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Risky Business - GIS Alumni Newsletter

Gamma Iota Sigma, Sigma Chapter
Risky Business Alumni Edition 2006-2007
Volume XVII, Issue I

In this Issue

U.S News & World Report Ranks Fox Undergraduate RMI Program in Top 5
Sigma Chapter Wins 7th Consecutive Edison L. Bowers Award
RIHM Department New Faculty
Congratulations to December 2006 Graduates!
Sigma Chapter Alumni Basketball Game – January 20, 2007
Upcoming GIS Events
Alumni Photo Gallery
Keeping in Touch!
Advertising Opportunities

Upcoming Events

View all Upcoming GIS Events

Alumni Spotlight

Lauren McDermott
Vice President
Property Facultative Division, Eastern Region

Company Spotlight


Employment Ads

Open Positions:

Commercial Lines Senior Account Manager
Independent Insurance Agency
Baltimore, Maryland

Producers and Account Managers
Paul Hertel & Company
Beneficial Insurance Services LLC
Philadelphia, PA


If you are interested in advertising your company or employment ads, please contact Sabrina Hanitz.


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Sabrina L. Hanitz,
Vice President of Alumni Affairs

Kirk Czonstka,
Director of Alumni Affairs

Christopher Lavelle,
Director of Alumni Affairs

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The Spring 2007 Alumni Affairs team is pleased to announce Sigma Chapter’s first electronic alumni newsletter for your entertainment! We hope that you enjoy reading the various stories offered and we welcome any suggestions. If you or your company would like to be featured in our next issue, please contact Vice President of Alumni Affairs, Sabrina Hanitz at SHanitz@temple.edu.

U.S News & World Report Ranks Fox Undergraduate RMI Program in Top 5

U.S. News & World ReportIn its 2007 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked the undergraduate Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) program of Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management the fifth-best program in the nation. The Risk Management and Insurance program has achieved top-10 rankings three times in the past four years. Read more...

Sigma Chapter Wins 7th Consecutive Edison L. Bowers Award

The Sigma Chapter has done it again and brought home the prestigious Edison L. Bowers Award for the seventh year in a row! The Bowers Award was given at 35th Annual Gamma Iota Sigma Annual International Management Conference held from October 12 – 14, 2006 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Read More...

RIHM Department New Faculty

David Cummins

David CumminsDr. J. David Cummins joins The Fox School of Business as the Joseph E. Boettner Chair of Risk Management, Insurance and Financial Institutions. He will also serve as the Director of the Advanta Center for Research in Financial Institutions and as a member of the Fox Research Roundtable.

Prior to joining The Fox School, Dr. Cummins was the Harry J. Loman Professor of Insurance and Risk Management and the Executive Director of the S.S. Huebner Foundation at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania for more than three decades. Read More...

Wes Porter

Temple University’s Risk, Insurance & Healthcare Management department welcomed a new faculty member at the start of the spring 2007 semester. Wes Porter, Jr., MMGT, CPCU, AIM, AFSB, ITP, joined the faculty replacing David Cather who left at the conclusion of the spring 2006 semester. Read More... 

Congratulations to December 2006 Graduates!

December 2006 Graduating Senior Luncheon

  • Renee Barrett
  • Ed Black
  • Stuart Bretz
  • Jason Bryant
  • Pete Burch
  • Kim Burgess
  • Shakespeare Chigumira
  • Chris Coforio
  • Greg Deloria
  • Lucas Dietrich
  • Vinh Dip
  • Brad Durst
  • Jon Elder
  • Hongzhan (Ivan) Fan
  • Ori Feibush
  • Veronica Fontama
  • Kevin Gibbs
  • Rob Gleyzer
  • Brian Grimm
  • Matt Hansen
  • Judy Huong
  • Kim Killaly
  • Nicholas Kim
  • Daniel Kovatich
  • Karl Kraus
  • Hsin-Ling Lee
  • Chunmei Li
  • Steven Li
  • Camille Lue
  • Patrick Malone
  • Matt Mayan
  • Tulani Muchinapaya
  • Troy Nelson
  • Urvi Patel
  • Eli Perelshteyn
  • Michael Pettinelli 
  • Ana Maria Raducan
  • Muhammed Ahsanur Rahim
  • Tanya Ranguma
  • Amy Robinson
  • Dustin Shaneberger
  • Courtney Shronk
  • Justin Somers
  • Shelby Sparrow
  • Erin Tierney
  • Vincy Varkey
  • Greg Waldron
  • Colin Wilhemson
  • Jack Zerbe
  • Sufan Zhang
  • Xiu Xian Zhong
  • Bei Zhou
  • Noam Zilberstein



  • Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. John Callahan (1977) for celebrating their twenty-ninth wedding anniversary on October 18, 2006.
  • Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Molishus (1992) for celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary on October 31, 2006.


  • Peter Stupak (May 1994) – would like to announce the birth of his second child, Sarah Grace born on October 11, 2006 10:36 a.m., weighing 8 pounds 4 ounces, 20 inches long.
  • Kristie (Trost) Samarco (May 1995) – would like to announce the birth of her son, Avery Lynn Samarco on January 15, 2007.


  • Stuart Bretz (December 2006) – Engaged, Wedding October 19, 2007.
  • Malika Vivies (May 2004) – Engaged, Wedding May 19, 2007.

New Jobs

  • Michael Kundin (May 2004) – started working with Guardian Life in their New York branch.
  • Susan Pateras (May 1996) – has Joined Integro (Bermuda) Ltd. as a Principal in the Healthcare Practice and will lead the Bermuda Healthcare initiative.
  • Michael Rieger (May 1992) – accepted a position as Insurance Manager/Risk Manager of Buzzi Unicem USA.

Sigma Chapter Alumni Basketball Game – January 20, 2007

Sigma Chapter Alumni Basketball Game – January 20, 2007

The Sigma Chapter held its annual Alumni Basketball Game on Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 2:00PM. The Owls hosted Rhode Island at the Liacouras Center. Although Temple lost the contest, a good time was had by all in attendance, which included alumni, faculty, and members. Food and refreshments were served in the Fox Business School private box. The event was a huge success, and started at 1:00PM in the Sigma Chapter office where chips, pretzels, and refreshments were available for pre-game.

There were 17 alumni in attendance at the basketball game. Alumni in attendance were as follows: Christian Aaronson (2003), Mary Aaronson (2004), Imtiaz Alam (2006), Jim Anderson (2004), Jonathan Backlund (2006), Sam Codispoti (2003), John Dormuth (1993), Dan Dotzert (2006), Matt Egger (2005), Matt Hansen (2006), Jason Kaminski (2004), Cindy Li (2005), Melissa Ogg (2003), Sohan Patel (2005), Noelle Salamone (2005), Ivan Torres (2004), and Denis Vorobyev (2006).

Upcoming GIS Events

  • March 28: Weekly Meeting Speaker: John Alfieri, ACE USA (11:40-12:30 Walk Auditorium)
  • April 4: Weekly Meeting Speaker: Jeff Everson, Mercer Human Resource (11:40-12:30 Walk Auditorium)
  • April 5: Philadelphia Alumni Happy Hour (5:00-7:00 PM Public House at Logan Square)
  • April 6: Laff House Social Event (8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Laff House)
  • April 11: Weekly Meeting Speaker: Lauren McDermott, XL RE (11:40-12:30 Walk Auditorium)
  • April 18: Weekly Meeting Speaker: Pam Rogers, Marsh USA, Inc. (11:40-12:30 Walk Auditorium)
  • April 25: Weekly Meeting Speaker: Paul Buckley (11:40-12:30 Walk Auditorium)
  • April 27: Gamma Iota Sigma Night with the Phillies (7:00 PM Citizens Bank Park)


Alumni Photo Gallery

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Keeping in Touch!

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