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Event Archive

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

In addition to these events, we also hold an Actuarial Research Seminar.

Actuarial Program Events: 2021

2022 Actuarial Research Event

Covid Data Follies: Vaccination Rates, Relative Risk, and Simpson's Paradox

You may have heard statistics in the news that most of the people testing positive for COVID, currently, in a particular location, or most of the people hospitalized for COVID, or even most of the people dying of COVID were vaccinated! How can that be? Does that prove that the vaccines are ineffective? Using real-world data, the speaker, Mary Pat Campbell, will show how these statistics can both be true and misleading. Simpson's Paradox is involved, which has to do with comparing differences between subgroups with very different sizes and average results. Simpson's Paradox actually appears quite often in the insurance world. Mary Pat Campbell, FSA, MAAA is a life actuary who works in Insurance Research at Conning, based out of Hartford, CT. She is an active volunteer with the Society of Actuaries. Her LinkedIn profile is here:

Thursday, December 2, 2021, Finals Study Night, 6-7 P.M.

The Actuarial Club will be hosting a study night in lieu of the finals next week. The event will be held in Stevenson Hall room no 120 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Central and the dress code is casual.

Wednesday, Novemeber 17, 2021, How to pass Actuarial Exams, 6-7 P.M.

Greg Coffman and Josh Viacrusis presented on "How to pass Actuarial Exams".

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, Thank You Letters to the Math Department, 6-7 P.M.

The Actuarial Club hosted an event to write Thank You letters to the Math Department.

Wednesday, Novemeber 10, 2021, Pinnacle Q&A

Kirsten Marshall, Paige Bailey and Mark Murdoch of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources were at ISU for a casual Q&A session.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021, Different Types of Actuarial Work by Jabari Washington

Jabari Washington, the social chair of the Actuarial Club presented on the different types of actuarial work.

Friday, October 29, 2021, Halloween Movie Watch Party

The Actuarial Club hosted a Halloween Movie watch party.

Monday, October 25, 2021, Study Resources #2

Luke Stachowski gave a presentation on study materials for the actuarial exams.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, Study Resources from The Infinite Actuary

Tyler Jenkins presented on the actuarial resources provided by The Infinite Actuary to help pass actuarial exams.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, Assest Liability Presentation by Dr. Wei Hao

Dr. Wei Hao, FSA, CFA, an actuary at State Farm, presented on asset-liability management.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, CAS vs SOA Presentation by Sebastian Czerwinski

Sebastian presented on the differences between the CAS and SOA.

Friday, October 8, 2021, Actuarial Club Picnic

The Actuarial Club hosted their annual club picnic on Friday, October 8, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Central.

Meet the Firms 2021

Meet the Firms 2021, our main actuarial employment event, was held live on Monday, September 27, 2021, in Prairie Room in the Bone Student Center, on campus of Illinois State University, from 5:30 p.m. till 8 p.m. The event is free of charge to employers. For employers who prefer virtual event, we will also have a virtual version, on Friday, October 1, 2021, 1:30 p.m. This virtual event will require a fee payment by employers.
Students can register for the virtual Meet The Firms event through this Hire a Redbird portal:
Employers can register at: 
The site specifically dedicated to the Meet the Firms event is here.
You can send questions to:

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, Humana Company Presenation and Interviews

Humana, a health insurance company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky presented on September 22, 2021 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Central.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 7-8 PM, Resume Night, Actuarial Club Event

On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Central, the Actuarial Club hosted a Resume Night.

Monday, September 20, 2021, 6-7 PM, Milliman Company Presentation

Former president, Scott Damery and Sam Heil from Milliman presented about Milliman which is a large health consulting firm.

Thursday, September 16,2021, 6-7 PM, Centene Company Presentation

Centene, headquartered in St. Louis, MO, presented about healthcare and the opportunities they have available for internships and full-time positions.

Thursday, September 16,2021, 1-2 PM, Virtual presentation by Sunish Menon

Sunish Menon, a manager at State Farm, presented on data science and actuarial science.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 6-7 PM, Resume Workshop by CNA

CNA hosted a hybrid Resume Workshop on September 15, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Central.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 6-7 PM, How to get a job by ISU Alumnus Charlie Johnson

Charlie Johnson, FSA, CERA, MAAA presented on How to get a job and shared what recruiters expect in resumes and screening interviews.

Monday, September 13, 2021, 7-8 PM, Meet the Firms Preparation (Start Building Resumes)

Lizzie Stremming, Karissa Barthand and Sejal Pamnani helped the students in building and improving their resumes along with discussing interviewing, elevator speeches, actuarial jargon etc from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Central, in Stevenson Hall room no 120 for Meet the Firms event which is scheduled for September 27, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Central at the Prairie Room in Bone Student Centre.

Cigna Presentation

Cigna made a hybrid presentation for our students on September 8 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Central in Stevenson Hall room no 120, for those who wish to attend in person. The dress code for the event is Business Casual.

Presentation on modeling of catastrophe risk

On Thursday, September 2, 2021, from 6 p.m to 7 p.m. Central, there was a special virtual presentation by Ms. Minchong Mao, FCAS, ASA, Managing Director, Reinsurance Solutions at Aon, on modeling of catastrophe risk.

OneAmerica presentation and interviews and Gamma Iota Sigma Meeting

OneAmerica, which is a life insurance company headquartered in Indianapolis, presented on the opportunities for summer internships and full-time positions on September 1, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Central and held virtual interviews on September 2, 2021. After the OneAmerica presentation, Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) held their first general meeting, at 6:30 p.m. Central, in State Farm Hall of Business room no 357.

Friday, August 27th @ 4-5 PM, Maxwell Park (Frolf) - Casual Dress Code, Actuarial Club Social Event
All actuarial students were invited to our first social event of the semester. Take a break from studying to come disc golf and socialize with fellow club members. If you don't have any discs or a frisbee, feel free to still come out because we have extra discs that you can borrow. Address: 305 N Parkside Rd, Normal, IL 61761. Please remember to follow Illinois State University COVID-19 guidelines, for more information go to:

On Thursday, August 26th, 6-7 PM, in Stevenson 232 there was a Reinsurance Group of America Company Presentation
Kelsie Klingenberg, ASA, and Levi Triplo of RGA presented on opportunities at RGA and discussing life as an actuary at a global reinsurance company.

Thursday, August 26th, 1-2 PM, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources presentation on Virtual (Optimizing Efficiency with Large Datasets)
Christina Negley, FCAS, and Joseph Sveda, ACAS, of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources presented on efficiency when dealing with large datasets in SAS and R.
Sign up at this link:

Presentation on hedging of variable annuities

On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at 6 p.m. there was a special presentation by Mr. Isaac Nyarko, FSA, our alumnus who is an actuary at Allianz Life Insurance in Minneapolis, on hedging of deferred annuities contracts.


FM Study Group

There will be a study group for exam FM that will be hosted on Tuesday and Thursday from 4 pm to 5 pm in Stevenson Hall room 120 and will be led by Greg Coffman, Abby Gunwall, Sydney Austin and Lizzie Stremming. The sessions will commence from the 24th of August and will last until the finals week.

First Fall 2021 meeting of the Actuarial Club (General Meeting)
Monday, August 23, 2021, 7 pm -- 8 pm in Williams Hall room 111.

Freshmen social meeting with the Actuarial Club Officers
This event was held Wednesday,
August 18, 2021, 7 pm -- 8 pm in Williams Hall room 111.

Ice Cream Study Night
This event was held Wednesday, April 28th from 6 pm to 7 pm,

Actuarial Club Elections
The elections were held on Monday, April 26th from 6 pm to 8 pm,

Advice Night

On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 6 p.m., the Actuarial Club held an Advice Night, an event in which Actuarial Club officers offered advice, which other students need.

Friday, April 16, 2021, 5:00 p.m.: 2021 Actuarial Research Event

The 2021 Actuarial Research Event was a Zoom lecture by the 1997 Nobel Prize winner in Economics, Professor Myron Scholes.
Professor Scholes spoke about the power of compound returns and the future of investment management.  The issue of particulate importance was: Marrying the constant distribution model of most of finance with the use of crowdsourced cross sectional signals to enhance compound returns.

Excel Tips & Tricks Presentation

Wednesday, March 31st at 6 pm to 7 pm CDT
The Excel file with exercises is here, and the Excel file with solutions for exercises is here.

Presentation on COVID-19 Impact on Insurance Industry

Monday, March 29th at 6 pm to 7 pm CDT

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 6:00 p.m.; Allstate presenation

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 6:00 p.m., our Actuarial Club hosted an Allstate Insurance presentation.

Monday, March 22, 2021, 6:00 p.m.; Actuarial Club Social event

On Monday, March 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m., our Actuarial Club  hosted  a Club social event.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 6:00 p.m.; Actuarial Club Officers Presentation on Internships Expectations

On Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 6:00 p.m., our Actuarial Club  hosted a presentation by its officers on internships expectations.

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 4:00 p.m. -- 5:50 p.m.: Special presentation on Principles Based Reserving by Ms. Magdalena Diedrich, FSA, Corporate Vice President and Actuary at New York Life Insurance Company, Part II

On Thursday, February 25, 2021 our Actuarial Club hosted a special presentation on Principles Based Reserving

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 5:30 p.m.; Zurich Insurance Presentation

On Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 5:30 p.m., our Actuarial Club will hosted a presentation by Zurich Insurance.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 4:00 p.m. -- 5:50 p.m.: Special presentation on Principles Based Reserving by Ms. Magdalena Diedrich, FSA, Corporate Vice President and Actuary at New York Life Insurance Company, Part I

On Thursday, February 25, 2021 our Actuarial Club hosted a special presentation on Principles Based Reserving

Monday, March 1, 2021, 6 p.m.; Zoom Professionalism Presentation

On Monday, March 2, 2021 at 6 p.m., our Actuarial Club held a professionalism presentation.

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 4:00 p.m. -- 5:50 p.m.: Special presentation on Workers Compensation by Mr. Erich Brandt, FCAS, and Ms. Kristen Marshall, ACAS, from Pinnacle Actuarial Resources

On Thursday, February 25, 2021 our Actuarial Club hosted a special presentation on Workers Compensation.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021: Club Social (JackBox games)

Wednesday, February 24th at 6 pm to 7 pm CDT

Tuesday, February 23, 2021: Paracord Drop-Off

Tuesday, February 23rd at 6 pm to 7 pm CDT
Meet Trevor at the Starbucks in the Bone Student Center

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 6 pm - 7 pm: Paracord Pick-Up

On Thursday, February 18, 2021 our Actuarial Club will host a Paracord Pick-Up Event.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 6 pm - 7 pm: Social Security Actuarial Presentation by the Chief Actuary of Social Security Administration: Mr. Steve Goss

On Wednesday, February 17, 2021 our Actuarial Club hosted a Social Security Actuarial Presentation by the Chief Actuary of Social Security Administration, Mr. Steve Goss.

Wednesday February 3rd 6 pm - 7 pm: FM Study Group Presentation

On Wednesday, February 3, 2021 our Actuarial Club hosted an exam FM Study Group presentation, via Zoom.

Monday February 1st 6 pm - 7 pm: Resume Workshop

On Monday, February 1, 2021 at 6 p.m., our Actuarial Club hosted a resume workshop, via Zoom.

First social event of Spring 2021: Playing AmongUs

Wednesday, January 27, 2021,  6 pm to 7pm CDT, via Zoom

Spring 2021 First General Meeting of the Actuarial Club

The first general meeting of the Actuarial Club for the Spring 2021 semester was held Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 6pm, via Zoom.