The Emmett J. Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance

Student News & Deadlines

Contact Viana Rockel, 335-1015

Headlines January 2010

Industry News, Events and Professional Trips

  • RIMS Meeting, Feb 11. Speaker James S. Gault,
    AJ Gallagher Pres. & COO
  • AEGON Meet and Greet Feb. 5, 1:30 pm, C208 PBB
  • Holmes Murphy and Associates, Cedar Rapids Recruiting Event, Feb. 15
  • Cedar Rapids Professional Trip, March 5. RSVP by Feb. 26.
  • State Licensing Study Session
  • Gamma Iota Sigma Events

  • Become a Member
  • Informational Meetings
  • Feb. 21, Kirke Dorweiler, Ex. VP. Lockton Risk Services
  • Scholarships

  • Apply by Feb. 28 for RMI Scholarships and College of Business Scholarships
  • AICPCU Scholarships
  • CPCU Society, Iowa Chapter, Des Moines
  • Employment and Internships

  • RMI Resume Book: Join today! Sent to 120 Employer Contacts
  • Willis Risk Management Trainee, Apply by Feb. 8
  • Holmes Murphy & Associates Announces Summer Internships
  • Neighbor Insurance Sales Position
  • Industry News

    Risk and Insurance Management Society Meeting, Feb. 11

  • Speaker Jim Gault
  • Date: February 11, 2010
  • Location: To Be Announced
  • Time: 5:00 Social Time, 5:30 Speaker, 6:30 Dinner
  • The February speaker will be James S. Gault, President and COO of the Brokerage Services Division of Arthur J. Gallagher in Itasca, IL. The Greater Quad Cities Risk and Insurance Management meetings are normally held the second Wednesday of every month. Dinner is free for the first two students to register. Check their website for more information. Contact Stephanie Romagnoli

    AEGON Meet and Greet Feb. 5, 2010

    The AEGON Meet and Greet Session with Risk Management, Finance and Actuarial Science Students has been rescheduled for 1:30 on Friday, February 5 in C208 PBB. Please email Viana immediately if you plan to attend.

    Holmes Murphy and Associates Cedar Rapids Recruiting Event

  • When: February 15, 5PM-7PM
  • Where: HMA Offices, 500 First Avenue NE, Suite 300
  • RSVP by Feb. 8 to Amanda Vander Ley.
  • HMA was founded in 1932 and is the 24th largest independent premier risk-management and insurance brokerage firm in the US. If you are searching for a 2010 summer internship or a full-time position following graduate, you should consider attending this event. Gather for food and fun and to learn more HMA's hands-on training, internships and Producer Development Program.

    Cedar Rapids Professional Trip March 5, RSVP by Feb. 26.

    Join Gamma Iota Sigma and the Vaughan Institute and network with three very different financial services and insurance companies, AEGON, United Fire Group and the TrueNorth Companies. RSVP to Viana. Learn more.

    State Licensing Study Session

    In this economy, you need every advantage you can get. You don't have to become a producer to benefit from getting licensed by the State. Obtaining a license can help you with many positions and shows potential employers that you have initiate and drive. Also, although many employers will pay for licensing exams, your resume will rise to the top if you are licensed before applying for a job.

    Last year, the IIAI began offering free study materials to anyone wishing to get licensed (an $85 value). This year, they have offered to hold a two-day study session (Friday and Saturday), also free of charge, to students who want to become licensed. After taking RMI classes, getting licensed is easier than you think. We need at least 12 students who are interested in a study session in order to hold the class.

    If you are interested, please email Viana and let her know if you are interested in Personal Lines or Commercial Lines. If there is enough interest, we will try to set the dates on a weekend that is convenient for everyone. No credit is offered for this study session.

    Gamma Iota Sigma Events

    Become a Member

    Gamma Iota Sigma is constantly seeking new members. Students who are interested in becoming members in the Insurance, Risk Management, and Actuarial Science Collegiate Fraternity are encouraged to fill out an application. Applications can be obtained by emailing or Applications are accepted at any point throughout the school year. Students are invited to visit the Gamma Iota Sigma website,, to find out more information.

    Informational Meetings

  • February 1 and February 2, 5:00
  • Location: S401 PBB
  • Attend an informational meeting to find out about GIS and all of the benefits they offer, including their award-winning speaker series, a resume book that is emailed to over 120 industry professionals, and the industry mentors program. Students don't have to be RMI certificate students to join GIS, so bring a friend!

    Feb. 21, Kirke Dorweiler, Exec. VP, Lockton Risk Services

    Mr. Dorweiler resides in West Des Moines. He is an Executive Vice President at Lockton Risk Services and does a lot of work for Lockton Affinity. He was a commercial P/C producer for many years and has held various leadership roles at multiple brokerages, including CEO of Seabury& Smith and President of Kirke Van Orsdel, Inc.


    Apply for Vaughan Institute and Tippie College Scholarships by Feb. 28

    Please review the dedicated RMI scholarships on the Institute's website. To apply for RMI scholarships and other College of Business Scholarships, submit your on-line application form by Feb. 28. Apply online even if you are graduating in December 2010 or if you are an actuarial science student. RMI scholarships are merit-based (not need-based). A few of our scholarships can be awarded to students in their final semester of college and to RMI students completing non-business majors.

    Follow the application procedures and make certain you mark the questions that ask if you are completing the certificate. A Vaughan Institute scholarship committee will determine your eligibility for each scholarship.

    If you are interested in the Iowa Hall of Fame (IHOF) scholarship or the Insurance and Financial Services Education Foundation (IIFSEF) scholarships, after completing the TCOB application form, please submit the Institute's IHOF and IIFSEFS applications to Viana, including the required essays.

    AICPCU Scholarships

    The AICPCU has 100 Presidential scholarships to give to undergraduate students majoring in insurance, risk management or finance. The students must be a full-time second semester sophomore or junior and meet the AICPCU matriculation requirements. They must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher and must agree to complete the CPCU program within three years. The value of each scholarship is estimated at $3,800 and covers the cost of textbooks, course guides, SMART study Aids, online practice exams and national exams. Students are expected to complete the CPCU within three years. The Institute can nominate up to two juniors for this award and the awards are on a first-come, first-served basis.

    CPCU Society Scholarship, Iowa Chapter

    The Iowa Chapter of the CPCU Society offers $1,500 scholarships to dependents of Iowa Chapter CPCU (Des Moines area) members who have GPA's of 2.75 and are majoring in business and/or an insurance related area of study. Applications are due Friday, March 12, 2010. Apply directly to the Society.

    Employment and Internships

    RMI Resume Book: Join today! Sent to 120 Employer Contacts

    Don't miss your opportunity to list your resume in the Vaughan Institute/Gamma Iota Sigma Resume Book. Whether you're looking for a summer internship or searching for a job after graduation, the resume book can be an important tool in your search.

    Update your resume on Expo by February 17, if you want to be listed in the RMI Resume Book in time for the Career Fair on February 24. After updating your resume, please complete the release form and slide it under the Institute's door at S230 PBB. If you signed and returned a release form in the fall, you don't need to complete another form; however, you may want to check your resume on Expo to make certain it is current. If you make changes to your resume at any time, please email Viana to alert her to the changes.

    This is a joint project with Gamma Iota Sigma and all students who wish to be listed in the Resume Book should be members of GIS.

    Willis Risk Management Trainee, Apply by Feb. 8

    Willis will be hiring a recent graduate as a risk management trainee to begin in May 2010. Don’t be misled by the title of the program (Graduate Program). The position is for graduating seniors, not graduate students. Although the application deadline is January 4, they will extend the deadline to Feb. 8th for Vaughan Institute students. However, please apply as early as possible by completing their online application. It is important to submit complete and detailed responses. They rely heavily on the three essay questions at the end of the application to determine whether or not you will be invited in for an assessment.

    Holmes Murphy & Associates, Internships

    The HMA Internship program is one of the best in the industry, particularly if you think you might want to learn the sales side of the business. They hire students for two summers. The second summer can be the summer following graduation. For more information, visit their website and attend the informational session in Cedar Rapids.

    Neighbor Insurance Sales Position

    Neighbor Insurance (Center Point, Iowa) is an Independent Insurance agency looking to grow its sales staff. As an Independent agency, they have the ability to represent a multitude number of companies and lines of business. They provide FULL SERVICE to our clients as well as our staff.

    If you are interested in looking at a position in a satellite office, please call Eldon 319-350-9101. the company offers a vase wage, commission bonuses, group health and dental benefits, and paid vacations.

    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