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2010 Year in Review

URMIA is proud of the many professional accomplishments of its members over the course of the past year. Since the 2009 Annual Conference, our members have been interviewed for national articles, received awards and recognition for their efforts, presented sessions at national conferences, received promotions and taken on new responsibilities, and much, much more. This listing highlights the many accomplishments of URMIA's members since last year's conference. The URMIA National Office encourages you to see what our members have been up to during the last year and use this as a way to help network during the conference.

Abilene Christian University

Mike Murphy Becomes Abilene Christian University's New Director of Risk Management
URMIA would like to welcome Mike Murphy to the URMIA membership. Mr. Murphy joined Abilene Christian University as the institution's director of risk management.

Academic Risk Resources & Insurance, LLC

Risk and Insurance Honors URMIA Members as 2010 Power Brokers
Congratulations to several URMIA members for their recognition as 2010 Power Broker winners and finalists by Risk and Insurance! To view all of the 2010 Power Brokers in education, click here. To learn more about how Risk and Insurance identifies and honors the best brokers in the business, click here.

Featured URMIA members include the following:

  • Diane Gould, Senior Account Executive, Academic Risk Resources & Insurance
  • John McLaughlin, Managing Director, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services
  • D. Jean Demchak, Managing Director, Global Education Practice Leader, Marsh. Ms. Demchak was also featured as a "Responsibility Leader." To read the complete honor, click here.
  • Finalists also included John E. Watson, Executive Director, Higher Education Practice, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Leta C. Finch, Executive Director, Higher Education Practice, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Teresa Koster, Division President, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; and Frank D. Cella, Senior Vice President, Marsh.

Arizona State University

Business Officer Magazine Features URMIA Members
A feature article in the November 2009 edition of Business Officer, "Ever Ready," focused on crisis and emergency planning and response and included the expertise of a number of URMIA members. Featured in the article were Maria Martinez, assistant vice president, human resources and risk management at Rollins College; Allen J. Bova, director of risk management and insurance at Cornell University; and institutional members Purdue University, Arizona State University, and Indiana University-Bloomington.

Interdisciplinary Institute for Hazing Intervention Honors URMIA Member Kimberly Novak
The Interdisciplinary Institute for Hazing Intervention (IIHI) honored Kimberly Novak, director of student and campus development at Arizona State University, by naming its summer institute after her. The Kimberly Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention took place June 9-12, 2010, at the State University of New York (SUNY), Genesco. Ms. Novak donated extensive hazing prevention curriculum to HazingPrevention.org; to honor her for this donation and her dedication to hazing prevention, IIHI renamed the institute starting this year.

Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services

URMIA Releases New White Paper, Third-Party Contract Insurance Guidelines
In October 2009, URMIA released an updated higher education risk management white paper, Third-Party Contract Insurance Guidelines. The 2009 edition of the white paper provided updated information and tools to assist risk managers in better understanding the insurance coverage and policy forms associated with third-party contracts. The document also included guidelines to be used as tools in managing higher education contractual risks. Written by John P. McLaughlin, Higher Education Practice, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and reviewed by Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, the paper includes extensive information and updated samples for use and adaptation by higher education institutions.

Risk and Insurance Honors URMIA Members as 2010 Power Brokers
Congratulations to several URMIA members for their recognition as 2010 Power Broker winners and finalists by Risk and Insurance! To view all of the 2010 Power Brokers in education, click here. To learn more about how Risk and Insurance identifies and honors the best brokers in the business, click here.

Featured URMIA members include the following:

  • Diane Gould, Senior Account Executive, Academic Risk Resources & Insurance
  • John McLaughlin, Managing Director, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services
  • D. Jean Demchak, Managing Director, Global Education Practice Leader, Marsh. Ms. Demchak was also featured as a "Responsibility Leader." To read the complete honor, click here.
  • Finalists also included John E. Watson, Executive Director, Higher Education Practice, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Leta C. Finch, Executive Director, Higher Education Practice, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Teresa Koster, Division President, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; and Frank D. Cella, Senior Vice President, Marsh.

URMIA Members Speak at Enterprise Risk Management Conference
Many URMIA members presented at this year's Enterprise Risk Management in Higher Education conference, held by INFONEX June 22-23, 2010, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Speakers included Grace Crickette, chief risk officer at the University of California; Nakeschi Watkins, risk manager at Yeshiva University; Gary Langsdale, university risk officer at Pennsylvania State University; Ruth Unks, risk manager at Maricopa County Community College District; and Leta Finch, executive director of Arthur J. Gallagher's Higher Education Practice Group.

Bill Powell to Speak at NAFSA Region III Annual Conference
Bill Powell, an area executive vice president with Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, will be speaking at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators' Region III Annual Conference on October 25-29, 2010, in New Orleans. Mr. Powell will lead the session, "Trip Cancellation and Delay Insurance: An Overview of the Market." The session will focus on college and university study abroad administrators' increasing concern over the financial risks associated with international trip cancellation and delays. Attendees will also get an overview of the insurance products available to protect institutions and students from these risks. Mr. Powell will discuss types of perils covered, the quotation and enrollment process, and how claims are paid.

Linda Joski Receives CRM Designation
Linda Joski, area vice president with Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, received her Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation. The CRM designation demonstrates that risk management and insurance professionals are knowledgeable in all areas of managing risks, hazards, and exposures.

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Auburn University

Christine Eick Featured in Chronicle of Higher Education Article on Higher Education Risk Management
A November 22, 2009, Chronicle of Higher Education article painted an excellent picture of risk management in higher education by interviewing and following URMIA member Dr. Christine Eick, executive director of risk management and safety at Auburn University. The article, "Risk Managers Extend Their Turf to Every Corner of the Campus," discussed the increasing interest in risk management over the last several decades and highlighted the wide variety of issues of which a higher education risk manager must be aware.

RIMS and Business Insurance Names Christine Eick as Recipient of 2010 Risk Management Honor Roll
Christine Eick, EdD, executive director of risk management and safety at Auburn University, was named one of the 2010 Risk Management Honor Roll recipients by the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and Business Insurance magazine. An independent panel of judges representing prior honorees, insurance industry leaders, and the immediate past president of RIMS selected the final recipients of this prestigious award. The April 26, 2010, edition of Business Insurance magazine featured Dr. Eick and Auburn University in extensive articles highlighting their risk management program, communications, and cross-departmental efforts. Click here to learn more.

Christine Eick and Mary Breighner to Present at RIMS' 2011 Annual Conference
Christine Eick, EdD, executive director of risk management and safety at Auburn University, and Mary Breighner, vice president, global practice, education with FM Global, will be speaking at the 2011 Risk and Insurance Management Society's (RIMS) Annual Conference and Exhibition. The conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, from May 1-5, 2011. Dr. Eick and Ms. Breighner's session focuses on higher education risk management.

Borough of Manhattan Community College

URMIA Institutional Members Receive 2010 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization and 2010 Spotlight Award
URMIA institutional members Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and Northeastern University in Massachusetts received two of five 2010 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Comprehensive Internationalization. Additional recipients of the 2010 award were Hobart & William Smith Colleges in New York, Loyola University Maryland, and University of San Francisco in California. Additionally, URMIA institutional member Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York was one of three recipients of the 2010 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award. Additional recipients were La Roche College in Pennsylvania and College of the Atlantic in Maine. NAFSA: Association of International Educators recognizes overall excellence in internationalization efforts through its Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. The Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award is given to institutions with innovative international programs or initiatives.

Boston College

Gary Langsdale and Anastos Chiavaras Featured in Business Insurance Risk Management Video
Business Insurance featured higher education - and two of URMIA's members - in its "Issues in Risk Management" video series. Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at Pennsylvania State University, and Anastos Chiavaras, university risk manager at Boston College, both spoke of the difficulties of doing more with less in our current economic climate. To view the video, click here and select the "Issues in Risk Management: Higher Education" video.

California Polytechnic State University

Joe Risser Co-Authors Book and Presents on Special Event Risk Management
Joe Risser, staff emeritus and retired director of risk management at California Polytechnic State University, co-authored a new book released by the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. The book, "Managing Special Event Risks: 10 Steps to Safety," offers insight into the potential risks that non-profit organizations may face when they sponsor or host special events. Mr. Risser also presented a session, "Managing Special Event Risks," at the 2009 Risk Management and Finance Summit for Nonprofits in Austin, Texas, on September 21, 2009. Finally, in October 2009, he also presented a Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) webinar, "Special Events: Balancing Risk and Reward."

David Carroll Joins Cal Poly as Risk Manager
David Carroll became the new risk manager at California Polytechnic State University. Prior to his position there, Mr. Carroll was executive director for a schools insurance cooperative in Colorado and served as risk manager at Fresno State University.

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Carnegie Mellon University

URMIA Institutional Members Receive 2010 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization and 2010 Spotlight Award
URMIA institutional members Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and Northeastern University in Massachusetts received two of five 2010 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Comprehensive Internationalization. Additional recipients of the 2010 award were Hobart & William Smith Colleges in New York, Loyola University Maryland, and University of San Francisco in California. Additionally, URMIA institutional member Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York was one of three recipients of the 2010 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award. Additional recipients were La Roche College in Pennsylvania and College of the Atlantic in Maine. NAFSA: Association of International Educators recognizes overall excellence in internationalization efforts through its Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. The Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award is given to institutions with innovative international programs or initiatives.

Central Ohio Technical College

Four URMIA Members Receive Annual Conference Scholarships
The URMIA Annual Conference Scholarship Program provides educational opportunities for higher education risk management professionals who would otherwise not be able to attend the annual conference. For 2010, URMIA awarded four scholarships to URMIA members who had never attended the conference. Thank you to the URMIA Membership Committee for its continued efforts in administering this program, and thank you to Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, the generous sponsor of the 2010 conference scholarships!

The 2010 Annual Conference scholarship recipients are:

  • Kristen Fagan, Risk Manager/Administrative Officer, The College of William and Mary
  • William Kemp, Associate Director of Risk Management, Wayne State University
  • Alicia Ridley, Risk Management Coordinator, Saint Leo University
  • Doug Warthen, Director of Business Affairs, Central Ohio Technical College

Chartis

Joan Rupar Receives Promotion
Our congratulations go out to Joan Rupar, chair of URMIA's Affiliates Committee, on her professional promotion. Ms. Rupar was named president of WorldRisk Division, WorldSource, a division of Chartis.

The College of William and Mary

Four URMIA Members Receive Annual Conference Scholarships
The URMIA Annual Conference Scholarship Program provides educational opportunities for higher education risk management professionals who would otherwise not be able to attend the annual conference. For 2010, URMIA awarded four scholarships to URMIA members who had never attended the conference. Thank you to the URMIA Membership Committee for its continued efforts in administering this program, and thank you to Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, the generous sponsor of the 2010 conference scholarships!

The 2010 Annual Conference scholarship recipients are:

  • Kristen Fagan, Risk Manager/Administrative Officer, The College of William and Mary
  • William Kemp, Associate Director of Risk Management, Wayne State University
  • Alicia Ridley, Risk Management Coordinator, Saint Leo University
  • Doug Warthen, Director of Business Affairs, Central Ohio Technical College

Columbia University

Steve Lawrence Joins Columbia University's Risk Management Leadership
In September 2009, Steve Lawrence joined Columbia University as the executive director of risk management in the Columbia University Office of the Treasurer.

Concordia College (Minnesota)

URMIA President Margaret Tungseth and Member Jim Keller Featured in Today's Campus Articles
The January/February 2010 edition of Today's Campus included two articles featuring URMIA members. "Pick One: Cybersecurity. Convenience," on page 24, included comments from Margaret Tungseth, URMIA president and assistant treasurer and director of risk management at Concordia College. The article provided a primer on cybersecurity, including who might be involved, what they are looking for, and how they manage to get into networks or acquire secure data. Ms. Tungseth explained the risk management perspective on cybersecurity, urging campuses to make sure a risk manager is at the table when discussing how to prepare for or respond to cyber threats. Also featured was Frank Vinik, senior risk analyst of URMIA affiliate member United Educators Insurance. A second article, "So Sue Me!," on page 18 of the online magazine, featured Jim Keller, partner and chair of the Higher Education Practice Group at Saul Ewing LLP, who commented on the changing nature of lawsuits that institutions of higher education are experiencing.

URMIA President Margaret Tungseth Featured in Article on Flooding Threat in Moorhead, Minnesota
On March 18, 2010, an article in the Concordian featured Margaret Tungseth, assistant treasurer/director of risk management and finance director of Concordia's flood team, as well as URMIA president. The article focused on how Concordia College had been proactive in helping the surrounding communities this year and some of the lessons learned from last year's record flooding of nearby Red River. Ms. Tungseth explained that, in addition to having the National Incident Management Structure (NIMS) in place, Concordia also developed a flood leadership team and divided planning into eight areas to help plan ahead and protect on-campus property to as great an extent as possible.

Margaret Tungseth and Allen Bova Present at the Association of Governing Boards
Margaret Tungseth, assistant treasurer and director of risk management at Concordia College, and Allen Bova, director of risk management and insurance at Cornell University, led a round table discussion on enterprise risk management (ERM) for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB).

President Margaret Tungseth Represents URMIA at AURIMS
On April 7-9, 2010, URMIA President Margaret Tungseth traveled to Christchurch, New Zealand, to represent URMIA at the Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association (TEFMA) and Australasian Risk and Insurance Management Society (AURIMS) joint conference. The University of Canterbury hosted the conference, Surviving the Impact.

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Cornell University

URMIA Releases New White Paper, Request for Proposal: Navigating the Complexities of the RFP
In October 2009, URMIA released a new higher education risk management white paper, Request for Proposal: Navigating the Complexities of the RFP. The white paper was designed to help higher education risk managers navigate through the process of bidding their insurance portfolios and create and evaluate an RFP for services or for services and insurance combined. This white paper also helps risk managers create an RFP process that clearly defines their institutions’ needs and organizes the brokers or agents and markets to propose a range of products and services that will meet those needs. Written by Elizabeth J. Carmichael, CPCU, DRM, Five Colleges Incorporated, and reviewed by Allen J. Bova, MBA, ARM, DRM, Cornell University; Mary C. Dewey, CPCU, ARM, CIC, DRM, University of Vermont; and Larry V. Stephens, AIC, ARM, CPCU, AAM, DRM, Indiana University, this document also includes valuable sample materials for risk managers’ use in the RFP process.

URMIA Members Highlighted in Recent Chronicle of Higher Education Article
An article in the October 2, 2009, edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education focused on individual professor lawsuit protection. The article, "Professors Are Pitched Lawsuit Protection," featured a number of URMIA members who have experience with the subject. Members who were cited included Allen J. Bova, director of risk management and insurance at Cornell University; Barbara A. Davey, risk management specialist at the University of Notre Dame; and Beverly C. Costello, senior vice president at Marsh, Inc.

Business Officer Magazine Features URMIA Members
A feature article in the November 2009 edition of Business Officer, "Ever Ready," focused on crisis and emergency planning and response and included the expertise of a number of URMIA members. Featured in the article were Maria Martinez, assistant vice president, human resources and risk management at Rollins College; Allen J. Bova, director of risk management and insurance at Cornell University; and institutional members Purdue University, Arizona State University, and Indiana University-Bloomington.

Allen Bova Discusses Evacuation of Cornell Students Following Earthquake in Haiti
In a January 22, 2010, Cornell Chronicle article, Allen Bova, director of risk management and insurance at Cornell University, discussed the successful evacuation of two Cornell students at the Weill Cornell-affiliated GHESKIO clinic in Port-au-Prince after the January 12 earthquake in Haiti. Mr. Bova was closely involved with locating Cornell students after the earthquake, including several that are Haitian citizens.

Margaret Tungseth and Allen Bova Present at the Association of Governing Boards
Margaret Tungseth, assistant treasurer and director of risk management at Concordia College, and Allen Bova, director of risk management and insurance at Cornell University, led a round table discussion on enterprise risk management (ERM) for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB).

URMIA Members Featured in Risk and Insurance Article on DNA Testing of Students
A July 20, 2010, Risk and Insurance article featured a hot topic in higher education and the insights of URMIA members Allen J. Bova, director of risk management and insurance at Cornell University, and Robert B. Smith, attorney at Nelson, Kinder, Mosseau, and Saturley, PC. The article, "DNA Testing: A Twist to University Risk Management," discussed the potential risks involved in two colleges' recent plans to use students' DNA as part of coursework.

URMIA Member Constance Neary and URMIA Institutional Members Featured in Today's Campus Article
Constance Neary, associate vice president and associate general counsel for risk research with United Educators Insurance, co-authored an article in the July/August 2010 edition of Today's Campus entitled, "Communication Helps Manage Risks." The article discussed the importance of communicating across campus departments and offices to develop risk management programs that keep students safe, minimize barriers to student success, enhance the institution's reputation, and show stakeholders that the institution is well managed. The article also highlighted a variety of methods that different institutions use to reach out to students and parents to mitigate risks. The article discussed the efforts of URMIA institutional members the University of Pennsylvania; Cornell University; the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; the University of New Mexico; and the University of Michigan.

Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA)

Leader from URMIA Member Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA) Receives Risk and Insurance's 2009 Risk Innovator Award
Mary Ellen Moriarty, vice president, property/casualty at Educational and Instructional Insurance Administrators (EIIA), received Risk and Insurance's 2009 Risk Innovator Award in the education sector. According to Risk and Insurance, the Risk Innovator Award "recognizes winners in 14 different industries who have, in the past year, demonstrated innovation and excellence in risk management." The individuals honored with this award are commended for seeing risk as an opportunity and resolving risk-related problems in innovative ways. To learn more about Ms. Moriarty and the newly developed program that this award honored, click here.

Larry Deger and Mark Briggs Speak at SACUBO's College Business Management Institute
Larry Deger, executive director of strategic risk management with Educational & Institutional Insurance Administrators, and Mark Briggs, vice president with Safety Management Resources Corporation, presented a session on risk management at the College Business Management Institute. Co-sponsored by the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers (SACUBO), the institute took place August 8-13, 2010, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Five Colleges Incorporated

URMIA Releases New White Paper, Request for Proposal: Navigating the Complexities of the RFP
In October 2009, URMIA released a new higher education risk management white paper, Request for Proposal: Navigating the Complexities of the RFP. The white paper was designed to help higher education risk managers navigate through the process of bidding their insurance portfolios and create and evaluate an RFP for services or for services and insurance combined. This white paper also helps risk managers create an RFP process that clearly defines their institutions’ needs and organizes the brokers or agents and markets to propose a range of products and services that will meet those needs. Written by Elizabeth J. Carmichael, CPCU, DRM, Five Colleges Incorporated, and reviewed by Allen J. Bova, MBA, ARM, DRM, Cornell University; Mary C. Dewey, CPCU, ARM, CIC, DRM, University of Vermont; and Larry V. Stephens, AIC, ARM, CPCU, AAM, DRM, Indiana University, this document also includes valuable sample materials for risk managers’ use in the RFP process.

FM Global

2009 International Fellowship Program White Papers Released
In May 2010, URMIA released the last of four white papers from the 2009 International Fellowship Program. The papers written by the second class of fellows have something to offer everyone, whether you are a new member just beginning to understand the value of URMIA, are becoming more involved in risk management issues related to global programs at your university, or are an experienced risk manager who has recently become involved with more intricate risk financing. Special thanks to International Fellowship Program Task Force Chair Mary Breighner, vice president, global Practice, education with FM Global, for her efforts over the past several years on this program.

The 2009 International Fellowship Program white papers include:

Christine Eick and Mary Breighner to Present at RIMS' 2011 Annual Conference
Christine Eick, EdD, executive director of risk management and safety at Auburn University, and Mary Breighner, vice president, global practice, education with FM Global, will be speaking at the 2011 Risk and Insurance Management Society's (RIMS) Annual Conference and Exhibition. The conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, from May 1-5, 2011. Dr. Eick and Ms. Breighner's session focuses on higher education risk management.

Gallaudet University

Pamela Rypkema Travels to Turkey as Part of Executive MBA Program
Pamela Rypkema, chair of URMIA's Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee and risk manager at Gallaudet University, traveled to Bulgaria and Turkey in May 2010 in support of her enrollment in the Executive MBA program at George Mason University. The group participated in a variety of cultural and business tours, as well as networking lunches and receptions. Ms. Rypkema also spent time at the Medical University of Sofia in Bulgaria and at Okan University in Turkey, learning about their operations.

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Harvard University

Maureen Kotlas Joins Harvard University's Environmental Health and Safety Leadership
Congratulations to Maureen Kotlas, who joined Harvard University as its director of environmental health and safety. Ms. Kotlas was previously the director at the University of Maryland's Department of Environmental Safety and a member of URMIA's Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee; she also serves as vice president of the Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA).

Indiana University-Bloomington

URMIA Releases New White Paper, Request for Proposal: Navigating the Complexities of the RFP
In October 2009, URMIA released a new higher education risk management white paper, Request for Proposal: Navigating the Complexities of the RFP. The white paper was designed to help higher education risk managers navigate through the process of bidding their insurance portfolios and create and evaluate an RFP for services or for services and insurance combined. This white paper also helps risk managers create an RFP process that clearly defines their institutions’ needs and organizes the brokers or agents and markets to propose a range of products and services that will meet those needs. Written by Elizabeth J. Carmichael, CPCU, DRM, Five Colleges Incorporated, and reviewed by Allen J. Bova, MBA, ARM, DRM, Cornell University; Mary C. Dewey, CPCU, ARM, CIC, DRM, University of Vermont; and Larry V. Stephens, AIC, ARM, CPCU, AAM, DRM, Indiana University, this document also includes valuable sample materials for risk managers’ use in the RFP process.

Business Officer Magazine Features URMIA Members
A feature article in the November 2009 edition of Business Officer, "Ever Ready," focused on crisis and emergency planning and response and included the expertise of a number of URMIA members. Featured in the article were Maria Martinez, assistant vice president, human resources and risk management at Rollins College; Allen J. Bova, director of risk management and insurance at Cornell University; and institutional members Purdue University, Arizona State University, and Indiana University-Bloomington.

Indiana Wesleyan University

URMIA Announces Its 2009 Innovative Risk Management Solutions Award Recipient
In September 2009 at URMIA's 40th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, URMIA announced the recipient of the URMIA Innovative Risk Management Solutions award. Jeremy Diller, previously the director of risk management and insurance at Indiana Wesleyan University, received the award, which recognizes innovative thinking and problem solving on which higher education risk managers thrive. Mr. Diller developed a software-based enterprise system to help coordinate the wide variety of issues and details associated with university travel. He has since moved on to the position of director of risk management and insurance with the Texas Association of Public Schools. For more information on the Innovative Risk Management Solutions award, click here.

Lipscomb University

2009 International Fellowship Program White Papers Released
In May 2010, URMIA released the last of four white papers from the 2009 International Fellowship Program. The papers written by the second class of fellows have something to offer everyone, whether you are a new member just beginning to understand the value of URMIA, are becoming more involved in risk management issues related to global programs at your university, or are an experienced risk manager who has recently become involved with more intricate risk financing. Special thanks to International Fellowship Program Task Force Chair Mary Breighner, vice president, global Practice, education with FM Global, for her efforts over the past several years on this program.

The 2009 International Fellowship Program white papers include:

Maricopa County Community College District

URMIA Announces Its 2009 Distinguished Risk Manager Award Recipients
In September 2009 at URMIA's 40th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, URMIA announced the recipients of the Distinguished Risk Manager award. Donna Pearcy, chief risk officer, risk management, insurance and loss prevention at The University of Iowa, and Ruth Unks, risk manager at the Maricopa County Community College District, were each honored with the award in recognition of their professionalism, experience, and involvement with URMIA. For more information on the Distinguished Risk Manager award and past recipients, click here.

URMIA Members Present at Enterprise Risk Management Conference
Many URMIA members presented at this year's Enterprise Risk Management in Higher Education conference, held by INFONEX June 22-23, 2010, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Speakers included Grace Crickette, chief risk officer at the University of California; Nakeschi Watkins, risk manager at Yeshiva University; Gary Langsdale, university risk officer at Pennsylvania State University; Ruth Unks, risk manager at Maricopa County Community College District; and Leta Finch, executive director of Arthur J. Gallagher's Higher Education Practice Group.

URMIA Members Lead Certified Risk Managers Designation Program Courses
URMIA has several members who serve as faculty for the Certified Risk Managers (CRM) designation program. Instructors from the URMIA membership include Steve Holland, assistant vice president for risk management and safety at the University of Arizona; Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management at Texas Tech University System; Vincent Morris, director of risk management at Wheaton College (Illinois); and Ruth Unks, risk manager at Maricopa County Community College District. The CRM designation demonstrates tested knowledge in all areas of managing risks, hazards, and exposures including identifying, analyzing, controlling, financing, and administering operational risks, whether insurable or not. For full details about the CRM Program, check out the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research's CRM course description.

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Marsh

Marsh Expands the Role of Jean Demchak as Global Leader of Its Education Practice
In an August 18, 2009, press release, Marsh announced that it was expanding the role of URMIA member and newly elected URMIA Board of Directors member Jean Demchak in Marsh's Education Practice. Demchak, managing leader of Marsh's Education Practice, has been in the risk and insurance profession for 26 years and is an actively involved URMIA member. She has also been named as one of Risk and Insurance's Power Brokers in the higher education category for the past four years. Risk and Insurance also highlighted Demchak's amazing career of service to higher education and insurance in an August 18 feature article.

URMIA Members Highlighted in Recent Chronicle of Higher Education Article
An article in the October 2, 2009, edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education focused on individual professor lawsuit protection. The article, "Professors Are Pitched Lawsuit Protection," featured a number of URMIA members who have experience with the subject. Members who were cited included Allen J. Bova, director of risk management and insurance at Cornell University; Barbara A. Davey, risk management specialist at the University of Notre Dame; and Beverly C. Costello, senior vice president at Marsh, Inc.

Total Cost of Risk Task Force to Present at PARMA and PRIMA
URMIA's Total Cost of Risk Task Force presented a session at the Southern California Chapter Meeting of the Public Agency Risk Managers Association (PARMA) on December 10, 2009, and the Public Risk Management Association's (PRIMA) 31st Annual Conference on June 6-9, 2010, in Orlando, Florida. The PARMA session was led by Jean Demchak, managing director at Marsh, URMIA board member, and Total Cost of Risk Task Force member. Ms. Demchak also presented the PRIMA session, along with other task force members. Both sessions focused on providing a foundational understanding of the core principles and components of total cost of risk for public entities. In addition, the sessions addressed costs attributable to the structure of an entity’s insurance program and highlighted how to use graphic illustrations to communicate cost of risk data to leadership.

Risk and Insurance Honors URMIA Members as 2010 Power Brokers
Congratulations to several URMIA members for their recognition as 2010 Power Broker winners and finalists by Risk and Insurance! To view all of the 2010 Power Brokers in education, click here. To learn more about how Risk and Insurance identifies and honors the best brokers in the business, click here.

Featured URMIA members include the following:

  • Diane Gould, Senior Account Executive, Academic Risk Resources & Insurance
  • John McLaughlin, Managing Director, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services
  • D. Jean Demchak, Managing Director, Global Education Practice Leader, Marsh. Ms. Demchak was also featured as a "Responsibility Leader." To read the complete honor, click here.
  • Finalists also included John E. Watson, Executive Director, Higher Education Practice, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Leta C. Finch, Executive Director, Higher Education Practice, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Teresa Koster, Division President, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; and Frank D. Cella, Senior Vice President, Marsh.

URMIA's Total Cost of Risk Task Force Accepted to Present at NACUBO's 2010 Annual Meeting
URMIA's Total Cost of Risk Task Force was accepted to present the session, "Total Cost of Risk: Broadening the Scope of Cost Analysis," at the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) 2010 Annual Conference. According to NACUBO, over 220 presentations were submitted, and the association accepted about 20 percent of submitted presentations. Donna Pearcy, chief risk officer, risk management, insurance and loss prevention at The University of Iowa; Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at Pennsylvania State University; and D. Jean Demchak, managing director at Marsh, presented on behalf of the task force. The conference, "Building Bridges," took place July 24-27, 2010, in San Francisco, California. Congratulations, task force members and Chair Barbara A. Davey!

Nelson, Kinder, Mosseau & Saturley, PC

URMIA Members Featured in Risk and Insurance Article on DNA Testing of Students
A July 20, 2010, Risk and Insurance article featured a hot topic in higher education and the insights of URMIA members Allen J. Bova, director of risk management and insurance at Cornell University, and Robert B. Smith, attorney at Nelson, Kinder, Mosseau, and Saturley, PC. The article, "DNA Testing: A Twist to University Risk Management," discussed the potential risks involved in two colleges' recent plans to use students' DNA as part of coursework.

Northeastern University

URMIA Institutional Members Receive 2010 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization and 2010 Spotlight Award
URMIA institutional members Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and Northeastern University in Massachusetts received two of five 2010 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Comprehensive Internationalization. Additional recipients of the 2010 award were Hobart & William Smith Colleges in New York, Loyola University Maryland, and University of San Francisco in California. Additionally, URMIA institutional member Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York was one of three recipients of the 2010 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award. Additional recipients were La Roche College in Pennsylvania and College of the Atlantic in Maine. NAFSA: Association of International Educators recognizes overall excellence in internationalization efforts through its Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. The Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award is given to institutions with innovative international programs or initiatives.

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Oklahoma State University

2009 International Fellowship Program White Papers Released
In May 2010, URMIA released the last of four white papers from the 2009 International Fellowship Program. The papers written by the second class of fellows have something to offer everyone, whether you are a new member just beginning to understand the value of URMIA, are becoming more involved in risk management issues related to global programs at your university, or are an experienced risk manager who has recently become involved with more intricate risk financing. Special thanks to International Fellowship Program Task Force Chair Mary Breighner, vice president, global Practice, education with FM Global, for her efforts over the past several years on this program.

The 2009 International Fellowship Program white papers include:

Several URMIAns Attend CHEMA Meeting in May
On May 25-28, 2010, Jenny Whittington, executive director of URMIA; Mike Bale, URMIA president-elect and director of risk management at Oklahoma State University; and Donna McMahon, chair of URMIA's Inter-Association Alliances Committee and risk manager at University of Maryland, College Park attended the 2010 Spring Meeting of the Council of Higher Education Management Associations (CHEMA).

Oregon State University

2009 International Fellowship Program White Papers Released
In May 2010, URMIA released the last of four white papers from the 2009 International Fellowship Program. The papers written by the second class of fellows have something to offer everyone, whether you are a new member just beginning to understand the value of URMIA, are becoming more involved in risk management issues related to global programs at your university, or are an experienced risk manager who has recently become involved with more intricate risk financing. Special thanks to International Fellowship Program Task Force Chair Mary Breighner, vice president, global Practice, education with FM Global, for her efforts over the past several years on this program.

The 2009 International Fellowship Program white papers include:

Pennsylvania State University

Gary Langsdale Provides Expertise for Recent Business Insurance Article
A November 30, 2009, Business Insurance article, "Budget Freezes Hamper Winter Loss-Control Efforts," discussed how the current recession has impacted property protection from winter weather and temperatures. URMIA member Gary Langsdale, university risk officer at Pennsylvania State University, explained that, although the recession has not impacted Penn State's winter property protection program yet, the institution does have to pay special attention to snow loading on roofs. Since more unemployed people are heading back to school these days, Langsdale also explained, "That means we don't have any empty buildings." Take a look at the complete article to see what others say about potential impacts on property protection and loss-control during the upcoming months.

Business Insurance Includes Gary Langsdale in Recent Article
The January 11, 2010, issue of Business Insurance focused on the US commercial property market, describing 2010 renewals as "flat" due to a slowed economy and a quiet year in terms of catastrophic losses in 2009. The article interviewed both insurers and risk managers regarding this change from January 2009 renewals, including risk officer for Pennsylvania State University and URMIA Board of Director member Gary Langsdale. He explained that, for the institution's long-term property program, "as long as our loss ratio remained acceptable, there would be no changes to the rate. They stuck to their part and we did to ours." The article not only includes the higher education risk management perspective but a wide variety of different industries.

Penn State Live Features Gary Langsdale and Risk Management on Campus
On January 18, 2010, Penn State Live, the news source for Pennsylvania State University (PSU), featured PSU Risk Officer Gary Langsdale. The article, "Managing Risk Is Everyone's Business at Penn State," focused on what risk management in higher education means: "identifying the university's potential risks and helping people assess, eliminate, reduce, avoid, or manage these risks." The article was also featured in Risk & Insurance's Editor's Choice Stories for January 19, 2010. Mr. Langsdale also highlighted enterprise risk management (ERM) and his team's efforts to inventory all of the institution's various risks. During 53 face-to-face interviews across the university campus, Mr. Langsdale's team identified more than 100 possible risks, out of which 10 emerged as risks with a higher probability of occurring or a more negative outcome if they were to occur.

Gary Langsdale Presents at the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges
On April 12, 2010, Gary Langsdale, university risk officer at Pennsylvania State University, spoke at the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges' annual meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to represent the interests of the community colleges of Pennsylvania. Mr. Langsdale spoke on captive insurance companies at the request of the commission and introduced URMIA to a new group of individuals from across Pennsylvania.

URMIA Members Present at Enterprise Risk Management Conference
Many URMIA members presented at this year's Enterprise Risk Management in Higher Education conference, held by INFONEX June 22-23, 2010, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Speakers included Grace Crickette, chief risk officer at the University of California; Nakeschi Watkins, risk manager at Yeshiva University; Gary Langsdale, university risk officer at Pennsylvania State University; Ruth Unks, risk manager at Maricopa County Community College District; and Leta Finch, executive director of Arthur J. Gallagher's Higher Education Practice Group.

URMIA's Total Cost of Risk Task Force Accepted to Present at NACUBO's 2010 Annual Meeting
URMIA's Total Cost of Risk Task Force was accepted to present the session, "Total Cost of Risk: Broadening the Scope of Cost Analysis," at the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) 2010 Annual Conference. According to NACUBO, over 220 presentations were submitted, and the association accepted about 20 percent of submitted presentations. Donna Pearcy, chief risk officer, risk management, insurance and loss prevention at The University of Iowa; Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at Pennsylvania State University; and D. Jean Demchak, managing director at Marsh, presented on behalf of the task force. The conference, "Building Bridges," took place July 24-27, 2010, in San Francisco, California. Congratulations, task force members and Chair Barbara A. Davey!

Gary Langsdale and Anastos Chiavaras Featured in Business Insurance Risk Management Video
Business Insurance featured higher education - and two of URMIA's members - in its "Issues in Risk Management" video series. Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at Pennsylvania State University, and Anastos Chiavaras, university risk manager at Boston College, both spoke of the difficulties of doing more with less in our current economic climate. To view the video, click here and select the "Issues in Risk Management: Higher Education" video.

Purdue University

Business Officer Magazine Features URMIA Members
A feature article in the November 2009 edition of Business Officer, "Ever Ready," focused on crisis and emergency planning and response and included the expertise of a number of URMIA members. Featured in the article were Maria Martinez, assistant vice president, human resources and risk management at Rollins College; Allen J. Bova, director of risk management and insurance at Cornell University; and institutional members Purdue University, Arizona State University, and Indiana University-Bloomington.

Rollins College

Business Officer Magazine Features URMIA Members
A feature article in the November 2009 edition of Business Officer, "Ever Ready," focused on crisis and emergency planning and response and included the expertise of a number of URMIA members. Featured in the article were Maria Martinez, assistant vice president, human resources and risk management at Rollins College; Allen J. Bova, director of risk management and insurance at Cornell University; and institutional members Purdue University, Arizona State University, and Indiana University-Bloomington.

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Safety Management Resources Corporation

2009 International Fellowship Program White Papers Released
In May 2010, URMIA released the last of four white papers from the 2009 International Fellowship Program. The papers written by the second class of fellows have something to offer everyone, whether you are a new member just beginning to understand the value of URMIA, are becoming more involved in risk management issues related to global programs at your university, or are an experienced risk manager who has recently become involved with more intricate risk financing. Special thanks to International Fellowship Program Task Force Chair Mary Breighner, vice president, global Practice, education with FM Global, for her efforts over the past several years on this program.

The 2009 International Fellowship Program white papers include:

Larry Deger and Mark Briggs Speak at SACUBO's College Business Management Institute
Larry Deger, executive director of strategic risk management with Educational & Institutional Insurance Administrators, and Mark Briggs, vice president with Safety Management Resources Corporation, presented a session on risk management at the College Business Management Institute. Co-sponsored by the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers (SACUBO), the institute took place August 8-13, 2010, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Saint Leo University

Four URMIA Members Receive Annual Conference Scholarships
The URMIA Annual Conference Scholarship Program provides educational opportunities for higher education risk management professionals who would otherwise not be able to attend the annual conference. For 2010, URMIA awarded four scholarships to URMIA members who had never attended the conference. Thank you to the URMIA Membership Committee for its continued efforts in administering this program, and thank you to Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, the generous sponsor of the 2010 conference scholarships!

The 2010 Annual Conference scholarship recipients are:

  • Kristen Fagan, Risk Manager/Administrative Officer, The College of William and Mary
  • William Kemp, Associate Director of Risk Management, Wayne State University
  • Alicia Ridley, Risk Management Coordinator, Saint Leo University
  • Doug Warthen, Director of Business Affairs, Central Ohio Technical College

Saul Ewing LLP

URMIA President Margaret Tungseth and Member Jim Keller Featured in Today's Campus Articles
The January/February 2010 edition of Today's Campus included two articles featuring URMIA members. "Pick One: Cybersecurity. Convenience," on page 24, included comments from Margaret Tungseth, URMIA president and assistant treasurer and director of risk management at Concordia College. The article provided a primer on cybersecurity, including who might be involved, what they are looking for, and how they manage to get into networks or acquire secure data. Ms. Tungseth explained the risk management perspective on cybersecurity, urging campuses to make sure a risk manager is at the table when discussing how to prepare for or respond to cyber threats. Also featured was Frank Vinik, senior risk analyst of URMIA affiliate member United Educators Insurance. A second article, "So Sue Me!," on page 18 of the online magazine, featured Jim Keller, partner and chair of the Higher Education Practice Group at Saul Ewing LLP, who commented on the changing nature of lawsuits that institutions of higher education are experiencing.

Syracuse University

Syracuse University Receives Award for "Fighting the Flu" Video and Website
On May 15, 2010, the Syracuse Press Club awarded Syracuse University's (SU) "Fighting the Flu" website with an annual professional recognition award for internet sites at its 32nd Annual Scholarship and Professional Recognition Awards Dinner. According to David Pajak, director of risk management, environmental health and safety, and chief emergency management officer, the "Fighting the Flu" website was integral in the university’s comprehensive flu awareness activities. The video and its successes were the result of a collaboration between the SU Pandemic Flu Committee and its News Services Division.

David Pajak Reappointed to Board Position
David Pajak, director of risk management, environmental health and safety, and chief emergency management officer at Syracuse University, was reappointed to the board of the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center.

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Texas Tech University System

URMIA Members Lead Certified Risk Managers Designation Program Courses
URMIA has several members who serve as faculty for the Certified Risk Managers (CRM) designation program. Instructors from the URMIA membership include Steve Holland, assistant vice president for risk management and safety at the University of Arizona; Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management at Texas Tech University System; Vincent Morris, director of risk management at Wheaton College (Illinois); and Ruth Unks, risk manager at Maricopa County Community College District. The CRM designation demonstrates tested knowledge in all areas of managing risks, hazards, and exposures including identifying, analyzing, controlling, financing, and administering operational risks, whether insurable or not. For full details about the CRM Program, check out the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research's CRM course description.

United Educators

URMIA President Margaret Tungseth and Member Jim Keller Featured in Today's Campus Articles
The January/February 2010 edition of Today's Campus included two articles featuring URMIA members. "Pick One: Cybersecurity. Convenience," on page 24, included comments from Margaret Tungseth, URMIA president and assistant treasurer and director of risk management at Concordia College. The article provided a primer on cybersecurity, including who might be involved, what they are looking for, and how they manage to get into networks or acquire secure data. Ms. Tungseth explained the risk management perspective on cybersecurity, urging campuses to make sure a risk manager is at the table when discussing how to prepare for or respond to cyber threats. Also featured was Frank Vinik, senior risk analyst of URMIA affiliate member United Educators Insurance. A second article, "So Sue Me!," on page 18 of the online magazine, featured Jim Keller, partner and chair of the Higher Education Practice Group at Saul Ewing LLP, who commented on the changing nature of lawsuits that institutions of higher education are experiencing.

Janice Abraham Writes for the Chronicle of Higher Education
Janice M. Abraham, president and chief executive officer of United Educators Insurance, is now contributing articles to the Chronicle of Higher Education on financial, risk management, and insurance issues. A May 2, 2010, article, "4 Cuts Not to Make," focused on cost-cutting measures that university and college administrators should avoid, even in difficult financial times. The article highlighted staff training, support for adjuncts and part-time faculty and staff, development of infrastructure to support new programs, and facility maintenance. Don't miss this excellent article highlighting a number of higher education risk management and insurance issues and how to manage an institution in the "new normal" financial environment.

Constance Neary Quoted in Business Insurance Article
URMIA affiliate member Constance Neary, associate vice president and associate general counsel for risk research at United Educators Insurance, was quoted in a Business Insurance article, "Constitution Binds Institutions." The article focused on how public institutions face greater risk exposures than private institutions when it comes to constitutional rights. Ms. Neary explained in the article, "It's the public institution that's going to see claims for First Amendment violations, freedom of religion, and equal protection. They often involve very strongly held principles and can result in heated and lengthy litigation."

URMIA Member Constance Neary Featured as Co-Author of Today's Campus Article
Constance Neary, associate vice president and associate general counsel for risk research with United Educators Insurance, co-authored an article in the July/August 2010 edition of Today's Campus entitled, "Communication Helps Manage Risks." The article discussed the importance of communicating across campus departments and offices to develop risk management programs that keep students safe, minimize barriers to student success, enhance the institution's reputation, and show stakeholders that the institution is well managed. The article also highlighted a variety of methods that different institutions use to reach out to students and parents to mitigate risks. The article discussed the efforts of URMIA institutional members the University of Pennsylvania; Cornell University; the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; the University of New Mexico; and the University of Michigan.

University of Alaska

Annette Chism Receives MBA and CRM Designation
Annette Chism, risk manager at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, graduated in June 2010 with an MBA from Norwich University in Vermont. In July 2010, Ms. Chism received the professional designation of Certified Risk Manager (CRM). The CRM designation demonstrates that risk management and insurance professionals are knowledgeable in all areas of managing risks, hazards, and exposures.

University of Arizona

URMIA Members Lead Certified Risk Managers Designation Program Courses
URMIA has several members who serve as faculty for the Certified Risk Managers (CRM) designation program. Instructors from the URMIA membership include Steve Holland, assistant vice president for risk management and safety at the University of Arizona; Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management at Texas Tech University System; Vincent Morris, director of risk management at Wheaton College (Illinois); and Ruth Unks, risk manager at Maricopa County Community College District. The CRM designation demonstrates tested knowledge in all areas of managing risks, hazards, and exposures including identifying, analyzing, controlling, financing, and administering operational risks, whether insurable or not. For full details about the CRM Program, check out the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research's CRM course description.

University of California, Office of the President

URMIA Members Present at Enterprise Risk Management Conference
Many URMIA members presented at this year's Enterprise Risk Management in Higher Education conference, held by INFONEX June 22-23, 2010, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Speakers included Grace Crickette, chief risk officer at the University of California; Nakeschi Watkins, risk manager at Yeshiva University; Gary Langsdale, university risk officer at Pennsylvania State University; Ruth Unks, risk manager at Maricopa County Community College District; and Leta Finch, executive director of Arthur J. Gallagher's Higher Education Practice Group.

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University of Chicago

Luke Figora Becomes Director of Risk Management at the University of Chicago
On June 14, 2010, URMIA member Luke Figora joined the University of Chicago in the newly created role of director of risk management. His responsibilities include managing the university's insurance and self-insurance programs. Mr. Figora reports to Glenn Klinksiek, assistant vice president for risk management and audit. Mr. Klinksiek, a past president of URMIA and Distinguished Risk Manager, will be more heavily focused on internal audit and compliance issues at the university. Mr. Figora previously worked for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies as a senior underwriting officer within the Chubb Specialty Insurance practice. Mr. Figora is an honors graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a master's degree in business administration and a graduate of Lake Forest College with a BA in economics.

University of Denver

Ellen Shew Holland Attends the College and University Police and Investigators Conference 2010
Ellen Shew Holland, director of risk management at the University of Denver, attended the 5th Annual College and University Police and Investigators Conference (CUPIC) on July 19-23, 2010, in Vienna, Virginia.

University of Iowa

URMIA Announces Its 2009 Distinguished Risk Manager Award Recipients
In September 2009 at URMIA's 40th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, URMIA announced the recipients of the Distinguished Risk Manager award. Donna Pearcy, chief risk officer, risk management, insurance and loss prevention at The University of Iowa, and Ruth Unks, risk manager at the Maricopa County Community College District, were each honored with the award in recognition of their professionalism, experience, and involvement with URMIA. For more information on the Distinguished Risk Manager award and past recipients, click here.

URMIA's Total Cost of Risk Task Force Accepted to Present at NACUBO's 2010 Annual Meeting
URMIA's Total Cost of Risk Task Force was accepted to present the session, "Total Cost of Risk: Broadening the Scope of Cost Analysis," at the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) 2010 Annual Conference. According to NACUBO, over 220 presentations were submitted, and the association accepted about 20 percent of submitted presentations. Donna Pearcy, chief risk officer, risk management, insurance and loss prevention at The University of Iowa; Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at Pennsylvania State University; and D. Jean Demchak, managing director at Marsh, presented on behalf of the task force. The conference, "Building Bridges," took place July 24-27, 2010, in San Francisco, California. Congratulations, task force members and Chair Barbara A. Davey!

Donna Pearcy to Speak for the Iowa Homeland Security State Conference
Donna Pearcy, chief risk officer, risk management, insurance, and loss prevention at the University of Iowa, will speak about risk management at the Iowa Homeland Security's state conference in Des Moines, Iowa, on November 3, 2010. The audience will include first responders, fire and police chiefs, private sector representatives, and other who have an interest in homeland security issues. Ms. Pearcy will discuss the risks of not preparing and planning ahead for disasters and acts of terrorism.

University of Maryland, College Park

Several URMIAns Attend CHEMA Meeting in May
On May 25-28, 2010, Jenny Whittington, executive director of URMIA; Mike Bale, URMIA president-elect and director of risk management at Oklahoma State University; and Donna McMahon, chair of URMIA's Inter-Association Alliances Committee and risk manager at University of Maryland, College Park attended the 2010 Spring Meeting of the Council of Higher Education Management Associations (CHEMA).

University of Michigan

URMIA Member Constance Neary and URMIA Institutional Members Featured as Co-Author of Today's Campus Article
Constance Neary, associate vice president and associate general counsel for risk research with United Educators Insurance, co-authored an article in the July/August 2010 edition of Today's Campus entitled, "Communication Helps Manage Risks." The article discussed the importance of communicating across campus departments and offices to develop risk management programs that keep students safe, minimize barriers to student success, enhance the institution's reputation, and show stakeholders that the institution is well managed. The article also highlighted a variety of methods that different institutions use to reach out to students and parents to mitigate risks. The article discussed the efforts of URMIA institutional members the University of Pennsylvania; Cornell University; the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; the University of New Mexico; and the University of Michigan.

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University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

URMIA Member Constance Neary and URMIA Institutional Members Featured as Co-Author of Today's Campus Article
Constance Neary, associate vice president and associate general counsel for risk research with United Educators Insurance, co-authored an article in the July/August 2010 edition of Today's Campus entitled, "Communication Helps Manage Risks." The article discussed the importance of communicating across campus departments and offices to develop risk management programs that keep students safe, minimize barriers to student success, enhance the institution's reputation, and show stakeholders that the institution is well managed. The article also highlighted a variety of methods that different institutions use to reach out to students and parents to mitigate risks. The article discussed the efforts of URMIA institutional members the University of Pennsylvania; Cornell University; the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; the University of New Mexico; and the University of Michigan.

University of Missouri

JoAnne Flowers Presents Workshop at 2010 NAFSA Annual Conference
On June 1, 2010, JoAnne Flowers, URMIA secretary and assistant director of risk and insurance management at the University of Missouri, co-presented a workshop at the 2010 Annual Conference of NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, in Kansas City, Missouri. Ms. Flowers presented the workshop, "Best Practices for Addressing Legal and Risk Management Issues in Education Abroad," with Steve Hopkins, Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), and Patricia Martin, Swarthmore College. The complete NAFSA conference ran from May 30-June 4, 2010; click here for more details.

University of New Mexico

URMIA Member Constance Neary and URMIA Institutional Members Featured as Co-Author of Today's Campus Article
Constance Neary, associate vice president and associate general counsel for risk research with United Educators Insurance, co-authored an article in the July/August 2010 edition of Today's Campus entitled, "Communication Helps Manage Risks." The article discussed the importance of communicating across campus departments and offices to develop risk management programs that keep students safe, minimize barriers to student success, enhance the institution's reputation, and show stakeholders that the institution is well managed. The article also highlighted a variety of methods that different institutions use to reach out to students and parents to mitigate risks. The article discussed the efforts of URMIA institutional members the University of Pennsylvania; Cornell University; the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; the University of New Mexico; and the University of Michigan.

University of Northern Texas

Keesha Trim Receives CRM Designation
Keesha Trim, insurance and claims manager at University of North Texas, received her Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation. The CRM designation demonstrates that risk management and insurance professionals are knowledgeable in all areas of managing risks, hazards, and exposures.

University of Notre Dame

URMIA Members Highlighted in Recent Chronicle of Higher Education Article
An article in the October 2, 2009, edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education focused on individual professor lawsuit protection. The article, "Professors Are Pitched Lawsuit Protection," featured a number of URMIA members who have experience with the subject. Members who were cited included Allen J. Bova, director of risk management and insurance at Cornell University; Barbara A. Davey, risk management specialist at the University of Notre Dame; and Beverly C. Costello, senior vice president at Marsh, Inc.

URMIA's Total Cost of Risk Task Force Scheduled to Speak at Various Conferences and Meetings
URMIA's Total Cost of Risk (TCOR) Task Force is currently developing its second white paper, but in the meantime, they are also speaking at a number of association and organization conferences. The task force's sessions, focused on building a framework for measuring TCOR at institutions of higher education, will be featured at the following upcoming conferences. Congratulations on your hard work on behalf of URMIA, task force members and Chair Barbara A. Davey!

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University of Pennsylvania

URMIA Member Constance Neary and URMIA Institutional Members Featured as Co-Author of Today's Campus Article
Constance Neary, associate vice president and associate general counsel for risk research with United Educators Insurance, co-authored an article in the July/August 2010 edition of Today's Campus entitled, "Communication Helps Manage Risks." The article discussed the importance of communicating across campus departments and offices to develop risk management programs that keep students safe, minimize barriers to student success, enhance the institution's reputation, and show stakeholders that the institution is well managed. The article also highlighted a variety of methods that different institutions use to reach out to students and parents to mitigate risks. The article discussed the efforts of URMIA institutional members the University of Pennsylvania; Cornell University; the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; the University of New Mexico; and the University of Michigan.

University of San Diego

URMIA Member Barbara Schatzer Joins UE's Risk Management Advisory Committee and Gallagher's Think Tank on Student Health
Barbara Schatzer, director of risk management at the University of San Diego and chair of URMIA's Membership Committee, was recently invited to participate in two different higher education risk management groups. Ms. Schatzer will join United Educators' Risk Management Advisory Committee and will participate in Gallagher's Higher Education Practice's 5th annual think tank on student health.

University of Southern California

University of Southern California Is First University to Be Designated an International Safe Community
In February 2010, the University of Southern California (USC) received the distinction of becoming the first university to receive the designation of International Safe Community by the World Health Organization and the National Safety Council. USC had to reach a number of goals and demonstrate its multi-disciplinary approach to safety, security, emergency preparedness, health, and overall community well-being in order to receive the designation. For further information on the designation and USC's efforts, click here.

University of Texas System

Paul D. Pousson Represents URMIA at ACUTA's 39th Annual Conference and in the Virgin Islands
On April 18-21, 2010, Paul D. Pousson, URMIA Board Member and associate director of risk management at the University of Texas System, attended the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education's (ACUTA) 39th Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Pousson is also the board liaison for the URMIA Inter-Association Alliances Committee, which seeks to build relationships and partnerships with fellow higher education and risk management associations and organizations.

Mr. Pousson also presented a risk management workshop for the leadership team at the University of the Virgin Islands on May 25, 2010. The university approached URMIA to provide this workshop, and Mr. Pousson graciously accepted. The workshop defined risk and described the basic principles of risk management, explained the unique aspects of risk management in higher education, provided examples of effective assessment and mitigation techniques, and examined the total cost of risk.

CSHEMA's 57th Annual Conference Accepts URMIA's Total Cost of Risk Task Force to Speak
The Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) accepted URMIA's Total Cost of Risk Task Force to present at its 57th Annual Conference July 17-21, 2010, in Baltimore, Maryland. Paul D. Pousson, associate director of risk management at the University of Texas System and task force member, presented "Building the Framework for Total Cost of Risk." Additional educational sessions included Louisville, biosafety, development of a university emergency operations center, residence hall fire safety, and much more.

University of Vermont

John Luter Joins the University of Vermont's Risk Management Department
In September 2009, the University of Vermont Risk Management Department welcomed John D. Luter, Jr., as the new risk and claims analyst. Mr. Luter has over 12 years of claims adjusting experience, most recently with Vermont Mutual Insurance Company in Montpelier, Vermont.

URMIA Releases New White Paper, Request for Proposal: Navigating the Complexities of the RFP
In October 2009, URMIA released a new higher education risk management white paper, Request for Proposal: Navigating the Complexities of the RFP. The white paper was designed to help higher education risk managers navigate through the process of bidding their insurance portfolios and create and evaluate an RFP for services or for services and insurance combined. This white paper also helps risk managers create an RFP process that clearly defines their institutions’ needs and organizes the brokers or agents and markets to propose a range of products and services that will meet those needs. Written by Elizabeth J. Carmichael, CPCU, DRM, Five Colleges Incorporated, and reviewed by Allen J. Bova, MBA, ARM, DRM, Cornell University; Mary C. Dewey, CPCU, ARM, CIC, DRM, University of Vermont; and Larry V. Stephens, AIC, ARM, CPCU, AAM, DRM, Indiana University, this document also includes valuable sample materials for risk managers’ use in the RFP process.

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University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA)

URMIA Installs New President and Officers for 2009-2010
In September 2009 at URMIA's 40th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, the association inducted a new president and officers for 2009-2010. Margaret Tungseth, assistant treasurer/director of risk management at Concordia College in Minnesota, took office as URMIA president. As the incoming president of URMIA, Ms. Tungseth will move the organization forward strategically to continue building the profession of risk management in higher education in difficult financial times. In leading URMIA, Ms. Tungseth was joined by Mike Bale, Oklahoma State University, President-Elect; JoAnne Flowers, University of Missouri, Secretary; Anita C. Ingram, Southern Methodist University, Treasurer; Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, Parliamentarian; and Vincent Morris, Wheaton College, Illinois, Immediate Past President.

Newly elected or re-elected board members include Steve Bryant, Texas Tech University System; D. Jean Demchak, Marsh; Gary W. Langsdale, Pennsylvania State University; and Donna Pearcy, The University of Iowa. Other members of the Board of Directors include Megan Adams, Princeton University; Julie C. Baecker, University of Alaska; Marjorie F. B. Lemmon, Yale University; David Pajak, Syracuse University; Paul D. Pousson, University of Texas System; and Donna Smith, University of New Mexico.

URMIA Announces Its 2009 Distinguished Risk Manager Award Recipients
In September 2009 at URMIA's 40th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, URMIA announced the recipients of the Distinguished Risk Manager award. Donna Pearcy, chief risk officer, risk management, insurance and loss prevention at The University of Iowa, and Ruth Unks, risk manager at the Maricopa County Community College District, were each honored with the award in recognition of their professionalism, experience, and involvement with URMIA. For more information on the Distinguished Risk Manager award and past recipients, click here.

URMIA Announces Its 2009 Innovative Risk Management Solutions Award Recipient
In September 2009 at URMIA's 40th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, URMIA announced the recipient of the URMIA Innovative Risk Management Solutions award. Jeremy Diller, previously the director of risk management and insurance at Indiana Wesleyan University, received the award, which recognizes innovative thinking and problem solving on which higher education risk managers thrive. Mr. Diller developed a software-based enterprise system to help coordinate the wide variety of issues and details associated with university travel. He has since moved on to the position of director of risk management and insurance with the Texas Association of Public Schools. For more information on the Innovative Risk Management Solutions award, click here.

URMIA Releases Two New White Papers
In October 2009, URMIA released two new higher education risk management white papers: Third-Party Contract Insurance Guidelines and Request for Proposal: Navigating the Complexities of the RFP. The 2009 edition of the URMIA white paper, Third-Party Contract Insurance Guidelines, provided updated information and tools to assist risk managers in better understanding the insurance coverage and policy forms associated with third-party contracts. The document also included guidelines to be used as tools in managing higher education contractual risks. Written by John P. McLaughlin, Higher Education Practice, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and reviewed by Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, the paper includes extensive information and updated samples for use and adaptation by higher education institutions.

The second URMIA white paper, Request for Proposal: Navigating the Complexities of the RFP, was designed to help higher education risk managers navigate through the process of bidding their insurance portfolios and create and evaluate an RFP for services or for services and insurance combined. This white paper also helps risk managers create an RFP process that clearly defines their institutions’ needs and organizes the brokers or agents and markets to propose a range of products and services that will meet those needs. Written by Elizabeth J. Carmichael, CPCU, DRM, Five Colleges Incorporated, and reviewed by Allen J. Bova, MBA, ARM, DRM, Cornell University; Mary C. Dewey, CPCU, ARM, CIC, DRM, University of Vermont; and Larry V. Stephens, AIC, ARM, CPCU, AAM, DRM, Indiana University, this document also includes valuable sample materials for risk managers’ use in the RFP process.

URMIA Executive Director Jenny Whittington Earns the Certified Association Executive Credential
In January 2010, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) announced that URMIA Executive Director Jenny Whittington earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry, and less than five percent of all association professionals have earned the CAE. To receive the designation, applicants must have at least three years of experience in non-profit organization management, complete 75 hours of specialized professional development, and pass a stringent examination in association management.

URMIA Featured in Risk & Insurance Article
The May 1, 2010, edition of Risk & Insurance online featured URMIA in an article on risk and insurance associations. The article, "The Universe of Risk Management Associations," provided a summary of a wide variety of associations, including those focused on public- or private-sector industries, credit and financial risk, international risk, and higher education. Don't miss this article to see a nice feature on URMIA and learn more about the other risk management associations out there!

2009 International Fellowship Program White Papers Released
In May 2010, URMIA released the last of four white papers from the 2009 International Fellowship Program. The papers written by the second class of fellows have something to offer everyone, whether you are a new member just beginning to understand the value of URMIA, are becoming more involved in risk management issues related to global programs at your university, or are an experienced risk manager who has recently become involved with more intricate risk financing. Special thanks to International Fellowship Program Task Force Chair Mary Breighner, vice president, global Practice, education with FM Global, for her efforts over the past several years on this program.

The 2009 International Fellowship Program white papers include:

Several URMIAns Attend CHEMA Meeting in May
On May 25-28, 2010, Jenny Whittington, executive director of URMIA; Mike Bale, URMIA president-elect and director of risk management at Oklahoma State University; and Donna McMahon, chair of URMIA's Inter-Association Alliances Committee and risk manager at University of Maryland, College Park attended the 2010 Spring Meeting of the Council of Higher Education Management Associations (CHEMA).

Four URMIA Members Receive Annual Conference Scholarships
The URMIA Annual Conference Scholarship Program provides educational opportunities for higher education risk management professionals who would otherwise not be able to attend the annual conference. For 2010, URMIA awarded four scholarships to URMIA members who had never attended the conference. Thank you to the URMIA Membership Committee for its continued efforts in administering this program, and thank you to Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, the generous sponsor of the 2010 conference scholarships!

The 2010 Annual Conference scholarship recipients are:

  • Kristen Fagan, Risk Manager/Administrative Officer, The College of William and Mary
  • William Kemp, Associate Director of Risk Management, Wayne State University
  • Alicia Ridley, Risk Management Coordinator, Saint Leo University
  • Doug Warthen, Director of Business Affairs, Central Ohio Technical College

Wayne State University

Four URMIA Members Receive Annual Conference Scholarships
The URMIA Annual Conference Scholarship Program provides educational opportunities for higher education risk management professionals who would otherwise not be able to attend the annual conference. For 2010, URMIA awarded four scholarships to URMIA members who had never attended the conference. Thank you to the URMIA Membership Committee for its continued efforts in administering this program, and thank you to Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, the generous sponsor of the 2010 conference scholarships!

The 2010 Annual Conference scholarship recipients are:

  • Kristen Fagan, Risk Manager/Administrative Officer, The College of William and Mary
  • William Kemp, Associate Director of Risk Management, Wayne State University
  • Alicia Ridley, Risk Management Coordinator, Saint Leo University
  • Doug Warthen, Director of Business Affairs, Central Ohio Technical College

West Virginia University

URMIA Releases New White Paper, Third-Party Contract Insurance Guidelines
In October 2009, URMIA released an updated higher education risk management white paper, Third-Party Contract Insurance Guidelines. The 2009 edition of the white paper provided updated information and tools to assist risk managers in better understanding the insurance coverage and policy forms associated with third-party contracts. The document also included guidelines to be used as tools in managing higher education contractual risks. Written by John P. McLaughlin, Higher Education Practice, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and reviewed by Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, the paper includes extensive information and updated samples for use and adaptation by higher education institutions.

Westmont College

URMIA Member Troy Harris and Westmont College's Mexico Mission Trips Are Featured on CNN.com
Troy Harris, director of risk management at Westmont College, was featured in a CNN video news item about violence in Mexico and its impacts on travel to Mexico. Westmont College conducts spring break missions each year to Mexico, and the video focused on steps the college has taken this year to help protect students in light of the recent US State Department travel warning for Mexico. Westmont College also developed resources for students and parents to help manage student safety during student-led programs when the US State Department had an active travel warning issued for travel to Mexico.

Wheaton College

URMIA Members Lead Certified Risk Managers Designation Program Courses
URMIA has several members who serve as faculty for the Certified Risk Managers (CRM) designation program. Instructors from the URMIA membership include Steve Holland, assistant vice president for risk management and safety at the University of Arizona; Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management at Texas Tech University System; Vincent Morris, director of risk management at Wheaton College (Illinois); and Ruth Unks, risk manager at Maricopa County Community College District. The CRM designation demonstrates tested knowledge in all areas of managing risks, hazards, and exposures including identifying, analyzing, controlling, financing, and administering operational risks, whether insurable or not. For full details about the CRM Program, check out the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research's CRM course description.

Yeshiva University

URMIA Members Present at Enterprise Risk Management Conference
Many URMIA members presented at this year's Enterprise Risk Management in Higher Education conference, held by INFONEX June 22-23, 2010, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Speakers included Grace Crickette, chief risk officer at the University of California; Nakeschi Watkins, risk manager at Yeshiva University; Gary Langsdale, university risk officer at Pennsylvania State University; Ruth Unks, risk manager at Maricopa County Community College District; and Leta Finch, executive director of Arthur J. Gallagher's Higher Education Practice Group.

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