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Insurance and risk management students attend international conference

October 8, 2007

Seventeen Indiana State University business students will travel to Washington, D.C. Thursday through Sunday (Oct. 11 - 14) to learn more about the insurance and risk management industry and to network with professionals in the field.

All members of Indiana State’s Alpha Epsilon chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, the students will attend the professional fraternity’s 36th annual International Management Conference.

Students will attend workshops to learn more about such topics as chapter management and industry relations, meet industry representatives, and participate in a career fair.

“It really is a great opportunity to network with the financial industry, especially insurance leaders,” Gerald Smith of Avon, president of ISU’s Alpha Epsilon chapter, said. “Isn’t that what it’s really about, getting students networked with individuals who can get them internships and career opportunities'”

More Indiana State students are attending this year’s conference than any previous conference, except in 2006, when the ISU chapter hosted the conference in Indianapolis.

In addition to Smith, ISU students planning to attend the conference are: Erik Andersen of Crown Point, Miranda Boyles of Lawrenceburg, Courtney Burnside of Freetown, Todd Byram of Clinton, Zach Goodman of Linton, Katrina Heflin of Greensburg, Terri Ketzner of Ferdinand, Brad Lemish of Albion, Jennifer Likander of Highland, Nicole Lindstrom of Indianapolis, Jonathan Lough of Fort Wayne, Sara Mays of Paoli, Alexzandrea Nicholson of Hammond, Amanda Sunbury of Seymour, Travis Walker of Terre Haute, and David Walters of Valparaiso. A portion of the proceeds from the Alpha Epsilon chapter’s annual golf scramble, which took place Oct. 4 at the Terre Haute Country Club, helped fund the students’ participation in the national conference.

Founded in 1966, Gamma Iota Sigma is an international professional fraternity organized to promote, encourage and sustain student interest in insurance, risk management and actuarial science. It aims to encourage high moral and scholastic attainments and the interaction and cooperation of educational institutions, industry, and professional organizations by fostering research, scholarship, and improved public relations. The fraternity has been active at Indiana State since 1990.

Contact: Gerald Smith, president, Alpha Epsilon chapter, Gamma Iota Sigma, Indiana State University,

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or