Appalachian’s Gamma Iota Sigma Rho Chapter recognized with Membership Award

Appalachian’s Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) Rho Chapter was recognized at the April 17 Student Organization Leadership Awards (SOLA) ceremony with the 2018-19 Membership Award.   This is an award for clubs that more than serve the needs of its members through speakers, workshops, retreats, conferences, and other acts to continually educate its members. 

In preparing the Membership Awards application, a GIS Rho Chapter officer wrote, “By participating in the numerous opportunities provided by being a member of Gamma Iota Sigma, I have been able to further develop as a leader and a student of the industry. Joining Gamma Iota Sigma was the greatest thing I could have done professionally in my time at Appalachian to prepare me for life after school.  When going into interviews, it is not the classroom experiences that I recall, it is the experiences I have gained through being a member.”

"Yet again I am impressed by our Gamma Iota Sigma Rho chapter leaders and the recognition they deservedly receive at Appalachian," said Faculty Advisor Karen Epermanis.  "Special thanks to our outgoing President Avery Fink and I know that our chapter leadership is in great hands with 2019-20 incoming President Harrison Cameron, Senior VP Devon Goolsby and Junior VP Ben Todd."

Gamma Leadership

(L-R:  2019-20 GIS Rho Chapter incoming Senior Vice President Devon Goolsby, 2018-19 GIS Rho Chapter President Avery Fink and 2019-20 GIS Rho Chapter incoming President Harrison Cameron accepting the award)

Appalachian’s GIS Rho Chapter was chartered in 1979, and is sponsored by the Brantley Risk & Insurance Center.  Read more: .


About the Brantley Risk & Insurance Center

The Brantley Risk & Insurance Center in Appalachian State University's Walker College of Business enhances the academic experience by providing space and staff to assist risk management and insurance majors with networking, job placement preparation and contact with faculty members outside the classroom. It provides students opportunities to participate in professional designation and licensing programs, and invites industry leaders to participate in classes and speak to student organizations. It also fosters research and faculty development, assists the insurance industry in the design and delivery of continuing education programs and helps educate the public about the insurance industry. Learn more at

Appalachian's Risk Management and Insurance Program is the sixth largest in the country according to Business Insurance magazine. The college's Brantley Risk and Insurance Center, founded in 1988 with support from the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, supports research and faculty development, assists the insurance industry in the design and delivery of training and continuing education programs, and facilitates interaction between students, faculty and the professionals in the insurance industry. Appalachian is designated a Global Center of Insurance Excellence by the International Insurance Society. For more information about the Center, visit

Published: Apr 29, 2019 12:56pm