The Emmett J. Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance

Student News & Deadlines

Contact Viana Rockel, 335-1015

Headlines October 2009

Scholarships
  • $2,500 Iowa Insurance and Financial Services Education Foundation Due November 2
  • Principal Financial Group Diversity Scholarship Due November 1
Mentoring Application Deadline Extended to October 27

Industry News
  • RIMS Meeting, Iowa City, November 11
  • Registered Professional Liability Underwriter Waivers
  • I Day with CPCU, Des Moines, November 12
Gamma Iota Sigma Events
  • October 25, 2009, John Rife, Retired President and CEO, United Fire Group
  • November 8, 2009, Derek Drahn, Director of Leadership Development, AEGON USA
  • December 6, 2009, Dan Agnew, CEO, Grinnell Mutual
Employment and Internships
  • State Farm, Iowa City, Fall and Spring Internships
  • Sentry Claims Representative, Davenport, IA (filled as of 12/09)
  • FCStone Summer Internship, West Des Moines
Interviews and Mock Interviews

Scholarships

Iowa Insurance and Financial Services Education Foundation Scholarship Due November 2

The Iowa Insurance and Financial Services Education Foundation is offering two $2,500 scholarships for academic year 2010-11 to full time undergraduate students completing the Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) Certificate. The awards are renewable and available to US students and permanent residents. Students graduating May 2011 and later are encouraged to apply. Students interested in an internship with IIFSEF member companies during summer 2010 will be given preference.

Principal Financial Diversity Scholarship Due November 1

Are you an outstanding college student who could use a $5,000 academic scholarship and a potential internship? You need to act quickly - the application deadline is November 1.

The Principal Financial Group, a FORTUNE 500 financial services company, is looking for outstanding minority students. If you're interested, apply now for The Principal Scholars program. Or, if you know someone who might be interested, pass this along.

The Principal understands individuality. Their more than 15,000 employees worldwide are proof of their commitment to creating and maintaining a work environment of inclusion, respect and community. Remember, to be eligible your application must be received no later than November 1.

Mentoring Application Deadline Extended to October 27

Because of midterms this week, the Mentoring Program Application deadline has been extended a second time. Applications are now due October 27 (not Oct. 14). Interviews will also be rescheduled to a later date. Don't miss your opportunity to interact with an industry mentor this year. If you would like to discuss the program before you complete your application, please contact Viana Rockel. Mentors will be chosen based on student applications and interviews. This is an important opportunity to develop your professional skills with a mentor and expand your network.

Industry News

Risk and Insurance Management Society Meeting

  • Wednesday, November 11
  • Red's Alehouse, 405 N. Dubuque, North Liberty
  • 5:00 - 5:30 Networking
  • 5:30 - 6:30 Speaker
  • 6:30 Dinner
  • Students are invited to attend the Greater Quad Cities Risk and Insurance Management meeting normally held the second Wednesday of every month. Dinner is free for the first two students to register. November's topic is Work Comp Experience Mod Forecasting, presented by Holmes Murphy and Associates. After November 1, check their website for details on the location. Contact Stephanie Romagnoli

    Registered Professional Liability Underwriter Waivers

    Need a resume builder? Students completing the RMI certificate may qualify for waivers for two to three modules of the Registered Professional Liability Underwriters designation from the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. If you think you might like to become an underwriter, you're encouraged to contact the society and begin the process for certification now. The RMI Certificate may provide enough background for you to test out of two C-02-CGL Commercial General Liability Education Modules and a Finance or Accounting Degree may qualify you to test out of the C-04-FIN Financial Analysis Module.

    I Day, Iowa Chapter of CPCU

    • Date: Thursday, November 12, 2009
    • Location: Des Moines Botanical Center, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, Ia
    • Time: 8:30 a.m. Registration

    I-Day is proclaimed each year to recognize persons who have completed Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation. This is a good chance to get to know many professionals working in the field. The topic this year is Legislation and speakers include: someone from the Governor's office, Senator Rich Olive, Chief Justice Marsha Ternus, IIAI CEO Bob Skow, and NAMIC CEO Chuck Chamness. Cost is $60 for Seminar and luncheon, or $38 for just the seminar. Register today by contacting Viana for a registration form or by emailing russ.e.greenwood@emcins.com. If there is enough interest in this event, we can make it an official University trip for up to five RMI students and Viana will drive.

    Gamma Iota Sigma Events

    The events below are held in C121 PBB at 6:00 p.m. All students are welcome.

    October 25, 2009, John Rife, Retired President and CEO, United Fire Group

    All students are welcome to join Gamma Iota Sigma as they present an evening of discussion with a long-time president of a significant local insurance company. Founded in 1946, the company has grown from a small automobile insurance company into a successful regional carrier. Three recent graduates of the RMI certificate have taken employment with this company. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from one of the most successful and knowledgeable leaders in the industry.

    November 8, 2009, Derek Drahn, Director of Leadership Development, AEGON USA

    Derek Drahn, Director of Leadership Development at AEGON USA, will present his thoughts on business and personal leadership.

    December 6, 2009, Dan Agnew, CEO, Grinnell Mutual

    Mr. Agnew is the outgoing CEO of Grinnell Mutual, a mutual reinsurance company that is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year.

    Employment and Internships

    State Farm, Iowa City, Fall and Spring Internships

    See how a successful, local agency works with an industry leading insurance company, State Farm! The State Farm internship is focused primarily on customer service and marketing exercises. The internship will let you experience first-hand the entrepreneurial spirit and understand the rewarding day-to-day work that makes the business booming! It is a sales and service-related position in the evenings Monday-Wednesday. They are looking for both fall and spring interns. For more information, contact Natalia Hemingway Large.

    Sentry Claims Representative, Davenport, IA (filled as of 12/09)

    Sentry Insurance is one of the country's largest and strongest mutual insurance companies. Headquartered in Stevens Point, WI, it is a full line property, casualty and life insurance carrier. The Non-standard Auto Claim Rep.will verify coverage, investigate losses by gathering pertinent information, evaluate damages and record statements and more. To apply, email your resume to abigail.nordin@sentry.com or apply on their website.

    FCStone, Summer 2010 Internship, West Des Moines

    FCStone is a large volume commercial brokerage firm trading in all commodity markets. The goal is to provide interns with experience working with seasoned risk managers, with the potential for future employment. Send your application to Dave Smoldt.

    Pomerantz Career Center Interviews and Mock Interviews

    Sign up through Pomerantz Career Center Expo for the following:

      Mock Interviews
    • Primerica, Oct. 21
    • AEGON, Oct. 22
      Interviews
    • AEGON, Oct. 14
    • CNA, Oct. 14
    • North Western Mutual, Oct. 15
    • Wells Fargo, Oct. 16
    • Ameriprise, Oct. 19
      IRS Information Session, Oct.22

      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
      viana-rockel@uiowa.edu