URMIA Matters

URMIA Matters

Risk management is complex, and your time is limited. This podcast series helps you keep up on emerging issues in higher education and best risk management practices. Join URMIA leaders, peers, and insurance experts twice a month as they explore timely topics, URMIA member resources, and the profession.... Show More

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Higher education is facing unprecedented challenges in 2020, and risk managers on campus are at the forefront of helping to make critical decisions. This edition of URMIA Matters highlights advice for new higher education risk managers from experienced URMIA members and National Office staff on how to leverage URMIA resources to get the most value from their membership in these tough times.

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Erike Young, who has helped prepare more than 2,300 students for The Institutes’ Associate in Risk Management (ARM™) designation, talks with host Jenny Whittington about why the ARM designation is useful for higher education risk professionals, the new focus of the updated ARM, and what his Risk Management Study Group offers to students who are preparing for the tests. The Risk Management Study Group is available as a free benefit ...

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URMIA offers affiliate membership to those who work for companies or organizations serving the needs of higher education risk management. Amy Daley, FM Global’s health care and education practice leader, chats with host Jenny Whittington about the value of URMIA's unique engagement opportunities for insurance companies, brokerages, law firms, and consultants from the perspective her own experience on the URMIA Board of Director...

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Listen to the fascinating time-capsule version of the 2020 Eastern Regional Conference recorded on site with some of the presenters just as the initial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic were being felt in the United States. Whether the topic is travel, cyber security, health, or something else, common themes emerge as URMIA president Chauncey Fagler interviews Steven Dunham (UNC-Charlotte), John McLaughlin (Gallagher), Meghan Fis...

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Glenn Klinksiek, URMIA president (1998-1999), reflects in his distinctive style on URMIA’s development over more than two decades, its education plan, and more with host Jenny Whittington. Now retired, Glenn led risk management efforts at the University of Chicago from 1988-2012, at which point he became URMIA’s part-time education manager through 2018. Glenn discusses why and how such educational resources as the Risk Inventory an...

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Make sure you’re addressing all possible international travel risks with URMIA’s International Travel Guidelines, a new resource that will be continuously updated by URMIA’s International Committee. A kind of risk checklist for higher education risk managers, its purpose is to provide an overview of every kind of global travel risk imaginable. Join Mike Gansor, risk manager at West Virginia University, who led the effort to develop...

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February 26, 2020 19 min

Do you wonder if you’re taking full advantage of your URMIA membership? Or, if you’re not a member, are you exploring if URMIA is the right choice for you? Hear from Joelle Marcum, URMIA’s member services coordinator, as she provides an overview of different types of URMIA annual memberships, plus the association’s member benefits. She also provides tips on how to maximize networking with peers online and at conferences.

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Is a regional conference right for you? Host Jenny Whittington explores the special qualities of URMIA’s regional conferences with Julie Groves, director of risk services at Wake Forest University and co-chair of the 2020 URMIA Eastern Regional Conference in Raleigh, NC. Their wide-ranging discussion covers the unique characteristics of URMIA’s regional conferences, what to expect as an attendee, and why these conferences are such ...

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January 22, 2020 11 min

 One of URMIA’s most valued member benefits is full access to the higher education risk management resources available on the URMIA website. This includes professional development content, model policies and procedures, peer-written articles, discussions in online communities, and much more. Ronna Papesh, URMIA’s website & database administrator, talks with host Jenny Whittington about ongoing improvements to the website’s sear...

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Discover the progress URMIA staff and volunteers have made on URMIA’s strategic plan and see what to look forward to in 2020. Host Jenny Whittington chats with Colorado Robertson, associate director of risk management at Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (LSU), who was appointed to lead the Presidential Task Force charged with creating the shared online tool for tracking progress on strategic plan i...

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December 18, 2019 24 min

Get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into planning and hosting a major conference from URMIA's 2019 Boston conference tri-chairs Sandy Mitchell, director of insurance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, risk manager at Yale University; and Stacie R. Kroll, director of compliance and risk management for Five Colleges Incorporated. Among other things, they discuss the profound impact planning ...

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December 4, 2019 11 min

There are different paths to an URMIA leadership role, but the common theme is a willingness to volunteer. Current leaders Courtney Davis Curtis, executive director of risk management at the University of Chicago; Chauncey Fagler, executive director & CRO of the Florida College System Risk Management Consortium; and Luke Figora, senior associate vice president & chief risk and compliance officer of Northwestern University, ...

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You are not alone! Sue Liden, director of risk services at Pacific Lutheran University, talks with host Jenny Whittington about her experience working on campus as a solo risk manager, and she also shares practical advice from her recent joint conference presentation entitled “New, Solo, or Small Staff Tips to Identify and Dispatch Risks.” Now an URMIA leader, she reflects on her path and development in the field of higher educatio...

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What are the top issues for small, community, and technical colleges? Listen in as Steven Stoeger-Moore, president of Districts Mutual Insurance & Risk Management Services (DMI), shares insights with host Jenny Whittington from the perspective of his unique institutional system for collaborative risk management across Wisconsin’s technical colleges. Pssst . . .He also shares tips on how you can gain systemwide support for atten...

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Leverage the experience and knowledge of URMIA’s leadership team as they discuss how to successfully navigate insurance market cycles – especially hardening market conditions – with host Jenny Whittington. Courtney Davis Curtis, executive director of risk management at the University of Chicago; Chauncey Fagler, executive director & CRO of the Florida College System Risk Management Consortium; and Luke Figora, senior associate ...

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November 20, 2019 15 min

Lou Drapeau, the wizard behind the Ask Lou button on the URMIA website, is live and in person with host Jenny Whittington. Now, hear his voice (!) as he discusses the resources in the URMIA library, his involvement with URMIA’s discussion communities, and more! As URMIA’s resource manager, Lou makes it a mission to help you connect with peers and all of URMA’s member resources that will help you meet the challenges you face as a ri...

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November 12, 2019 5 min

Jenny Whittington, executive director of the University Risk Management & Insurance Association (URMIA), talks about the association’s purpose and provides insights into why URMIA launched the URMIA Matters podcast series as a new educational channel about higher education risk management for the association's members and the public.

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