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February 2012
Bullet The Center for Insurance Research invites you to attend our 2nd Interdisciplinary Health Insurance Symposium: "Where is Equilibrium in the Health Insurance Market, and How Do We Get There?" This symposium, on Friday, February 17, 2012, will include industry leaders, regulators and academia in a discussion of current activities and concerns from the respective demand and supply sides of the health insurance market. For more information, please see the morning program and the full program.

Bullet Congratulations to RMI major Jordan Solomon for his work towards completion of the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation!  He successfully completed one part of the ARM 54.  To learn more about this designation and others, visit the department website.

October 2011
Bullet The Department, in conjunction with the Jacksonville Chapter of the CPCU, launched its Mentor Program today. The program pairs 10 CPCU insurance professionals with RMI students. Over the next 10 weeks, students will work with their mentors to learn more about insurance careers and designations and discuss current issues impacting the industry. Students will also work on creating effective resumes and practice their interview skills.

Bullet Profs. Cole and McCullough, along with three RMI students (Callie Pikcilingis, Dominique Reed, and Ryan Teuton) attended the Insurance Education and Career Summit in Atlanta, September 26th through 28th. The purpose of the conference was to bring together insurance professionals, academics, and students for the purpose of determining the primary obstacles to attracting talented individuals to the insurance industry and identifying potential ways to overcome these obstacles. To read more, see:http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2011/09/28/insurers-academics-and-students-tackle-talent-gap.

September 2011
Bullet Congratulations to David Orozco, RMI, on his new appointment as a staff editor for the American Business Law Journal, the premier journal for business legal studies faculty.

Bullet Congratulations to RMI major Jake Holehouse for successfully completing the requirements for his 4-40 license. Jack also completed two courses towards his CPCU designation (CPCU 500 and CPCU 540) this summer.

July 2011
Bullet The Center for Real Estate Education & Research has been selected to administrate the prestigious American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA). AREUEA works to advance the scope of knowledge in these disciplines and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas among its academic, governmental, and professional members, as well as institutions and organizations interested in understanding real estate and urban economic issues. For more information, please visit theannouncement page.

May 2011
Bullet Congratulations to Sonia Casablanca! Sonia, a first year student in the Masters of Science in Management program, has been selected to receive a scholarship from the Central Florida Chapter of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. She is also eligible to receive a matching scholarship from the Loman Foundation.

March 2011
Bullet David Orozco and co-author Norman D. Bishara from the University of Michigan will publish an article entitled "Using the Resource-Based Theory to Determine Covenant Not to Compete Legitimacy" in the 2011 edition of the Indiana Law Journal.

Bullet Congratulations to C.F. Sirmans, RMI, and his coauthor for winning the 2010 The Appraisal Journal’s Richard U. Ratcliff Award for their article “Office Property DCF Assumptions: Lessons from Two Decades of Investor Surveys” (Summer 2010). The Richard U. Ratcliff Award is presented for the best original article published in The Appraisal Journal that was written by an academic author. Articles are judged on the basis of pertinent appraisal interest, provocative thought, logical analysis, perceptive reasoning, clarity of presentation, and overall contribution to the literature of valuation.

February 2011
Bullet RMI Ph.D. student Brad Karl has been awarded the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research's Student Grant for his proposal entitled The Influence of Managed Care Firms Strategic Choices on Financial Performance. The supporting faculty are Dr. Born and Dr. McCullough.

Bullet RMI major Amanda Chatham passed CPCU 500, one of eight exams required to obtain the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. The CPCU designation is one of the most widely recognized designation in the insurance field.

Bullet RMI majors Ashley McCreadie and Heather Alexander successfully completed the requirements for the University Associate Certified Risk Manager (UACRM) professional designation. Requirements include both academic work and passing a national exam. The UACRM is sponsored by the National Alliance Research Academy.

Bullet Insurance Days
"Insurance Days" will be held Wednesday through Friday, February 23-25, 2011 at the FSU Career Center in the Dunlap Success Center. An annual two and one-half day event, IDays provides an invaluable service to employers wishing to hire RMI graduates. Open only to RMI majors, it assists seniors in obtaining employment, as well as assisting non-graduating students to obtain summer internships. For more information, please visit the webpage for this event.

January 2011
Bullet Liberty Mutual Responsible Scholars National Leadership InformationThe Responsible Scholars National Leadership Forum (RSNLF) is a three‐day event designed to provide talented college students with exceptional leadership qualities an opportunity to learn about Liberty Mutual and the insurance industry. Students from diverse backgrounds, representing partnership schools across the country will travel to our corporate headquarters in Boston, MA to participate in workshops and activities geared towards bringing out leadership, team building, communication and negotiation skills. Participants will have numerous opportunities to network and interact with recent college hires, senior leaders and recruitment professionals.

Bullet Students eligible for this opportunity are those who are graduating between 12/2012 and 07/2013. Sophomores interested in learning about insurance and Liberty Mutual from the top executives within the firm must email Robert Drouin by January 17 with a copy of their resume attached. On-campus interviews will be conducted on January 21.

October 2010
Bullet WIND Scholarship Fund Recipients Announced: WIND is pleased to announce the expansion of our WIND Scholarship Fund at Florida State University’s School of Business/Department of Risk Management. WIND has pledged $25,000 annually to qualified graduate and undergraduate students majoring in Risk Management at FSU. WIND members with qualified dependents are asked to apply as well, as additional preference is also given to students affiliated with WIND. To qualify an eligible student must have a 2.5 GPA or above and must be in good standing with the College of Business. Consideration is also given to applicants with financial need while greater consideration will be given to scholarship, leadership, character, and community service.

Bullet The Spring 2011 recipients are Undergraduate: David Flowers, Dominique Reed, Ashley McCreadie, Brenae Robinson; Graduate Students: Sonia Casablanca and Sarah Logue. WIND is pleased to support the insurance industry and future professionals. Congratulations to our recipients.

October 2010
Bullet Drs. Randy Dumm and Patricia Born have been named Associated Members of the Munich Risk and Insurance Center (MRIC) and will attend the Center's official Opening Ceremony in Munich on October 6th. The MRIC was founded to support further research activities in the field of risk management and insurance. The Center will provide a joint roof for several insurance scientists working in Munich with well-established networks all over the world.

September 2010
Bullet Beginning this year, Florida State University has been added as one of 13 universities participating in the Foundation for Agency Management Excellence (FAME) scholarship program. The program, which began in 2006, provides two $5,000 scholarships to risk management/insurance majors (one junior and one senior). The first FSU students to receive this award are Allison Johnson and Kristen Barrett.

Bullet The Department welcomes Verena Jäger, the first student visiting FSU on our exchange agreement with Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich, Germany. Ms. Jäger is working toward a diploma in financial mathematics in Munich. While at FSU, she is taking courses in Insurer Operations, Commercial Risk Management, Life Insurance, and Investments.

August 2010
Bullet Two additional scholarships will be awarded this fall; one $1,000 scholarship funded by the Gulf coast Chapter of the CPCU Society and two $5,000 scholarships funded by the Foundation for Agency Management Excellence. The application deadline is September 9th. See the application for specific criteria.

January 2010
Bullet The Center for Insurance Research held a kick-off panel presentation and luncheon event at the University Center Club in Tallahassee, FL, on January 28th. Invited speakers included:

  • Kevin McCarty, Insurance Commissioner, State of Florida
  • Moira Campion McConaghy, Manager, Government Relations, National Association of Insurance Commissioners
  • Dr. Andreas Richter, Director, Institute for Risk Management and Insurance, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität, Munich

Attendees included over 100 insurance company executives, agents, regulators, and lawyers, as well as students and faculty from the department.

November 2009
Bullet The most recent issue of Real Estate Economics (v. 37:4, 2009) reports that C.F. Sirmans, the Chastain Eminent Scholar Chair in Real Estate, was the journal's most prolific research author during its 1973 to 2008 publication period, as well as during the 1990-99 and 2000-08 periods. Real Estate Economics is widely regarded as one of the discipline's most prestigious academic research journals.

Bullet An article co-authored by Dean Gatzlaff, the Mark C. Bane Professor, (with J. Fisher, D. Geltner, and D. Haurin) was reported in Real Estate Economics (v. 37:4, 2009) to be the most widely cited article during the most recent three-year period reported.

Bullet Robert Breslau Named 2009 Recipient of FSU Real Estate Network's Award (read more here)The Fall 2009 "Kislak Awards for Outstanding Student Performance" recipients are:

  • in Real Estate Valuation (REE4103-01) - Blake Miller
  • in Real Estate Valuation (REE4103-02) - William Palmer
  • in Real Estate Market Analysis (REE4143) - James Beecher
  • in Real Estate Finance (REE4204) - William Graham
  • in Real Estate Feasibility/Investment (REE4313) - Karen Thomas
  • in Real Estate Law (REE4433) - Christopher Cibula; and
  • in Real Estate Finance and Appraisal (REE5205) - James Jarrett

Given to a single student in each of the courses listed, the award recognizes exceptional student performance in the classroom.

Bullet The 15th annual Real Estate Trends & Networking Conference was held Oct. 29 & 30 at the University Center Club in Tallahassee, FL. [Conference Recap]

Bullet Nicolas Merolle, an online MBA student (concentration in Real Estate) has been selected to receive a Kislak Scholarship in Real Estate for the Summer 2009 semester.

Bullet Patty Born was elected to the Board of Governors of the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association for a three-year term. The Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association (APRIA) is an international society for academics, executives, researchers and government leaders with an interest in risk management, insurance, actuarial science and related areas.

Bullet C.F. Sirmans has been named an honorary RERI Fellow by the Real Estate Research Institute (RERI) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Institute and the real estate profession. RERI is a non-profit organization created to stimulate high quality research on real estate investment performance and market fundamentals that will elevate the quality of real estate decision making.

Bullet Professors C.F. Sirmans and G. Stacy Sirmans were recently ranked 1 and 20, respectively, in research productivity covering the 1990 to 2006 period (Journal of Real Estate Research, 2008). Globally, FSU was ranked 17th in research appearing in the three core real estate journals tracked and 23rd when considering a broader set of nine real estate journals. Note that because C.F. Sirmans joined the FSU faculty after the period evaluated, his record was not included in determining FSU's global ranking.

Bullet Two RMI students have been selected to receive 2009-2010 awards from the Spencer Educational Foundation. Stephen Fier (RMI-PhD) will receive the Graduate Scholarship ($10,000), and Brian Ford (an Undergraduate RMI major) will receive $5,000.

Bullet Jim Carson has been selected the Interim Editor for the Journal of Insurance Regulation. Jim will also be speaking about risk management/insurance to the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enter in Washington, D.C. in May.

Bullet REE major, Adam Foret, is the 2009 recipient of a CCIM Education Foundation University Scholarship offered through the CCIM Institute. The CCIM Institute is the world’s largest commercial real estate brokerage network. The scholarship includes a monetary award, as well as a voucher which entitles Adam to complete the CI-103 course, leading to the CCIM professional designation.

Bullet On February 23rd and February 24th, Julio Romero (State Farm), Jane Wahl (State Farm), David Medvidofsky (Main Street America Group), and David Halstead (Kemper) from the Jacksonville Chapter of the CPCU will be visiting to speak to risk management and insurance classes about career opportunities in the industry. Together, the speakers have more than 60 years of work experience in underwriting, claims, auditing, public relations, agency, and product development.

Bullet Dean Gatzlaff has been selected (via membership vote) to join the Board of Directors for the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA), the real estate area's leading academic organization.

January 2009
Bullet RMI major, Michael Rivas, was awarded a scholarship by the Trustees of the Angus Robinson Jr. Memorial Foundation for the 2008-2009 academic year.

December 2008
Bullet The following scholarship and award recipients were announced at the Fall Insurance Society banquet on December 4.

  • Robert T. Powell Endowed Scholarship – Jenna Barnard, Sarah Katynski, Michael Rivas, Christie Smith
  • Katrina Anne “Katie” Froeschle Memorial Scholarship – William Tate, Christine Patterson, Christopher Cibula, Brad Karl, David Pooser
  • Waters Endowed Scholarship – Stephen Fier, Roxanne Dann
  • Elfreda Egger, CPCU Memorial Scholarship – Edward Rivas
  • Setnor-Byer Risk Management Awards – Stephanie Scherrer, Angela Warrings, Ashley Hurt, Shawn Bogdanoff

Bullet Lt. Selaina Porter from the Florida Department of Financial Services, Fraud Division, spoke to students in RMI 3011 (Principles of Risk and Insurance) on December 2. Her presentation covered the operations of the Fraud Division as they pertain to surveillance and capturing culprits of insurance fraud.

November 2008
Bullet A capacity crowd of over 500 attended the 14th annual FSU Real Estate Trends & Networking Conference, Nov. 6 & 7, 2008. P.J. O’Rourke, best-selling author and political satirist, opened the event on Thursday evening. Todd Mansfield, Chairman & CEO, Crosland; James Seneff, Jr., Chairman & CEO, CNL Financial Group, and Tom Sittema, Managing Director & Sector Head of Real Estate, Banc of America Securities offer their perspective on emerging opportunities in the plenary CEO session. Bob Basham, Co-founder, Outback Steakhouse & Vice Chair of OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC was the featured speaker at the closing on Friday. The conference also included numerous breakout sessions that highlighted critical trends and issues faced by the industry.

Bullet The following 2008-09 scholarship recipients were recognized:

  • Joan Raley, REALTOR Scholarships – Jonathan Baker and Michael Willinger
  • Crossman & Company Endowed Scholarship – Valerie Boyd
  • Teel, Teel & Hatcher Endowed Scholarship – Ashton Bligh and Joshua Kucher
  • James Rudnick and Donald Carrigan Endowed Scholarship – Jacob Cremer
  • Mark Hillis and Nan Casper Hillis Endowed Scholarship – Jessie Williams
  • Appraisal Institute National Scholarship – Ashton Bligh, Christopher Cibula and Jacqueline Cunha

Bullet The following 2008 Outstanding Student Graduate Award recipients were announced. The recipients are: Jonathan Dickson; Jordon Donaldson; and Andrea Torrico. This award is given annually to two or three students who graduated the previous year, who exemplify the outstanding academic excellence and personal character we hope to see in our program’s graduates.

Bullet The 2008 Real Estate Network’s Award was awarded to Patrick Kelly, President, Rubin Real Estate, Inc., Clearwater, FL. This award is given in recognition of Mr. Kelly’s significant contribution to the real estate program at Florida State University.

Bullet Congratulations to several RMI professors who will serve in leadership roles for the Southern Risk & Insurance Association (SRIA): Patty Born has been elected to the Board of Directors; Cassandra Cole has been elected Secretary/Treasurer; Randy Dumm will serve as the Immediate Past President; and Kathleen McCullough will serve as the First Vice-President of the organization.

Bullet Ryan Burk from MetLife spoke to students in RMI 3011 (Principles of Risk and Insurance) on November 6. His presentation covered a variety of issues in Life Insurance and Estate Planning.

Bullet Friday (October 17), Business Law professor, Glenn Boggs, accompanied 27 College of Business students to meet Warren Buffett in Omaha, Nebraska. For more details, see our press release article.

Bullet At the October 31 meeting in Boston, Barry Diskin (RMI) was inducted in the Counselors of Real Estate and awarded the CRE designation of that organization. The Counselors is a prestigious group of real estate professionals and academics who are well known for their pro-bono efforts to not-for-profit and government entities. They also support and publish research in their journal known as Real Estate Issues. Those with the CRE designation are acknowledged as being among the most trusted professionals in the field of real estate. Awarding of the CRE signifies peer recognition of outstanding integrity and judgment in real estate.

Bullet Randy Smith, Founder and CEO of Smith Travel Research, Inc. visited campus to meet with real estate students and faculty on October 24, 2008. Smith Travel Research, Inc. is the leading provider of hotel information for industry investors, managers and developers. Mr. Smith is a College of Business alumnus and 2007 hall of fame inductee.

Bullet On Thursday, October 23, Steve Wilder, Vice-President of Risk Management, Walt Disney Companies, visited campus to meet with students in RMI4292 (Property/Casualty Insurance Operations) and RMI4347 (Commercial Risk Management). That evening he also met with members of the Insurance Society @ FSU. On Friday, Mr. Wilder participated in the organizational advisory board meeting for the Storm Risk Management Center and made a presentation at the Storm Risk Management's Speaker Series on Disney's use of hurricane modeling for its property insurance exposures.

Bullet Cyrus Sharp, Managing Director for Natixis Real Estate Capital in Atlanta and an alumnus of the FSU real estate program, spoke to real estate appraisal and real estate finance classes on October 22 and 23, 2008. Mr. Sharp also addressed the FSU Real Estate Society at its October 22 meeting (7:00pm in Starry Conference Room; 220 RBB). He discussed recent developments in the capital markets.

Bullet Three prominent insurance professionals addressed RMI 3011 classes on October 13 and 14, 2008. Visiting campus were Beth Stake, Catastrophe Staff Assistant in the Learning and Development department for State Farm; Ed Pierce, Risk Manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield; and Jane McDowell, Process Manager in the Florida Zone Process Renewal Group for State Farm.

September 2008
Bullet Two alums of the FSU Real Estate Program spoke to students in REE 4143 (Real Estate Market Analysis) on September 29. Gina Fletcher, Supervisor of Land Valuation, and Doug Will, Chief Deputy-Appraisal Services, are both with the Office of the Leon County Property Appraiser in Tallahassee.

Bullet Congratulations to Dr. Randy Dumm who has been reappointed as Chair of the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology by the Board of Trustees of the State Board of Administration. He will serve in that capacity until June 2009.

Bullet Congratulations to Dr. Kathleen McCullough who received the 2008 American Risk and Insurance Presidents’ Award.

August 2008
Bullet Several FSU real estate majors attended the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) 2008 Conference, August 17-19, in Orlando. The Florida ICSC conference is one of the state's premier commercial real estate events.

Bullet Kevin Gatzlaff (RMI-PhD) has been selected to receive a State Farm Companies Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Award. The award is designed to stimulate research and development of new knowledge in the fields of insurance and business. The recipient receives a $10,000 research grant and the recipient's institution a $3,000 grant.

Bullet Congratulations to Steve Bailey (BUL/REE) and Bill Woodyard (BUL/REE) on their promotions to the rank of Research Associate, effective August 2008.

Bullet Congratulations to Bill Woodyard (BUL/REE) on receiving a 2007-08 University Teaching Award.

Bullet Congratulations to Joan T. A. Gabel (BUL) on her promotion to full professor, effective August 2008.

May 2008
Bullet Joan Gabel has been named Advisory Editor in Chief for the American Business Law Journal, the discipline's leading research journal.

Bullet Wiley-Blackwell, in its publisher’s report, lists “A Reexamination of the Corporate Demand for Reinsurance,” Journal of Risk and Insurance, March 2006, by Cassandra Cole and Kathleen McCullough, on its “top-ten” list of downloaded articles for 2007.

Bullet Dean Gatzlaff was named to the advisory board of the Real Estate Research Institute located in Hartford, CT.

April 2008
Bullet The following scholarship and award recipients were announced at the Spring Insurance Society banquet, April 17, at Killearn Country Club:

  • Robert T. Powell Endowed Scholarship – Brian Andrews, Cody Baker, Jenna Barnard, Stephanie Hilliard, Matthew McPhillips, Stephanie Scherrer
  • Tom C. Johnson Scholarship (FAIA) – Jenna Barnard
  • William G. (Buddy) McCue Scholarship (FAIA) – Brian Andrews
  • Florida Gold Coast CPCU Chapter Scholarship – Michael Rivas
  • Katrina Anne "Katie" Froeschle Memorial Scholarship – Faith Decker, Sean Steele
  • E. Ray Solomon Scholarship in Insurance – Shawn Bogdanoff, Stephanie Russo
  • Waters Endowed Scholarship – Kevin Gatzlaff, Yuling Wang, Stephen Fier
  • Hilton-Oliver Scholarship – Brad Karl
  • Elfreda Egger Memorial Scholarship – Rebecca Smith
  • Setnor-Byer Risk Management Awards – Grace Chi, Eduardo Rodriguez, Mary Ann Cole Perdue, Amanda Thomas

Bullet The following real estate program alumni were named to Real Estate Florida’s 2008 list of “30 Under 30, Rising Young Stars” in Florida: Casey Babb (REE/FIN, 2001), NAI Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL; Alison Frazier Williams (REE/FIN, 2003), NorthMarq Capital Inc., Tampa, FL; Ryan Sampson (REE, 2005), Eshenbaugh Land Co., Tampa, FL; and Genny Spies (REE/FIN, 2002), The Shopping Center Group, Orlando, FL.

March 2008
Bullet Andreas Richter, head of the Insurance Institute at Ludwigs Maximillians University in Munich and former faculty at Illinois State, visited FSU to work on research and to speak to RMI students.

Bullet John Resnick, host of the nationally-syndicated "Legends of Success," was a guest speaker in several of our RMI courses.

Bullet The Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center to host its inaugural speaker’s forum, March 6, 2008. [More]

Bullet Local insurance professionals were guest speakers in the Property & Casualty Insurance Operations class: Sam Miller, Executive Vice President, Florida Insurance Council; William Stander, Asst. Vice President and Regional Manager, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI); and Jessica Hanson, Public Affairs Manager, also of PCI.February 2008The 2008 Insurance Days Student Placement Program (I-Days) was held February 27-29, 2008. [More]

Bullet Several members of the Insurance Society at FSU toured the Tallahassee offices of The Hunt Insurance Group/Hilb Rogal & Hobbs (HRH) on Friday, February 22, 2008.

Bullet The Florida DBPR has determined that students graduating from FSU with a major in real estate have met the state’s 300-hour educational requirement to become a certified general appraiser. Graduates of the program are required only to successfully complete the state’s 15-hour standards course, a 3-hour supervisor/trainee course, obtain 3,000 experience hours, and pass the state’s exams. FSU is the first university in Florida to receive such approval under the state’s new standards.

Bullet The FSU Real Estate Center hosted its “Real Estate Market Strategies: 2008” forum for Tampa Bay area executives on Thurs., Feb. 21, 2008, at the Tampa Marriott Westshore. The event was sold out. [More]

Bullet Members of the Real Estate Society toured the offices of Integra Realty Resources (Tampa), Crossman & Company (Orlando) and The Staubach Company (Orlando). While in Tampa, Society members also attended the 2008 Real Estate Market Strategies forum organized by the FSU Center for Real Estate Education and Research.

Bullet Guest speakers in the Property & Casualty Insurance Operations class were representatives from Citizens Property Insurance Corporation: Paul Palumbo (Chief Underwriting Officer); Joe Bouthillier (Director of Agent Services), and Kimberly Abate (Director of Product Development).

Bullet Guest speakers in real estate principles included the Honorable Alex Sink, Chief Financial Officer for the State of Florida and former Bank of America president; and Bob Ward, the Chief of Staff for the Florida House of Representatives, a position he has held under Speakers Bense and Rubio.

Bullet Todd Davis, CEO of LifeLock, is scheduled to speak in RMI 3011 on Thursday, February 28. Incorporated in 2005, LifeLock quickly became the industry leader in preventing the use of stolen personal information and educating Americans about ID Theft.

Bullet Lauren Aument, Zoey Wexler, Brandi Holmes, David Pooser, Michelle Ovits, Lindsey Momyer, Michael Mueller, and Eric Davis, traveled to Orlando for a corporate tour organized by the Insurance Society. They visited Travelers and Liberty Mutual, two of the largest U.S. property casualty insurers, where they met with insurance professionals in various aspects of the business including claims, underwriting, and risk control.

Bullet The following senior executives visited as guest speakers in our real estate principles course: Robert Basham, Co-Founder, Outback Steakhouse and Vice Chair of OSI Restaurant Partners, Inc.; Bob Jacobsen, CEO, Jacobsen Homes; Stephen Chapman, CEO, DuPont Registry; and Frank Chavis, CEO, Salt Rock Grill, Inc.

January 2008
Bullet Duane Stiller, President, Woolbright Development, spoke to students in the real estate program about investment opportunities in today's market as part of the Evan D. Jennings Executive Speaker Series in Real Estate.

Bullet Edwin Pierce, with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida; David Halstead, with Kemper; and Julio Romero, with State Farm, are scheduled to speak to several risk management and insurance classes on Thurs., Jan. 24. Collectively they have more than 65 years of experience in the risk management and insurance industry including positions in sales, underwriting, claims, and risk management.

December 2007
Bullet The following scholarship and award recipients were announced at the fall Insurance Society banquet:

  • Robert T. Powell Endowed Scholarship – Brian Andrews, Monica Czysczon, Brad Karl and Eduardo Rodriguez
  • Katrina Anne "Katie" Froeschle Memorial Scholarship - Benjamin Dyches and Stephen Fier
  • Ridenour Scholarship for Aspiring Risk Management Majors – Sean Steele
  • Waters Endowed Scholarship – Kevin Gatzlaff
  • Elfreda Egger Memorial Scholarship – Yuling Wang
  • Setnor-Byer Risk Management Awards – Trevor Baldwin, Marie Dieppa, Jeffrey Keaster and Elizabeth McGhee

November 2007
Bullet The Risk Management / Insurance Program Newsletter!Matt Wester, Florida Surplus Lines Servicing Office; Lisa Harrington and Melissa Chapman, Florida Association of Independent Agents, made presentations to our risk management/insurance majors.

Bullet Barry Diskin was appointed Chairman of the Right-of-Way Committee of the Florida Energy Pipeline Association and served as an invited speaker at the Florida United Tax Managers Association meeting in Orlando, FL.

Bullet Joan Gabel was invited to serve as guest lecturer at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, on Bribery and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Bullet Randy Dumm currently serves as president of the Southern Risk and Insurance Association. He began his term in November 2007 at the association’s annual meeting in San Antonio.

Bullet G. Stacy Sirmans, the Kenneth Bacheller Professor of Real Estate, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Southern Finance Association.

Bullet Allen Durham, Executive VP, with the Hunt Insurance Group, LLC, visited as guest lecturer in the insurance company operations class.

Bullet The Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center, to be housed within the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate & Business Law in the FSU College of Business, was established by the Florida Legislature during its 2007 regular session. Start up funding ($750,000) to initiate Center operations was appropriated by the Legislature during its October special session and approved by the Governor. Patrick Maroney, the Kathryn McGee Kip Professor of Risk Management & Insurance, has been named to serve as center director. [more]

Bullet Dan Carmichael, former president and CEO of Ohio Casualty Corporation and now senior advisor to Liberty Mutual, visited several RMI classes and met with faculty on Nov. 8 & 9. He spoke with students and faculty on a variety of insurance issues.

October 2007
Bullet John Priede (FSU alumnus), Vice President with Concordia Properties, hosted the Real Estate Society’s visit to the Southeast ICSC in Atlanta. In addition to attending conference sessions, society members attended a private lease negotiating session, heard presentations from FSU alumni Carl Dickinson and Andria Kriss with Cousins Properties, and met with Warren Strietzel (FSU alumnus), Vice President of Property Management for Centro Properties Group. Leah Crawford (REE/FIN) organized the visit.

Bullet The Center for Real Estate Education and Research (CREER) held its annual Real Estate Trends & Networking Conference, Oct. 4 & 5, 2007. Joe Scarborough, former congressman and current host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, opened the event on Thursday evening. Alex Sink, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and former president with Bank of America, was the featured speakers at the closing on Friday. The event was “sold out,” with almost 600 participants attending.

Bullet J. Harold and Barbara M. Chastain were recognized and received the Network’s Award for their generosity to the program in establishing the Chastain eminent scholar chair.

Bullet The following 2007-08 scholarship recipients were announced:

  • Joan Raley, REALTOR Scholarships – Leah Crawford and Brian Harris
  • Crossman & Company Scholarships – Julie Youngblood and Joshua Kucher
  • Teel, Teel & Hatcher Scholarships – Mario Battistini, Barbara Bliss, Sharnetta Gallman, William Jensen and Tracy Randall
  • James Rudnick and Donald Carrigan Scholarship – Elizabeth Butler
  • Appraisal Institute National Scholarship – Mario Battistini

Bullet The following 2007 Outstanding Student Graduate Award recipients were announced:

  • Kevin Dover, Property Tax Consultants, Miami, FL
  • Nicholas Mau, Thomson Property Tax Service, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Melissa McRoy, LaSalle Bank, Boca Raton, FL

Bullet The 2007-08 Nardozza Fellows, Barry Diskin and Glenn Boggs, were announced.

September 2007
Bullet Eric Elms, John LaPrade, and Mathias Maurer, students in our online master's program in risk management/insurance, have had their paper entitled "Hacking of Corporate Information Systems: Increasing Threats and Potential Risk Management Techniques" accepted for publication in the CPCU eJournal. The initial manuscript was written as part of their online course, Risk Management in the Business Enterprise. The paper will appear in the February 2008 issue.

Bullet Mario Battistini (REE) has been awarded a 2007-08 national scholarship from the Appraisal Institute in Chicago, IL. This is a highly competitive scholarship. Recipients are selected based on their academic performance, program of study and career interests.

Bullet The Katie Froeschle Memorial Golf Tournament was held Sept. 14, 2007 at Crescent Oaks Country Club near Tampa, FL. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Katie Froeschle Memorial Scholarship Fund for Risk Management/Insurance students at FSU. [more]

August 2007
Bullet The Risk Management/Insurance Program at FSU is ranked 4th among public universities (6th among all universities) by U.S. News & World Report in America’s Best Colleges, 2008, ed.

Bullet The Real Estate Program at FSU is ranked 11th among public universities (14th among all universities) by U.S. News & World Report in America's Best Colleges, 2008, ed.

Bullet Professors Glenn Boggs and Barry Diskin have been named Nardozza Fellows. The Francis J. Nardozza Scholars Program in the College of Business is established to recognize and support scholarly research on a wide range of real estate and urban economic issues.

Bullet Professor Randy Dumm has been named the Peoples First Insurance Fellow. The Peoples First Insurance Fellowship in the College of Business is awarded to recognize faculty for work in furthering student programs in risk management/insurance.

Bullet Professor Kathleen McCullough has been named the State Farm Professor in Risk Management/Insurance. The State Farm Professorship recognizes faculty for outstanding contributions in the area of teaching, research and service.

July 2007
Bullet Joan Gabel was awarded tenure upon appointment at Florida State University. She will be joining our faculty as an associate professor in business law in the fall, 2007.

June 2007
Bullet Professor Angela Hall was awarded a McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowship for the 2007-08 academic year. Her research looks at the causes and consequences of an employee’s decision to invoke his or her legal rights in the workplace.

Bullet Jamal Grimes (RMI) was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Award. The Fulbright Program for U.S. students is awarded to outstanding students with a commitment to cultural engagement. Grimes received an assistantship to teach high school students in South Korea. [more]

May 2007
Bullet The Florida Legislature enacted legislation this session to create the Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center. The Center is to be housed in the Department of Risk Management/Insurance at FSU. The purpose of the Center is to support the state's ability to prepare for, and respond to, and recover from catastrophic storms by promoting and disseminating research and educational materials. The Legislature appropriated $1 million to initiate Center operations. The Center and its funding remain subject to the Governor's approval. UPDATE: The Center, established during the regular session, received funding of $750,000 during the October 2007 special session to initiate operations.

Bullet Barry Diskin's article entitled, "Nuclear Waste Disposal: A Taxing Real Estate Issue" (co-authored with Jack Friedman) received honorable mention for the 2006 William S. Ballard Award. The Ballard Award is presented annually to an author or co-authors in recognition of the contribution and quality of their work published in Real Estate Issues this past year.

Bullet Vaneesha Boney (Ph.D student, FIN) and Dr. Stacy Sirmans (RMI) were awarded a $9,000 grant from the Real Estate Research Institute (RERI) for their project entitled, "REIT Exchange Traded Products and the Volatility of REIT Returns."

April 2007
Bullet The following scholarship and award recipients were announced at the spring Insurance Society banquet held April 19 at Killearn Country Club:

  • Robert T. Powell Endowed Scholarship – Lauren Aument, Janina Bhuvasorakul, Jonathan Cole, Cody Dawkins, Amanda Johnson, Brad Karl, Kayne McPhillips, Megan Myers, David Pooser
  • Elfreda Eggers Memorial Scholarship – Jaime Kornick, Kurt Seymour
  • Katrina Anne "Katie" Froeschle Memorial Scholarship – Daniel Girardi, Monica Czyszczon (photo)
  • Florida Gold Coast CPCU Chapter Scholarship – Grace Chi
  • Tom C. Johnson (FAIA) Scholarship – David Pooser
  • Buddy McCue (FAIA) Scholarship – Janina Bhuvasorakul
  • USAA Insurance Company Scholarship – Brad Karl, Megan Myers
  • Waters Endowed Scholarship – Stephen Fier, Kevin Gatzlaff, Yuling Wang
  • Setnor-Byer Risk Management Awards – Janina Bhuvasorakul, Robert Davis, Jamie Hitt

Bullet Elizabeth Skrzypek (RMI) and James ‘Brad’ Karl (RMI) were selected to attend the 2007 Risk and Insurance Management Society’s (RIMS) Annual Conference in New Orleans as part of the Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program.

Bullet Kevin Gatzlaff, Ph.D. candidate in Risk Management/Insurance, has been selected to receive a 2007 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

Bullet James ‘Brad’ Karl (RMI) and Kevin Gatzlaff (RMI Doctoral Candidate) have been selected by the Spencer Educational Foundation, Inc. to receive 2007 scholarship awards.

March 2007
Bullet Members of the Real Estate Society traveled to Jacksonville to meet with executives of the Joyce Development Group, Inc. and the LandMar Group, LLC.

Bullet Mr. Bob Breslau was the featured guest speaker for the Evan D. Jennings Executive Speaker Series on Wednesday, Mar. 28. His talk was entitled "The Retail Market and Development Process” [more].

Bullet The following new members were nominated and elected to the Real Estate Program’s Executive Advisory Board Conference Committee:

  • Marlon Champion, The Ferber Company;
  • Joel Embry, CNL Real Estate & Development Corp.;
  • Chuck Ernst, LaSalle Bank, N.A.;
  • Melissa Hornsby, The St. Joe Company;
  • Michael Wallace, Collateral Real Estate Capital, LLC; and
  • Lee Weaver, NorthMarq Capital, Inc.

The committee, consisting of 17 members, assists the Center for Real Estate Education and Research in organizing the annual Real Estate Trends & Networking Conference. The committee met in Tampa, FL in March to begin planning the 2007 conference which will be held October 4 & 5, 2007.

February 2007
Bullet Professor James Carson was selected to instruct state legislators from across the nation on the fundamentals of risk management and insurance. The instruction is part of an annual program for state lawmakers through the Griffith Foundation for Insurance Education and the National Conference of Insurance Legislators.

Bullet The Risk Management/Insurance faculty and the Insurance Society at FSU hosted the 31st annual "Insurance Days" student placement program in Tallahassee, FL. The "sold out" event was attended by 75 recruiters representing approximately 40 insurance companies.

Bullet Mr. Bobby Byrd was the featured guest speaker for the Evan D. Jennings Executive Speaker Series on Wednesday, Feb. 21. His talk was entitled "Deal Making and the Developer" [more].

January 2007
Bullet Elizabeth Skrzypek and Brad Karl have been selected from a pool of national candidates to participate in the Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program at the RIMS 2007 Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana from April 29 - May 3, 2007.

December 2006
Bullet The following scholarship and award recipients were announced at the fall Insurance Society banquet:

  • Robert T. Powell Endowed Scholarship – Ricardo Agurcia, Melissa Burd, Gamal Codner, Jonathan Cole, Brad Karl, Tracy Lomax, Kayne McPhillips, David Pooser, Elizabeth Skrzypek and Elisa Underhill
  • Waters Endowed Scholarship – Stephen Fier, Kevin Gatzlaff and Yuling Wang
  • Setnor-Byer Risk Management Awards – Elizabeth Skrzypek and Elisa Underhill

Bullet G. Stacy Sirmans, Dean Gatzlaff (FSU Center for Real Estate Education and Research) Stefan Norrbin, David Macpherson and Don Schlagenhauf (FSU Pepper Institute) were selected to join a University of Florida research team in examining the effects of proposed changes to Florida property tax policy in a $500,000 study for the Florida Legislature.

November 2006
Bullet Professor William Woodyard was presented the Ross Oglesby Award. The award, originated in 1973, is presented annually by the Garnet and Gold Key honorary society to an FSU faculty or staff member who exemplifies the highest order of integrity, service and commitment to students and the university [more]

October 2006
Bullet The Katie Froeschle Memorial Golf Tournament was held Oct. 6, 2006 in Tampa, FL to raise scholarship funds for graduate and undergraduate students in the RMI program. The tournament organizers, Randy Dumm and Jeff Froeschle met their goal of raising funds to reach the $100,000 level so that it is eligible for state matching funds.

Bullet The Center for Real Estate Education and Research (CREER) held its annual Real Estate Trends & Networking Conference, Oct. 19 & 20, 2006. Lee Corso, ESPN, opened the event on Thursday evening. CEOs Shelley Broader, SweetBay Supermarket; Ed Burr, LandMar Group, LLC; Bruce Mosler, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.; Peter Rummell, St. Joe Company; and Duane Stiller, Woolbright Development, Inc., were the featured speakers. The event was "sold out," with over 625 participants attending.

Bullet The following gifts to establish endowed funds were announced:

  • Crossman & Company Endowed Scholarship Fund - established by John M. Crossman to provide scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students in the real estate program.
  • James Rudnick and Donald Carrigan Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund - established by James Rudnick and Donald Carrigan to provide scholarships for graduate students in Graduate Certificate Program for Real Estate Development administered jointly with Urban and Regional Planning.**
  • LandMar Group Endowed Fund - established to provide continuing financial support for the real estate program initiatives.**
  • Florida State Real Estate Network, Inc. Endowed Fund - established to provide continuing financial support for the real estate program initiatives.**
  • Evan D. Jennings Executive Speaker Series Endowment - established to provide continuing financial support for the Evan D. Jennings Executive Speaker Series which brings national real estate leaders to campus to speak with students each spring semester.**
  • Francis J. Nardozza Endowed Scholars Fund - established to provide continuing financial support for Nardozza Fellows and their research.**

** denotes gifts in excess of $100,000 that are eligible for state matching funds.

Bullet The following 2006-07 scholarship recipients were announced:

  • Crossman & Company Scholarship - Rachel Blackmon
  • Teel, Teel & Hatcher Scholarships - Grace Chi and Melissa McRoy
  • Joan Raley, REALTOR Scholarships - Michael Havens and Megan Owens
  • CCIM National Scholarship Nominees - Michelle Martinez, Melissa McRoy and Tracy Randall

Bullet The following 2005 Outstanding Student Graduate Award recipients were announced:

  • Joey Grieve, Merrill Lynch, Jacksonville, FL
  • Lauren Hanley, NorthMarq Capital, Inc., Tampa, FL

September 2006
Bullet The Risk Management / Insurance program at FSU is ranked 7th among public universities (8th among all institutions) by U.S. News & World Report (August, 2006).

Bullet The Real Estate program at FSU is ranked 10th among public universities (13th among all institutions) by U.S. News & World Report (August, 2006).

Bullet With course offerings at several hundred universities evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, the Risk Management / Insurance and Real Estate programs at FSU are clearly ranked among the top five percent in the nation.

August 2006
Bullet Cassandra Cole, was awarded a $25,000 research grant from the U.S. Dept. of Labor for a study entitled "Factors Affecting the Adequacy of Retirement Income" (with Andre Lienbenberg). The purpose of the study is to determine whether Americans are adequately prepared for retirement and to identify the individual characteristics, employment attributes, and economic factors that most influence the level of retirement preparedness.

Bullet John Crossman (REE, 1993) has established the Crossman & Company Endowment Fund in the College of Business. The fund will provide scholarships to students majoring in real estate.

Bullet Greg Smersh (Ph.D. University of Florida) joins the real estate faculty as a visiting professor. His research interest is in real estate market analysis and geographic information systems (GIS) applications. He will be teaching real estate finance, appraisal and feasibility courses this year.

July 2006
Bullet Professors Randy Dumm, Alvin Stauber, and Bill Woodyard are teaching insurance, real estate, and business law courses in Valencia, Spain, and London, England.

June 2006
Bullet Dean Gatzlaff and Cynthia Holmes received a $15,000 research grant from the Real Estate Research Institute (RERI) for their work on commercial real estate performance indices. Associated with the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries and the Pension Real Estate Association, RERI was created to stimulate high-quality research on real estate investment performance and market fundamentals.

May 2006
Bullet FSU faculty ranked 13th among public institutions in real estate research influence based on a citation index covering the last five years, Real Estate Economics, 2006.

Bullet G. Stacy Sirmans, the Kenneth Bacheller Professor of Real Estate, is listed as among the top 50 researchers in real estate, based on the citation index published in Real Estate Economics, 2006.

April 2006
Bullet James Seneff, CEO, CNL Financial Group was inducted into the College of Business Hall of Fame.

Bullet The Insurance Society held its annual banquet and announced the following 2006-07 scholarship recipients:

  • Elfreda Egger CPCU Memorial Scholarship - Kevin Gatzlaff;
  • Florida Gold Coast CPCU Chapter Scholarship - Jamal Grimes;
  • Independent Insurance Agents of Tallahassee Scholarship - Stephen Lancaster;
  • Robert T. Powell Scholarship - Ricardo Agurcia, Brian Arleth, James Bruce, William Cage, Gamal Codner, Robert Colclasure, Tracy Lomax, Matthew McPhillips, Christopher Thomas, and Taylor Tollerton;
  • State Farm Insurance Companies - Beth Penny;
  • Tom C. Johnson Scholarship - Melissa Burd;
  • USAA Insurance Company Scholarship - James Karl and Claudia Teyssandier;
  • Katie Anne "Katie" Froeschle Memorial Scholarship - Elizabeth Skrzypek;
  • Kristen Waters Hood Scholarship - Yuling Wang;
  • Cynthia Waters Fletcher Scholarship - Yuling Wang;
  • William G. McCue Scholarship - Stephen Lancaster;
  • The Setnor Byer Award in Risk Management - Richard Carson, Matthew Gerrell, and Tracy Ridenour
  • Robert A. Marshall, retired in April after 30 years at FSU. Dr. Marshall was recognized for his service to the department at the Insurance Society annual banquet.
  • The Robert A. Marshall Endowment for Insurance Excellence has been established by alumni and friends in his honor.

March 2006
Bullet 2005-06 scholarship recipients were recognized at the College of Business Awards Reception at the University Center Club. The following students majoring is Risk Management/Insurance or Real Estate recognized:

  • Appraisal Institute Scholarship - Patrick J. Greive and Christopher J. Ryan;
  • CCIM Institute Scholarship - Lauren G. Hanley; Hilton-Oliver Scholarship - Lori Newcomer;
  • Joan H. Raley, REALTOR Scholarship - Brooke Lewis and Maureen N. Sanborn;
  • Robert T. Powell Scholarship - Adam Britt, Robert Butkus, William Cage, Robert Colclasure, Corey Friedman, Jamal Grimes, Andrew Henry-Kennon, Matt Kamensky, Matthew Lake, Stephen Lancaster, Casey Naylor, Perry Palmer, Haley Parrish, Tracy R. Ridenour, Christopher S. Thomas, and Taylor Tollerton;
  • Teel, Teel & Hatcher Scholarship - Lauren G. Hanely, Ryan Hunter Jones, Amanda K. Kovacich, and Megan K. Owen;
  • USAA Insurance Company Scholarship - Richard Carson and Haley Parrish;
  • Elizabeth Skrzypek (RMI) was named as the first recipient of the Katrina Anne "Katie" Froeschle Memorial Scholarship.