2 insurance and risk management students to be honored with Benedetti Awards

February 22 2007

Indiana State University students Jocelyn Gohman and Amanda Sunbury have earned honors as 2007 Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Award winners. As such, they will be recognized by the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS) at the organization's 45th Annual Conference & Exhibition, April 29 to May 3, in New Orleans, La.

Gohman and Sunbury are receiving the Benedetti Award for their outstanding leadership and involvement -- at Indiana State and in the pursuit of insurance and risk management as an area of study and future career. Last year, RIMS generously sponsored more than 30 students to attend the RIMS 2006 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Honolulu, and this year, Gohman and Sunbury are part of a field of 33 honorees. (See list below of past ISU Benedetti Award recipients)

Jocelyn Gohman
Jocelyn Gohman

"Gohman, a senior insurance and risk management major and ISU Networks Scholar (for financial services majors), is originally from Dana. She is the daughter of Mark and Laurie O'Heir of Dana and a 2003 graduate of South Vermillion High School. As a student at Indiana State, Gohman serves as the student representative on the IRM program's Insurance Advisory Council, is a member of Gamma Iota Sigma and served as the 2007 IRM Career Expo co-chair. She also is a member and past officer of the Insurance and Risk Management Honors Corps (GPA of 3.6 or above) and is active with Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honorary Fraternity), Alpha Lambda Delta (Honorary Fraternity), the Dean's Student Advisory Council and Sycamore Business Advisors.

"The highlights of my time at ISU have been the opportunity to participate in the Lloyd's of London trip and gaining valuable hands-on experience as part of my risk management internship at NCR (Dayton, Ohio) this summer," said Gohman, who will be working for Gibson Insurance Group in South Bend upon graduation from ISU in May. "I feel very privileged to have been chosen to receive this honor."

A junior from Seymour, Sunbury is earning a double major in insurance and risk management and business administration at ISU. She is the daughter of Jim and Janet Duggins and Shawn and Lori Sunbury of Seymour and is a 2004 graduate of Seymour High School. She is active at ISU as a member of Delta Gamma (social fraternity), Gamma Iota Sigma, and the Insurance and Risk Management Honors Corps, as well as Service for Sight and Sycamore and Campus Outreach. She also has been named to the Dean's List and is a nursing home volunteer, among other activities.

Amanda Sunbury
Amanda Sunbury

"Indiana State University has had a proven record of success when it comes to the Benedetti Award, and we're extremely proud of our students as they continue to stand head and shoulders above the rest in this competition," said Mary Ann Boose, professor and coordinator of the insurance and risk management program at ISU. "Jocelyn and Amanda will be terrific representatives of Indiana State and of our nationally recognized insurance and risk management program."

As Benedetti honorees, Gohman and Sunbury will be sponsored by RIMS to attend the annual conference (including airfare, hotel and registration). They also will receive a small stipend as part of the award program, which was established to honor the late Anita Benedetti, former deputy executive director of RIMS and president of the Spencer Educational Foundation, Inc.

"The best and brightest are at RIMS every year," Boose added. "There is no other venue with such a wide range of educational opportunities. Not to mention, Benedetti winners are treated like VIPs. It's a wonderful opportunity for our students!"





PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE BENEDETTI AWARD FROM ISU
Christina LaFevor Donato - 1993
Brad Hanna - 1994
David Rash - 1995
Timothy Leman - 1996
Kerry Bennett Parker - 1996
Maureen Wozniak Biehl - 1997
Nicole Tingley - 1997
Brian Snow - 1998
Wesley Mantooth - 1999
Kimberly Moyer - 1999
Jeanna Dunn Madlener - 2000
Jeanna Dunn Madlener - 2000
Jim Phillips - 2000
Lora DeVault - 2001Jeffrey Short - 2002
Josh Simerman - 2002
Sally Martin Leyes - 2003
Courtney Boggs Montfort - 2003
Rebecca Shorter - 2004
Zachary Cole - 2005
Kylee Kester - 2005
Michael Haseley - 2006
Jacqueline Zuerner - 2006

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CONTACT: Mary Ann Boose, professor and coordinator of the Insurance and Risk Management Program, Indiana State University at m-boose@indstate.edu or (812) 237-2106.

WRITER: Maria Greninger, associate director, Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, (812) 237-4357 or m-greninger@indstate.edu

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Indiana State University students Jocelyn Gohman and Amanda Sunbury have earned honors as 2007 Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Award winners. As such, they will be recognized by the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS) at the organization's 45th Annual Conference & Exhibition, April 29 to May 3, in New Orleans, La.

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