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Two Insurance and Risk Management students selected for national conference

April 7, 2009

Two insurance and risk management majors from Indiana State University are among a select group chosen to participate in the Risk and Insurance Management Society's (RIMS) Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program.

Senior Jon Lough and junior Eric Gettelfinger will travel to Orlando, Fla., for the 2009 RIMS conference April 19-23. The program provides airfare, hotel expenses, registration and small stipend to outstanding insurance and risk management students who have been nominated for the program. This is the fifth year in a row that two ISU students have been chosen for the honor.

"The Orlando RIMS conference will be an amazing opportunity to network with industry professionals and learn more about the insurance and risk management industry," Gettelfinger said. "Attending this conference at the end of my junior year will also help to prepare me for when I begin looking for employment when I return to ISU next fall."

Gettelfinger, from Depauw, is double majoring in insurance and risk management and business administration. A Presidential Scholar and Networks Scholar, Gettelfinger has been active in the Networks Scholars Professional Development Program; Gamma Iota Sigma, the risk management, insurance and actuarial science collegiate fraternity; Insurance Honor Corps; and the social fraternity Pi Kappa Phi.

Lough will graduate in May with a degree in insurance and risk management. A native of Fort Wayne, he has interned with Lockton Companies and American Specialty Insurance and Risk Services. Lough is a Gongaware Scholar and has served as president of Gamma Iota Sigma. He has also been active on the Insurance and Risk Management Advisory Council, Insurance and Risk Management Honors Corp and Networks Financial Institute Service Learning Team.

"Once again this year we are honored to have two Indiana State University insurance and risk management scholars included in the Anita Benedetti Student Involvement program at the Risk and Insurance Management Society's annual conference," said Terrie Troxel, director of the Gongaware Center for Insurance and Financial Services. "Jon and Eric are the type of energetic and intelligent young professionals that this program is designed to encourage. These students exemplify the talent that Anita nurtured and developed."

The students will be accompanied to the RIMS meeting by Rebecca Shorter, director of career development at the Gongaware Center.

The RIMS Student Involvement Program is named in honor of the late Anita Benedetti, former deputy executive director of the Risk and Insurance Management Society and president of the Spencer Education Foundation.

More information about the insurance and risk management program at Indiana State is available online.


Contact:Terrie Troxel, executive director of the Gongaware Center, Indiana State University College of Business, 812-237-2028 or 

Writer: Emily Taylor, assistant director of media relations, Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or