Gamma Iota Sigma

App State Gamma Iota Sigma logoAppalachian State University is a Rho Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS), which was established in 1979. Through the GIS Society we actively participate in Gamma Iota Sigma events, and hosted their 2013 International Conference.

GIS is a professional collegiate insurance organization sponsored by the Brantley Center. The purpose of the organization is to promote, encourage, and sustain student interest in insurance, risk management, and actuarial science as a profession; to encourage high moral and scholastic attainments; and to facilitate the interaction and cooperation of educational institutions, industry, and professional organizations by fostering research, scholarship, and improved public relations.

Through regular meetings, guest speakers, and industry events, the Society provides students with real-world exposure, networking, and the opportunity to build lasting friendships with classmates. Special industry-sponsored events such as job shadow days and Insurance Career Fairs are held each semester to acquaint the students with industry practices and foster industry relationships.


Membership in GIS not only exposes students to travel opportunities, but also makes the student eligible to submit a resume for inclusion in the departmental resume book. Members must re-register each semester and include a membership fee of $35, payable to AppState GIS. While the organization is open to all majors, students are encouraged to join GIS as soon as they become departmental majors. Students interested in joining GIS should contact the faculty advisor.

Print 2017-18 GIS Membership Application Here (PDF, 648 KB)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Karen Epermanis

2017-2018 Officers and Duties

President – Christy Simpers

  • Host weekly executive meetings with Executive Board and Directors
  • Schedule, prepare agenda and preside over officer and general meetings
  • Assess the need for committees and appoint as needed
  • Introduce programs at membership meetings (speakers, etc.)
  • Serve as student representative to BRIC Advisory Board
  • Alumni Relations—communicate with recent alumni
  • Coordinate gifts for industry guests

Executive Vice President – Shelby Weatherman

  • Co-host weekly executive meetings with Executive Board and Directors
  • Assist in presenting to BRIC Advisory Board
  • Plan bi-annual leadership retreats
  • Submit monthly article to GIS Grand Chapter for newsletter
  • Assist President in duties
  • Oversee committee chairs

Vice President of Operations - Lee Koonce

  • Attend weekly executive meetings with updates
  • Submit monthly GIS reports to Grand Chapter
  • Act as liaison between other on-campus organizations: Ex. Walker Fellows, SGA, etc.
  • Coordinate on-campus events: WCOB Club Expo, University Open House, Recruitment Dinner, GIS Open House, Guest Speaker events, RMI Career Fair, etc.
  • Coordinate details of guest speakers: Dinner reservations, purchase of gift if President is unable

Vice President of Finance - John Smith

  • Attend weekly executive meetings with updates
  • Monitor finances of RMI and report expenditures
  • Make bank deposits
  • Balance checking account
  • Maintain spreadsheet of financial transactions

Vice President of Marketing – Peyton McAvoy

  • Attend weekly executive meetings with updates
  • Create monthly Newsletters for chapter: Incorporate photos from recent events, important upcoming dates, interesting articles, etc.
  • Coordinate with Brantley Center on display board and bulletin updates.
  • Upkeep of social media sites: Twitter and Instagram

Vice President of Administration - Katherine Ciesinski

  • Attend executive meetings and take minutes
  • Oversee community Service Director: Maintain updates from Director of Community Service to report to Executive Board
  • Assist in ensuring volunteers are assigned for all events: Stay informed by VP and Director of Operations in regard to events and assist as needed
  • Submit applications and maintain records for GIS membership


Director of Marketing - Lisa Caldwell

  • Attend weekly executive meetings with updates
  • Coordinate social events
    • RMI Tailgate, Paintball, Bo's Night, Senior Send-Off, etc.
  • Chair mentor committee & mentorship program
    • Coordinate recruitment related events, interaction with underclassmen
  • Conduct emails to distribution list
    • Any emails sent to you by Greg or another member of the leadership team
  • Coordinate recruitment dinner alongside VP of Operations
  • Assist VP of Marketing as needed

Director of Operations - Avery Fink and Harrison Cameron

  • Attend weekly executive meetings with updates
  • Coordinate the Fall and Spring Career Fairs
  • Recruit volunteers as needed for on-campus events
    • Seek assistance from VP of Operations and VP of Administration as needed
  • Oversee campus events committee
    • Ensure committee members involvement in on campus events
  • Assist VP of Operations as needed

Director of Community Service - Caleb Hardee

  • Attend weekly executive meetings with updates
  • Lead Community Service Committee
  • Plan Adopt-A-Street cleanup each semester
  • Coordinate Community Matters Involvement
  • Polar Plunge involvement
  • GIS Week of Service
  • Plan other community service events as seen fit

Director of Alumni Relations – McKenzie Siner

  • Attend weekly executive meetings with updates
  • Serve as liaison to all recent Gamma and RMI alumni
  • Assist President in communicating with recent alumni
  • Coordinate all social events with alumni

Actuary Liaison – Catherine Lattimore

  • Attend weekly executive meetings with updates
  • Maintain relationship between newly acquired actuarial science club on campus
  • Responsible for involvement between RMI and Actuarial Science majors
  • Foster and grow relationship with Actuarial Science

Employee Benefits Liaison – Landon McCurdy

  • Attend weekly executive meetings with updates
  • Responsible for involvement between RMI majors and Employee Benefits minors
  • Foster and grow relationship with Employee Benefits minors

Historian – Madeline Roach

  • Attend weekly executive meetings with updates
  • Take pictures at all events
  • Send images to Vice President of Marketing for social media and newsletters


Community Service Committee

  • Responsible for conducting and being present at Community Service Events involving Rho Chapter

RMI Mentor Committee

  • Serve as a mentor and friend to underclassmen interested in the RMI program
  • Keep mentees updated on upcoming events and personally invite
  • Answer questions
  • Offer information and advice

Campus Events Committee

  • Accepting roles and duties as campus events are hosted by Rho Chapter: Ex. Registration table at RMI Career Fair

Video Committee

  • Promote RMI major, Brantley Center, and Gamma Iota Sigma by creating informative videos.