Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance

RMI Student News


Risk Modeling Course, Spring 2014
Ty Leverty thinks all RMI students should take risk modeling. After speaking with employers, I believe the course, which isn't offered by any other RMI undergradaute program in the nation, is setting our students apart when they apply for jobs and interviews. More than 25 RMI students have already requested special permission codes to take the course in the spring. If you haven't yet contacted Viana for a code, please do so ASAP. Only 40 students will be allowed to take the course, and it will be opened up to other students after the first week of early registration.

$2,500 Scholarship for AY2013-14
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.

Working in the Federal Government Information Session, November 5
Finance and analyst positions exist in many federal agencies, including Homeland Security. If you would like to learn more about how to work in Federal Government, please attend the Pomerantz Center Information Session on November 5.

Masters Programs for International Finance Majors
Lecturer Jeffrey Hart is compiling a list of universities that have programs that accept international students. He is continuing to update and refine the list, and you should check with Viana periodically to find out if the list has been recently updated. .

Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter
Study Program Scholarship
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.

Global Internship Program
The Dream Careers Global Internship program is partnering with the University of Iowa to provide students with summer internships in 9 international centers. They will be on campus November 4-6 to talk about opportunities. You may schedule a one-on-one meeting with them, and don't forget to ask if they can give you an experience in Risk Management or Insurance.

Industry News

Nationwide, Des Moines, Full-time Underwriting
Nationwide has an opening for a full time personal lines underwriter in their Des Moines office. Apply online with ID 14803

Northwestern Mutual Sales Interns
If you're interested in commission life and health sales and personal financial representative positions when you graduate, Northwestern Mutual is holding an event to tell you about their internships.

Lockton, St. Louis and Chicago
The Lockton St. Louis office is looking for a December grad to hire as a full-time account administrator. They also have an opening for an account administrator in Chicago in the Employee Benefit Group. The St. Louis position is a line positiosn to becoming an account manager who will be given an assigned book of business.

American Family Insurance
American Family Insurance in Eden Prairie has two internships open--claims and underwriting. Additional internships are available at other locations. To find out more, search intern on their jobs site.

State Farm: Full-time Sales in Iowa City Area
Gary McIntire's State Farm Agency is looking for a virtual agent. He states: "I’m looking for insurance marketing managers who can think ‘outside the box’.  Because this position is with a virtual agency, it is imperative that applicants have a solid understanding of how to build relationships and establish trust online.  They must also believe strongly in the role insurance plays in the lives of individuals and families as well as the economy.  There is great opportunity and flexibility built into this concept for the right person."

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 following and more on the calendar:

  • November 3rd: Joel Schmidt, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Alliant Energy, followed by GIS Spring Officer Elections
  • November 8: Nationwide day of mentoring
  • November 17: Jeff Scarpinato, Vice President, Holmes Murphy. Topic: Healthcare Reform
  • November 18 (Monday): Todd Fuhs, Chief Risk Officer, AEGON USA.
  • November 24 – Thanksgiving break. No meeting.
  • December 1: Final meeting of the semester. Speaker TBD.

GIS Elections, November 3
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.

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 Aaron Hoefle for more information.


November 2013

In This Issue


Industry News

Gamma Iota Sigma

Important Dates and Deadlines

November 5
Working for the Federal Government

November 4-6
Appointments to learn about Global Summer Internships

Gamma Iota Sigma
September Meetings

November 3
Joel Schmidt, Alliant and GIS Elections

Student News Archives

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