Nominations now invited for national URMIA leadership posts

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By Anita Ingram, Assistant Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, University of Cincinnati, and Immediate Past President of URMIA.

Are you interested in assuming a position of leadership in URMIA or know someone who would make a strong leadership candidate? Currently, URMIA is accepting nominations for leadership positions on the URMIA Board of Directors and for URMIA President-Elect. Simply complete the nomination form and submit it by June 7, 2015; late nominations will not be accepted.


Repair now! A close look at handling emergency repairs

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By Jeff Taxier, Education and Training Manager, American Technologies, Inc.

One thing that virtually all campuses have in common is a physical plant that is subject to the vagaries of weather, plumbing, accidents and numerous other occurrences that can incapacitate some or all of the buildings. These buildings may contain living space for students, classrooms, research areas and common areas that are used by hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of students and faculty. Incidents cause disruptions in service that must be remedied as quickly as possible. 




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By Peter Mikolaj, Professor Emeritus of Insurance and Risk Management, Indiana State University.

The role of wellness programs as a component of employer health benefit plans is being reviewed with new interest. Recent surveys1 indicate that nearly 60 percent of American employers offer wellness programs and that larger employers are more likely to have more comprehensive programs. Further, nearly two-thirds of organizations have increased their wellness budgets in the past five years. The impact of chronic disease on employee health ranges from increased health care costs, to reduced productivity due to absenteeism from illness-related-absence from work, to reduced productivity/performance while at work (presenteeism). Most programs include wellness screening activities to identify health risks and various interventions to reduce risks and promote healthy lifestyles. The majority of wellness programs have two major components, a disease management program and a lifestyle management program. Disease management is designed to help employees who already have a chronic disease such as heart disease or diabetes take better care of themselves. Lifestyle management programs, on the other hand, are for employees with health risks such as smoking or obesity and are intended to help these at-risk employees prevent the development of chronic conditions.


Board corner: report from URMIA's Professional Development Committee

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By Sam Florio, Director of Risk Management and Compliance, Santa Clara University.

Welcome to the continued monthly Board Corner Report on URMIA Insights. Each month in this space, your board has been provided with an opportunity to communicate with our membership about many of the wonderful initiatives and great work being done by our committees. I am closing out the final year of my three-year term on URMIA's Board of Directors and am excited to have had the opportunity to act this year, for the first time, as board liaison to the Professional Development Committee (PDC).



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Each year, URMIA hosts in-person regional and annual (national) conferences around the country as well as online webinars designed to minimize your cost and time away from the office while maximizing your educational and networking opportunities. Read on to learn about registering for URMIA's 46th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, ISO 31000 training from URMIA and PRIMA, and sponsoring the annual conference!


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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


URMIA members in the news

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Help us welcome our newest members, and see what professional updates your colleagues have to share from the last month.


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URMIA survey shows higher education institutions are attempting to manage fraternity risk

By Glenn Klinksiek, Knowledge Center Content Manager, URMIA.

URMIA surveyed its members in April 2015 to find out whether a rash of negative news stories about alleged misconduct in certain fraternities was having an effect on how colleges and universities view the risk associated with them. According to recent news reports, several universities are actively evaluating the role of the Greek system at their institution. Alarming stories of alleged racism, sexual assault, underage drinking and even branding at fraternities have been in the headlines lately.

The survey focused on fraternities and not sororities because the preponderance of the recent negative media news is fraternity related. A fraternity is a men's student organization formed chiefly for social purposes typically having secret rites and a name consisting of Greek letters. Institutions may approach sororities similarly but sorority issues have not been in the news as fraternity events have been.


News Briefs

San Francisco Unified School District risk manager shares insights, lessons learned... and the riskiest thing he's ever done

Recent study finds health care data breaches very common

Town-gown relations: what can happen when a university president makes a house (party) call

Georgia establishes insurance requirements for ride sharing companies

New system aims to simplify sexual assault reporting across all campuses


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