in developing relationships with clients and finding the best solutions to fit their individual needs.

The ideal candidate can demonstrate a history of successful prior sales experience in this or other fields. Knowledge of the P&C insurance industry is helpful. Insurance license needed but can be obtained upon hire. A Bachelor’s degree is required.

A competitive base salary plus commission and a comprehensive benefits package are provided for this position. Send resume with cover letter to: Human Resources Dept., PO Box 3100, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-3100. Or email resume to No phone calls please.

Cottingham and Butler, Dubuque, IA
Executive Development Program--Sales Training

Cottingham & Butler is seeking candidates for commercial insurance sales. It is a 100% salaried job (not commission). After one year of training, candidates transition to a Sales Executive position. Learn more and apply...

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.

Young Agents Conference--Free Registration
May 7-8, West Des Moines

The Insurance Agents of Iowa offers free registration to RMI students who want to attend the Young Agents Conference. This is an exceptional learning and networking opportunity. To receive the free registration, contact Viana after you register and she will inform the IIAI that your registration is free. Students are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

American Association of Managing General Agents
(Excess and Surplus Lines)
University East Education Event, March 14-15

The annual AAMGA University East Education event will be held March 14-15, 2013 at the Georgia State University Buckhead Executive Center in Atlanta, Georgia. There are many opportunities for students to attend courses on both industry-specific and leadership topics while interacting with leaders of our industry. There will be two networking receptions, one on Wednesday evening and one on Thursday evening, where students are welcome to attend and make connections. For each student who attends any portion of the event, AAMG will connect him/her with a member who they can “shadow” in order to make additional connections to other members.

Registration fee is waived for students and professors. Daily snacks and lunch are provided free of charge, so for the cost of travel and hotel expense, students have the opportunity to meet and network with many potential employers in the Excess and Surplus Lines Industry. If this is too far to travel, they also have a similar event in Scottsdale, Arizona in the fall. Find full registration details at: To register, simply complete the “Student Registration Form.” Although professors are invited, the Institute is not aware of any UI professors who plan to attend and this is not an official University activity. Local hotel information is also included on the site.

Gamma Iota Sigma

Meeting Schedule Set
Meetings are held in S107 PBB at 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact Aaron Hoefle. Business casual dress is required.

  • April 7: Peter Berg, Account Executive, TrueNorth Companies
  • April 14th: Speakers Brooke Rosenberg, Arthur J. Gallagher
  • April 28: Speakers Jonathan Olsen (Actuary, Transamerica) and Steve Merkey (Actuary, United Fire Group)

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 a spring meeting, if you haven't already paid. Also, members who haven't filled out the new membership forms should contact Aaron Hoefle 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.

March 2013

In This Issue


Industry News

Gamma Iota Sigma

Important Dates and Deadlines

April 8 Mentoring Program Final Event.

April 12 Professional Trip.

Young Agents Conference May 7-8

Action Items.

  • Graduating Seniors--schedule your exit interview today
  • Join RIMS (free) and Gamma Iota Sigma

Gamma Iota Sigma

Spring Highlights

Next Meeting: April 7

March 30-31: NAPSLO Conference

April 14: Elections for fall 2013 officers

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