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Event Archive

For information on previous events held by the Actuarial Program, please visit our Events Archive.

Actuarial Program Events: 2016

(in addition to these events, we also hold a regular Actuarial Research Seminar)

2016 Meet the Firms

2016 Meet the Firms event will be held Thursady, September 15, 2016, 5:00 p.m. -- 8:00 p.m. in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center on campus of Illinois State University, in Normal, Illinois. Campus map can be found at: This event was an opportunity for actuarial employers to present themselves to students and collect students' resumes for internships and jobs. Employers can always contact Ms. Susan Mitchell, tel. 309-438-7797, fax 309-438-5866, or Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, with any questions. Registration for employers was available online at: There is no fee for employers to participate in this event. The following employers registered for the event as of June 29, 2016: Archer Daniels Midland, CNA, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, RGA, RLI.

Presentation by Reinsurance Group of America (RGA)

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., in room 101 in Stevenson Hall, representatives of the Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) will make a presentation about their company and opportunities available with them. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided. All students are welcome.

2016 Actuarial Banquet

The 2016 Actuarial Banquet, open to all actuarial students, was held on Friday, April 29, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in The Chateau hotel. Our banquet speaker was Ms. Sarah Weller, FSA, alumna of our program and an actuary at the Reinsurance Group of America (RGA).

Presentation about Workers' Compensation by Mr. Erich Brandt, FCAS, Mr. Greg Fears, ACAS, and Mr. Nick Easley, of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, Mr. Erich Brandt, Mr. Greg Fears and Mr. Nik Easley, actuaries at Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, and alumni of our program, made a presentation about Workers' Compensation system.

"Internal Data + External Data = Better Models" by Drew Lawyer

On Thursday, April 14, at 6 pm, in CVA 147, Mr. Drew Lawyer of Earnix, an ISU alumnus, made a presentation entitled "Internal Data + External Data = Better Models".

Actuarial Club Elections

On Monday, April 4, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 10, our Actuarial Club held officers elections. All Club members are always urged to participate. Actuarial Club members who want to run for office can submit their candidacy here. The Actuarial Club Constitution is here.

Campus Quad Cleanup

Actuarial Club students volunteered for the Campus Quad Cleanup on Saturday, April 2, 2016, in the period 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.

American Red Cross Blood Donation Drive

Actuarial Club students volunteered for the American Red Cross Blood Donation Drive on Friday, April 1, 2016, in the period 10:00am - 4:00 pm.

Presentation about stochastic reserving methodologies by Mr. Chris Holt of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at 6 p.m., in STV 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a presentation by Mr. Chris Holt of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, on stochastic reserving methodologies. His Powerpoint presentation is posted here.

Second General Meeting, with presentations by Mike Paradiso and Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski

On Monday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m., in Stevenson Hall room 101, the second general meeting of the Actuarial Club for Spring 2016 was held. Mike Paradiso, Actuarial Club President, discussed the upcoming elections for the Actuarial Club for the 2016/2017 academic year, and Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, Actuarial Program Director, discussed resources made available to actuarial students at Illinois State University.

Lee Ann Murray "Everything Counts" Scholarship award

On Monday, March 14, at 11:00 am., in Stevenson Hall room 401, we made an announcement of the award of the 2016 Lee Ann Murray "Everything Counts" Scholarship. The 2016 winners are: Mr. Alexander Crosby, Mr. David Holden, and Ms. Li Wiles.

Presentation "Plotting Your Actuarial Career Trajectory" by Mr. Aaron Hillebrandt, FCAS

On Thursday, March 3, at 6:00 pm., in Williams Hall room 001F, Mr. Aaron Hillebrandt, FCAS, consulting actuary with Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, our alumnus and a member of our Advisory Board, made a presentation "Plotting Your Actuarial Career Trajectory". Pizza and soft drinks were provided.

2016 Actuarial Research Event

The 2016 Actuarial Research Event will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 101. Professor Olivier LeCourtois of EM Lyon Business School in Lyon, France, will speak on some reseaerch issues arising from the topics of the Associateship level professional actuarial examinations. This event is always open to the public.

How to Pass Actuarial Exams

On Wednesday, February 10, at 6:00 pm in Schroeder 138, Mike Paradiso, President of the Actuarial Club, shared his advice on preparing for actuarial exams. His presentation can be downloaded here.

Internship Panel

On Wednesday, February 3, at 6:30 p.m. in STV 401, Actuarial Club Officers Isidro Espinoza, Jessica Ackley, Uktamjan Kamilov, and Tyler Shalitis shared their internship experiences, answered questions, and offered advice to students who are looking for internships.

Presentation about health insurance by State Farm Actuaries: Mr. Glen Simpson and Mr. Brian Buss

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at 6 p.m., in STV 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a presentation by State Farm actuaries, Mr. Glen Simpson and Mr. Brian Buss, on actuarial practice in health insurance.

First Spring 2016 General Meeting of the Actuarial Club

On Thursday, January 21, 2016, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 101, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club will the first general meeting of the Club this semester. Mr. Michael Paradiso, President of the Actuarial Club will speak about the planned activitiesof the Club anbd resources available to students. His presentation is posted here.  Also, the calendar of the Actuarial Club and Gamma Iota Sigma events is posted here.