News and Events

AppState RMI Students Selected To Compete for 2017 Spencer RIMS Risk Management National Championship

Appalachian State University's team of RMI Seniors was one of only nine schools to be invited to Philadelphia for the national RIMS convention in April 2017. Read the full story from the RIMS page here: The team from AppState won this event in 2015.  Read the 2015 story here: .

Dr. Lori Medders named Freeman Distinguished Professor of Insurance

Read the story from the WCOB about Dr. Lori Medders here:

AppState Brantley Risk & Insurance Center's Executive in Residence, Stuart Powell

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2017 Risk Manager in Residence and Day in the Life of a Renewal programs held at Appalachian State

Robin Joines, Senior VP Risk Management with Sedgwick, was the 2017 Risk Manager-in-Residence at Appalachian State University February 8-10.  During her time on campus she addressed a standing-room-only crowd of Gamma Iota Sigma students and spoke on emerging risks within the industry and career opportunities.  Joines also taught classes on Enterprise Risk & Insurance Management along with the Principles of Risk Management and Insurance classes, Personal Insurance and Commercial...

NCAMIC Presents Scholarships to AppState RMI Majors

The North Carolina Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NCAMIC) recently awarded scholarships to Appalachian State University (AppState) Risk Management & Insurance (RMI) majors.  In a ceremony on campus in Boone in conjunction with the Gamma Iota Sigma Open House, 2017 NCAMIC President Mike Williams of BeachRE presented Juniors Shelby Weatherman and Peyton McAvoy each with a $2,500 scholarship.  This marks the fourth year that NCAMIC has awarded scholarships to AppState RMI...

AppState students compete in first PriSim Agency Management Competition

The PriSim Agency Management Competition kicks off the first week of February, 2017. During the five-week, simulated online competition, teams from top colleges with insurance programs will compete in a business simulation where they will function as the management team running an insurance agency.  The competition is an initiative of InVEST, a school-to-work insurance program.  InVEST is the 501(c)(3) non-profit arm of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc. (...
IIANC group photo from convention

AppState Students Attend 2016 IIANC and IIABSC Conventions

IIANC Convention: October 2-4Six Appalachian State University (AppState) Risk Management & Insurance (RMI) majors, along with Brantley Center Director Karen Epermanis, Associate Director Greg Langdon and 2016-17 Executive-In-Residence Stuart Powell attended the 2016 IIANC Convention at the Marriott Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC, on October 2 – 4. The students met many industry professionals at the convention, attended educational sessions and networked with industry professionals from...
Dean Heather Norris, second from left, receives a $70,000 check from Independent

IIANC continues support of Brantley Risk & Insurance Center and RMI students

The Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (IIANC) has made a $70,000 gift to the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center at Appalachian State University. Aubie Knight, CEO of IIANC, presented the check to Walker College of Business Dean Heather Norris on Oct. 18.IIANC contributes annually to support the operations of the Brantley Center, which prepares Appalachian  students to become industry leaders through programs including student interview guidance, resume...
2016-17 Executive-in-Residence Stuart Powell featured in Carolina Agents Journal

2016-17 Executive-in-Residence Stuart Powell featured in Carolina Agents Journal

After retiring from a distinguished 20+ year career with the IIANC, Stuart Powell is serving as the Brantley Risk & Insurance Center's Executive-in-Residence during the 2016-17 academic year.  In this role, Powell teaches the Personal Insurance and Commercial Insurance classes, along with the Insurance Operations class.  He is also an active member of the Brantley Center's Board of Advisors. Read the recent story in the IIANC's "Carolina Agents Journal" about Powell, his...
Appalachian State Students Travel to Bermuda

Appalachian State Students Travel to Bermuda

For the second year in a row, RMI Professor David Marlett and BB&T Student Leadership Center Employee Relations Director Emily Marlett of Appalachian State University's Walker College of Business led a group of students on a study abroad trip to Bermuda. The travel was as part of the FIN 4800 International Insurance Markets class and allowed students to meet with insurance industry professionals and climate research scientists. While in Bermuda, May 16-24, the students learned about...