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Illinois State University Actuarial Program Events Archives

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

 


2016

 

Finals Study Night

On Sunday, December 11th, 5-8PM, in STV 401 and 401A, Actuarial Club hosted a study night for everyone. Room STV 401 was used for study groups and room 401A was used forr quiet individual study. Actuarial Club provided everyone with Insomnia Cookies as well as other treats and beverages. Dress was casual. All students welcome.

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, made a presentation on asset-liability management. Pizza and soft drinks were provided. All students welcome.

Home Sweet Home Volunteering

On Friday, November 4th, in Bloomington, IL, 5-8PM, a group of our Actuarial studentsvolunteered with the Home Sweet Home Ministries to help serve food at their Sharing the Light of Hope Gala Fundraiser. This activity was organized byt Josh Collier, officer of the Actuarial Club.

How to Pass Presentation

On Monday, October 24th, in STV 101 at 6:30PM, general Officers Kelsie Klingenberg, Kristen Marshall, and Evan Young gace 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. They discussedt their study methods, exam preparation and how they managed to pass exams quickly.

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. 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. Nick 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.


2015

Study Night organized by the Actuarial Club

On Sunday, December 6, 2015, at 7 p.m., in STV 401A, the Actuarial Club held a finals Study Night. Students were welcome to come and discuss last minute questions with each other for finals. This event had also a half hour yoga break for those interested in participating. Cookies and coffee were provided by the Actuarial Program.

Asset-Liability Management at State Farm Insurance

On Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, Dr. Wei Hao, FSA, CFA, MAAA made a special presentation on asset-liability management in practice at State Farm Insurance.

Life as a Zurich Actuary

On Wednesday, November 18, the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by Zurich Insurance. Actuaries Stacey Kidd and Ben Bussert discussed what it is like to be an actuary at Zurich. The event took place in Williams Hall room 001F at 6:30 p.m. Pizza was provided by Zurich Insurance.

Predictive Analytics Webinar Screening

On Wednesday November 4, 2015,2:00 PM - 3:30 PM in Stevenson Hall 401, the Actuarial Club held a group viewing of the CAS Student Central Webinar on Predictive Analytics. During this webinar, Christoper Monsour and Alina Andrei of CNA Insurance will shared their thoughts and experiences on data science, how to learn predictive analytics methods and which to focus on, and how the next generation of actuaries will push the world forward.

How to Pass Actuarial Exams

On Monday, October 19, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in Stevenson Hall 101, Mr. Bright Amudzi, Vice President of the Actuarial Club for Study Actuvities, made a presentation entitled "How to Pass Actuarial Exams". All students are welcome.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Calculator

On Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in Williams Hall room 001F, Mr. Tyler Shalitis, a general officer of the Actuarial Club, gave a presentation on calculators approved for actuarial examinations. The file used for the presentation can be downloaded here.

2015 Meet the Firms

2015 Meet the Firms event was held Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:00 p.m. -- 8:30 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. The following employers registered for the event: Aetna, Allstate, American Modern, Aon Hewitt, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, BPSM, CNA, Country Financial, Erie, Horace Mann, Liberty Mutual, Mercer, Northwestern Mutual, Pekin Insurance,  Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, RGA, RLI, Segal Consulting, State Farm, TowersWatson, The Warranty Group, Zurich. There were also informational tables from: Actex Publications, and Casualty Actuarial Society Liaison Program.

2015 High School Actuarial Career Fairs

The 2015 High School Actuarial Career Fairs were held on Monday, October 5, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, and on Friday, October 9, 2015, in Normal, 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 open at: http://www.beanactuary.org/news/?fa=career_fair

Presentation on using R in real world applications by Ms. Amy Han, Data Analyst at UL

On Friday, October 2, 2015, at 1 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, Ms. Amy Han, Data Analyst at UL, and an ISU alumna,  made a presentation about using R in real world applications. She has posted resources about her presentation for our students here: Some more R resources are also here.

Presentation by Ms. Luann Anderson from Pinnacle Actuarial Resources

On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by Ms. Luann Anderson from Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, who spoke about preparing a resume and planning an actuarial career. The event took place in Stevenson Hall room 401 at 6 p.m. Ms. Anderson's presentation can be downloaded here.

Presentation by Ms. Debbie Ungson-Walbert of the Career Center

On Monday, September 21, 2015,at 6 p.m. in room 101 in Stevenson Hall, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a presentation by Ms. Debbie Ungson-Walbertof the Career Canter of Illinois State University, who  spoke about services that the Career Center offers to our students.

2015 Actuarial Club Picnic

The Actuarial Club held its annual picnic on September 19th at 11 am in People's Park on campus of Illinois State Univeristy. Following the picnic there was a campus scavenger hunt.

Presentation by Jim Jones, Katie School Director

On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a presentation by Jim Jones, Katie School Director, who spoke about data sources and statistical project ideas available from the Katie School. The event took place at 6 p.m. in room 401 in Stevenson Hall. Materials from Jim Jones are posted here.

REMINDER: All students are welcome to participate in Statistical Project Competition, and this year we have external funding for prizes for projects that analyze public policy issues.

RGA Reinsurance visit

On Monday, September 14, 2015, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by RGA Reinsurance. The even took place in Stevenson Hall room 401 at 6 p.m.  Pizza and soft drinks were provided by RGA Reinsurance.

Adam Andrzejewski, CEO of Open The Books, spoke on data available for statistical projects analyzing public policy

Open The Books is a project of American Transparency, a 501(c)3 non-partisan, non-profit organization, dedicated to transparency in givernment. Its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Adam Andrzejewski,  made a presentation on Friday, September 11, 2015, at 1 p.m. in Center for Visual Arts, room 147, on transparency in government and data available for statistical projects analyzing public policy.

REMINDER: All students are welcome to participate in Statistical Project Competition, and this year we have external funding for prizes for projects that analyze public policy issues.

Freshmen Q&A and Ice Cream Social of the Actuarial Club

On Wednesday, September 9, at 6:00 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 101, all incoming freshmen had a chance to ask questions of the officers of the Actuarial Club, and officers answered them -- questions regarding the actuarial profession, studying actuarial science, and anything else they wanted to ask. All incoming freshmen were welcome to this event, and transfer students, and any students new to the Actuarial Program were encouraged to attend as well. Ice cream was served.

President and Secretary/Treasurer of the Actuarial Club report on the Society of Actuaries Student Summit for Centers of Actuarial Excellence

On Tuesday September 8, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, Michael Paradiso and IC Weeraklaew presented a summary of the information from the Society of Actuaries Centers of Actuarial Excellence Student Summit.

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

On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 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 made a presentation about Catastrophe Modeling.

First Fall 2015 General Meeting of the Actuarial Club

On Monday, August 24, 2015, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 101, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted the first general meeting of the Club. Mr. Michael Paradiso, President of the Actuarial Club, and Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, Actuarial Program Director,were the speakers

2015 Actuarial Research Event

The 2015 Actuarial Research Event was held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. in State Farm Hall of Business room 366. Mr. Tom Terry, FSA,FCA, EA, MAAA, the immediate past President of the American Academy of Actuaries spoke about the actuarial profession and professionalism issues in general. This event is always open to the public.

2015 Actuarial Banquet

The 2015 Actuarial Banquet for actuarial students at Illinois State University was held on 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  was the speaker at this event.

Officer Elections Followed by Bowling

On Monday, April 20, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., in STV 401A, the Actuarial Club held its elections for the 2015/2016 academic year, and after the elections, members went bowling.


SOA and CAS: Differences in the examinations tracks

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., in room 401 of Stevenson Hall, Mr. Michael Paradiso, a student in our program, spoke about the differences between professional actuarial examinationsrequired by the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Internship Panel

On Monday, March 23, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in STV 401, actuarial students who held internships last academic year shared their experiences, answered questions and helped other students who are looking for internships.

How to Pass Actuarial Exams

On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in Center for Visual Arts room 145, Mr. Justin Vogel, President of the Actuarial Club, made a presentation entitled "How to Pass Actuarial Exams".

Ceremony of the award of the Lee Ann Murray "Everything Counts" Scholarship

On Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 9:15 a.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, we held the ceremony of awarding the Lee Ann Murray "Everything Counts" Scholarshp. Coffee, tea, water and soft drinks, and, most importantly, pie, were served.

COUNTRY Financial Night

On Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosedt a COUNTRY Financial Night: Mr. David Prevo, FCAS, an actuary at COUNTRY Financial, and ISU alumnus, and other actuaries from COUNTRY Financial, and other acturies from the company, made a presentation to our students.

Presentation by Mr. Mark Fauble of ISU Career Center "How To Build Your LinkedIn Profile"

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 101, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a presentation by Mr. Mark Fauble of ISU Career Center entitled: "How To Build Your LinkedIn Profile."

Presentation by Mr. Paul Vogel of Mutual of Omaha

On Monday, February 16, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a presentation by Mr.Paul Vogel from Mutual of Omaha, who spoke about the practical side of the work of actuaries, in consulting and in insurance companies, and changing regulatory environment.

Predictive modeling techniques for estimating customer retention: Presentation by Mr. Drew Lawyer from Earnix

On Monday, February 9, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a presentation by Mr. Drew Lawyer from Earnix, an ISU alumnus, entittled "Predictive modeling techniques for estimating customer retention".

Transition from college to working: Presentation by Mr. Charles Johnson from State Farm

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a presentation by Mr. Charles Johnson of State Farm, and an alumnus of our program, on transition from college to working.

General meeting of the Actuarial Club

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 101, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted the first Spring 2015 general meeting of the Actuarial Club.


2014

Interview Tips by Mr. Mark Fauble of the Career Center of Illinois State University

On Wednesdayk, November 19, 2014, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 228, the Actuarial Club will host a presentation by Mr. Mark Fauble of the Career Center at Illinois State University who will offer advice on interviews.. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided and all students are welcome.

Presentation by the Actuarial Club on the actuarial exams testing environment

On Tueday, November 18, 2014, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Club will host a presentation on the actaurial exams testing environment. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided and all students are welcome.

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.

How to Pass Actuarial Exams: Presentation by Mr. Adolph Okine, Vice President of the Actuarial Club

On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 126, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club will host a presentation by Mr. Adolph Okine on how to pass actuarial exams. 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) made 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 was open to the public.

Actuarial Club Picnic

The 2014 Actuarial Club Picinic was 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 were 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.

 


2013

Presentation on Health Insurance by Mr. Andrew Wieduwilt, FSA, MAAA, Actuary at State Farm Insurance

On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club will host a visit by Mr. Andrew Wieduwilt. FSA, MAAA, actuary at State Farm Insurance, who will make a presentation about health insurance. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided and all students are welcome.

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

On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by Dr. Wei Hao. FSA, MAAA, actuary at State Farm Insurance, who made a presentation about asset-liability management in practice.

Presentation by Gregory Hayward, FCAS, MAAA, an actuary at State Farm Insurance and Casualty Actuarial Society Liaison for Illinois State University

On Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by Mr. Gregory Hayward, FCAS, MAAA, actuary at State Farm Insurance, who made a presentation about the Casualty Actuarial Society. Mr. Lee Knepler, ASA, MAAA, of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, who also is the Casualty Actuarial Society Liaison for Illinois State University, also visited with the students.

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

On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 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 made a presentation about Catastrophe Modeling.

Presentation by Aaron Hillebrandt, FCAS, MAAA, a consulting actuary with Pinnacle Actuarial Resources

On Monday, October 7, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by Mr. Aaron Hillebrandt, FCAS, MAAA, actuary at Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, who made a presentation about actuarial consulting work.

2013 High School Actuarial Career Fairs

The 2013 High School Actuarial Career Fairs were held on Monday, October 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois, and Monday, October 7, 2013 in Normal, 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:

Students and educators interested in this event were asked to register from this web site: http://www.beanactuary.org/news/?fa=career_fair

These events were organized by the Actuarial Program of Illinois State University, and received support from the Chicago Actuarial Association, the Casualty Actuarial Society, the Midwestern Actuarial Forum, and the Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services,

Internship Panel Discussion

On Wednesday, September 25, 2013, in Stevenson Hall room 401, at 6:30 p.m.., the Actuarial Club hosted an Internship Panel Discussion, during which our students who have had actuarial internships shared their advice and experience with all interested students.

Actuarial Club Picnic

On Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 11 a.m. in People's Park on campus of Illinois State University, the Actuarial Club hosted a picnic for students.

2013 Meet the Firms

2013 Meet the Firms event was held Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 6-8 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 as of September 17, 2013: Actex Publications, Allstate, American Family Insurance, AonHewitt, Auto-Owners Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Country Financial, Erie Insurance,  Horace Mann, Humana, Liberty Mutual, Mercer, Milliman, Northwestern Mutual, Pekin Insurance, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Reinsurance Group of America, RLI Insurance, State Farm, Towers Watson, Trustmark, The Warranty Group, Wellpoint, Zurich Insurance.

Visit by Allstate Insurance

On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by representatives of Allstate Insurance, our alumni: Mr. Matthew Olson, Mr. Brandon Stevens, and Mr. Gary Wierzbicki, who spoke about working at Allstate and opportunities for students.

Presentation by Ms. Luann Anderson of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, on preparing for your career

On Monday, August 26, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by Ms. Luann Anderson of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, who spoke about preparing a resume, preparing for interviews and planning an actuarial career. Ms. Anderson's presentation is posted here.

Actuarial Club General Meeting to start the semester, and presentation about our Actuarial Program by Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, FSA, FSAS, CERA, CFA, MAAA

On Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 101, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a presentation by Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski on how the program supports our students. An opportunity for actuarial students to ask anything that is on their minds.

2013 Research Event: Lecture by Professor James M. Carson

The 2013 Research Event of the Actuarial Program of Illinois State University was a lecture by James M. Carson of the University of Georgia on moral hazard (arson). Professor Carson is the Amos Professor of Insurance at the University oif Georgia, and was previiously at Florida State University (2001-2011) and Illinois State University (1993-2001). The lecture was held at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in State Farm Hall of Business Caterpillar Auditorium, i.e., room 139.

2013 Actuarial Banquet

The 2013 Actuarial Banquet for actuarial students at Illinois State University was held on Monday, April 22, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Bloomington/Normal Marriott Hotel. Mr. Chad Kleindorfer, FSA, alumnus of our program and an actuary at Reinsurance Group of America was the speaker at our banquet.

Election of 2013/2014 Officers and Bowling Night

The Actuarial Club held its elections for the 2013/2014 Club officers on Monday, April 15, 2013, in room 401 in Stevenson Hall at 6 p.m. Following the election, there was a night of bowling at the Bowling and Billiards Center at the Bone Student Center, 6:30 -- 8:30 p.m.

Pinnacle Actuarial Resources Night

On Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Stevenson Hall room 401A, in the time period 6:00 p.m. -- 9:00 p.m., the Actuarial Club hosted a Pinnacle Actuarial Resources Night, during which Luann Anderson and a group of actuaries from Pinnacle Actuarial Resources spoke to interested students.

Country Financial Night

On Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Stevenson Hall room 401A, in the time period 7:00 p.m. -- 9:00 p.m., the Actuarial Club hosted a Country Financial Night, during which actuaries from Country Financial, Aaron Hillebrandt, David Prevo, Michael Suess, and Matthew Erickson spoke to interested students.

State Farm Night

On Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Stevenson Hall room 401, in the time period 6:00 p.m. -- 8:00 p.m., the Actuarial Club hosted a State Farm Night, during which actuaries from State Farm, Angela Sparks and Will Nussbaum spoke to interested students.

Internship Forum

On Tuesday, February 26, 2013, in Stevenson Hall room 401, in the time period 7:00 p.m. -- 8:30 p.m., the Actuarial Club hosted an Internship Forum, during which our students who have had actuarial internships shared their advice and experience with all interested students.

Visit by Mercer

On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 7 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by actuaries from Mercer, who discussed work in a consulting company, and what their own jobs and careers were like.

Presentation about our Actuarial Program by Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, FSA, FSAS, CERA, CFA, MAAA

On Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a presentation by Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski on how the program supports our students.

 


2012

Actuarial Club Bowling Night

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012, the Actuarial Club will be hosting their Annual Bowling Night social, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Bowling and Billiard Center on campus. All interested students are welcome.

Presentation "How to Pass Actuarial Exams" by Mr. Brandon Stevens

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a presentation by Mr. Brandon Stevens,who discussed actuarial exams preparation techniques. Mr. Stevens' presentation is here.

Presentation on Catastrophe Insurance by Richard Bill, FCAS, consultant, alumnus of our program and former Chief Actuary at Country Financial

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at 7 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401A, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by Mr. Richard Bill, FCAS, MAAA, our alumnus, a consultant, former Chief Actuary at Country Financial, who spoke on catastrophe insurance. The files of Mr. Bill's presentatiuon can be downloaded here and here.

Presentation by Luann Anderson of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, on preparing for your career

On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by Ms. Luann Anderson of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, who spoke about preparing a resume, preparing for interviews and planning an actuarial career.

Presentation by Erich Brandt, FCAS, MAAA, Actuary at Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, on Alumni Day

On Friday, October 5, 2012, at 2 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hoste a visit by Mr. Erich Brandt, FCAS, MAAA, actuary at Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, an alumnus of our program, as a part of celebration of Alumni Day at Illinois State University.

Presentation on Telematics by Jay Hieb, FCAS, MAAA, Actuary at State Farm Insurance

On Monday, October 1, 2012, at 7 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by Mr. Jay Hieb, FCAS, MAAA, actuary at State Farm Insurance, who made a presentation about Telematics.

High School Actuarial Career Fairs

The 2012 Actuarial Career Fairs were held on Wednesday, September 24, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois, and Monday, October 1, 2012 in Normal, 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:

Students and educators interested in this event were asked to register at this web site: http://www.beanactuary.org/study/?fa=isufair

These events are organized by the Actuarial Program of Illinois State University, and they received support from the Chicago Actuarial Association, the Casualty Actuarial Society, the Midwestern Actuarial Forum, and the Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services,

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

On Thursday, September 20, 2012, at 7 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 made a presentation about Catastrophe Modeling.

Visit by RLI Insurance

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by actuaries from RLI Insurance.

Meet the Firms

2012 Meet the Firms event was held Monday, September 17, 2012, 6-8 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 participated: Actex, Allstate, Auto-Owners Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Chartis Insurance, Country Financial,, Horace Mann, Humana, Illinois Department of Insurance, Liberty Mutual,  Mercer,  Northwestern Mutual, Nyhart  Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Reinsurance Group of America, RLI Insurance, State Farm, Travelers, TowersWatson, Trustmark, The Warranty Group,  WellPoint, Zurich.

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

On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at 7 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by Dr. Wei Hao. FSA, MAAA, actuary at State Farm Insurance, who made a presentation about asset-liability management in practice.

Actuarial Club Picnic

On Sunday, September 9, 2012, at 1 p.m. in People's Park on campus of Illinois State University, the Actuarial Club hosted a picnic.

Advice on preparing a good resume from State Farm actuaries

On Thursday, September 6, 2012, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 325, Corin Chapman, FSA, MAAA and Jim Gallagher, ACAS, MAAA, actuaries from State Farm, explained how to prepare a good resume, and reviewed and critiqued resumes of our students.

Presentation about our Actuarial Program by Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, FSA, FSAS, CERA, CFA, MAAA

On Monday, August 27, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401A, the Actuarial Program and the Actuarial Club hosted a presentation about our Actuarial Program by Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski on how the program supports our students.

2012 Research Event: Lecture by Professor Etti Baranoff on Systemic Risk

The 2012 Research Event of the Actuarial Program of Illinois State University was a lecture by Professor Etti Baranoff of Virginia Commonwealth University on systemic risk. Professor Baranoff is also the Research Director for Insurance and Finance at the Geneva Association, the International Association for the Study of Risk and insurance Economics. The lecture was held at 4 p.m. on May 11, 2012, in State Farm Hall of Business Caterpillar Auditorium, i.e., room 139.

Election of 2012/2013 Officers and Bowling Night

The Actuarial Club held its elections for the 2012/2013 Club officers on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in room 401 in Stevenson Hall at 6 p.m. Following the election, there was a night of bowling at the Bowling and Billiards Center at the Bone Student Center.

2012 Actuarial Banquet

The 2012 Actuarial Banquet for actuarial students at Illinois State University was held on Friday, April 20, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. in the Bloomington/Normal Marriott Hotel. Mr. Roderick Ebert, FSA, alumnus of our program and an actuary at Country Financial, was the speaker at our banquet.

Actuarial Club meeting with Mr. David Moore, FCAS

On Friday, April 20, 2012 , at 1 p.m.,, in room 401 of Stevenson Hall, The Actuarial Club hosted a meeting of students with Mr. David Moore, FCAS, an alumnus of our program, who is an actuary at CNA Insurance.

Actuarial Club Internship Presentation Night

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012 , at 7 p.m.,, in room 401A of Stevenson Hall, The Actuarial Club hosted an Actuarial Club Internship Presentation Night, where interested students can learn everything they need to know about actuarial internships.

Actuarial Club meeting with Mr. Martin Birkenheier, FCAS, Aktuar DAV

On Thursday, March 29, 2012 , at 4 p.m., in room 401 of Stevenson Hall, The Actuarial Club hosted a meeting of students with Mr. Martin Birkenheier, FCAS, Aktuar DAV, an alumnus of our program, who is an actuary at Ergo Insurance Group in Germany.

Actuarial Club meeting with Mr. Erich Brandt, FCAS

On Monday, February 27, 2012, at 6 p.m.,, in room 401 of Stevenson Hall, The Actuarial Club hosted a meeting of students with Mr. Erich Brandt, FCAS, an alumnus of our program, who is an actuary at Pinnacle Actuarial Resources.

Actuarial Club meeting with Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski

On Tuesday, January 25, 2012, at 6 p.m. in room 401A of Stevenson Hall, Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, Actuarial Program Director, spoke about resources available to students at the web site of the program and about online study resources. Issues regarding undergraduate and graduate advising were also discussed.

 


2011

Actuarial Club Bowling Night

On Monday, December 5, 2011, at 6 p.m. at the Bowling and Billiards Center at Illinois State University, the Actuarial Club hosted its Bowling Night.

Actuarial Club event with Ms. Stacey Kidd, FCAS

On Friday, October 14, 2011, at 2 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Club hosted a meeting with Ms. Stacey Kidd, FCAS, an alumna of our program, and an actuary at Zurich Insurance. Ms. Kidd was a special guest of our program for Alumni Day. She is a member of our program Advisory Board.

Actuarial Club "Interview Night" with Mr. Aaron Hillebrandt, FCAS

On Monday, October 10, 2011, at 6 p.m., in Stevenson Hall room 401, Mr. Aaron Hillebrandt, FCAS, alumnus of our program, and an actuary at Country Insurance and Financial Services, spoke with actuarial students on the process of interviewing for a job.

Meet the Firms

2011 Meet the Firms event was held Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 6-8 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 is available online at: https://survey.lilt.ilstu.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=9211487. The following employers registered for the event: Actex Publications, Acuity, Allianz, Allstate, Best Buy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Buck Consultants, Country Financial, Erie Insurance, Humana,  Liberty Mutual, Mercer, Northwestern Mutual, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, RGA Reinsurance, RLI Insurance, State Farm, Towers Watson, Trustmark,  Wellpoint, Zurich.

Actuarial Club Resume Night

On Monday, October 3, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Club hosted a meeting on preparing a resume for internships and jobs applications. Three State Farm actuaries volunteeered to help the students in preparing their resumes.

High School Actuarial Career Fairs

The 2011 Actuarial Career Fairs were held on Friday, September 30, 2011 in Normal, Illinois, and Friday, October 7, 2011 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 will be accepted. The events were held:

Students interested in this event were asked to register at this web site: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2GKLC6H

Educators were also most welcome, and could register here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2N67KNP

These events are organized by the Actuarial Program of Illinois State University, and they received support from the Midwestern Actuarial Forum, the Casualty Actuarial Society, the Society of Actuaries, and the Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services,

 

Visit by Allianz Life Insurance Company

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at 6 p.m., in Stevenson Hall room 121, representatives from Allianz Life Insurance Company made a presentation for actuarial students.

 

Visit by Allstate Insurance Company

On Monday, September 26, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., in Center for Visual Arts room 149, representatives from Allstate Insurance Company made a presentation for actuarial students.

 

Actuarial Club Event: Overview of actuarial exams

On Monday, September 19, 2011, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 401, Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, FSA, CERA, FSAS, CFA, MAAA, made a presentation about professional actuarial examinations.

 

Special "open office hours" by Mr. Aaron Hillebrandt, FCAS

Mr. Aaron Hillebrandt, FCAS, an alumnus of our program, and now an actuary at Country Insurance and Financial Services, graciously offered to hold special "open office hours" to talk to students about actuarial exams, actuarial career, preparing for Meet the Firms, preparing for interviews, etc., on the following days:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 12:05 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., STV 310
Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 12:05 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., STV 310
Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 12:05 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., STV 310
Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 12:05 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., STV 310

 

Actuarial Club Picnic

The Actuarial Club held a picnic for actuarial students on Sunday, September 18, 2011, at 2 p.m. in People's Park on campus of Illinois State University.

 

Actuarial Club Event: Presentation on Asset-Liability Management by Dr. Wei Hao, FSA

On Thursday, September 15, 2011, at 7 p.m., in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by Dr. Wei Hao, FSA, an actuary at State Farm, who made a presentation on practical aspects of asset-liability management.

 

Actuarial Club Event: Presentation on Catastrophe Insurance by Mr. Richard Bill, FCAS

On Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at 7 p.m., in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by Mr. Richard Bill, FCAS, an actuarial consultant, and retired from his former position as Chief Actuary at Country Financial, an ISU alumnus. Mr. Bill spoke about crop insurance system in the United States. Mr. Richard Bill's presentation files can be downloaded at the following places:

https://math.IllinoisState.edu/actuary/downloads/ISUCatModelPresentation.ppt

https://math.IllinoisState.edu/actuary/downloads/SimulatedLosses.xlsx

 

2011 Actuarial Banquet

The 2011 Actuarial Banquet for actuarial students at Illinois State University was held on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in Ballroom E in the Bloomington/Normal Marriott Hotel. Our speaker was Mr. Tyson Mohr, FSA, an alumnus of our program, who is an actuary at State Farm, and attained his Fellow of the Society of Actuaries designation in 2011.

 

Presentation by Dr. Patrick Muldowney

On Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 3:00 p.m.in Stevenson Hall room 234, Dr. Patrick Muldowney, Professor of the University of Ulster, made a presentation entitled "The Riemann Method in Stochastic Integration". Dr. Muldowney received his Ph.D. in Mathematics under the supervision of the legendary creator of the generalized Riemann integral, Dr. Ralph Henstock, and in 1987 published a research monograph entitled A general theory of integration in function spaces, including Wiener and Feynman integrals (Pitman Research Notes in Mathematics Series 153, Longman Scientific and Technical), that provided a mathematically rigorous methodology for integrals in function spaces. Abstract on Dr. Muldowney's presentaton is available here.

 

Actuarial Club Elections

On Monday, April 4, 2011, at 6 p.m., in Stevenson Hall room 228, the Actuarial Club held its elections for the President and other Officers of the Club for the 2011/2012 academic year.

 

Presentation by Mr. Matthew Varitek, FSA, MAAA

On Monday, March 28, 2011, 12:30 p.m. -- 2:00 p.m., in Stevenson Hall room 401, Mr. Matt Varitek, FSA, MAAA, an actuary at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, and an alumnus of our program, spoke to the Actuarial Club about his work as a health actuary.

 

2011 Actuarial Program Research Event: Dr. Winfried Heinen of General Reinsurance speaks on Solvency II

The 2011 Actuarial Research Event at Illinois State University was a lecture on Solvency II by Dr. Winfried Heinen, who is the Operating Manager of International Life and Health Reinsurance at General Re Corporation, and a member of the Board of Directors of General Re Corporation. The lecture was held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2011, in the College of Business Building room 357, on campus of Illinois State University. This event was open to the public. Dr. Heinen's presentation is here.

General Reinsurance Corporation, often called General Re, is one of the world's largest reinsurance corporations. It owns a controlling interest in Koelnische Rueckversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG (Cologne Re) and both companies operate together as Gen Re. General Re is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company run by Warren Buffett.

Solvency II is the updated set of regulatory requirements for insurance firms that operate in the European Union. Solvency II will be based on economic principles for the measurement of assets and liabilities. It will also be a risk-based system as risk will be measured on consistent principles and capital requirements will depend directly on such measurement. It is scheduled to come into effect on 1 November 2012. Solvency II is likely to have major impact on the way insurance companies are regulated not just in Europe, but worldwide.

 

Dr. Winfried Heinen presentation on reinsurance for students

On Friday, March 18, 2011, in the College of Business Building room 357, at 11:00 a.m., Dr. Winfried Heinen, Operating Manager of International Life and Health Reinsurance at General Re Corporation, and a member of the Board of Directors of General Re Corporation, made a presentation for students on the global business of reinsurance. Dr. Heinen's presentation is here.

 

Actuarial Club: Event about actuarial examinations

This meeting of the Actuarial Club was held on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 in Stevenson Hall room 228 at 6:30 p.m.. Dr. Ranee Thiagarajah will speak about the professional actuarial examinations. All interested students are welcome.

 

Actuarial Club: Internship Questions and Answers

This meeting of the Actuarial Club was held on Thursday, February 3, 2011 in Stevenson Hall room 228 at 6:30. Students who were in internships this past summer shared their experiences and answer questions.

 

 


2010

Presentation by Mr. Richard Bill, FCAS on Modeling of Catastrophic Losses

On Thursday, December 2, 2010, at 7 p.m., in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by Mr. Richard Bill, FCAS, an actuarial consultant, and retired from his former position as Chief Actuary at Country Financial, an ISU alumnus. Mr. Bill will speak about modeling for insurance covering catastrophic losses. Mr. Bill's presentation can be dowloaded here.

Presentation by Mr. R. Dale Hall, FSA, CERA on Demutualization

On Monday, November 15, 2010, at 7 p.m., in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by Mr. R. Dale Hall, FSA, CERA, Chief Life and Annuity Actuary at Country Financial. Mr. Hall spoke about the process of demutualization. Mr. Hall's presentation can be downloaded here.

Presentation by Mr. Richard Bill, FCAS on Crop Insurance

On Monday, October 25, 2010, at 7 p.m., in Stevenson Hall room 401, the Actuarial Club hosted a visit by Mr. Richard Bill, FCAS, an actuarial consultant, and retired from his former position as Chief Actuary at Country Financial, an ISU alumnus. Mr. Bill spoke about crop insurance system in the United States. Mr. Richard Bill's presentation files can be downloaded at the following places:

https://math.IllinoisState.edu/actuary/downloads/MPCIpCrop-Ins-ISU.ppt

https://math.IllinoisState.edu/actuary/downloads/FinalSimulation.xlsx

Alumni Day presentation on Workers Compensation by Ms. Carol Sorenson, FCAS

On Friday, October 15, 2010, at 2 p.m. in Center for Visual Arts room 149, the Actuarial Club hosted a visit and presentation on Workers Compnesation by Ms. Carol Sorenson, FCAS, an actuary at Zurich Insurance, and an alumna of our program. The Powerpoint file of Ms. Sorenson's presentation can be downloaded here.

Meet the Firms

2010 Meet the Firms event was held Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 6-8 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 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 this event: Actex Publications, Allstate, American Family Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Country Financial, Erie Insurance, Horace Mann, Liberty Mutual, Mercer, Northwestern Mutual, Pekin Insurance, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, RGA Reinsurance, RLI Insurance, State Farm, Towers Watson, Travelers, Trustmark, Wellpoint, Zurich.

High School Actuarial Career Fairs

The 2010 Actuarial Career Fairs were held in October 2010. 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 will be accepted. The events were held:

Students interested in this event were asked to register at this web site:

http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22AE2HFDCRL

Educators were also most welcome, and could register here:

http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22AE339DPMM

This event was organized by the Actuarial Program of Illinois State University, and it received support from the Midwestern Actuarial Forum, the Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services, the Casualty Actuarial Society, and the Society of Actuaries.

Allstate Insurance visit

On Wednesday, September 29, 2010, at 6:30 p.m., in the Center for Visual Arts room 145, Allstate Insurance representatives made a presentation about actuarial careers with Allstate.

Actuarial Club event

On Monday, September 13, 2010, at 6:30 p.m., in the Williams Hall room 313, our Actuarial Club hosted a presentation on professional actuarial examinations by Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski.

Actuarial Banquet

The 2010 Illinois State University Actuarial Program held its annual Actuarial Banquet on Friday, April 30, 2010, at 5 p.m. in The Chateau Hotel.

College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecture: 2010 Actuarial Program Research Event

Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, FSA, CERA, CFA,FSAS, MAAA, Actuarial Program Director, was the 2009/2010 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecturer. He presented his lecture entitled: "Modigliani, Miller, and Mortgages" on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 7:30 p.m., in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center. This lecture was also the 2010 Actuarial Program Research Event and it was open to the public. A recording of the lecture can be listened to at:

http://www.cas.ilstu.edu/podcasts/Ostaszewski/part1.mp4

http://www.cas.ilstu.edu/podcasts/Ostaszewski/part2.mp4

... through

http://www.cas.ilstu.edu/podcasts/Ostaszewski/part14.mp4

Actuarial Club Event

On Thursday, March 25th, 2010, at 7 p.m. in COB 145, Sam Smith, an actuary from Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, made a presentation for our Actuarial Club.

 


2009

Actuarial Club Bowling Night with Alumni

The Actuarial Club wil host a bowling night at the Billards and Bowling Center on November 12, 2009, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Casual night to mingle and bowl with others in the Club and some recent alumni.

High School Actuarial Career Fairs

The 2009 Actuarial Career Fairs were held in October 2009. 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 were not employment events, but rather meetings designed to provide information about the actuarial career. No resumes could be accepted. The events were held:

Students interested in this event were asked to register at this web site: http://www.beanactuary.org/news/09studreg.cfm. Educators were also most welcome, and could register here: http://www.beanactuary.org/news/09edreg.cfm. This event was organized by the Actuarial Program of Illinois State University, and it received support from the Midwestern Actuarial Forum, the Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services, the Casualty Actuarial Society, and the Society of Actuaries.

Meet the Firms

2009 Meet the Firms event was held Friday, September 25, 2009, 6-8 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 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: Actex, Aegon, Allstate, American Family, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Conseco, Corridor Careers, Country Financial, Liberty Mutual, Horace Mann, Humana, Mercer, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, RGA Reinsurance, RLI Insurance, State Farm, Towers Perrin, Trustmark, Wellpoint, Zurich Insurance.

Visit by Allstate Insurance

On Monday, September 14, 2009, our program hosted a visit by representatives of Allstate Insurance. The event took place at 6:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 219. More information is here.

Actuarial Club Meeting: Internship Night

The Actuarial Club held a meeting in Stevenson Hall room 401 at 7 p.m. on September 10, 2009. Students who had an internship last Summer talked to those who are looking into getting one for next Summer. The discussion was about important questions such as: what kind of work to expect and what to expect in the interview process.

Actuarial Club Meeting about Actuarial Exams

The Actuarial Club will hold a meeting in Stevenson Hall room 436 at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2009, and during this meeting Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski will make a presentation explaining the professional actuarial examinations process.

Actuarial Club Picnic

The annual picnic of the Actuarial Club was held in People's Park (located just South of the College of Business parking garage on the corner of University St. and Beaufort St.) on Sunday August 23, 2009, 3-6 p.m.

Actuarial Research Seminar

Actuarial Research Seminar, lead by Dr. Wei Hao, FSA, MAAA, actuary at State Farm, in the Fall 2009 semester is held Fridays, at 3:30 p.m. in Stevenson Hall room 132, the Adlai Stevenson Room. Seminar schedule is posted here.

Actuarial Banquet

2009 Actuarial Banquet was held Friday, May 1, 2009 at The Chateau Hotel in Bloomington, Illinois. The keynote speaker was Ms. Sarah Brands, FSA, MAAA, an alumna of Ilinois State University and an actuary at Wellpoint.

Actuarial Research Event: Dr. Keith Holler, FCAS, ASA, ARM spoke on

Predictive Modeling in Property/Casualty Insurance

The 2009 Actuarial Research Event was held on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 5 p.m. in the College of Business room 357. The event was a special lecture by Dr. Keith Holler, FCAS, ASA, ARM, who spoke on Predictive Modeling in Property/Casualty Insurance. Dr. Holler, currently with Erie Insurance, worked previously in Travelers National Programs with responsibility for managing the actuarial pricing and reserving functions. Prior to joining National Programs, Dr. Holler led the Personal Insurance Research and Development team at Travelers, which was instrumental in the development of the Quantum Auto and Quantum Home products. Before re-joining Travelers, Dr. Holler worked at the Hartford in their Personal Lines Research and Development team and their Claims Research and Development team. In the period from 1993 to 1998, he was a consultant with Tillinghast. Dr. Holler started his career with Travelers. Dr. Holler holds a Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Statistics from the University of Connecticut, and M.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of Buffalo. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS), an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA), and an Associate in Risk Management (ARM). Dr. Holler has written about a dozen papers and articles in various insurance and actuarial publications, and has given many presentations at various conferences including the most recent Casualty Actuarial Society Predictive Modeling Conference. Dr. Holler is a member of the Advisory Board of the Actuarial Program at Illinois State University.

Visit by Dr. Paul Musial

Dr. Paul Musial of Chicago State University gave a research lecture on April 6, 2009, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in Center of Visual Arts Building, room 149.The abstract of the lecture is posted here. This was followed by an open meeting with actuarial students in Williams Hall room 128 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 


2008

Visit by the Society of Actuaries

Illinois State University Actuarial Program has hosted a special all day visit by the Society of Actuaries. During that visit, we had these events open to the public (all in Bone Student Center):

11:00 a.m. - Noon, Circus Room, Open meeting about future of actuarial profession.
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Circus Room, Open meeting about future of actuarial profession.
4:00 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m., Circus Room, Open meeting about future of actuarial profession.

Visit by Wellpoint

On Tuesday, October 21, 2008, at 6 p.m., in Stevenson Hall room 401, representatives of Wellpoint made a presentation on the health insurance industry and working for Wellpoint. Students interested in employment and internship opportunities with Wellpoint should send an e-mail inquiry to: college@wellpoint.com.

Meet the Firms

2008 Meet the Firms event was held Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 6:00-8:00 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 contact Ms. Susan Mitchell, tel. 309-438-7797, fax 309-438-5866, or Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, with any questions. Registration for employers was done online at: https://survey.lilt.ilstu.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=9211487. The following employers attended: Aegon, Allstate, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, COUNTRY Financial, The Hartford, Hewitt Associates, Horace Mann, Humana,  Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, RGA Reinsurance,  RLI Insurance, Sentry Insurance, State Farm, Towers Perrin, Travelers, Trustmark, Wausau Insurance, Wellpoint, Zurich.

High School Actuarial Career Fairs

The 2008 Actuarial Career Fairs were held in September 2008. 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 can be accepted. The events were held:

Students interested in this event were asked to register at this web site: http://www.beanactuary.org/news/08studreg.cfm. Educators were also most welcome, and could register here: http://www.beanactuary.org/news/08edreg.cfm. This event is organized by the Actuarial Program of Illinois State University, and it receives support from the Midwestern Actuarial Forum, the Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services, the Casualty Actuarial Society, and the Society of Actuaries.

Visit by Allstate

On Thursday, Setember 18, 2008, at 6 p.m., in Williams Hall room 313, representatives of Allstate Insurance made a presentation on the property/casualty insurance industry and working for Allstate.


Actuarial Banquet

2008 Actuarial Banquet was held Friday, April 18, 2008 at The Chateau Hotel in Bloomington, Illinois. The keynote speaker was Mr. Gregory Girard, FCAS, CPCU, ChFC, an alumnus of Ilinois State University and an Actuary at State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Company.

 


2007

Three Presidents of Major American Professional Actuarial Organizations at Illinois State University Sesquicentennial, November 2, 2007

2007 marked the 150-th anniversary of the founding of Illinois State University. As part of the Illinois State University Sesquicentennial celebration, our Actuarial Program was honored to host three distinguished actuarial speakers on Friday, November 2, 2007:

Mr. Christopher Carlson, Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and President of the Casualty Actuarial Society, assuming the Presidency in November 2007.
Mr. Steven Lehmann, Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, and outgoing President of the American Academy of Actuaries. Mr. Lehmann is also a former President of the Casualty Actuarial Society.
Mr. Bruce Schobel, Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, and President of the Society of Actuaries, assuming the Presidency in October 2007.

 

Shane Chalke: Actuarial Entrepreneur

There will not be a Research Event in the Spring of 2008, and instead this Fall 2007, during the Illinois State University Sesquicentennial celebration, we will host some special lectures. The second was a lecture by Mr. Shane Chalke, FSA, MAAA. Mr. Chalke is an actuarial entrepreneur, who created two influential actuarial companies, and has been a pioneer in actuarial practice and theory. The Society of Actuaries presents his profile here. Mr. Chalke's biography is here. Mr. Chalke spoke about the changing nature of personal finance, retirement, and what problems this poses for the financial services industry. The lecture was presented at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2007. This event was open to the public. Here is the summary of Mr. Chalke's presentation:

A Cash Flow Model of the American Professional
The nature of retirement is changing rapidly, as are patterns of earnings and expenditure. Attitudes about inter-generational transfer of wealth are also far different than those of just 20 years ago. Mix these factors with the steady decline of defined benefit pensions, and we have significant gaps in the provision of financial products. The industry has responded with a series of point solutions, but without a comprehensive view to changing consumer needs. By modeling individual cash flow patterns and in today’s society, we can develop a more holistic view of what consumers really need from the Financial Services Industry. Mr. Chalke will speak about the nature of saving and consumption changes over the last generation, and what this means for financial services.

Claire Bilodeau: Research Actuary

There will not be a Research Event in the Spring of 2008, and instead this Fall 2007, during the Illinois State University Sesquicentennial celebration, we host some special lectures. The first one was on October 8, 2007, at 4:00 p.m., by Dr. Claire Bilodeau, ASA, currently a Visiting Research Actuary at the Society of Actuaries, who is also an Associate Professor of Actuarial Science at Laval University in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Bilodeau spoke on her joint research with Semira Puskar, in a presentation entitled "Designing the Best Pension Plan", addressing the question: In view of different working patterns and taking the inherent financial risks into account, is the final salary defined benefit pension plan really the one every employee should wish for?

High School Actuarial Career Fairs

The 2007 Actuarial Career Fairs was held in October. 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 can be accepted. The events were held:

Students interested in this event were asked to register at this web site: http://www.beanactuary.org/news/07studreg.cfm. Educators were also most welcome, and could register here: http://www.beanactuary.org/news/07edreg.cfm.

This event was organized by the Actuarial Program of Illinois State University, and it also received support from the Midwest Actuarial Forum, the Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services, the Casualty Actuarial Society, and the Society of Actuaries.

 

Meet the Firms

2007 Meet the Firms event was held Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Redbird Arena. This event was an opportunity for actuarial employers to present themselves to students and collect students' resumes for internships and jobs.The following companies registered for this event: Aegon, Allstate, American Family Insurance, Auto-Owners Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, COUNTRY Financial, The Hartford, Horace Mann, Humana, Marsh Inc., Pekin Insurance, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, RGA Reinsurance,  RLI Insurance, Rockhill Insurance, Sentry Insurance, State Farm, Towers Perrin, Travelers, Trustmark, Wausau, Wellpoint, Zurich.

Actuarial Banquet

2007 Actuarial Banquet was held Friday, April 20, 2007 at The Chateau Hotel in Bloomington, Illinois. The keynote speaker was Mr. Richard Bill, FCAS, an alumnus of Ilinois State University and an Actuary at Country Insurance and Financial Services.

Actuarial Research Event

2007 Actuarial Research Event was held Thursday, April 19, 2007 at The Chateau Hotel in Bloomington, Illinois. The speaker was Dr. Richard MacMinn, the Edmondson-Miller Chair in Insurance and Financial Services at Illinois State University. His lecture, entitled Catastrophic Risk Management, was presented in the Auditorium of The Chateau Hotel at 8 p.m. on April 19, 2007. It was free an open to the public.

Professor Richard MacMinn is one of most prominent researchers in risk and insurance in the world. He was an editor of the Journal of Risk and Insurance, the leading journal in the world on insurance and risk management, published by the American Risk and Insurance Association, from 1998 through 2006. He is an associate editor for the Asia-Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance, the Journal of Insurance Issues and the Quarterly Journal of Economics and Finance. Professor MacMinn served as a board member of the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association from 2000-2003, as a board member for the American Risk and Insurance Association from 2003-2006 and is a member of the American Risk and Insurance Association, Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association, European Group of Risk and Insurance Economists, Southern Risk and Insurance Association, Western Risk and Insurance Association, American Economic Association and American Finance Association. He has published in journals including the Journal of Risk and Insurance, Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Geneva Papers, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Journal of Finance. He has thrice won the prestigious Mehr Award in addition to a number of other awards from the American Risk and Insurance Association, Casualty Actuarial Society, and General Insurance Research Organization in the United Kingdom and Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association for his publications.

 


 

2006

Actuarial Career Fairs

The 2006 Actuarial Career Fairs were held in September and October. 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 can be accepted. The events were held:

  • Monday, September 25, 2006, 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the Old Main Room in the Bone Student Center on campus of Illinois State University, in Normal, Illinois.
  • Monday, October 2, 2006, 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the Chicago office of Illinois State University, 150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1590, in Chicago, Illinois.

These events received support from Midwest Actuarial Forum, and Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services. We are very grateful for the help of these organizations.

Meet the Firms

2006 Meet the Firms was held Tuesday, September 19, 2006, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Old Main Room at the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University. This is our main actuarial employment event. Students from our program, as well as from other universities, are welcome to attend and present their resumes to employers. Employers are welcome to set up tables with information, and accept resumes from students. Employers interested in attending should contact Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski. There is no charge to employers for attending this event. The following employers were present: Aegon, Allstate, American Family Insurance, Auto Owners Insurance Co., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, COUNTRY Financial, Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company, The Hartford, The Horace Mann Companies, Marsh Inc., Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Principal Financial Group, RLI Corp., State Farm, Towers Perrin, Travelers, Trustmark, Wausau, WellPoint, Zurich North America.

Actuarial Research Event

2006 Actuarial Research Event was held Thursday, April 27, 2006 at The Chateau Hotel in Bloomington, Illinois. Dr. Kevin Ahlgrim, ASA, MAAA, of the Department of Finance, Insurance and Law at Illinois State University, presented a lecture entitled: "Enterprise Risk Management - Tools and Techniques". The lecture was held in the Auditorium of The Chateau Hotel at 8 p.m. It was preceded by a private dinner with alumni of our Actuarial Program.

Actuarial Banquet

2006 Actuarial Banquet was held Friday, April 21, 2006 at The Chateau Hotel in Bloomington, Illinois. The keynote speaker was Mr. William Snyder, FSA, MAAA, an alumnus of Ilinois State University and an Actuary at State Farm.

 


 

2005

Actuarial Career Fairs

The 2005 Actuarial Career Fairs were held in September 2005. These annual fairs are primarily intended for high school students, but open to college students, and everyone else seeking to learn more about the actuarial career. The events were held:

  • Monday, September 19, 2005, 3:00-6:00 p.m. in room 401 of Stevenson Hall at Illinois State University, in Normal, Illinois.
  • Monday, September 26, 2005, 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the CNA Insurance Company at 333 South Wabash in Chicago, Illinois.

These events received support from CNA Insurance Company, Midwest Actuarial Forum, and Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services. We are very grateful for the help of these organizations.

Meet the Firms

2005 Meet the Firms Night was held Tuesday, September 20, 2005, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Old Main Room at the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University. The following companies participated: Aegon, Allstate, American Family Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, COUNTRY Financial, Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company, The Hartford, The Horace Mann Companies, Illinois Mutual, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, The Phoenix Companies, RLI Corp., State Farm, State of Illinois Department of Insurance, Travelers, Towers Perrin, Trustmark, Wausau, WellPoint, Zurich North America. 

Actuarial Research Event

In the Spring of 2005, the Actuarial Program at Illinois State University organized a new Research Event. This event was held first on Monday, April 25, 2005, at 7:30 p.m., at the Union League Club of Chicago. The event was a lecture by Dr. Krzysztof M. Ostaszewski, FSA, CFA, MAAA, Actuarial Program Director at Illinois State University, on the "Social Security system in the United States: Its Financing and Reform." The event was repeated on Monday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. at The Chateau Hotel in Bloomington, Illinois. Both events were preceded by a private dinner for our program alumni, by invitation only. Information about this event is also posted here.

Actuarial Banquet

2005 Actuarial Banquet was held Friday, April 22, 2005 at The Chateau Hotel in Bloomington, Illinois. The keynote speaker was Mr. Adam Swope, FCAS, an alumnus of our program and an Actuary at State Farm.

 


 

2004

Actuarial Career Fairs

The second annual informational Actuarial Career Fairs were held in September 2004. The fairs were primarily intended for high school students, but open to college students, and everyone else seeking to learn more about the actuarial career. The events were held at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2004, 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Old Main Room at the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University, in Normal, Illinois.
  • Wednesday, September 29, 2004, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Plaza West, 3100 Saunders Rd., in Northbrook, Illinois.

These events have received support from Allstate Insurance Company, Midwest Actuarial Forum, Society of Actuaries, Casualty Actuarial Society, and Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services. We are very grateful for the help of these organizations.

Meet the Firms

2004 Meet the Firms Night was held Tuesday, September 21, 2004, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Old Main Room at the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University. The following companies registered for the event: Aegon, Allstate, American Family Insurance, Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company, COUNTRY Financial, D.W. Simpson, Epic Consulting, The Horace Mann Companies, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, RLI Corp., State Farm, Trustmark Insurance, WellPoint, Zurich North America.

Actuarial Banquet

2004 Actuarial Banquet was held Friday, April 16, 2004 at the The Chateau Hotel in Bloomington, Illinois. The keynote speaker was Mr. Andy Wieduwilt, FSA, MAAA, an alumnus of our program and an Actuary at State Farm.

 


 

2003

Actuarial Career Fairs

In the Fall of 2003, Illinois State University Actuarial Program and Chicago Actuarial Association, in cooperation with the Society of Actuaries, Casualty Actuarial Society, Midwest Actuarial Forum and Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services, organized two new events: Actuarial Career Fairs. The career fairs were primarily intended for high school students (but were open to college students) seeking to learn more about the actuarial profession. The fairs were held:

Meet the Firms

2003 Meet the Firms Night was held on Tuesday, September 16, 2003, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Old Main Room at the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University. The following companies have attended: Aegon, Allstate, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Buck Consultants, American Family Insurance, COUNTRY Financial, Epic Actuaries, Ernst and Young, The Horace Mann Companies, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc., RLI Corp., State Farm, Miliman USA, Tillinghast-Towers Perrin, Trustmark Insurance, Zurich North America.

Actuarial Banquet

2003 Actuarial Banquet was held Friday, April 11, 2003 at the The Chateau Hotel in Bloomington, Illinois. The keynote speaker was Ms. Nancy Behrens, FSA, MAAA, Vice President and Actuary at State Farm.

 


 

2002

Meet the Firms

2002 Meet the Firms Night was held on Tuesday, September 17, 2002, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Circus Room of the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University. The following companies attended: Allstate, American Family Insurance, CNA, COUNTRY Financial, Hewitt Associates, Kemper Insurance, Miller Herbers Lehmann and Associates, RLI Corp., The Segal Co., State Farm Insurance, State of Illinois Department of Insurance, The St. Paul Companies, Tillinghast-Towers Perrin, Trustmark Insurance, Zurich North America.

Actuarial Banquet

2002 Actuarial Banquet was held Friday, April 12, 2002 at the Jumer Hotel In Bloomington, Illinois. The keynote speaker was Mr. Gregory Hayward, FCAS, FCIA, MAAA, Casualty Actuarial Society university liaison for Illinois State University Actuarial Program, and an Actuary at State Farm.

 


 

2001

Meet the Firms

2001 Meet the Firms Night was held on Tuesday, September 18, 2001, 7:00-9:00 p.m.in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University. The following companies attended: Allstate, American Family Insurance, CNA, COUNTRY Financial, Hewitt Associates, The Horace Mann Companies, Kemper Insurance, Miller Herbers Lehmann and Associates, RLI Corp., The Segal Co., State Farm Insurance, State of Illinois Department of Insurance, Tillinghast-Towers Perrin, Trustmark Insurance.

Actuarial Banquet

2001 Actuarial Banquet was held Friday, April 6, 2001 at the Jumer Hotel In Bloomington, Illinois. The keynote speaker was Mr. Joe McDonald, FSA, MAAA, an alumnus of our program, and an Actuary at State Farm.

 


 

2000

Meet the Firms

2000 Meet the Firms Night was held September 19, 2000, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Circus Room of the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University. The following companies attended: Allstate, Auto Owners Insurance Co., CNA, COUNTRY Financial, Hewitt Associates, The Horace Mann Companies, Miller Herbers Lehmann and Associates, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, State Farm Insurance, Tillinghast-Towers Perrin, Trustmark Insurance.