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Top three reasons you can't miss the 2017 URMIA Annual Conference

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Registration is now open for URMIA's 48th Annual Conference, "Launching Risk Into the Future," in Orlando on September 23-27. The Annual Conference Committee, led by chairs Chauncey Fagler of the Florida College System Risk Management Consortium and Steve Bryant from Texas Tech University System, has been busy putting together a program that offers something for everyone. Of course, there are far more than three reasons to attend our largest event of the year, including networking, learning from your peers, and enjoying the amenities of Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts and world class entertainment nearby. Read on, though, as we highlight our top three reasons you should register for the URMIA Annual Conference right now!

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Getting to know "U," URMIA style

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Welcome to our second edition of this new recurring column, brought to you by the URMIA Communications Committee! Each article will introduce you to an URMIA member, painting a picture of the full diversity of URMIA's members, their institutions and organizations. We hope it helps you get to know each other and build connections with your peers. This month's featured member is Sam Florio, director, risk management and compliance at Santa Clara University. Enjoy!

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Board corner: Report from URMIA's Leadership Development Committee

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By Donna McMahon, Member of the URMIA Leadership Development Committee and URMIA's Immediate Past President.

The URMIA Leadership Development Committee (LDC) is charged with soliciting nominations for the future leaders of URMIA, specifically the president-elect and the board of directors. Although the LDC may not be as busy throughout the year as some of URMIA's other committees, the responsibilities of the LDC are vital to the continued success of the organization.

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By Ronna Papesh, Database and Website Administrator, URMIA.

Welcome to URMIAnetwork Tech Tips, our new Insights column sharing ways to be more efficient on the URMIA website and introducing new features and tools as they become available. This month, we will look at how you can create your own personal "favorites" list of URMIA resources.

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The URMIA National Office and leadership team have had a busy spring! We have hosted over 450 people at our regional conferences, where we brought excellence in risk management education and networking to Chicago, Tucson, Boston and Pittsburgh. We would like to thank each of our conference chairs and all our attendees who added so much to our regional conference conversations. Opportunities for networking, education and building your professional peer group: these are the heart of our in-person events. We also held a successful higher education risk management track at the Association of College and University Auditors' (ACUA) Mid-Year Conference in Austin, which welcomed 33 audit professionals. We are also looking forward to hosting a commuter conference on June 16 in Cincinnati. Read on to hear more about everything going on at URMIA this spring.

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Each month, this article provides some of the latest risk management resources, as well as a calendar of upcoming events, webinars, conferences and other learning opportunities in which you or your campus colleagues may be interested.

Risk management resources

  • Averted School Violence Near Miss Reporting System, Police Foundation. The Police Foundation recently launched the Averted School Violence Near Miss Reporting System (ASV) for law enforcement officials, school officials and mental health professionals with funding from the Community Oriented Policing Services. The mission of the ASV system is to share information about averted school violence incidents and lessons learned to improve school safety and help prevent future tragedies. Sharing a story is an anonymous, secure, non-punitive and confidential process.
  • EH&S Reporting Survey Summary, URMIA. There was an active URMIAnetwork discussion at the end of April regarding the reporting relationship of EH&S on campus. Also, the 2015 URMIA Salary Survey shows the titles to whom risk management reports on Figure 13.
  • ID Badge and Background Checks Policies Survey Results, URMIA. In March 2017, URMIA conducted a survey of its members to learn whether colleges and universities require identification document (ID) badges and background checks for contractors and visitors and, if so, the scope of the requirements.
  • Higher Education Risk Graphic - Campus Map, Saul Ewing. If you need a compelling graphic that illustrates what a risk manager may worry about on a college campus, check out the Campus Map graphic halfway down this website.
  • Risk Inventory - March 2017 Update, URMIA. Thanks to Glenn Klinksiek, URMIA resource and education manager, we have updated our URMIA Risk Inventory. If you have not checked out this resource yet, you should. URMIA intends to continually update the Risk Inventory as new risks emerge. Please send your comments and suggestions to Glenn at resources@urmia.org.

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URMIA members in the news

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URMIA's membership continues to grow. Help us welcome our newest members, and read on to learn about the professional updates from your colleagues.

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Insights is the monthly online newsletter for the University Risk Management and Insurance Association. Published by URMIA’s Communications Committee, this newsletter contains more than the latest information about URMIA. Insights gathers thoughtful commentary on higher education risk management as well as tutorials and detailed explanations of risk management practices and tools.

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Training risk managers to be conflict managers

By Wade Bond, Assistant Director of Risk Management, Office of Risk Management, The University of Alabama

I recently hired a new risk manager here at the University of Alabama. When I was writing the job description for the position, I wanted to give it a title that accurately described what my new risk manager would be doing. I settled on "Risk Control and Claims Manager," but it might have been just as accurate to name it "Conflict Manager." After all, much of what we risk managers do on a daily basis is deal with conflict. When we are not dealing with a current conflict, we are usually in some way preparing for potential future conflicts. As I train my new hire, I hope to help him master what I consider to be the most essential conflict management technique: a stoic persona. 

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