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Event Archive

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

Actuarial Program Events

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

 

2015

2015 Actuarial Banquet

The 2015 Actuarial Banquet for actuarial students at Illinois State University is tentatively planned for Monday, May 4, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. at The Chateau. Ms. Emily Ehrstein, FSA, alumna of our program and an actuary at State Farm  will be the speaker at this event. All students are welcome. Please contact Ms. Susan Mitchell to register for this event.

 

2014

Presentation on Asset-Liability Management by Dr. Wei Hao, FSA, MAAA, Actuary at State Farm Insurance

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club will hosta visit by Dr. Wei Hao. FSA, MAAA, actuary at State Farm Insurance, who will make a presentation about asset-liability management in practice. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided and all students are welcome.

Presentation on Catastrophe Modeling by Minchong Mao, FCAS, ASA, MAAA, Actuary at State Farm Insurance

On Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by Ms. Minchong Mao, FCAS, ASA, MAAA, actuary at State Farm Insurance, who will make a presentation about Catastrophe Modeling. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided and all students are welcome.

Presentation on actuarial careers Mr. Aaron Hillebrandt of Pinnacle Actuaries Resources

On Friday, October 3, 2014, in Stevenson Hall room 401A, at 2:00 p.m., the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a special presentation on actuarial careers by our alumnus Mr. Aaron Hillebrandt of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources.

Lecture by Dr. Tia Goss Sawhney, FSA, MAAA

On Wednesday,, September 24, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in State Farm Hall of Business room 357, Dr. Tia Goss Sawhney, FSA, MAAA, Director of Data, Analytics, and Research at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (a.k.a., Illinois Medicaid) will make a presentation for the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club. She will speak about working with data from the actuarial perspective. Here is a short description of her talk: Data is the life blood of actuarial work. As you move into your professional lives you will not have the "sanitized" data that you have used for your school projects. Will you know your data and its limitations? Will it be clean enough? Adequate for the job? What will (and won't) you be able to do with it? What will good data stewardship demand of you? Will your work be the bridge between data and actionable information? This lecture is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Actuarial Club Picnic

The 2014 Actuarial Club Picinic will be held in People's Park on campus of Illinois State University on Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11 a.m.. -- 2:00 p.m. Free food, fun and games, all students welcome.

2014 Meet the Firms

2014 Meet the Firms event was held Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 5:00-7:30 p.m. in the Old Main 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: https://survey.lilt.ilstu.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=9211487. The following employers registered for the event: Actex Publications, Acuity, Aetna, American Family, Allstate, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, BPS&M, CNA, Country Financial, Erie, Horace Mann, Humana, Liberty Mutual, Mercer, Milliman, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, RGA Reinsurance, RLI, State Farm, Towers Watson, Wellpoint, Zurich.

2014 High School Actuarial Career Fairs

The 2014 High School Actuarial Career Fairs will be held on Monday, September 15, 2014 in Normal, Illinois, and Monday, September 22, 2014 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:

  • Monday, September 15, 2014, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Old Main Room in the Bone Student Center on campus of Illinois State University, in Normal, Illinois. Campus map can be found at: http://www.IllinoisState.edu/map/. Mr. Aaron Hillebrandt and Mr. Aaron Minnis of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, and Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski will speak at this event.
  • Monday, September 22, 2014, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Chicago office of Illinois State University, 150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1590, in Chicago, Illinois. Directions to the site can be found at http://chicagooffice.illinoisstate.edu/directions/.  Ms. Elissa Sirovatka and Mr. Zach Brogadir of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, as well as Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski will speak at this event.

Registration for these High School Actuarial Career Fairs is open at: http://www.beanactuary.org/news/?fa=career_fair.

Humana presentation for the Actuarial Club

On Monday, September 15, 2014, representatives of Humana visited with our program and made a presenation for the Actuarial Club at 6:00 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 101.

Reinsurance Group of America presentation for the Actuarial Club

On Thursday, September 11, 2014, representatives of Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) visited with our program and made a presenation for the Actuarial Club at 7 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 101.

Allstate Insurance presentation for the Actuarial Club

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, representatives of Allstate Insurance visited with our program and made a presenation for the Actuarial Club at 7 p.m. in Williams Hall room 1F.

RLI Insurance presentation for the Actuarial Club

On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, representatives of RLI Insurance visited with our program and made a presenation for the Actuarial Club at 6 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 101.

Presentation on planning your actuarial career by Ms. Luann Anderson of Pinnacle Actuaries Resources

On Wednesday,, September 3, 2014, in Stevenson Hall room 211, at 6:30 p.m., the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a special presentation on planning your acturial career by  Ms. Luann Anderson of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources.

General meeting of the Actuarial Club, and presentations by Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski and Mr. Justin Vogel

On Monday, August 25, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 101, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted the first Fall 2014 general meeting of the Actuarial Club, with a presentation by Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski on the Actuarial Program and by Mr. Justin Vogel on the Actuarial Club.

2014 Actuarial Banquet

The 2014 Actuarial Banquet for actuarial students at Illinois State University was held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Bloomington/Normal Marriott Hotel. Ms. Rebecca Weinshenker, FSA, alumna of our program and an actuary at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois was the speaker at this event.

2014 Research Event: Lecture by Mr. James Spiotto, Esq., J.D., "After Detroit: How Will Illinois and Its Communities Respond? The Unfunded Pension Obligation Crisis: Is Chapter 9 Bankruptcy the Ultimate Remedy? Are There Better Resolution Mechanisms?"

The 2014 Research Event of the Actuarial Program of Illinois State University was a lecture by Mr. James Spiotto, Esq., J.D., an expert in the field of municipal finance, and public pension plans. The lecture was held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014, in State Farm Hall of Business room 357. This events was open to the public. You can find information about the work of Mr. Spiotto here.  Any questions about this event can be sent to: actuary@IllinoisState.edu.

Presentation on actuarial reserving methodologies by Mr. Ken Hawkins and Mr. Aaron Hillebrantd of Pinnacle Actuaries Resources

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Stevenson Hall room 401, at 6:30 p.m., the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a special presentation on actuarrial reserving methodologies by Mr. Ken Hawkins and Mr. Aaron Hillebrandt, of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources.

Actuarial Club Officers Elections

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Stevenson Hall room 401, at 6:30 p.m. the Actuarial Club held elections of officers for 2014/2015 academic year.

Presentation on stochastic reserving by Mr. Christopher Holt of Pinnacle Actuaries Resources

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Stevenson Hall room 121, at 6:00 p.m., the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a special presentation on stochastic reserving by Mr. Christopher Holt, actuary at Pinnacle Actuarial Resources.

Presentation on telematics by Mr. Jay Hieb, actuary at State Farm

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Stevenson Hall room 121, at 6:30 p.m., the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a special presentation on telematics by Mr. Jay Hieb, actuary at State Farm.

Lecture by Professor Isaac Baidoo of the University of Ghana: Building actuarial capacity in Ghana

Professor Isaac Baidoo of the University of Ghana vizited our univeristy, and gave a lecture on building actuarial capacity in Ghana. The lecture was held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014, in the Caterpillar Auditorium in the State Farm Hall of Business building.

Health insurance reserves presentation by Mr. Glen Simpson and Ms. Emily Ehrstein, State Farm actuaries

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Stevenson Hall room 401, at 6:00 p.m., the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a special presentation by health insurance actuaries at State Farm: Glen Simpson and Emily Ehrstein.

Presentation on Workers Compensation by Mr. Aaron Hillebrandt and Mr. Patrick Newell of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Stevenson Hall room 126, at 6:00 p.m., the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a special presentation by Mr. Aaron Hillebrandt and Mr, Patrick Newell, both alumni of our program, from Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, who spoke about Workers Compensation.

How to pass actuarial exams: Presentation by Mr. Charles Johnson, President of Actuarial Club

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Stevenson Hall room 101, at 6:00 p.m., the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a special presentation by Mr. Charles Johnson, President of Illinois State University Actuarial Club, who spoke on how to pass professional actuarial examinations.

Predictive modeling presentation by Mr. Andrew Laywer

On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, in Stevenson Hall room 401A, at 6:30 p.m., the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a special presentation by Mr. Andrew Laywer, Illinois State University alumnus, who will talk about his work in predictive modeling.

General meeting of the Actuarial Club, and presentations by Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski and Mr. Charles Johnson

On Monday, February 3, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in Center for Visual Arts room 151, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted the first Spring 2014 general meeting of the Actuarial Club, with a presentation by Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski on the Actuarial Program and by Mr. Charles Johnson on the Actuarial Club.

Meeting with Mr. Jeffrey Cole, FCAS, MAAA, CPCU, Actuary at CNA Insurance

On Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 2 p.m. in Wiliams Hall room 308, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by Mr. Jeffrey Cole, FCAS, MAAA, CPCU, actuary at CNA Insurance, for an open forum with students.