2017 Award Winners

Gamma Iota Sigma is proud to announce the 2016-2017 Chapter Award and Individual Scholarship recipients.  This year’s awards were presented at the Annual International Awards Dinner on Friday, September 29, 2017 during the 46th Annual International Conference in Dallas. Texas.

 

Individual Awards:
Faculty Advisor of the Year: This award was created this year to thank a chapter advisor who has made outstanding contributions to Gamma Iota Sigma, his/her chapter and the future of the insurance industry.
Dr. RB Drennan, Sigma Chapter, Temple University
 
Alan. C. Williams: The Alan C. Williams Leadership Award was established to recognize the one individual member of Gamma Iota Sigma that sets the best example for all other members and is our best ambassador to the insurance, risk management and actuarial science industries at the International Level as well as the local and regional levels.  In other words, the Alan C. Williams Leadership Award is the highest honor an individual member can receive from the Grand Chapter.

Kate McCoy, Chi Chapter, Drake University

 

Warren L. Weeks: This award is given to encourage individual member leadership and to further the goals of the fraternity.  It is a tribute to the memory of an outstanding teacher and insurance industry leader and to our first Grand Chapter President.

Patrick Cohen, Sigma Chapter, Temple University

 

Elizabeth Lange: This award is intended to recognize a member of a Gamma Iota Sigma collegiate chapter best exemplifying the personal character and values of Elizabeth Lange. Successful chapter, family and community contributions will hold a higher priority for the recipient than solely individual recognition.

Tina Rybak, Sigma Chapter, Temple University

 

Thomas J. Miles: This award was created in 2007 to honor the contributions to Gamma Iota Sigma of Tom Miles, professor emeritus of Central Michigan University and longtime advisor of the Nu Chapter. Established to recognize the one individual member of Gamma Iota Sigma that best represents the qualities of scholarship, leadership, character, and service exemplified by Dr. Miles.

Elizabeth Jackson, Nu Chapter, Central Michigan University

Trevor Carlson, Chi Chapter, Drake University

 

Anita Benedetti Memorial Award: This award was created in 1996 in memory of Anita Benedetti who was one of our nation’s foremost advocates of risk management education.

Timothy Ellis, Sigma Chapter, Temple University

 

Special Achievement Individual Award: This year an award was provided to an individual who went above and beyond in helping the Grand Chapter. This student spent years working with the Grand Chapter staff and Board of Trustees. She was instrumental in founding her chapter, and since that time has immersed herself in the Gamma family by reaching out to other chapter leaders to gain knowledge and share her expertise. She was elected by her peers as the International Student Representative for consecutive terms.

Sarah Rumon, Beta Pi Chapter, University of St. Thomas 

 

Alumnus of the Year Award: In 2015, GIS created the Alumnus of the Year award to recognize the the great work and volunteer efforts of our alumni who continue to contribute in success of our organization and go above and beyond.
Chris Place, Senior Consulting Actuary, Willis Towers Watson
Nu Chapter Alumnus, Central Michigan University
Cameron Alford, Risk & Insurance Coordinator, Evonik Corporation
Beta Lambda Chapter Alumnus, Butler University

 

Chapter Awards
Chapter Awards are given based on information submitted on the monthly chapter reports, and communication between the chapters and the Grand Chapter.

 

Bowers Award: The Edison L. Bowers Award was established in 1972 and is the oldest and most coveted of all the awards conferred by the Grand Chapter.  Created to recognize the one single chapter that demonstrates the most well-rounded and organized program for each scholastic year, this award is the highest honor a chapter can receive from the Grand Chapter.
Chi Chapter, Drake University (pictured below)

Superior Chapters
Alpha Alpha Chapter, Olivet College
Alpha Iota Chapter, St. John’s University
Alpha Kappa, Illinois State University
Beta Lambda, Butler University
Beta Phi, University of Texas at Dallas
Chi Chapter, Drake University
Nu Chapter, Central Michigan University
Sigma Chapter, Temple University

Excellent Chapters
Beta Epsilon Chapter, University of Central Oklahoma
Upsilon Chapter, Ferris State University

Well-Rounded Chapters

Alpha Epsilon, Indiana State University
Alpha Mu, Virginia Commonwealth University
Alpha Omega, Saint Joseph’s University
Alpha Tau, University of North
Carolina At Charlotte
Beta Eta, Northern Michigan University
Beta Gamma, California State University, Fullerton
Beta Iota, Troy University
Beta Pi, University of St. Thomas
Beta Rho, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Beta Zeta, University of North Texas
Epsilon, University of Alabama
Iota, Florida State University
Kappa, Arizona State University
Lambda, University Of South Carolina
Phi, Ball State University
Rho, Appalachian State University
Tau, Howard University
Xi, University of Connecticut

Best Kept Secret Award

Upsilon Chapter, Ferris State University

Black & Gold Awards

Alpha Iota at St. John’s University
 – “Fireside Chat on Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace”
Chi Chapter at Drake University – “Paint Your Future” and “Mock Career Fair”
Sigma Chapter at Temple University – “Distinguished Guest Lecturer Series: Powerful Women In Insurance”
Upsilon Chapter at Ferris State University – “Michigan Insurance Employers Survey”

 

International Chapter Awards:
The International Chapter Awards were created to develop chapter activities around the five vital areas of participation in Gamma Iota Sigma: Chapter Management, Membership Development, Alumni Relations, Public Relations, and Community Service.

2016-2017 Chapter Awards:

Alpha Chapter, The Ohio State University

Chapter Management
Membership Development

Alpha Alpha Chapter, Olivet College

Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Alpha Epsilon Chapter, Indiana State University
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Alpha Iota Chapter, St. John’s University
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Alpha Kappa Chapter, Illinois State University
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Alpha Lambda Chapter, Missouri State University
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Alpha Mu Chapter, Virginia Commonwealth University
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Alpha Omega Chapter, St. Joseph’s University
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Alpha Psi Chapter, University of Central Arkansas
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Alpha Tau Chapter, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Alumni Relations
Community Service

 

Beta Beta Chapter, The New Mexico State University
Chapter Management
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Beta Epsilon Chapter, The University of Central Oklahoma
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Beta Iota Chapter, Troy University
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Beta Lambda Chapter, Butler University
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Beta Phi Chapter, University of Texas at Dallas
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Beta Pi Chapter, The University of St. Thomas
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Beta Xi Chapter, St. Mary’s University
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Beta Zeta Chapter, The University of North Texas
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Chi Chapter, Drake University
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Eta Chapter, University of Georgia
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Epsilon Chapter, The University of Alabama
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Kappa Chapter, Arizona State University
Alumni Relations
Community Service

 

Lambda Chapter, The University of South Carolina
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Mu Chapter, The University of Mississippi
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Nu Chapter, Central Michigan University
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Phi Chapter, Ball State University
Alumni Relations
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Pi Chapter, Mississippi State University
Chapter Management
Membership Development

 

Rho Chapter, Appalachian State University
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Sigma Chapter, Temple University
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Tau Chapter, Howard University
Chapter Management
Membership Development
Public Relations

 

Xi Chapter, University of Connecticut
Alumni Relations
Chapter Management
Community Service
Membership Development

 

Roll Call Second Year In a Row Winner:
Roll Call videos and performances were presented on Saturday morning by each participating chapter. Each chapter had one vote to make for their favorite roll call performance.


Winner: 
Beta Iota at Troy University “That’s What I Like Remix”
Troy University’s Roll Call Video


Congratulations to all the award winners!

 

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