December 2008 - Welcome!
The Alumni Affairs team along with Gamma Iota Sigma is proud to announce this years 1st Alumni Newsletter. This semester proved to be very successful with the winning of the Edison L. Bowers award and the hosting of various career receptions. I hope you enjoy this issue! If you or your company would like to be featured in our next newletter, please contact Vice President of Alumni Affairs, Vincent Baldino at firstname.lastname@example.org
Edison L. Bowers Award - 9 Consecutive Wins!
The Sigma Chapter has done it again. For the ninth year in a row and for the fourteenth out of the past sixteen years the Sigma Chapter once again brought home the coveted Edison L Bowers Award for the most outstanding chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma worldwide. The Edison L. Bowers Award was presented to the Sigma Chapter at the 37th Annual Gamma Iota Sigma International Management Conference held from October 16 – 19, 2008 at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA.
H. Wayne Snider Distinguished Guest Lecture Series
To view the list of guest lecturers for Fall 2008: [Click here]
For the 2008-2009 academic year, Gamma Iota Sigma will be supporting the Children's Alopecia Project through various fundraising activities. These semester-long events include weekly 50/50 raffles, bake sales, and numerous other social gatherings. The Children's Alopecia Project is an organization dedicated to helping children that suffer from hair loss from any form of Alopecia. In order to achieve this, they will use the funds donated to them to promote awareness of the autoimmune disorder and raise self-esteem in those currently suffering from this disease.
Children's Alopecia Project Fundraiser
The Sigma Chapter is proud to announce the successful completion of our recent World Series Ticket Raffle, a fundraising effort for the Children’s Alopecia Project (CAP). This raffle was a joint effort between the Sigma Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma and Richie of Richie’s Deli, a Deli and Pizzeria serving the Temple University community since 1975.
The contest raffled off a free Richie’s Deli T-Shirt, a free Phillies World Series T-Shirt, a World Series Hat, a complete dinner from Richie’s Deli and of course a ticket to Game four of the World Series. The Sigma Chapter and Richie’s Deli sold $5 raffle tickets at varying locations across campus.
Marsh is the world's leading insurance broker and risk advisor on the global level. They are devoted to finding the opportunity in risk, as they strive to transform these risks from liabilities to advantages for their clients. Marsh employs twenty six thousand people and does business with public entities, organizations, and private clients in over one hundred countries. Marsh has been very active in recruiting Temple students over the past few years, and there are numerous Temple alumni currently working in Marsh offices across the country.
To view a list of current Temple Alumni working at Marsh: [Click Here]
All Risks, Ltd.
All Risks, Ltd. was formed as an excess and surplus lines facility in 1964 in Baltimore, Maryland. Over the past 40 years, their business has expanded into additional territories and product lines. Most of their business is written exclusively through retail agents and brokers, and they have currently developed into one of the largest, fastest growing privately held wholesale brokers over the past 10 years.
All Risks, Ltd. has attended Sigma Chapter's intern reception in past years and has been a valuable contributor to developing our students professionally. They have also hired some of our alumni and currently employ several people.
Current Temple Alumni working at All Risks, Ltd.:
Karen Kutger (1996)
Yasser Hussein (2007)
Elliot Landes (2008)
Alumni Happy Hours
Sigma Chapter and the Alumni Affairs team would like to thank all of the alumni who attended our McGillins Happy Hour, Kildare’s, and Public House Happy Hours on September 23, October 26, and November 19. They were all a great time, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our three happy hours in the spring semester!
Congratulations May 2008 Graduates
To view more May 2008 Graduates: [Click Here]
8th Annual Sigma Chapter Golf Outing
The purpose and mission of the Sigma Chapter is to enhance the professionalism of students, and a good part of that development comes from networking with industry professionals. In an effort to maintain a relationship with the risk management and insurance industry as well as with the alumni of the Temple University, the Sigma chapter hosts many events each semester with the specific goal of exposing our students to the professional world.
These events serve a dual purpose, as they are a catalyst to improve our members’ career development, as well as fundraisers for our chapter’s future activities and continued philanthropy. One our most successful industry networking and fundraising events is our annual Golf Outing. The Sigma Chapter’s 8th Annual Golf Outing took place on September 9th, 2008 at the Northampton Valley Country Club in Richboro PA.
Fall 2008 Senior Career Reception
On October 24, 2008, the Sigma Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma hosted its annual Senior Career Reception in the Great Court of Mitten Hall. There were over 100 students graduating in December 2008 or May 2009 in Risk Management and Insurance and Actuarial Science in attendance. Over 80 industry professionals and 20 alumni of the Sigma Chapter were present to represent their respective firms. In all, thirty-four companies attended the Career Reception and had the opportunity to talk to soon-to-be graduates. From these brief meetings and the Sigma Chapter Resume Book, firms derive an interview list of potential candidates whom they feel will fit their corporate culture and ultimately become full time employees of the firm.
[Actuarial Science Internship Reception]
The Sigma Chapter is proud to announce that nine of our members have received scholarships from the Insurance Scholarship Foundation of America. This foundation was established by the members of the National Association of Insurance Women in 1993, to provide scholarships to college students preparing for a career in the insurance industry, and for men and women working in the insurance industry seeking to improve their career opportunities. The college scholarships are awarded to juniors and seniors whose course study is working toward a degree in Insurance, Risk Management and Actuarial Science.
The foundation rewarded 168 recipients from 38 different colleges and universities. Temple University had ten scholarships awarded in total. Of the eighteen Marsh Insurance Scholars Awarded nationwide, eight were from Temple University (one of our members was awarded two scholarships!). Christine Tan not only received a Marsh Scholars Award, but was also awarded the ISFA Award of Excellence. The Sigma Chapter received the most scholarships from the Insurance Scholarship Foundation of America than any other University in the country for the 2008 - 2009 school year.
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