GIS President, Harlee Hawthorne, attends the GIS Leadership Symposim in Columbus, OH

correct4.jpegGamma Iota Sigma (GIS) Rho Chapter—the Appalachian State Risk Management and Insurance Student Group—participated in the nation-wide GIS Leadership held in Columbus, Ohio in August 2021. Harlee Hawthorne, GIS Rho Chapter President, represented her fellow Appalachian State risk management and insurance students at this important meeting.

At the conference, the AppState Rho chapter was recognized for their 2019-2020 designation as an Excellent Chapter as well as for their outstanding performance in Alumni Relations, Chapter Management, Community Service, GammaSAID Diversity & Inclusion, Membership Development and Public Relations.

“Harlee represented Appalachian and the Brantley Center exceptionally well,” said Gamma Iota Sigma Rho chapter Faculty Advisor David Marlett. “In addition to networking with industry representatives, Harlee worked with peer leaders to bring home new ideas to enhance the Appalachian State GIS group. This opportunity will make an outstanding impact on our students.”

The AppState GIS Rho chapter was chartered in 1979 and hosted the 2013 GIS international conference.

In September, the entire Appalachian State Gamma Iota Sigma Leadership Team will return to Columbus, Ohio to represent Appalachian at the 50th Annual GIS International Conference.


About the Brantley Risk & Insurance Center

The Brantley Risk and Insurance Center in Appalachian State University's Walker College of Business enhances the academic experience of students pursuing a career in insurance by providing space and staff to assist 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.

For more information about the Center, visit .

Published: Aug 17, 2021 12:33pm