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2012 Year in Review

The URMIA Member Year in Review highlights the professional accomplishments of URMIA's members. Each year, we are amazed to see the ever-growing variety of professional development opportunities in which our members take part, as well as the educational sessions they lead, expertise they lend to news articles and other briefings, degrees and certifications they achieve, promotions they receive, and much, much more.

The URMIA National Office encourages you to use the Member Year in Review to see what your colleagues have been up to since last year's conference to help you network with your peers at the conference and throughout the year.

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Aon Risk Solutions

Leta Finch Joins Aon Risk Solutions Higher Education Team
In an October 24, 2011, press release, Aon Risk Solutions announced that Leta C. Finch joined the company as national practice leader for higher education. In her new role, Ms. Finch will provide leadership and advice to colleagues working with colleges and universities, providing strategic risk solutions to solve their business needs. Ms. Finch most recently served as an executive director of Arthur J. Gallagher's Higher Education Practice. She was previously the director of risk management at the University of Vermont and is a past president of URMIA. Ms. Finch is trustee emeritus of Champlain College and is currently the president of the Foundation for Higher Education in Central Asia.

Leta Finch Featured in Risk and Insurance Article on Rising Price of College
A number of URMIA members were featured in a December 2011 Risk and Insurance article, "Divided Over the College Price Tag." Featured members included Allen Bova, retired director of risk management at Cornell University; Leta C. Finch, national practice leader for higher education at Aon Risk Solutions; Elda Martocci, underwriting director at Travelers; John McLaughlin, area president and managing director at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Vincent Morris, executive director at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Robert B. Smith, attorney at law at DeMoura Smith LLP; Richard Vohden, senior vice president and national education practice leader at Marsh Risk Consulting; and Maureen Waterbury, vice president - higher education market segment manager at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

Business Insurance Article on Child Sex Abuse Features Leta Finch
A January 1, 2012, Business Insurance article, "Penn State Scandal Sharpens Focus on Reputational Risk," featured the input of several URMIA members into the larger reputational risks and associated impacts of crisis events, such as student recruitment, alumni donations, or federal funding. Many of the respondents acknowledged that it can be hard to quantify reputational risks and loss of revenue stemming from a specific incident. The article included insights from Leta C. Finch, national practice leader for higher education at Aon Risk Solutions; Ellen Holland, director of risk management at the University of Denver; Christopher Johnson, director of risk management and safety for Northwestern University; and Larry V. Stephens, director of risk management at Indiana University. Explained Ms. Finch of the role of risk managers in the ERM process, "In the last three to five years as we have begun to see more colleges and universities embrace enterprise risk management, which is where these types of issues get addressed, risk managers are being asked to participate in the process because of their expertise in managing risk."

Anne Mulholland Is Honored as 2012 Power Broker by Risk and Insurance
Congratulations to several URMIA members for their recent recognition as 2012 Power Broker winners and finalists by Risk and Insurance! The award honors those brokers who go above and beyond the call of duty to exceed the needs of their customers in a variety of different business types. To view all of the 2012 Power Brokers in education, click here.

Congratulations to the following 2012 Power Brokers and URMIA members:

  • Teresa Koster, division president, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services
  • Anne Mulholland, director, Casualty Brokerage, Aon Risk Solutions
  • Nancy Sylvester, managing director, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services

Anne Mulholland Featured in USA Today Article on Potential Insurance Impacts for Higher Education in the Wake of the Jerry Sandusky Trial
On July 17, 2012, USA Today reported on potential impacts for colleges and universities on their insurance rates following the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. The article featured URMIA members John McLaughlin, managing director of the higher education practice at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Mark Briggs, chief risk officer at The Ohio State University; Janice Abraham, president and chief executive officer of United Educators Insurance; and Anne Mulholland, director of higher education at Aon Risk Solutions.

Arcadia University

Mimi Bassetti Receives One of Four URMIA 2012 Regional Conference Scholarships
URMIA awarded four members with this year's regional conference scholarships. URMIA's scholarship program, administered by the Membership Committee, provides financial support to URMIA members who have not been able to previously attend a regional conference due to funding limitations.

Help us congratulate:

  • Brandi Aston, Assistant Risk Officer, Oregon State University (Western Regional Conference)
  • Mimi Bassetti, Director of Administrative Services, Arcadia University (Northeastern Regional Conference)
  • Rob Dahl, Manager, Environmental Health & Campus Safety, Pacific University (Western Regional Conference)
  • Angelina Ogan, Risk Management Specialist, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Midwestern Regional Conference)

Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services

John McLaughlin and Vincent Morris Featured in Risk and Insurance Article on Rising Price of College
A number of URMIA members were featured in a December 2011 Risk and Insurance article, "Divided Over the College Price Tag." Featured members included Allen Bova, retired director of risk management at Cornell University; Leta Finch, national practice leader for higher education at Aon Risk Solutions; Elda Martocci, underwriting director at Travelers; John McLaughlin, area president and managing director at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Vincent Morris, executive director at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Robert B. Smith, attorney at law at DeMoura Smith LLP; Richard Vohden, senior vice president and national education practice leader at Marsh Risk Consulting; and Maureen Waterbury, vice president - higher education market segment manager at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

Vincent Morris Joins Gallagher Higher Education Practice
Congratulations to Vincent Morris, who on January 18, 2012, joined the Gallagher Higher Education Practice leadership team as an executive director. Mr. Morris came to Gallagher from Wheaton College, Illinois, where he served as risk manager since 2002. Mr. Morris has been heavily involved in URMIA over the years and served as president of the association in 2008-2009. URMIA recognized him in 2010 with the Distinguished Risk Manager (DRM) award, the highest honor URMIA bestows. He has also served as chair of the Midwestern Regional Conference Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Communications Committee, and the National Office Oversight Committee, and he has served as a member of the Midwestern Regional Conference Committee, Cost of Risk Task Force, Finance Committee, International Fellowship Task Force, and Strategic Planning Committee.

Mr. Morris holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, a Master of Arts in theology from Wheaton College, and a Bachelor of Arts in biblical studies/youth ministry from Gordon College. He has earned Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC), Certified Risk Manager (CRM), and Associate in Claims (AIC) designations and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

John McLaughlin Presents at the Community College Conference on Legal Issues
The Community College Conference on Legal Issues took place January 29-31, 2012, in Orlando, Florida, and featured the insights of several URMIA members. John McLaughlin, managing director of Gallagher's Higher Education Practice, and Chauncey Fagler, executive director of the Florida College System Risk Management Consortium, led a concurrent session entitled, "A Campus Guide to Planning, Response, and Recovery From a Natural Catastrophe," which explored steps institutions can take to strengthen their resiliency to natural disasters.

Courtney Davis Receive ARM Designation
In March 2012, Courtney Davis, account executive at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, received her ARM designation. Congratulations on this prestigious certification, and visit the Institutes' website for more information about the ARM.

Teresa Koster and Nancy Sylvester Are Honored as 2012 Power Brokers by Risk and Insurance
Congratulations to several URMIA members for their recent recognition as 2012 Power Broker winners and finalists by Risk and Insurance! The award honors those brokers who go above and beyond the call of duty to exceed the needs of their customers in a variety of different business types. To view all of the 2012 Power Brokers in education, click here.

Congratulations to the following 2012 Power Brokers and URMIA members:

  • Teresa Koster, division president, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services
  • Anne Mulholland, director, Casualty Brokerage, Aon Risk Solutions
  • Nancy Sylvester, managing director, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services

John McLaughlin Attends and Presents at AURIMS Annual Conference
On May 23-25, 2012, URMIA President Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, and John McLaughlin, managing director at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, attended the Australasian Universities Risk and Insurance Management Society's (AURIMS) and Australian and New Zealand University Internal Audit Group's (ANZUIAG) joint annual conference, which was hosted by Charles Darwin University. Mr. Bryant and Mr. McLaughlin co-presented on the subject of minors on campus. URMIA and AURIMS have a partnership, and URMIA was pleased to welcome Carol McCabe, president of AURIMS and manager, business continuity and risk at the University of Southern Queensland, to our annual conference last September in Portland, Oregon.

Bill Powell Elected to Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Associated Colleges of Illinois
Bill Powell, area executive vice president at Arthur J. Gallagher's Higher Education Practice, was elected to the Executive Committee of the board of directors of the Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI), a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve educational opportunities for first generation, low-income, and minority students. Mr. Powell was first elected the ACI Board in 2009. ACI's 23 member colleges offer degree programs that combine core competencies in the arts and sciences with professional and technical skills that prepare young men and women for the challenges of the 21st century.

John McLaughlin Featured in USA Today Article on Potential Insurance Impacts for Higher Education in the Wake of the Jerry Sandusky Trial
On July 17, 2012, USA Today reported on potential impacts for colleges and universities on their insurance rates following the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. The article featured URMIA members John McLaughlin, managing director of the higher education practice at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Mark Briggs, chief risk officer at The Ohio State University; Janice Abraham, president and chief executive officer of United Educators Insurance; and Anne Mulholland, director of higher education at Aon Risk Solutions.

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Auburn University

URMIA Inducts the 2011-2012 Leaders of the Association
On September 13, 2011, at URMIA's annual business meeting, URMIA inducted its president and officers for 2011-2012. Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, took office as URMIA president and Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at The Pennsylvania State University, accepted the position of URMIA president-elect.

The Executive Committee for 2011-2012 included:

  • Steve Bryant, Texas Tech University System, president
  • Gary W. Langsdale, The Pennsylvania State University, president-elect
  • Kathy E. Hargis, Lipscomb University, secretary
  • Margaret Tungseth, Central College, treasurer
  • Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, parliamentarian
  • Mike Bale, Oklahoma State University, immediate past president

Newly inducted URMIA Board of Director members included:

  • Christine Eick, Auburn University
  • Joyce Fred, Oregon State University
  • Troy Harris, Westmont College
  • Anita C. Ingram, Southern Methodist University
  • Kimberly Miller, Bowling Green State University
  • Donna McMahon, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional members of the URMIA Board of Directors for 2011-2012 included D. Jean Demchak, Marsh USA Inc.; Julie C. Baecker, University of Alaska; Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, Yale University; and Barbara Schatzer, University of San Diego.

Christine Eick Presents Panel on Higher Ed Risk Management at RIMS' 2012 Annual Conference
On April 15-18, 2012, RIMS' Annual Conference, "No Boundaries," brought risk management and insurance professionals to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, including a number of URMIA members. Christine L. Eick, executive director, risk management and safety at Auburn University, and Mary Breighner, vice president, global practice, education at FM Global, presented a panel discussion focused on higher education risk management. The panel used input from attendees to shape the discussion around their key interests and current concerns.

Christine Eick Serves as Panelist at IRMI Cyber and Privacy Risk Conference
On May 16-17, 2012, Christine L. Eick, executive director, risk management and safety at Auburn University, spoke at the 2nd Annual International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) Cyber and Privacy Risk Conference. Dr. Eick served on a two-part panel, "Cyber Risk and Insurance - The Risk Manager's View," which focused on why, from a risk manager's perspective, cyber and privacy liability coverage is important, how risk managers approached the decision to purchase the coverage, the process they used in choosing an insurer and form, their experiences as an insured, and their experiences with claims.

Baylor University

Warren Ricks Attends ACHA Call on Affordable
On November 30, 2011, Warren A. Ricks, assistant vice president and chief risk officer at Baylor University, represented URMIA in a conference call regarding the Affordable Care Act and the impact on college students' healthcare coverage. Hosted by the American College Health Association (ACHA), the call was moderated by Jake Baggot, advocacy chair for ACHA. The staff of ACHA has been working on issues of student health insurance for the past two years, and Mr. Ricks launched his volunteer service with URMIA by attending the call and reporting back to the membership about the discussion.

Bowling Green State University

URMIA Inducts the 2011-2012 Leaders of the Association
On September 13, 2011, at URMIA's annual business meeting, URMIA inducted its president and officers for 2011-2012. Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, took office as URMIA president and Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at The Pennsylvania State University, accepted the position of URMIA president-elect.

The Executive Committee for 2011-2012 included:

  • Steve Bryant, Texas Tech University System, president
  • Gary W. Langsdale, The Pennsylvania State University, president-elect
  • Kathy E. Hargis, Lipscomb University, secretary
  • Margaret Tungseth, Central College, treasurer
  • Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, parliamentarian
  • Mike Bale, Oklahoma State University, immediate past president

Newly inducted URMIA Board of Director members included:

  • Christine Eick, Auburn University
  • Joyce Fred, Oregon State University
  • Troy Harris, Westmont College
  • Anita C. Ingram, Southern Methodist University
  • Kimberly Miller, Bowling Green State University
  • Donna McMahon, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional members of the URMIA Board of Directors for 2011-2012 included D. Jean Demchak, Marsh USA Inc.; Julie C. Baecker, University of Alaska; Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, Yale University; and Barbara Schatzer, University of San Diego.

Central College

Margaret Tungseth Is Named URMIA's 2011 Distinguished Risk Manager Award Recipient
Margaret Tungseth, vice president for finance and administration at Central College in Pella, Iowa, was named the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Risk Manager (DRM) award, one of the highest honors given by URMIA. Award recipients are nominated and selected by their peers, which is significant because, more than anyone else, they can appreciate the challenges recipients face and the value of their accomplishments. Since 1989, URMIA has recognized 43 members with the DRM award.

Margaret Tungseth is a CPA and served as assistant treasurer, director of risk management, adjunct faculty member in the business/economics department, deferred gifts accountant, and insurance administrator for 15 years at Concordia College in Minnesota. In September 2011, she began her new career at Central College. She earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with emphasis in accounting and finance from North Dakota State University.

Ms. Tungseth began serving as URMIA's treasurer in her first year of membership and was elected to serve as president of the association in 2009-2010. She has also led the organization through her roles as board member, executive committee member, and member of the Annual Conference, Oversight, and Affiliates Committees. URMIA welcomes her back as treasurer upon completion of her role as immediate past president this year. She has presented at a number of national and international conferences, including the Australasian Universities Risk and Insurance Management Society (AURIMS) Higher Education Conference; the URMIA Annual Conference; and the Minnesota Planned Giving Council. She represented URMIA at the British University Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) conference at the University of Warwick, as well as the European Universities Association at Aarhus, Denmark.

URMIA Inducts the 2011-2012 Leaders of the Association
On September 13, 2011, at URMIA's annual business meeting, URMIA inducted its president and officers for 2011-2012. Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, took office as URMIA president and Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at The Pennsylvania State University, accepted the position of URMIA president-elect.

The Executive Committee for 2011-2012 included:

  • Steve Bryant, Texas Tech University System, president
  • Gary W. Langsdale, The Pennsylvania State University, president-elect
  • Kathy E. Hargis, Lipscomb University, secretary
  • Margaret Tungseth, Central College, treasurer
  • Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, parliamentarian
  • Mike Bale, Oklahoma State University, immediate past president

Newly inducted URMIA Board of Director members included:

  • Christine Eick, Auburn University
  • Joyce Fred, Oregon State University
  • Troy Harris, Westmont College
  • Anita C. Ingram, Southern Methodist University
  • Kimberly Miller, Bowling Green State University
  • Donna McMahon, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional members of the URMIA Board of Directors for 2011-2012 included D. Jean Demchak, Marsh USA Inc.; Julie C. Baecker, University of Alaska; Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, Yale University; and Barbara Schatzer, University of San Diego.

Margaret Tungseth Speaks at NACUBO's Annual Conference
On July 28-31, 2012, the annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) took place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. To celebrate the organization's 50th year, the conference theme was "Looking Back and Leading Forward." The conference broke all previous attendance records and featured the following URMIA members on the agenda:

  • "Let's Be SMART about Managing Risks," led by Ruth Unks, director of enterprise risk management at Maricopa County Community College District Office; all attendees received an URMIA ERM "toolbox" containing flash drives with some of Ms. Unks' solutions and URMIA white papers.
  • "The Evolution of an Integrated Compliance, Risk, and Internal Audit Model," led by Glenn Klinksiek, University of Chicago
  • "Risks on Campus: 25 Years of Lessons Learned," led by Constance Neary, vice president for risk management at United Educators Insurance; Janice M. Abraham, president and chief executive officer at United Educators Insurance; and Robb Jones, senior vice president and general counsel for claims management at United Educators Insurance
  • "New Business Officers Program," co-presented by Margaret Tungseth, vice president for finance and administration at Central College, who served on a panel about new business officers one year later

Margaret Tungseth Attends Risk Management Conference in United Kingdom
On May 1-2, 2012, Margaret Tungseth, URMIA's treasurer and vice president for finance and administration at Central College, and Jean Demchak, URMIA board member and managing director at Marsh USA Inc., participated in an international higher education risk management conference representing URMIA's International Committee. The UK National Conference for Insurance Managers in Higher Education took place at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom (UK) and welcomed around 60 insurance managers. The conference focused on two key areas: student-related international risks and the opportunity to update key professional skills. Following the conference, Ms. Tungseth met with Karol Thomas, executive director of the British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) in London, to discuss synergies and opportunities between URMIA and the BUFDG.

Margaret Tungseth Featured in Business Officer Article
The July/August 2012 edition of Business Officer featured URMIA member Margaret Tungseth, vice president for finance and administration at Central College and URMIA treasurer, in the article, "Ready to Step Up," a discussion of the strategic goals of chief business officers in higher education. Ms. Tungseth focused on the importance of getting involved beyond one's own campus, engaging in professional development opportunities, networking within the profession, and participating in professional associations.

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Chubb Group of Insurance Companies

Maureen Waterbury Featured in Risk and Insurance Article on Rising Price of College
A number of URMIA members were featured in a December 2011 Risk and Insurance article, "Divided Over the College Price Tag." Featured members included Allen Bova, retired director of risk management at Cornell University; Leta Finch, national practice leader for higher education at Aon Risk Solutions; Elda Martocci, underwriting director at Travelers; John McLaughlin, area president and managing director at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Vincent Morris, executive director at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Robert B. Smith, attorney at law at DeMoura Smith LLP; Richard Vohden, senior vice president and national education practice leader at Marsh Risk Consulting; and Maureen Waterbury, vice president - higher education market segment manager at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

Clark University

Paul Wykes Receives One of Five URMIA 2012 Annual Conference Scholarship Awards
Help us congratulate the recipients of the 2012 URMIA Annual Conference Scholarship Program! These five members will attend URMIA's 43rd Annual Conference, "Guiding You Across the Ocean of Risk," in Providence, Rhode Island, on September 29-October 3, 2012. The scholarship program provides financial support to URMIA members who have not had the opportunity to attend the annual conference. Thank you to the URMIA Membership Committee, who selected scholarship recipients from a pool of highly qualified applicants. Scholarships are funded by proceeds from URMIA's annual raffle event, as well as the support from sponsor Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

Conference scholarships recipients include:

  • Mary Goldenberg, senior insurance administrator, University of Rochester
  • Rebecca Ives, executive assistant to the vice president of finance and business affairs, Millikin University
  • Donna Stern, purchasing manager, Sacred Heart University
  • Jodi Williams, risk and compliance manager, Wellesley College
  • Paul Wykes, business manager, Clark University

Cornell University

Allen Bova Is Named as URMIA's Newest Emeritus Member
URMIA is proud to announce two recipients of its emeritus member standing: Allen J. Bova, retired director of risk management and insurance at Cornell University, and Donna Smith, retired director of risk management at the University of New Mexico. Emeritus standing honors those who have retired but who played a significant role in URMIA and higher education risk management as a profession. URMIA has awarded over 40 retired risk managers with emeritus standing.

Allen Bova served both Cornell University and URMIA for many years. Within URMIA, he served terms as president in 2006-2007, board member, and chair or member of a variety of member-led committees. He has been a valuable voice of insight and reason for URMIA's members and will be sorely missed within the higher education risk management community.

Craig McAllister Co-Presents URMIA/NACUBO Webinar
On December 7, 2011, Craig McAllister, director of risk management and insurance at Cornell University, and Fitzroy Smith, executive director, risk management and insurance at George Washington University, co-presented a webinar, "Assessing Institutional Risk with International Activities." The webinar was hosted by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), in partnership with URMIA. The webcast discussed the challenge of understanding risk management for campuses abroad, moving beyond just insurance or financial loss, and highlighting how to manage the entire range of threats to the well-being of an institution.

Allen Bova Featured in Risk and Insurance Article on Rising Price of College
A number of URMIA members were featured in a December 2011 Risk and Insurance article, "Divided Over the College Price Tag." Featured members included Allen Bova, retired director of risk management at Cornell University; Leta Finch, national practice leader for higher education at Aon Risk Solutions; Elda Martocci, underwriting director at Travelers; John McLaughlin, area president and managing director at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Vincent Morris, executive director at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Robert B. Smith, attorney at law at DeMoura Smith LLP; Richard Vohden, senior vice president and national education practice leader at Marsh Risk Consulting; and Maureen Waterbury, vice president - higher education market segment manager at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

URMIA Members Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Cornell University Win Competition to Construct Applied Sciences Campus
The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on January 8, 2012, about Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Cornell University's winning bid to build an applied sciences campus in New York City. The $2 million campus, scheduled to open in 2017, will be built on Roosevelt Island on land donated by the city. Cornell University will be shouldering much of the cost of the project, but because of Technion's success in turning its home city, Haifa, into the heart of Israel's growing high-tech economy, the university will provide its expertise in the development of the campus. According to the article, Technion President Paretz Lavie explained that over half of the 121 Israeli companies listed on Nasdaq were founded or are run by Technion graduates.

DeMoura Smith LLP

Robert Smith Featured in Op-Ed Piece Regarding Consumerist Paradigm in Higher Ed
In a September 27, 2011, news release, Robert B. Smith, attorney at law at DeMoura Smith LLP, discussed the paradigm of the "customer is always right" and how it potentially impacts higher education. The article was based on a 90-minute webinar presented by Mr. Smith in conjunction with the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law. Explained Mr. Smith in the webinar, "A recent spate of lawsuits... are part and parcel of the consumerist movement that has swept the United States. But college students are not 'entitled consumers' whose success in life is somehow to be guaranteed by the schools they attend. They are individuals with widely varying aspirations and aptitudes. To assume otherwise is to undermine the old fashioned notion that education has value for its own sake."

Robert Smith Is Featured Author of University Business Article
A November 29, 2011, University Business article featured URMIA member Robert B. Smith, attorney at law at DeMoura Smith LLP, who discussed the impact of the "consumerist paradigm" on higher education. The article, "The 'Rugged Individualist' versus the 'Ivory Tower'," discussed how using a business-based approach simply does not fit with the process and goals of higher education.

Robert Smith Featured in Risk and Insurance Article on Rising Price of College
A number of URMIA members were featured in a December 2011 Risk and Insurance article, "Divided Over the College Price Tag." Featured members included Allen Bova, retired director of risk management at Cornell University; Leta Finch, national practice leader for higher education at Aon Risk Solutions; Elda Martocci, underwriting director at Travelers; John McLaughlin, area president and managing director at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Vincent Morris, executive director at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Robert B. Smith, attorney at law at DeMoura Smith LLP; Richard Vohden, senior vice president and national education practice leader at Marsh Risk Consulting; and Maureen Waterbury, vice president - higher education market segment manager at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

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Districts Mutual Insurance

Steven Stoeger-Moore Presents at the Community College Conference on Legal Issues
At the end of January 2012, Steven Stoeger-Moore, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Districts Mutual Insurance, and Jenny Whittington, URMIA executive director, presented at the Community College Conference on Legal Issues in Orlando, Florida. The session, "Risky Business in Higher Education," provided an overview of the risk management discipline and the practical application of risk management. Specific discussions covered hot topics in the field, including insurance contracts, third party contract guidelines, dealing with student organizations, student accident coverage options, international exposures, cost of risk, emergency planning, vehicle liability, and other emerging issues. Mr. Stoeger-Moore explained, "The presentation was an opportunity to reach out to a potential new audience and share the benefits and opportunities available through URMIA."

Drake University

Donna Blunck Receives ARM Designation
In March 2012, Donna Blunck, insurance coordinator/office manager at Drake University, received her Associate Risk Management (ARM) designation from The Institutes. Congratulations on this prestigious certification, and visit the Institutes' website for more information about the ARM.

Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators

Larry Deger Presents at the College Business Management Institute
On July 29-August 3, 2012, the College Business Management Institute (CBMI) held its annual intensive course of study in business and financial management for administrators of colleges and universities. Each year, over 500 business officers and administrators from hundreds of institutions of higher education attend. This year, Mark Briggs, chief risk officer at The Ohio State University, and Larry Deger, executive director, strategic risk management at Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators, co-presented a half-day session on risk management.

Five Colleges Incorporated

Elizabeth J. Carmichael Receives the Innovative Risk Management Solutions Award
Elizabeth J. Carmichael, risk manager at Five Colleges Incorporated, was named the recipient of URMIA's fourth annual Innovative Risk Management Solutions Award. The award recognizes innovative thinking and problem solving, characteristics that allow higher education risk managers to remain flexible and responsive in the protection of their institutions. The award also highlights innovative projects that others in the profession of risk management can use.

The award honored the Five Colleges Incorporated's driver credentialing program. At many universities, managing drivers is the biggest risk facing an institution's auto insurance program. To help respond to and mitigate the risks associated with the drivers of its fleet of more than 200 vehicles, the Five College Risk Management Program developed an online database to more effectively manage its driver credentialing program. The web application allows vehicle program managers to easily:

  • Collect license information on drivers for Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) checks
  • Obtain permission to have driver MVRs checked
  • Provide drivers with safety and administrative rules
  • Secure an electronic signature of each driver's agreement to the rules, terms, and conditions of vehicle use

The program also allows colleges to track additional driver requirements, such as student driver safety training or how long it has been since a driver has taken a safety class. The driver credentialing program represented a significant innovation over the previous paper form method of data collection, increasing ease of use for drivers, security of data, ease of secure data transmission to underwriters, and ease of use for vehicle program managers.

Florida Atlantic University

URMIA Member Florida Atlantic University Makes Risk Management a Priority
A November 2011 National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) article highlighted the efforts of URMIA institutional member Florida Atlantic University (FAU) to move risk management into a high priority position within the university. In 2009, FAU's Department of Financial Services added a dedicated risk manager to their team. The article discussed some of the many benefits the institution has seen since adding this new risk management position.

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Florida College System Risk Management Consortium

Chauncey Fagler Presents at the Community College Conference on Legal Issues
The Community College Conference on Legal Issues took place January 29-31, 2012, in Orlando, Florida, and featured the insights of several URMIA members. John McLaughlin, managing director of Gallagher's Higher Education Practice, and Chauncey Fagler, executive director of the Florida College System Risk Management Consortium, led a concurrent session entitled, "A Campus Guide to Planning, Response, and Recovery From a Natural Catastrophe," which explored steps institutions can take to strengthen their resiliency to natural disasters.

FM Global

Mary Breighner Co-Authors Risk and Insurance Article Featuring Several URMIA Members
URMIA affiliate member and past president Mary Breighner, vice president of global risk for higher education and healthcare with FM Global, co-authored a September 12, 2011, article for Risk and Insurance magazine. The article, "Business Impact Analysis Prepares College Campuses for Times of Crisis," also quoted URMIA institutional members Anita Ingram, associate vice president and chief risk officer at Southern Methodist University, and David Snowe, insurance manager at The Pennsylvania State University. The article highlighted how colleges and universities can use a business impact analysis (BIA) in responding to crisis events and the need to develop business continuity plans based on solid financial analysis well in advance of any disaster. Mr. Snowe explained Penn State's goals: "We believed a BIA fit clearly into our enterprise risk management (ERM) program, and the risk management department was looking to identify the critical paths that led to both solutions in the event of a disaster and what the bottlenecks to those solutions were, as well as to focus and prioritize our business continuity exposures." According to Ms. Ingram, "The BIA was very affirming for us, we thought we knew where to place our priorities, but having outside experts validate those thoughts was extremely helpful."

Mary Breighner Serves as Guest Lecturer at Temple University
On February 22, 2012, Mary Breighner, vice president, global practice leader for education, public entities and health care for FM Global, spoke to Temple University's Gamma Iota Sigma chapter, the international fraternity for risk management, as guest lecturer. Ms. Breighner's lecture was entitled, "Earth, Wind, and Water: Impact on Risk Management," and it addressed the catastrophes of 2011, the trend toward increasing natural catastrophes in emerging markets, the root causes of evolving globalization, loss aggregation caused by urbanization, and information technology, the future increased demand for risk management, and the requirements for successful risk managers of the future. Attendees included 300 students and faculty, and Ms. Breighner is now a member of the Gamma Iota Sigma fraternity.

Mary Breighner Co-Present Panel on Higher Ed Risk Management at RIMS' 2012 Annual Conference
On April 15-18, 2012, RIMS' Annual Conference, "No Boundaries," brought risk management and insurance professionals to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, including a number of URMIA members. Christine L. Eick, EdD, ARM, DRM, executive director, risk management and safety at Auburn University, and Mary Breighner, vice president, global practice, education at FM Global, presented a panel discussion focused on higher education risk management. The panel used input from attendees to shape their discussion around their key interests and current concerns.

Georgetown University

Joseph Yohe Speaks During NACUBO Webinar on Study Abroad Program Compliance
On June 20, 2012, Joseph Yohe, associate vice president, Office of Risk Management at Georgetown University, co-presented the NACUBO webinar, "OD: Common Compliance Pitfalls with Study Abroad Programs." The webinar focused on the most common pitfalls with planning and conducting study abroad programs and what role the business officer and risk manager can play in minimizing risks.

George Washington University

Fitzroy Smith Co-Presents URMIA/NACUBO Webinar
On December 7, 2011, Craig McAllister, director of risk management and insurance at Cornell University, and Fitzroy Smith, executive director, risk management and insurance at George Washington University, co-presented a webinar, "Assessing Institutional Risk with International Activities." The webinar was hosted by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), in partnership with URMIA. The webcast discussed the challenge of understanding risk management for campuses abroad, moving beyond just insurance or financial loss, and highlighting how to manage the entire range of threats to the well-being of an institution.

Indiana University

Business Insurance Article on Child Sex Abuse Features Larry Stephens
A January 1, 2012, Business Insurance article, "Penn State Scandal Sharpens Focus on Reputational Risk," featured the input of several URMIA members into the larger reputational risks and associated impacts of crisis events, such as student recruitment, alumni donations, or federal funding. Many of the respondents acknowledged that it can be hard to quantify reputational risks and loss of revenue stemming from a specific incident. The article included insights from Leta C. Finch, national practice leader for higher education at Aon Risk Solutions; Ellen Holland, director of risk management at the University of Denver; Christopher Johnson, director of risk management and safety for Northwestern University; and Larry V. Stephens, director of risk management at Indiana University. Explained Ms. Finch of the role of risk managers in the ERM process, "In the last three to five years as we have begun to see more colleges and universities embrace enterprise risk management, which is where these types of issues get addressed, risk managers are being asked to participate in the process because of their expertise in managing risk."

Larry Stephens Featured in Article on Captive Insurance Companies
On February 4, 2012, Larry V. Stephens, director of risk management at Indiana University, was featured in a Patriot News article discussing captive insurance companies at colleges and universities. The article focused on the topic of insurance in relation to the Sandusky case and the Pennsylvania State University's insurance coverage.

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John Wood Community College

Bill LaTour Receives the Certified School Risk Manager (CSRM) Designation
Bill LaTour, chief of police and risk manager at John Wood Community College, successfully completed the Certified School Risk Manager (CSRM) designation, sponsored by the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research. The CSRM is a career-building designation program for school personnel responsible for the risk management function. Five intensive courses guide participants through the risk management process, emphasizing practice over theory. To earn the prestigious CSRM designation, you must complete all five courses and pass the exams within three years.

Lipscomb University

Lipscomb University Highlights National Preparedness Month, URMIA Members Kathy Hargis, Mike Bale, and Steve Holland
In recognition of National Preparedness Month in September 2011, Lipscomb University undertook a fire simulation, training for faculty and staff, and a public relations campaign highlighting the university's readiness. In a Lipscomb University press release, Kathy Hargis, director of risk management at the university, explained, "After witnessing the devastation due to natural disasters around the world over the last few years, Lipscomb University administrators resolved more than a year ago to significantly boost emergency preparedness on campus." The article also highlighted Steve Holland, assistant vice president for risk management services at the University of Arizona, and Mike Bale, director of risk management at Oklahoma State University. Mr. Holland described the changing face of emergency preparedness on college and university campuses: "The biggest change is that universities are all coming to the conclusion that emergency preparation isn't just a one-man shop. It requires a lot of partners within the university, as well as outside agencies."

URMIA Inducts the 2011-2012 Leaders of the Association
On September 13, 2011, at URMIA's annual business meeting, URMIA inducted its president and officers for 2011-2012. Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, took office as URMIA president and Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at The Pennsylvania State University, accepted the position of URMIA president-elect.

The Executive Committee for 2011-2012 included:

  • Steve Bryant, Texas Tech University System, president
  • Gary W. Langsdale, The Pennsylvania State University, president-elect
  • Kathy E. Hargis, Lipscomb University, secretary
  • Margaret Tungseth, Central College, treasurer
  • Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, parliamentarian
  • Mike Bale, Oklahoma State University, immediate past president

Newly inducted URMIA Board of Director members included:

  • Christine Eick, Auburn University
  • Joyce Fred, Oregon State University
  • Troy Harris, Westmont College
  • Anita C. Ingram, Southern Methodist University
  • Kimberly Miller, Bowling Green State University
  • Donna McMahon, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional members of the URMIA Board of Directors for 2011-2012 included D. Jean Demchak, Marsh USA Inc.; Julie C. Baecker, University of Alaska; Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, Yale University; and Barbara Schatzer, University of San Diego.

Kathy Hargis Speaks at CSHEMA Annual Conference
The Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) held its 59th Annual Conference on July 14-18, 2012, and a number of URMIA members presented sessions on risk management and health and safety.

  • Kathy E. Hargis, director of risk management and Lipscomb University and URMIA's secretary, presented the technical session, "Effective Chemical and Environmental Management at a Small School." Ms. Hargis also co-presented a technical session entitled, "EM 101 - Practical Emergency Management for Smaller Schools," with Troy Harris, director of risk management at Westmont College.
  • Wayne Maines, director of safety and environmental management at the University of Maine System, presented the full-day session, "Developing, Tracking, and Presenting Your EHS Master Plan," and the technical session, "Is Your EHS Department Involved in Event Planning?"
  • John DeLaHunt, risk and life safety manager at the University of Texas-San Antonio, presented a half-day session, "Fire Code 101: Introduction to Model Fire Codes and their Application," and a technical session, "Contracted Medical Services for a Comprehensive Occupational Health Program."

Maricopa County Community College

Ruth Unks Speaks at NACUBO's Annual Conference
On July 28-31, 2012, the annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) took place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. To celebrate the organization's 50th year, the conference theme was "Looking Back and Leading Forward." The conference broke all previous attendance records and featured the following URMIA members on the agenda:

  • "Let's Be SMART about Managing Risks," led by Ruth Unks, director of enterprise risk management at Maricopa County Community College District Office; all attendees received an URMIA ERM "toolbox" containing flash drives with some of Ms. Unks' solutions and URMIA white papers.
  • "The Evolution of an Integrated Compliance, Risk, and Internal Audit Model," led by Glenn Klinksiek, University of Chicago
  • "Risks on Campus: 25 Years of Lessons Learned," led by Constance Neary, vice president for risk management at United Educators Insurance; Janice M. Abraham, president and chief executive officer at United Educators Insurance; and Robb Jones, senior vice president and general counsel for claims management at United Educators Insurance
  • "New Business Officers Program," co-presented by Margaret Tungseth, vice president for finance and administration at Central College, who served on a panel about new business officers one year later

Marsh USA Inc.

URMIA Inducts the 2011-2012 Leaders of the Association
On September 13, 2011, at URMIA's annual business meeting, URMIA inducted its president and officers for 2011-2012. Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, took office as URMIA president and Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at The Pennsylvania State University, accepted the position of URMIA president-elect.

The Executive Committee for 2011-2012 included:

  • Steve Bryant, Texas Tech University System, president
  • Gary W. Langsdale, The Pennsylvania State University, president-elect
  • Kathy E. Hargis, Lipscomb University, secretary
  • Margaret Tungseth, Central College, treasurer
  • Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, parliamentarian
  • Mike Bale, Oklahoma State University, immediate past president

Newly inducted URMIA Board of Director members included:

  • Christine Eick, Auburn University
  • Joyce Fred, Oregon State University
  • Troy Harris, Westmont College
  • Anita C. Ingram, Southern Methodist University
  • Kimberly Miller, Bowling Green State University
  • Donna McMahon, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional members of the URMIA Board of Directors for 2011-2012 included D. Jean Demchak, Marsh USA Inc.; Julie C. Baecker, University of Alaska; Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, Yale University; and Barbara Schatzer, University of San Diego.

Richard Vohden Featured in Risk and Insurance Article on Rising Price of College
A number of URMIA members were featured in a December 2011 Risk and Insurance article, "Divided Over the College Price Tag." Featured members included Allen Bova, retired director of risk management at Cornell University; Leta Finch, national practice leader for higher education at Aon Risk Solutions; Elda Martocci, underwriting director at Travelers; John McLaughlin, area president and managing director at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Vincent Morris, executive director at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Robert B. Smith, attorney at law at DeMoura Smith LLP; Richard Vohden, senior vice president and national education practice leader at Marsh Risk Consulting; and Maureen Waterbury, vice president - higher education market segment manager at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

Jean Demchak Attends Risk Management Conference in United Kingdom
On May 1-2, 2012, Margaret Tungseth, URMIA's treasurer and vice president for finance and administration at Central College, and Jean Demchak, URMIA board member and managing director at Marsh USA Inc., participated in an international higher education risk management conference representing URMIA's International Committee. The UK National Conference for Insurance Managers in Higher Education took place at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom (UK) and welcomed around 60 insurance managers. The conference focused on two key areas: student-related international risks and the opportunity to update key professional skills. Following the conference, Ms. Tungseth met with Karol Thomas, executive director of the British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) in London, to discuss synergies and opportunities between URMIA and the BUFDG.

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Millikin University

Rebecca Ives Receives One of Five URMIA 2012 Annual Conference Scholarship Awards
Help us congratulate the recipients of the 2012 URMIA Annual Conference Scholarship Program! These five members will attend URMIA's 43rd Annual Conference, "Guiding You Across the Ocean of Risk," in Providence, Rhode Island, on September 29-October 3, 2012. The scholarship program provides financial support to URMIA members who have not had the opportunity to attend the annual conference. Thank you to the URMIA Membership Committee, who selected scholarship recipients from a pool of highly qualified applicants. Scholarships are funded by proceeds from URMIA's annual raffle event, as well as the support from sponsor Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

Conference scholarships recipients include:

  • Mary Goldenberg, senior insurance administrator, University of Rochester
  • Rebecca Ives, executive assistant to the vice president of finance and business affairs, Millikin University
  • Donna Stern, purchasing manager, Sacred Heart University
  • Jodi Williams, risk and compliance manager, Wellesley College
  • Paul Wykes, business manager, Clark University

New York University

A Day in the Life of a Risk Manager with Michael Liebowitz
URMIA member Michael Liebowitz, director of insurance and risk management at New York University, took Property Casualty 360 on a tour of the wide variety of risk management concerns and potential exposures facing the institution. "A Day in the Life of a Risk Manager" highlights risks that many higher education risk managers face, as well as some of the unique risks at New York University.

Northwestern University

Business Insurance Article on Child Sex Abuse Features Christopher Johnson
A January 1, 2012, Business Insurance article, "Penn State Scandal Sharpens Focus on Reputational Risk," featured the input of several URMIA members into the larger reputational risks and associated impacts of crisis events, such as student recruitment, alumni donations, or federal funding. Many of the respondents acknowledged that it can be hard to quantify reputational risks and loss of revenue stemming from a specific incident. The article included insights from Leta C. Finch, national practice leader for higher education at Aon Risk Solutions; Ellen Holland, director of risk management at the University of Denver; Christopher Johnson, director of risk management and safety for Northwestern University; and Larry V. Stephens, director of risk management at Indiana University. Explained Ms. Finch of the role of risk managers in the ERM process, "In the last three to five years as we have begun to see more colleges and universities embrace enterprise risk management, which is where these types of issues get addressed, risk managers are being asked to participate in the process because of their expertise in managing risk."

Julie Friend Co-Presents Pre-Conference Workshop at NAFSA Annual Conference
The NAFSA: Association of International Educators 2012 Annual Conference and Expo took place May 27-June 2, 2012, in Houston, Texas, and featured hundreds of posters, sessions, and workshops, unlimited networking opportunities, and a dynamic expo. NAFSA's Health and Safety sub-committee sponsored four workshops, and Julie Friend, associate director for international safety and security at Northwestern University; Paul D. Pousson, associate director of risk management at the University of Texas System; and Inés DeRomaña, principal analyst at the University of California, Office of the President, were featured speakers at the pre-conference workshop, Operating Education Abroad Programs in Countries with Travel Warnings: Policy and Practice on May 29.

The Ohio State University

Mark Briggs Featured in Article on Fireplaces in Historic Residences
An October 2, 2011, Washington Post article discussing the University of Virginia's ban of the use of fireplaces in some residences featured URMIA member Mark Briggs, chief risk officer at the Ohio State University. For the first time in 200 years, the university banned the use of fireplaces in 106 rooms after workers found damage to chimney linings and mortar during a roof restoration project. Compounding the potential risk was the layout of the rooms, which were connected by wooden roofs and floors with no sprinklers. However, the buildings in question have a strong tradition on campus and are tied to Thomas Jefferson, who designed the school, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explained Mr. Briggs of the tradition and the university's decision to halt their use, "I think every university has something they do that makes other universities cringe because of the history behind it."

Mark Briggs Attends RIMS on the Hill 2012
For the second year in a row, URMIA's Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee sent URMIA representatives to RIMS: The Risk Management Society's 14th Annual RIMS on the Hill 2012. Scheduled for June 3-5, 2012, in Washington, DC, this annual event gives participants the chance to learn more about current legislation impacting risk managers and lobby their representatives on Capitol Hill. Mark Briggs, chief risk officer at The Ohio State University, and Christie Wahlert, URMIA's associate director, attended the conference, which featured three key pieces of legislation or regulatory updates: the Strengthening the Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers (SMART) Act of 2011, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) reauthorization, and the newly formed Federal Insurance Office (FIO).

Mark Briggs and Larry Deger Present at the College Business Management Institute
On July 29-August 3, 2012, the College Business Management Institute (CBMI) held its annual intensive course of study in business and financial management for administrators of colleges and universities. Each year, over 500 business officers and administrators from hundreds of institutions of higher education attend. This year, Mark Briggs, chief risk officer at The Ohio State University, and Larry Deger, executive director, strategic risk management at Educational & Institutional Insurance Administrators, co-presented a half-day session on risk management.

Mark Briggs Featured in USA Today Article on Potential Insurance Impacts for Higher Education in the Wake of the Jerry Sandusky Trial
On July 17, 2012, USA Today reported on potential impacts for colleges and universities on their insurance rates following the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. The article featured URMIA members John McLaughlin, managing director of the higher education practice at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Mark Briggs, chief risk officer at The Ohio State University; Janice Abraham, president and chief executive officer of United Educators Insurance; and Anne Mulholland, director of higher education at Aon Risk Solutions.

Mark Briggs Featured in Chronicle of Higher Education Article on Campus-wide Leadership Programs
An August 5, 2012, Chronicle of Higher Education article featured the insights of URMIA member Mark Briggs, chief risk officer at The Ohio State University. The article discussed campus leadership programs, which often bring together faculty, staff, and administrators to help them develop new skills. Such programs, though, also build cross-campus relationships, which can assist individuals in working together to solve all kinds of issues. Mr. Briggs explained, "When those communication links aren't there, it makes a very significant, very negative impact" in dodging potential disasters.

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Oklahoma State University

Lipscomb University Highlights National Preparedness Month, URMIA Members Kathy Hargis, Mike Bale, and Steve Holland
In recognition of National Preparedness Month in September 2011, Lipscomb University undertook a fire simulation, training for faculty and staff, and a public relations campaign highlighting the university's readiness. In a Lipscomb University press release, Kathy Hargis, director of risk management at the university, explained, "After witnessing the devastation due to natural disasters around the world over the last few years, Lipscomb University administrators resolved more than a year ago to significantly boost emergency preparedness on campus." The article also highlighted Steve Holland, assistant vice president for risk management services at the University of Arizona, and Mike Bale, director of risk management at Oklahoma State University. Mr. Bale explained that, not only have there been recent high-profile natural disasters and crimes facing higher education, but "public expectations have been raised, requiring universities to be more vigilant."

URMIA Inducts the 2011-2012 Leaders of the Association
On September 13, 2011, at URMIA's annual business meeting, URMIA inducted its president and officers for 2011-2012. Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, took office as URMIA president and Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at The Pennsylvania State University, accepted the position of URMIA president-elect.

The Executive Committee for 2011-2012 included:

  • Steve Bryant, Texas Tech University System, president
  • Gary W. Langsdale, The Pennsylvania State University, president-elect
  • Kathy E. Hargis, Lipscomb University, secretary
  • Margaret Tungseth, Central College, treasurer
  • Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, parliamentarian
  • Mike Bale, Oklahoma State University, immediate past president

Newly inducted URMIA Board of Director members included:

  • Christine Eick, Auburn University
  • Joyce Fred, Oregon State University
  • Troy Harris, Westmont College
  • Anita C. Ingram, Southern Methodist University
  • Kimberly Miller, Bowling Green State University
  • Donna McMahon, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional members of the URMIA Board of Directors for 2011-2012 included D. Jean Demchak, Marsh USA Inc.; Julie C. Baecker, University of Alaska; Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, Yale University; and Barbara Schatzer, University of San Diego.

Oregon State University

URMIA Inducts the 2011-2012 Leaders of the Association
On September 13, 2011, at URMIA's annual business meeting, URMIA inducted its president and officers for 2011-2012. Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, took office as URMIA president and Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at The Pennsylvania State University, accepted the position of URMIA president-elect.

The Executive Committee for 2011-2012 included:

  • Steve Bryant, Texas Tech University System, president
  • Gary W. Langsdale, The Pennsylvania State University, president-elect
  • Kathy E. Hargis, Lipscomb University, secretary
  • Margaret Tungseth, Central College, treasurer
  • Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, parliamentarian
  • Mike Bale, Oklahoma State University, immediate past president

Newly inducted URMIA Board of Director members included:

  • Christine Eick, Auburn University
  • Joyce Fred, Oregon State University
  • Troy Harris, Westmont College
  • Anita C. Ingram, Southern Methodist University
  • Kimberly Miller, Bowling Green State University
  • Donna McMahon, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional members of the URMIA Board of Directors for 2011-2012 included D. Jean Demchak, Marsh USA Inc.; Julie C. Baecker, University of Alaska; Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, Yale University; and Barbara Schatzer, University of San Diego.

Brandi Aston Receives One of Four URMIA 2012 Regional Conference Scholarships
URMIA awarded four members with this year's regional conference scholarships. URMIA's scholarship program, administered by the Membership Committee, provides financial support to URMIA members who have not been able to previously attend a regional conference due to funding limitations.

Help us congratulate:

  • Brandi Aston, Assistant Risk Officer, Oregon State University (Western Regional Conference)
  • Mimi Bassetti, Director of Administrative Services, Arcadia University (Northeastern Regional Conference)
  • Rob Dahl, Manager, Environmental Health & Campus Safety, Pacific University (Western Regional Conference)
  • Angelina Ogan, Risk Management Specialist, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Midwestern Regional Conference)

Pacific University

Rob Dahl Receives One of Four URMIA 2012 Regional Conference Scholarships
URMIA awarded four members with this year's regional conference scholarships. URMIA's scholarship program, administered by the Membership Committee, provides financial support to URMIA members who have not been able to previously attend a regional conference due to funding limitations.

Help us congratulate:

  • Brandi Aston, Assistant Risk Officer, Oregon State University (Western Regional Conference)
  • Mimi Bassetti, Director of Administrative Services, Arcadia University (Northeastern Regional Conference)
  • Rob Dahl, Manager, Environmental Health & Campus Safety, Pacific University (Western Regional Conference)
  • Angelina Ogan, Risk Management Specialist, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Midwestern Regional Conference)

Pennsylvania State University

David Snowe Featured in Risk and Insurance Article
URMIA affiliate member and past president Mary Breighner, vice president of global risk for higher education and healthcare with FM Global, co-authored a September 12, 2011, article for Risk and Insurance magazine. The article, "Business Impact Analysis Prepares College Campuses for Times of Crisis," also quoted URMIA institutional members Anita Ingram, associate vice president and chief risk officer at Southern Methodist University, and David Snowe, insurance manager at The Pennsylvania State University. The article highlighted how colleges and universities can use a business impact analysis (BIA) in responding to crisis events and the need to develop business continuity plans based on solid financial analysis well in advance of any disaster. Mr. Snowe explained Penn State's goals: "We believed a BIA fit clearly into our enterprise risk management (ERM) program, and the risk management department was looking to identify the critical paths that led to both solutions in the event of a disaster and what the bottlenecks to those solutions were, as well as to focus and prioritize our business continuity exposures." According to Ms. Ingram, "The BIA was very affirming for us, we thought we knew where to place our priorities, but having outside experts validate those thoughts was extremely helpful."

URMIA Inducts the 2011-2012 Leaders of the Association
On September 13, 2011, at URMIA's annual business meeting, URMIA inducted its president and officers for 2011-2012. Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, took office as URMIA president and Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at The Pennsylvania State University, accepted the position of URMIA president-elect.

The Executive Committee for 2011-2012 included:

  • Steve Bryant, Texas Tech University System, president
  • Gary W. Langsdale, The Pennsylvania State University, president-elect
  • Kathy E. Hargis, Lipscomb University, secretary
  • Margaret Tungseth, Central College, treasurer
  • Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, parliamentarian
  • Mike Bale, Oklahoma State University, immediate past president

Newly inducted URMIA Board of Director members included:

  • Christine Eick, Auburn University
  • Joyce Fred, Oregon State University
  • Troy Harris, Westmont College
  • Anita C. Ingram, Southern Methodist University
  • Kimberly Miller, Bowling Green State University
  • Donna McMahon, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional members of the URMIA Board of Directors for 2011-2012 included D. Jean Demchak, Marsh USA Inc.; Julie C. Baecker, University of Alaska; Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, Yale University; and Barbara Schatzer, University of San Diego.

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Sacred Heart University

Donna Stern Receives One of Five URMIA 2012 Annual Conference Scholarship Awards
Help us congratulate the recipients of the 2012 URMIA Annual Conference Scholarship Program! These five members will attend URMIA's 43rd Annual Conference, "Guiding You Across the Ocean of Risk," in Providence, Rhode Island, on September 29-October 3, 2012. The scholarship program provides financial support to URMIA members who have not had the opportunity to attend the annual conference. Thank you to the URMIA Membership Committee, who selected scholarship recipients from a pool of highly qualified applicants. Scholarships are funded by proceeds from URMIA's annual raffle event, as well as the support from sponsor Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

Conference scholarships recipients include:

  • Mary Goldenberg, senior insurance administrator, University of Rochester
  • Rebecca Ives, executive assistant to the vice president of finance and business affairs, Millikin University
  • Donna Stern, purchasing manager, Sacred Heart University
  • Jodi Williams, risk and compliance manager, Wellesley College
  • Paul Wykes, business manager, Clark University

Saul Ewing LLP

Amy Foerster Receives Prestigious "First Decade" Award from NACUA
The National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) honored Amy C. Foerster, co-chair of Saul Ewing LLP's Higher Education Practice Group, with the prestigious 2011-2012 "First Decade" Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to NACUA in her first 10 years as a member. Ms. Foerster has been a member of NACUA since 2008. NACUA is a very highly respected legal organization in higher education, consisting of some of the best and brightest legal minds in the country. Having Ms. Foerster's work - presenting seminars, writing articles, and providing leadership - recognized with this award is a testament to her contributions to the higher education community.

Southern Methodist University

URMIA Inducts the 2011-2012 Leaders of the Association
On September 13, 2011, at URMIA's annual business meeting, URMIA inducted its president and officers for 2011-2012. Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, took office as URMIA president and Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at The Pennsylvania State University, accepted the position of URMIA president-elect.

The Executive Committee for 2011-2012 included:

  • Steve Bryant, Texas Tech University System, president
  • Gary W. Langsdale, The Pennsylvania State University, president-elect
  • Kathy E. Hargis, Lipscomb University, secretary
  • Margaret Tungseth, Central College, treasurer
  • Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, parliamentarian
  • Mike Bale, Oklahoma State University, immediate past president

Newly inducted URMIA Board of Director members included:

  • Christine Eick, Auburn University
  • Joyce Fred, Oregon State University
  • Troy Harris, Westmont College
  • Anita C. Ingram, Southern Methodist University
  • Kimberly Miller, Bowling Green State University
  • Donna McMahon, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional members of the URMIA Board of Directors for 2011-2012 included D. Jean Demchak, Marsh USA Inc.; Julie C. Baecker, University of Alaska; Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, Yale University; and Barbara Schatzer, University of San Diego.

Anita Ingram Receives Promotion at Southern Methodist University
Anita C. Ingram, ARM, MBA, MTS, recently received a promotion to associate vice president of police and chief risk officer at Southern Methodist University. Ms. Ingram has served at SMU since 1996 and was previously the institution's executive director of risk management. She also served as treasurer of the board for URMIA for three years and is currently an active board member.

Anita Ingram Featured in Risk and Insurance Article
URMIA affiliate member and past president Mary Breighner, vice president of global risk for higher education and healthcare with FM Global, co-authored a September 12, 2011, article for Risk and Insurance magazine. The article, "Business Impact Analysis Prepares College Campuses for Times of Crisis," also quoted URMIA institutional members Anita Ingram, associate vice president and chief risk officer at Southern Methodist University, and David Snowe, insurance manager at The Pennsylvania State University. The article highlighted how colleges and universities can use a business impact analysis (BIA) in responding to crisis events and the need to develop business continuity plans based on solid financial analysis well in advance of any disaster. Mr. Snowe explained Penn State's goals: "We believed a BIA fit clearly into our enterprise risk management (ERM) program, and the risk management department was looking to identify the critical paths that led to both solutions in the event of a disaster and what the bottlenecks to those solutions were, as well as to focus and prioritize our business continuity exposures." According to Ms. Ingram, "The BIA was very affirming for us, we thought we knew where to place our priorities, but having outside experts validate those thoughts was extremely helpful."

Anita Ingram Named Among the Top 8 Risk Professionals by RIMS' Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter
RIMS' Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter honored Anita Ingram, associate vice president and chief risk officer at Southern Methodist University, as one of the region's Top 8 Risk Professionals. The task force identified regional professionals who not only are considered among the best, but who also have a passion for the profession of risk management and the skills to deliver value to their organizations and profession. The October 2012 issue of Dallas CEO Magazine will profile each of the eight recipients of the award.

Syracuse University

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

David Pajak Attends Ethics and Compliance Officer Association Conference Call
David Pajak, director, risk management, environmental health and safety, and chief emergency management officer at Syracuse University, participated in a conference call sponsored by the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) on March 29, 2012. The call featured Dr. Mark Meaney, systemwide director of ethics and compliance at the University of California, and was planned in response to requests from university compliance officers to have a forum to discuss compliance issues in higher education as they arise. Dr. Meaney discussed compelling issues facing higher education compliance officers today, including campus security, government fund reporting, and creating a campus culture of ethics and compliance.

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Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

URMIA Members Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Cornell University Win Competition to Construct Applied Sciences Campus
The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on January 8, 2012, about Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Cornell University's winning bid to build an applied sciences campus in New York City. The $2 million campus, scheduled to open in 2017, will be built on Roosevelt Island on land donated by the city. Cornell University will be shouldering much of the cost of the project, but because of Technion's success in turning its home city, Haifa, into the heart of Israel's growing high-tech economy, the university will provide its expertise in the development of the campus. According to the article, Technion President Paretz Lavie explained that over half of the 121 Israeli companies listed on Nasdaq were founded or are run by Technion graduates.

Temple University

Lisa Zimmaro Featured in FM Global's Reason Magazine and Advisen's Cyber Liability Journal
The first edition of FM Global's Reason Magazine for 2012 featured Lisa Zimmaro, assistant vice president, risk management and treasury at Temple University, and the university's partnership with its property insurer. The article, "One School of Thought," discussed the benefits of institutions working together with their insurers to view risk through the same lens and operate using the same loss improvement philosophy.

Ms. Zimmaro was also featured in Advisen's Cyber Liability Journal in an article focusing on the purchasing of cyber liability insurance. "RMs View Cyber as Sleep Insurance" (see page 66) provided the input of risk managers in a variety of industries, including higher education. Ms. Zimmaro explained that Temple University purchased coverage in July 2009 after breaches at other institutions of higher education.

Texas Tech University System

URMIA Inducts the 2011-2012 Leaders of the Association
On September 13, 2011, at URMIA's annual business meeting, URMIA inducted its president and officers for 2011-2012. Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, took office as URMIA president and Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at The Pennsylvania State University, accepted the position of URMIA president-elect.

The Executive Committee for 2011-2012 included:

  • Steve Bryant, Texas Tech University System, president
  • Gary W. Langsdale, The Pennsylvania State University, president-elect
  • Kathy E. Hargis, Lipscomb University, secretary
  • Margaret Tungseth, Central College, treasurer
  • Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, parliamentarian
  • Mike Bale, Oklahoma State University, immediate past president

Newly inducted URMIA Board of Director members included:

  • Christine Eick, Auburn University
  • Joyce Fred, Oregon State University
  • Troy Harris, Westmont College
  • Anita C. Ingram, Southern Methodist University
  • Kimberly Miller, Bowling Green State University
  • Donna McMahon, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional members of the URMIA Board of Directors for 2011-2012 included D. Jean Demchak, Marsh USA Inc.; Julie C. Baecker, University of Alaska; Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, Yale University; and Barbara Schatzer, University of San Diego.

Steve Bryant Attends and Presents at AURIMS Annual Conference
On May 23-25, 2012, URMIA President Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, and John McLaughlin, managing director at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, attended the Australasian Universities Risk and Insurance Management Society's (AURIMS) and Australian and New Zealand University Internal Audit Group's (ANZUIAG) joint annual conference, which was hosted by Charles Darwin University. Mr. Bryant and Mr. McLaughlin co-presented on the subject of minors on campus. URMIA and AURIMS have a partnership, and URMIA was pleased to welcome Carol McCabe, president of AURIMS and manager, business continuity and risk at the University of Southern Queensland, to our annual conference last September in Portland, Oregon.

Travelers

Elda Martocci Featured in Risk and Insurance Article on Rising Price of College
A number of URMIA members were featured in a December 2011 Risk and Insurance article, "Divided Over the College Price Tag." Featured members included Allen Bova, retired director of risk management at Cornell University; Leta Finch, national practice leader for higher education at Aon Risk Solutions; Elda Martocci, underwriting director at Travelers; John McLaughlin, area president and managing director at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Vincent Morris, executive director at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Robert B. Smith, attorney at law at DeMoura Smith LLP; Richard Vohden, senior vice president and national education practice leader at Marsh Risk Consulting; and Maureen Waterbury, vice president - higher education market segment manager at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

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United Educators Insurance

Karen-Ann Broe Authors Article in March/April Edition of Today's Campus
URMIA affiliate member Karen-Ann Broe, director, risk management at United Educators Insurance, was a contributing author to the March/April 2012 edition of Today's Campus. The article, "Guarding Against the Unexpected: A Risk Manager's Nightmare," focused on third party users of college campuses, claims, and related risks, including general liability and educators' legal liability.

Janice Abraham Discusses Risk Management in Higher Education and the Involvement of an Institution's Board
A July 1, 2012, Chronicle of Higher Education article focused on risk management at the board level in institutions of higher education. Included in the article was URMIA member Janice Abraham, president and chief executive officer of United Educators Insurance, who recommended that each committee of a university or college board receive regular reports on risks that impact the items under them. Ms. Abraham explained, "You create a culture of communication, of transparency, and of commitment to risk management. By having regular reports to the board, it means the board is messaging to the administration: We know there are risks out there, and we want you to keep us informed."

Constance Neary and Janice Abraham Speak at NACUBO's Annual Conference
On July 28-31, 2012, the annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) took place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. To celebrate the organization's 50th year, the conference theme was "Looking Back and Leading Forward." The conference broke all previous attendance records and featured the following URMIA members on the agenda:

  • "Let's Be SMART about Managing Risks," led by Ruth Unks, director of enterprise risk management at Maricopa County Community College District Office; all attendees received an URMIA ERM "toolbox" containing flash drives with some of Ms. Unks' solutions and URMIA white papers.
  • "The Evolution of an Integrated Compliance, Risk, and Internal Audit Model," led by Glenn Klinksiek, University of Chicago
  • "Risks on Campus: 25 Years of Lessons Learned," led by Constance Neary, vice president for risk management at United Educators Insurance; Janice M. Abraham, president and chief executive officer at United Educators Insurance; and Robb Jones, senior vice president and general counsel for claims management at United Educators Insurance
  • "New Business Officers Program," co-presented by Margaret Tungseth, vice president for finance and administration at Central College, who served on a panel about new business officers one year later

Janice Abraham Featured in USA Today Article on Potential Insurance Impacts for Higher Education in the Wake of the Jerry Sandusky Trial
On July 17, 2012, USA Today reported on potential impacts for colleges and universities on their insurance rates following the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. The article featured URMIA members John McLaughlin, managing director of the higher education practice at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services; Mark Briggs, chief risk officer at The Ohio State University; Janice Abraham, president and chief executive officer of United Educators Insurance; and Anne Mulholland, director of higher education at Aon Risk Solutions.

University of Alaska

URMIA Inducts the 2011-2012 Leaders of the Association
On September 13, 2011, at URMIA's annual business meeting, URMIA inducted its president and officers for 2011-2012. Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, took office as URMIA president and Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at The Pennsylvania State University, accepted the position of URMIA president-elect.

The Executive Committee for 2011-2012 included:

  • Steve Bryant, Texas Tech University System, president
  • Gary W. Langsdale, The Pennsylvania State University, president-elect
  • Kathy E. Hargis, Lipscomb University, secretary
  • Margaret Tungseth, Central College, treasurer
  • Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, parliamentarian
  • Mike Bale, Oklahoma State University, immediate past president

Newly inducted URMIA Board of Director members included:

  • Christine Eick, Auburn University
  • Joyce Fred, Oregon State University
  • Troy Harris, Westmont College
  • Anita C. Ingram, Southern Methodist University
  • Kimberly Miller, Bowling Green State University
  • Donna McMahon, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional members of the URMIA Board of Directors for 2011-2012 included D. Jean Demchak, Marsh USA Inc.; Julie C. Baecker, University of Alaska; Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, Yale University; and Barbara Schatzer, University of San Diego.

University of Arizona

Lipscomb University Highlights National Preparedness Month, URMIA Members Kathy Hargis, Mike Bale, and Steve Holland
In recognition of National Preparedness Month in September 2011, Lipscomb University undertook a fire simulation, training for faculty and staff, and a public relations campaign highlighting the university's readiness. In a Lipscomb University press release, Kathy Hargis, director of risk management at the university, explained, "After witnessing the devastation due to natural disasters around the world over the last few years, Lipscomb University administrators resolved more than a year ago to significantly boost emergency preparedness on campus." The article also highlighted Steve Holland, assistant vice president for risk management services at the University of Arizona, and Mike Bale, director of risk management at Oklahoma State University. Mr. Holland described the changing face of emergency preparedness on college and university campuses: "The biggest change is that universities are all coming to the conclusion that emergency preparation isn't just a one-man shop. It requires a lot of partners within the university, as well as outside agencies."

University of California

Grace Crickette Honored as Member of Business Insurance's 2012 Risk Management Honor Roll
Business Insurance recently announced its 2012 Risk Management Honor Roll members, including Grace Crickette, chief risk officer at the University of California, Office of the President. Ms. Crickette's successful implementation of enterprise risk management (ERM) in the University of California earned her the recognition by Business Insurance. In 2004, she began implementing an ERM philosophy at the university that sought ways to help people accomplish their goals on campus rather than saying, "No." According to the Business Insurance article on Ms. Crickette's efforts, since the university began implementing this ERM philosophy, the institution has lowered the cost of risk by $493 million through a combination of educating stakeholders about insurable versus uninsurable risks, reducing losses, and implementing loss prevention strategies.

Business Insurance released a number of articles (free registration may be required to view) on Ms. Crickette's career path, her approach to enterprise risk management, workers' compensation claims, and more. Congratulations again, Ms. Crickette!

Inés DeRomaña Co-Presents Pre-Conference Workshop at NAFSA Annual Conference
The NAFSA: Association of International Educators 2012 Annual Conference and Expo took place May 27-June 2, 2012, in Houston, Texas, and featured hundreds of posters, sessions, and workshops, unlimited networking opportunities, and a dynamic expo. NAFSA's Health and Safety sub-committee sponsored four workshops, and Julie Friend, associate director for international safety and security at Northwestern University; Paul D. Pousson, associate director of risk management at the University of Texas System; and Inés DeRomaña, principal analyst at the University of California, Office of the President, were featured speakers at the pre-conference workshop, Operating Education Abroad Programs in Countries with Travel Warnings: Policy and Practice on May 29.

Grace Crickette Celebrates a Number of Additional Career Recognitions

  • Grace Crickette, chief risk officer at the University of California, Office of the President, was honored with the Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year West Executive Nominee in 2011 and the ISE Executive of the Year Award National Award 2011 for Higher Education/Non Profit Sector for innovative problem solving related to a collaborative partnership with the university's chief information officer and other information technology (IT) professionals, insurance brokers, and underwriters for securing previously unavailable and much needed cyber coverage and at the same time developing a program that will drive improvement and best practices into the future.
  • In December 2011, Ms. Crickette was chosen as one of Business Insurance's Women to Watch, an annual feature spotlighting 25 women who are doing outstanding work in commercial insurance, reinsurance, risk management, employee benefits, and related fields, such as law and consulting.
  • In 2011, UC was recognized as being one of the top five organizations for enterprise risk management (ERM) in APQC's benchmarking study.
  • In August 2012, Ms. Crickette was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Finance 2012 by Treasury and Risk.

Grace Crickette Participates in and Launches Many Projects, Highlighting ERM and Best Practices in Risk Management

  • Grace Crickette, chief risk officer at the University of California, Office of the President, has forged partnerships with IT professionals across the UC system by sponsoring an incentive program to promote an online security awareness training program in conjunction with IT.
  • Ms. Crickette contributed to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for Public Health Information. Over the past year, she has led the creation of a Protected Health Information Value Estimator (PHIve), which was unveiled at the UC Risk Summit 2012. In keeping with the mission of the university, PHIve software will be accessible to the public at: http://www.ucop.edu/riskmgt/.
  • Ms. Crickette's annual Risk Summit attracted over 600 attendees from UC campuses, universities and colleges across the United States, and US and international corporations seeking to learn about ERM.

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University of Chicago

Glenn Klinksiek Speaks at NACUBO's Annual Conference
On July 28-31, 2012, the annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) took place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. To celebrate the organization's 50th year, the conference theme was "Looking Back and Leading Forward." The conference broke all previous attendance records and featured the following URMIA members on the agenda:

  • "Let's Be SMART about Managing Risks," led by Ruth Unks, director of enterprise risk management at Maricopa County Community College District Office; all attendees received an URMIA ERM "toolbox" containing flash drives with some of Ms. Unks' solutions and URMIA white papers.
  • "The Evolution of an Integrated Compliance, Risk, and Internal Audit Model," led by Glenn Klinksiek, University of Chicago
  • "Risks on Campus: 25 Years of Lessons Learned," led by Constance Neary, vice president for risk management at United Educators Insurance; Janice M. Abraham, president and chief executive officer at United Educators Insurance; and Robb Jones, senior vice president and general counsel for claims management at United Educators Insurance
  • "New Business Officers Program," co-presented by Margaret Tungseth, vice president for finance and administration at Central College, who served on a panel about new business officers one year later

University of Denver

Business Insurance Article on Child Sex Abuse Features Ellen Holland
A January 1, 2012, Business Insurance article, "Penn State Scandal Sharpens Focus on Reputational Risk," featured the input of several URMIA members into the larger reputational risks and associated impacts of crisis events, such as student recruitment, alumni donations, or federal funding. Many of the respondents acknowledged that it can be hard to quantify reputational risks and loss of revenue stemming from a specific incident. The article included insights from Leta C. Finch, national practice leader for higher education at Aon Risk Solutions; Ellen Holland, director of risk management at the University of Denver; Christopher Johnson, director of risk management and safety for Northwestern University; and Larry V. Stephens, director of risk management at Indiana University. Explained Ms. Finch of the role of risk managers in the ERM process, "In the last three to five years as we have begun to see more colleges and universities embrace enterprise risk management, which is where these types of issues get addressed, risk managers are being asked to participate in the process because of their expertise in managing risk."

University Health Plans, Inc.

URMIA Journal Article and Authors Alex Balise and Kristen Devine Highlighted in US News Article
A recent US News article, "Healthcare Law Expands Coverage, Funding for Students," focused on the Supreme Court's upholding of the Affordable Care Act and potential impacts on college and university students. The article cited a 2011 URMIA Journal article, "How Health Care Reform Really Affects Student Health Plans," co-authored by Alex Balise and Kristen Devine, University Health Plans, Inc.

University of Iowa

Donna Pearcy Featured in FM Global's Reason Magazine
The latest edition of FM Global's Reason Magazine focused on higher education risks and featured Donna Pearcy, chief risk officer, risk management, insurance, and loss prevention at the University of Iowa, in an article on the 2008 flooding of the university's campus. The article, "A Black Swan on the Iowa River," provided an overview of the impacts of the 500-year flood on the campus, then detailed the recovery and claims process for the university in the months and years after the floodwaters receded.

University of Kansas

Lori Williams, Other Institutional Members, and URMIA Featured in Article
An October 27, 2011, Associated Press article discussed changes that some universities have made to their aerial lift safety plans following the death of University of Notre Dame student Declan Sullivan and the release of the new LiftUpRight.org informational website. The article featured URMIA member Lori Williams, associate athletics director, risk management, at the University of Kansas, as well as representatives from institutional members Texas Tech University System, Arkansas State University, University of Florida, and Tulane University. Ms. Williams said in the article that one of her institution's greatest challenges in revising its aerial lift safety policy was that, at the time, it was difficult to find a common policy to handle aerial lift safety issues. The article also highlighted infrastructure changes some universities have made to better manage the risks associated with aerial lifts.

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University of Maine System

Wayne Maines Speaks at CSHEMA Annual Conference
The Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) held its 59th Annual Conference on July 14-18, 2012, and a number of URMIA members presented sessions on risk management and health and safety.

  • Kathy E. Hargis, director of risk management and Lipscomb University and URMIA's secretary, presented the technical session, "Effective Chemical and Environmental Management at a Small School." Ms. Hargis also co-presented a technical session entitled, "EM 101 - Practical Emergency Management for Smaller Schools," with Troy Harris, director of risk management at Westmont College.
  • Wayne Maines, director of safety and environmental management at the University of Maine System, presented the full-day session, "Developing, Tracking, and Presenting Your EHS Master Plan," and the technical session, "Is Your EHS Department Involved in Event Planning?"
  • John DeLaHunt, risk and life safety manager at the University of Texas-San Antonio, presented a half-day session, "Fire Code 101: Introduction to Model Fire Codes and their Application," and a technical session, "Contracted Medical Services for a Comprehensive Occupational Health Program."

University of Maryland, College Park

URMIA Inducts the 2011-2012 Leaders of the Association
On September 13, 2011, at URMIA's annual business meeting, URMIA inducted its president and officers for 2011-2012. Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, took office as URMIA president and Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at The Pennsylvania State University, accepted the position of URMIA president-elect.

The Executive Committee for 2011-2012 included:

  • Steve Bryant, Texas Tech University System, president
  • Gary W. Langsdale, The Pennsylvania State University, president-elect
  • Kathy E. Hargis, Lipscomb University, secretary
  • Margaret Tungseth, Central College, treasurer
  • Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, parliamentarian
  • Mike Bale, Oklahoma State University, immediate past president

Newly inducted URMIA Board of Director members included:

  • Christine Eick, Auburn University
  • Joyce Fred, Oregon State University
  • Troy Harris, Westmont College
  • Anita C. Ingram, Southern Methodist University
  • Kimberly Miller, Bowling Green State University
  • Donna McMahon, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional members of the URMIA Board of Directors for 2011-2012 included D. Jean Demchak, Marsh USA Inc.; Julie C. Baecker, University of Alaska; Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, Yale University; and Barbara Schatzer, University of San Diego.

University of New Mexico

Donna Smith Becomes URMIA's Newest Emeritus Member
URMIA is proud to announce two recipients of its emeritus member standing: Allen J. Bova, retired director of risk management and insurance at Cornell University, and Donna Smith, retired director of risk management at the University of New Mexico. Emeritus standing honors those who have retired but who played a significant role in URMIA and higher education risk management as a profession. URMIA has awarded over 40 retired risk managers with emeritus standing.

Donna Smith joined the University of New Mexico in 2004 with more than 20 years of risk management experience at the county, state, and national levels. Within URMIA, she served as a member on the board of directors, as well as a chair and member of a variety of committees.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Robin Bennington Receives 2012 Risk Management Professional of the Year Award
On June 9, 2012, Robin Bennington, risk management analyst at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received the 2012 Risk Management Professional of the Year at the 2012 Convention of the International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP) in Dallas, Texas. This award recognizes a risk management professional who has demonstrated superior knowledge of the risk management field, experienced professional advancement through educational pursuits, demonstrated leadership in the field, and is an active participant in IAIP activities. Congratulations to Ms. Bennington on this achievement!

University of North Texas

Keesha Trim Receives Promotion
Keesha Trim, CRM, CIC, CISR, was promoted to assistant director of insurance and claims in the University of North Texas Risk Management Services department. Congratulations, Ms. Trim!

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University of Rochester

Mary Goldenberg Receives One of Five URMIA 2012 Annual Conference Scholarship Awards
Help us congratulate the recipients of the 2012 URMIA Annual Conference Scholarship Program! These five members will attend URMIA's 43rd Annual Conference, "Guiding You Across the Ocean of Risk," in Providence, Rhode Island, on September 29-October 3, 2012. The scholarship program provides financial support to URMIA members who have not had the opportunity to attend the annual conference. Thank you to the URMIA Membership Committee, who selected scholarship recipients from a pool of highly qualified applicants. Scholarships are funded by proceeds from URMIA's annual raffle event, as well as the support from sponsor Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

Conference scholarships recipients include:

  • Mary Goldenberg, senior insurance administrator, University of Rochester
  • Rebecca Ives, executive assistant to the vice president of finance and business affairs, Millikin University
  • Donna Stern, purchasing manager, Sacred Heart University
  • Jodi Williams, risk and compliance manager, Wellesley College
  • Paul Wykes, business manager, Clark University

University of San Diego

URMIA Inducts the 2011-2012 Leaders of the Association
On September 13, 2011, at URMIA's annual business meeting, URMIA inducted its president and officers for 2011-2012. Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, took office as URMIA president and Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at The Pennsylvania State University, accepted the position of URMIA president-elect.

The Executive Committee for 2011-2012 included:

  • Steve Bryant, Texas Tech University System, president
  • Gary W. Langsdale, The Pennsylvania State University, president-elect
  • Kathy E. Hargis, Lipscomb University, secretary
  • Margaret Tungseth, Central College, treasurer
  • Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, parliamentarian
  • Mike Bale, Oklahoma State University, immediate past president

Newly inducted URMIA Board of Director members included:

  • Christine Eick, Auburn University
  • Joyce Fred, Oregon State University
  • Troy Harris, Westmont College
  • Anita C. Ingram, Southern Methodist University
  • Kimberly Miller, Bowling Green State University
  • Donna McMahon, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional members of the URMIA Board of Directors for 2011-2012 included D. Jean Demchak, Marsh USA Inc.; Julie C. Baecker, University of Alaska; Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, Yale University; and Barbara Schatzer, University of San Diego.

University of Texas Health Science Center

Sondra K. Faul Completes BS in Interdisciplinary Studies, Receives RIMS 2010 Chapter Achievement Award
With the encouragement and support of her employer, Sondra K. Faul, claims and insurance analyst at the University of Texas Health Science Center, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in interdisciplinary studies in May 2011 from the University of Houston-Downtown. She also serves on the board of directors for the Houston Chapter of RIMS. Due to Ms. Faul's work as the chapter newsletter director, the chapter received the RIMS 2010 Chapter Achievement Award in Communication Achievement-Newsletter.

University of Texas-San Antonio

John DeLaHunt Speaks at CSHEMA Annual Conference
The Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) held its 59th Annual Conference on July 14-18, 2012, and a number of URMIA members presented sessions on risk management and health and safety.

  • Kathy E. Hargis, director of risk management and Lipscomb University and URMIA's secretary, presented the technical session, "Effective Chemical and Environmental Management at a Small School." Ms. Hargis also co-presented a technical session entitled, "EM 101 - Practical Emergency Management for Smaller Schools," with Troy Harris, director of risk management at Westmont College.
  • Wayne Maines, director of safety and environmental management at the University of Maine System, presented the full-day session, "Developing, Tracking, and Presenting Your EHS Master Plan," and the technical session, "Is Your EHS Department Involved in Event Planning?"
  • John DeLaHunt, risk and life safety manager at the University of Texas-San Antonio, presented a half-day session, "Fire Code 101: Introduction to Model Fire Codes and their Application," and a technical session, "Contracted Medical Services for a Comprehensive Occupational Health Program."

University of Texas System

Paul D. Pousson Co-Presents Pre-Conference Workshop at NAFSA Annual Conference
The NAFSA: Association of International Educators 2012 Annual Conference and Expo took place May 27-June 2, 2012, in Houston, Texas, and featured hundreds of posters, sessions, and workshops, unlimited networking opportunities, and a dynamic expo. NAFSA's Health and Safety sub-committee sponsored four workshops, and Julie Friend, associate director for international safety and security at Northwestern University; Paul D. Pousson, associate director of risk management at the University of Texas System; and Inés DeRomaña, principal analyst at the University of California, Office of the President, were featured speakers at the pre-conference workshop, Operating Education Abroad Programs in Countries with Travel Warnings: Policy and Practice on May 29.

Paul D. Pousson Attends CAUBO Meeting, Builds New URMIA Partnership
The Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) held its 2012 Annual Conference, "Risky Business," on June 16-19, 2012, in Montreal, Quebec, at Concordia University. Paul D. Pousson, ARM, associate director of risk management at the University of Texas System, attended in support of URMIA's recently executed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with CAUBO and the associations' new partnership. CAUBO's mission is to promote and support professional management and effective leadership in the administrative affairs of Canadian universities and colleges to help them achieve their goals. Founded in 1937, CAUBO has a multidisciplinary membership, including risk owners from areas such as: business affairs, treasury and finance, purchasing, facilities and capital planning, human resources, procurement, audit, legal counsel, and risk management and environmental health and safety, a merged function at many Canadian colleges and universities.

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University of Wisconsin

URMIA Member University of Wisconsin System Featured in Article on Review of Minors on Campus Policies
A December 13, 2011, Wisconsin State Journal article highlighted the University of Wisconsin System's efforts to review their own policies regarding employee and volunteer contact with minors on campus and reporting of crimes against children in the wake of recent sexual misconduct allegations. According to a 2009 review, the UW System's 26 campuses offer more than 750 camps and clinics each year for minors, enrolling more than 50,000 children. The UW Board of Regents approved a recommendation to move quickly to review and assess existing rules and laws, as well as how effective the System's policies are working. The UW System will first conduct a risk management review of policies to ensure the institutions are doing everything they can to protect minors on campus. It will then review policies relating to the reporting of crimes against minors. Also quoted in the article was URMIA Executive Director speaking on behalf of the URMIA Executive Committee, who explained, "Regardless of the chosen method [of protecting minors and reporting crimes], it is important that the process is clearly and regularly communicated and reinforced within the university community."

Angelina Ogan Receives One of Four URMIA 2012 Regional Conference Scholarships
URMIA awarded four members with this year's regional conference scholarships. URMIA's scholarship program, administered by the Membership Committee, provides financial support to URMIA members who have not been able to previously attend a regional conference due to funding limitations.

Help us congratulate:

  • Brandi Aston, Assistant Risk Officer, Oregon State University (Western Regional Conference)
  • Mimi Bassetti, Director of Administrative Services, Arcadia University (Northeastern Regional Conference)
  • Rob Dahl, Manager, Environmental Health & Campus Safety, Pacific University (Western Regional Conference)
  • Angelina Ogan, Risk Management Specialist, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Midwestern Regional Conference)

Wellesley College

Jodi Williams Receives One of Five URMIA 2012 Annual Conference Scholarship Awards
Help us congratulate the recipients of the 2012 URMIA Annual Conference Scholarship Program! These five members will attend URMIA's 43rd Annual Conference, "Guiding You Across the Ocean of Risk," in Providence, Rhode Island, on September 29-October 3, 2012. The scholarship program provides financial support to URMIA members who have not had the opportunity to attend the annual conference. Thank you to the URMIA Membership Committee, who selected scholarship recipients from a pool of highly qualified applicants. Scholarships are funded by proceeds from URMIA's annual raffle event, as well as the support from sponsor Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

Conference scholarships recipients include:

  • Mary Goldenberg, senior insurance administrator, University of Rochester
  • Rebecca Ives, executive assistant to the vice president of finance and business affairs, Millikin University
  • Donna Stern, purchasing manager, Sacred Heart University
  • Jodi Williams, risk and compliance manager, Wellesley College
  • Paul Wykes, business manager, Clark University

West Virginia University

URMIA Inducts the 2011-2012 Leaders of the Association
On September 13, 2011, at URMIA's annual business meeting, URMIA inducted its president and officers for 2011-2012. Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, took office as URMIA president and Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at The Pennsylvania State University, accepted the position of URMIA president-elect.

The Executive Committee for 2011-2012 included:

  • Steve Bryant, Texas Tech University System, president
  • Gary W. Langsdale, The Pennsylvania State University, president-elect
  • Kathy E. Hargis, Lipscomb University, secretary
  • Margaret Tungseth, Central College, treasurer
  • Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, parliamentarian
  • Mike Bale, Oklahoma State University, immediate past president

Newly inducted URMIA Board of Director members included:

  • Christine Eick, Auburn University
  • Joyce Fred, Oregon State University
  • Troy Harris, Westmont College
  • Anita C. Ingram, Southern Methodist University
  • Kimberly Miller, Bowling Green State University
  • Donna McMahon, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional members of the URMIA Board of Directors for 2011-2012 included D. Jean Demchak, Marsh USA Inc.; Julie C. Baecker, University of Alaska; Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, Yale University; and Barbara Schatzer, University of San Diego.

Westmont College

URMIA Inducts the 2011-2012 Leaders of the Association
On September 13, 2011, at URMIA's annual business meeting, URMIA inducted its president and officers for 2011-2012. Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, took office as URMIA president and Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at The Pennsylvania State University, accepted the position of URMIA president-elect.

The Executive Committee for 2011-2012 included:

  • Steve Bryant, Texas Tech University System, president
  • Gary W. Langsdale, The Pennsylvania State University, president-elect
  • Kathy E. Hargis, Lipscomb University, secretary
  • Margaret Tungseth, Central College, treasurer
  • Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, parliamentarian
  • Mike Bale, Oklahoma State University, immediate past president

Newly inducted URMIA Board of Director members included:

  • Christine Eick, Auburn University
  • Joyce Fred, Oregon State University
  • Troy Harris, Westmont College
  • Anita C. Ingram, Southern Methodist University
  • Kimberly Miller, Bowling Green State University
  • Donna McMahon, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional members of the URMIA Board of Directors for 2011-2012 included D. Jean Demchak, Marsh USA Inc.; Julie C. Baecker, University of Alaska; Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, Yale University; and Barbara Schatzer, University of San Diego.

Troy Harris Speaks at CSHEMA Annual Conference
The Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) held its 59th Annual Conference on July 14-18, 2012, and a number of URMIA members presented sessions on risk management and health and safety.

  • Kathy E. Hargis, director of risk management and Lipscomb University and URMIA's secretary, presented the technical session, "Effective Chemical and Environmental Management at a Small School." Ms. Hargis also co-presented a technical session entitled, "EM 101 - Practical Emergency Management for Smaller Schools," with Troy Harris, director of risk management at Westmont College.
  • Wayne Maines, director of safety and environmental management at the University of Maine System, presented the full-day session, "Developing, Tracking, and Presenting Your EHS Master Plan," and the technical session, "Is Your EHS Department Involved in Event Planning?"
  • John DeLaHunt, risk and life safety manager at the University of Texas-San Antonio, presented a half-day session, "Fire Code 101: Introduction to Model Fire Codes and their Application," and a technical session, "Contracted Medical Services for a Comprehensive Occupational Health Program."

Troy Harris Celebrates a Number of Career Accomplishments

  • Mr. Harris was appointed to chair the Standards Committee for the University and College Caucus of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM-UCC).
  • He published the UCC Crosswalk as a web tool for use by higher education emergency management practitioners and had an article on the tool published in the 2012 URMIA Journal.
  • He served as faculty for the Business Management Institute of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO), teaching courses on optimizing procurement practices and lessons learned from living through a disaster.
  • The IAEM Bulletin published an article written by Mr. Harris on the lessons Westmont College learned from their recent wildfire disaster.

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URMIA Inducts the 2011-2012 Leaders of the Association
On September 13, 2011, at URMIA's annual business meeting, URMIA inducted its president and officers for 2011-2012. Steve Bryant, managing director of risk management and emergency management coordinator at Texas Tech University System, took office as URMIA president and Gary W. Langsdale, university risk officer at The Pennsylvania State University, accepted the position of URMIA president-elect.

The Executive Committee for 2011-2012 included:

  • Steve Bryant, Texas Tech University System, president
  • Gary W. Langsdale, The Pennsylvania State University, president-elect
  • Kathy E. Hargis, Lipscomb University, secretary
  • Margaret Tungseth, Central College, treasurer
  • Michael J. Gansor, West Virginia University, parliamentarian
  • Mike Bale, Oklahoma State University, immediate past president

Newly inducted URMIA Board of Director members included:

  • Christine Eick, Auburn University
  • Joyce Fred, Oregon State University
  • Troy Harris, Westmont College
  • Anita C. Ingram, Southern Methodist University
  • Kimberly Miller, Bowling Green State University
  • Donna McMahon, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional members of the URMIA Board of Directors for 2011-2012 included D. Jean Demchak, Marsh USA Inc.; Julie C. Baecker, University of Alaska; Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, Yale University; and Barbara Schatzer, University of San Diego.

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