The Emmett J. Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance

Student News & Deadlines

Contact Viana Rockel, 335-1015

Headlines February 20, 2009

    Graduating Seniors Reception

    Graduating Risk Management and Insurance seniors are invited to meet the Vaughan Institute Advisory Board at a reception on Friday, March 27, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. in the Howe Galleria (near C140 PBB). Please dress professionally. We will print nametags for students, so please email your RSVP to Viana Rockel by March 13.

    Corporate Networking Events

    Cottingham & Butler: Feb. 25

    Cottingham & Butler, the 54th largest insurance brokerage in the US, will host an event on the second floor of the Airliner on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Come meet with current employees to learn more about career opportunities.

    Holmes Murphy Recruiting: March 5
    Information session: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
    Location: 500 First Avenue NE, Suite 300
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

    Holmes Murphy & Associates, the 28th largest independent premier risk management and insurance brokerage firm in the US, is searching for interns and full time hires. Attend their information session on March 5 from 5-7 p.m. in Cedar Rapids. RSVP to Amanda Vander Ley by March 1.

    Cedar Rapids Trip: March 6

    March 6, 2009--7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    RSVP by Feb. 25, 2009

    Join Gamma Iota Sigma and the Vaughan Institute and network with three very different financial services and insurance companies: AEGON, the United Fire Group, and TrueNorth Companies. Bring your resume and come ready to learn about their internships and job openings. You must RSVP to Viana Rockel by Feb. 25 to be included. Seating on the bus is limited to 14 students and there are only two seats remaining. Reserve your place today.
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    Career Fair Feb. 25

    IMU Main Lounge 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    If you're looking for a summer internship or job, plan now to attend the Pomerantz Career Center Spring Career Fair. Many Vaughan Institute partners will be present, including Grinnell Mutual, AEGON, United Fire Group, and Nationwide. View a full list of participants. On-campus interviews and mock interviews are ongoing. Register on the Expo site if you want to interview.

    RIMS-Post your resume

    If you're looking for a job, you may want to post your resume on the Risk and Insurance Management career site.

    Student Resume Book

    Resumes must be updated on Expo early Feb. 23

    Only RMI students and Gamma Iota Sigma members can be included in the RMI resume book that is emailed to nearly 70 individuals and companies. If you plan to be included in time for the Career Fair, you must have a current resume posted on Expo by Monday, Feb. 23. Email Viana Rockel when your resume is complete and posted on the Expo site. You must also sign a release form and drop it by the Institute's offices at S230 PBB. If no one is present, slide the release under the door. Resumes can be also be included after the Career Fair.

    IIAI-State Licensure Study Materials

    The Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa will provide free study materials to any student interested in taking the state licensure exams for Personal Lines, Commercial Lines, and Life and Health Lines. These tests aren't just useful for those seeking positions as producers. Taking the tests while in college can give you a competitive edge as an underwriter, claims adjuster and in other positions. The tests are offered in the Iowa City area and the IIAI has study classes you can attend as well.

    If you're interested in a copy of the study materials, please contact Bob Skow. He will confirm with the Institute that you are an RMI student in good standing before issuing your copy of the study materials.

    Internships and Employment

    Cottingham & Butler, Dubuque, IA
    Summer Interns

    Interview on Campus February 26. Sign-up for an interview in Expo.
    Cottingham & Butler will begin interviewing on-campus for summer interns on Feb. 26. Students must be in their junior year and seeking a degree in business, finance or insurance. Sign-up for an interview on Expo. Contact Jennifer Wolf, Assistant President Human Resources at for more information.

    Cottingham & Butler
    Executive Development Program

    Interview on campus Feb. 26. Sign-up for an interview on Expo.
    Cottingham & Butler will begin interviewing on-campus for full-time Executive Development candidates on February 26. Executive Development candidates are placed in a rotational program where the end goal is a sales consultant role. Sign-up for an interview on Expo. Contact Jennifer Wolf, Assistant Vice President Human Resources at for more information.

    Continental Western
    Summer 2009 Internships
    The Continental Western Group is hiring interns in their Des Moines Office for summer 2009.  Students must be in their junior year with a declared major in risk management, business, finance, or related studies and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Interested students can email their resume to Roxanne Overton, Senior Human Resources Generalist at

    EMC Insurance Companies
    EMC Insurance Companies is offering three internships summer 2009. Students must be business majors with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Risk Management and Insurance students are encouraged to apply. For more information, click on the job announcement below.

    To apply, submit resume/application to:

    Organizations and Meetings

    Gamma Iota Sigma
    University of Iowa Beta Alpha Chapter

    Meeting: Feb. 25
    The next meeting is Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m. S401 PBB
    Presentation: Three speakers from TrueNorth Companies, including recent RMI graduate Peter Berg.


    Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
    Next Meeting: March. 11, 2009
    Location: Marriott, Cedar Rapids
    Time: 5:30 p.m.

    The first two students to sign up for the RIMS meeting will receive their meal free of charge. RIMS meetings are ideal for networking, particularly if you are graduating this spring and will be looking for a job. The topic, Metabolic Disease, will be presented by Steve Flood from Holmes Murphy & Associates.

    To register, RSVP to Tom Ohrt.

    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