March

International Committee dispatch: Zika update

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By Rick Rosenfeld, Vice President of Risk Management & Client Services, WorldStrides, in collaboration with URMIA's International Committee. The International Committee builds alliances with international partners that influence risk management practices internationally, explores and expands opportunities to represent URMIA internationally as thought leaders, supports increases in international membership and enhances URMIA's library with relevant international content.

Note: The International Committee coordinated a webinar on 2/19/16 on Zika. Download the handouts and view the webinar recording here. Special thanks to iJet, the International Committee and the Affiliates Committee for coordinating the webinar.

The first challenge in writing a Zika overview is that there will undoubtedly be new, relevant information between the time this article was written in mid-February and the time it is published. The second challenge is that I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV.   My goal, therefore, is to synthesize what we do know from a variety of sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), URMIA affiliates in the integrated risk management industry and online journals and resources.

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Summer camps and conferences are around the corner: Are you ready?

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By Amy Thomas, Assistant Director of Safety & Risk Management, California State University, Stanislaus, and Candace D. Collins JD, Director of Higher Education, Praesidium, Inc.

Note: The Affiliates Committee coordinated a webinar on summer camps in February 2016. View the webinar recording here.

When it comes to child abuse prevention, risk managers and program directors often feel like they have more questions than answers. On February 10, 2016, URMIA’s Affiliates Committee hosted a webinar to answer some of the most frequently asked questions and provide strategies for preventing abuse in your camps and conferences. This webinar highlighted topics including getting a handle on what your campus is doing with minors, building relationships and buy-in, exploring technology to reduce risk, user-friendly forms, procedures that directors will actually follow, and continuous improvement techniques.

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Board corner: Report from URMIA's International Committee

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By Lisa Zimmaro, Esq., Assistant Vice President of Risk Management and Treasury for Temple University and Board Liaison of the URMIA International Committee.

The URMIA International Committee (IC) is pleased to report on its efforts to fulfill the mission of URMIA and its collaborative efforts with peer organizations. The IC wrapped up our two-year collaborative effort with NAFSA: Association of International Educators in presenting the conference series, “Developing your International Risk Management Action Plan.” Conferences were held in Phoenix, San Diego, Louisville and Boston led by Paul D. Pousson, Lisa Zimmaro and Denise Connerty (and a special thanks to Ben Evans for his guest speaker appearance), and a webinar was presented by NAFSA with Lisa and Denise doing an abbreviated version for folks who could not attend in person. The recording of this webinar is available for purchase on the NAFSA website here. I'd suggest this would be a good addition to your collaboration with your education abroad office. The workshop sessions were very well received, and URMIA and NAFSA are currently exploring phase two of our partnership. Stay tuned: more information will be coming soon!

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The URMIA National Office is delighted to announce an expansion in one of our staff member's roles as Glenn Klinksiek steps into the position of resource and education manager! Additionally, our regional conferences are in full swing. Help us congratulate our regional conference scholarship recipients, learn more about our TULIP program, sign up for our co-sponsored ISO 31000 classes, learn the ins and outs of our newly updated website, and don't miss the Affiliate Innovative Resource (AIR) library.

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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.

URMIA resources

  • URMIA Risk Inventory. URMIA seeks to continually review and update the URMIA Risk Inventory. This version, updated in November 2015, continues to be downloaded often (46 times since November). The URMIA Risk Inventory lists risks that are common to colleges and universities. URMIA provides this listing as an aid to member institutions in their risk identification process. Members can use the inventory as a starting point or to compare the risks the institution has identified to find missing issues. The URMIA Risk Inventory may not be published, but member institutions may use it internally as a working document in the institution’s risk assessment process. 
  • URMIA YouTube Channel. Continually updated, this month URMIA has added the Affiliates Committee's February webinar recording to help you prepare for your summer camps.
  • URMIA Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee. Our GRAC committee has been busy in 2016. The January GRAC blast, featured in previous Insights, "Risk Management Considerations Regarding the Clery Act, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Title IX When Students Study Abroad," is our most popular resource of 2016.  
  • The Affiliate Innovative Resources (AIR) library gives affiliate members a forum to share information about their innovative products, services and ideas on the Affiliate Member Community. Please read the e-group rules for specifics on how you can market your products and services. Submit your content here or email your articles, fact sheets and other resources to the URMIA National Office at urmia@urmia.org.

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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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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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FEATURED ARTICLE

Announcing URMIA's new educational scholarship program

By Joyce Fred, Vice President, Insurance and Risk Management, Tulane University and Chair of the Scholarship Task Force.

Over the past few years, the URMIA Board of Directors recognized its need to promote succession planning of upcoming generations of higher education risk management professionals. To help accomplish this goal, URMIA convened a task force to develop a scholarship program for educational scholarships to full-time, degree seeking students pursuing careers in risk management. It was a privilege to serve as the chair of this task force, and we are proud to announce the newly developed Scholarship Program, with its pilot year and soft launch being the 2016-2017 academic year. A summary of the eligibility criteria is as follows.

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News Briefs

Norovirus and mumps cases confirmed at US college campuses
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How risk managers are navigating the sometimes-murky waters of cyber coverage
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When violence strikes: Emerging themes following campus incidents from student affairs officers
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Could a tick bite threaten the viability of travel and study abroad programs everywhere?
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Half of community college students report mental health conditions, according to new report
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Announcements

Glenn Klinksiek steps into role of URMIA resource and education manager
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Save the dates! URMIA's 2016 Regional Conference series
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Congratulations to our 2016 regional scholarship winners!
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Did you know URMIA has an event insurance product available to members?
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URMIA and PRIMA offering ISO 31000 workshops in 2016
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New look on www.urmia.org
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Send us your innovative solutions and services for the Affiliate Innovative Resources library
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