Gamma Iota Sigma Announces Recipients of 2013-14 Awards


YARDLEY, PA, October 16, 2014 – Gamma Iota Sigma announced the recipients of the 2013-14 awards during the 43rd Annual International Conference, “Industry Legends: Past, Present, and Future,” held October 2-4, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The annual awards recognize outstanding individuals and chapters for their accomplishments during the prior academic year. Among the awards presented by GIS Executive Director Noelle Codispoti, ARM and Board President John Hammond, CPCU, Regional Vice President for Canada with AIG, during the Friday night Awards Banquet sponsored by Travelers were:


Alan C. Williams Award

The highest individual honor that can be bestowed, this award recognizes the one member of GIS who sets the best example for all other members and is our best “ambassador” to the industry.

          Alyssa Bouchard, Rho Chapter, Appalachian State University


Special Achievement Award

This award recognizes one student’s extraordinary leadership and dedication to Gamma Iota Sigma.

          Zach Vasseur, Chi Chapter, Drake University


Warren L. Weeks Award

This scholarship is given to encourage individual member leadership and the furthering of fraternity goals. It is a tribute to the memory of an outstanding teacher and insurance industry leader.

          Cathleen Gabriel, Sigma Chapter, Temple University


Anita Benedetti Memorial Award

Recognizes a GIS member for outstanding participation with RIMS on both the local and national levels.

          Steven Costa, Sigma Chapter, Temple University


Elizabeth Lange / Microsoft Scholarship Award

Recognizes an individual member of GIS who best exemplifies the personal character and values of Elizabeth Lange.

          Elizabeth Mattox, Sigma Chapter, Temple University


Thomas J. Miles Actuarial Award

Recognizes an individual member of GIS who best represents the qualities of scholarship, leadership, character, and service exemplified by Dr. Miles.

          William Thorsson, Sigma Chapter, Temple University


The Edison L. Bowers Award

Recognizes the one GIS chapter that demonstrated an exceptional, well-rounded and organized program the past scholastic year. It is the highest honor a chapter can receive.

          Alpha Alpha Chapter, Olivet College


View the complete list of 2013-14 awards and recipients here. The GIS Awards Committee makes decisions based on applications received for individual awards and international chapter awards. In early fall, advisors are encouraged to submit applications for outstanding students to be eligible for individual awards, and chapters submit summaries of prior year accomplishments. Other chapter awards are based on a points system, with Superior Chapters invited to compete for the Bowers Award in a judged presentation.



Incorporated in 1965, Gamma Iota Sigma promotes, encourages, and sustains student interest in insurance, risk management, and actuarial science as professions; encourages the high moral and scholastic attainments of its members; and facilitates interaction of educational institutions and industry through networking and by fostering research activities, scholarship, and improved public relations. Gamma Iota Sigma has an annual membership of over 2500 students at 60 colleges and universities throughout North America and an alumni network of more than 20,000 individuals. For more information, contact (484) 991-4471 or visit