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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)

Presentation on Asset-Liability Management at State Farm Insurance

On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., in room 101 in Stevenson Hall, Dr. Wei Hao, FSA, CFA, an actuary at State Farm Insurance, will make a presentation on asset-liability management. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided. All students are welcome.

How to Pass Presentation

On Monday, October 24th, in STV 101 at 6:30PM, general Officers Kelsie Klingenberg, Kristen Marshall, and Evan Young will be giving this Fall's How to Pass Presentation. All three of our officers managed to pass at least one exam before the start of their Sophomore year. So this will be a very helpful event as they will be presenting about their study methods, exam preparation and how they managed to pass exams so quickly. Dress will be casual. All students welcome.

Midterm Study Night

On Monday, October 10, 2016, 500 p.m. till 8 p.m., in rooms 401 and 401A in Stevenson Hall, the Actuarial Club hosted a study night before midterms. Students could come and ask any last minute questions to each other to prepare for midterm exams. There was be a room for group study and another room for quiet individual study. Our exam study group leaders for P, FM, and MFE were also there. Refreshments were provided. All students were welcome. The Dress was Casual.

Internship Panel

On Monday, September 26, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., in room 401 in Stevenson Hall, undergraduate and graduate students who had internships last year shared their experiences as well as answered any questions that other student might have. All students were welcome.

Annual Actuarial Club Picnic

On Saturday, September 24th, at 11:00 a.m. in People's Park, the Actuarial Club held our annual picnic event as well as our Second Annual Scavenger Hunt event.

Society of Actuaries Centers of Actuarial Excellence Student Summit Report

On Wednesday, September 21st at 6pm in STV 401 Aaron Puntriano and Tyler Yancey gave their summary report on the Society of Actuaries Centers of Actuarial Excellence Students Summit and informed students of the changes that are happening in actuarial education. All students were welcome.

2016 High School Actuarial Career Fairs

The 2016 High School Actuarial Career Fairs were held on Thursday, September 22, 2016 in Normal, Illinois, and on Friday, October 7, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. These annual fairs are primarily intended for high school students, but are open to college students, and anyone else seeking to learn about the actuarial career. These are not employment events, but rather meetings designed to provide information about the actuarial career. No resumes are accepted. The events were held:

Registration for these High School Actuarial Career Fairs (for high school students and for high school edcuators who would like to attend them) was available at: http://www.beanactuary.org/news/?fa=career_fair

2016 Meet the Firms

2016 Meet the Firms event was held Thursday, 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: http://www.IllinoisState.edu/map/. 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: http://smartURL.it/MTFregister. There is no fee for employers to participate in this event. More information about the event is at: http://smartURL.it/MeetTheFirms.

Presentation by Mr. Brian Brown, President of the Casualty Actuarial Society

On Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., in room 401 in Stevenson Hall, Mr. Brian Brown, FCAS, President of the Casualty Actuarial Society and alumnus of Illinois State University, made a presentation for our students. All students were welcome.

Presentation by RLI Insurance

On Monday, September 12, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., in room 401 in Stevenson Hall, representatives of the RLI Insurance made a presentation about their company and opportunities available with them. Pizza and soft drinks were provided by RLI. All students were welcome.

Freshmen/New Student Q&A

On Thursday, September 8, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 101, officers of the Actuarial Club helped answer any questions that freshmen/new students might have. This event is specifically designed for freshmen, transfer students and anyone new to the Actuarial Program, but all students were welcome. Dress was casual.

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) made a presentation about their company and opportunities available with them. Pizza and soft drinks were provided by RGA. All students were welcome.

Presentation by Allstate Insurance

On Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., in room 401 in Stevenson Hall, representatives of the Allstate Insurance made a presentation about their company and opportunities available with them. All students were welcome.

Career Center presentation by Debbie Ungson-Walbert

On Thursday, September 1, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401A, Debbie Ungson-Walbert from the Career Center at Illinois State University  spoke about the career planning resources available to actuarial students from the Career Center. All students were welcome.

First Fall 2016 General Meeting of the Actuarial Club

On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 101, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club held the first general meeting of the Club this semester. Ms. Judy Cheng, President of the Actuarial Club spoke about the planned activities of the Club and Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski spoke about resources available to students. Pizza and soft drinks were provided. All students were welcome.

Presentation on Catastrophe Modeling at State Farm Insurance

On Thursday, August 25, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., in room 401 in Stevenson Hall, Ms. Minchong Mao, FCAS, an actuary at State Farm Insurance, made a presentation on catastrophe modeling. Pizza and soft drinks were provided. All students were 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 hosted the first general meeting of the Club this semester. Mr. Michael Paradiso, President of the Actuarial Club spoke about the planned activitiesof the Club and resources available to students. His presentation is posted here.  Also, the calendar of the Actuarial Club and Gamma Iota Sigma events is posted here.