May

Insights from URMIA's President

Donna McMahon, URMIA President

By Donna McMahon, URMIA President and Risk Manager at the University of Maryland at College Park.

For most, the arrival of spring signals a rebirth of sorts; where new life seems to get breathed into the world around us and we become energized. That’s how I felt as we began preparations for establishing URMIA’s 2016-2019 Strategic Plan. Because we had so many new members to the URMIA Board of Directors and it was a strategic plan renewal year, we decided to move back the typical timeframes of our winter and spring board meetings to allow enough time for our board members and committee chairs to get established and better prepare for our strategic planning session and the year ahead. By holding a pre-planning in-person board meeting at the end of January and then our strategic planning board meeting in April, the result exceeded my expectations of what we could and would accomplish. The board members and chairs were so prepared and engaged in the process that I believe what is planned for URMIA for the next three years will be extremely exciting and beneficial to our members as we move into our 50th year in 2019.

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URMIA’s Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee (GRAC) chat

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Copyright Richard Ricciardi

By members of the URMIA Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee (GRAC).

This month, the GRAC community has been busy with posts from many of its members. If these topics are interesting to you and you would like to be a part of that robust community, please let the URMIA National Office know.

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Board corner: Report from URMIA's Professional Development Committee

URMIA Annual Conference

By Luke Figora, AVP, Risk Management and Environmental Health and Safety for Northwestern University and Board Liaison of the URMIA Professional Development Committee.

Welcome to another edition of the URMIA Board Corner Report! Each month, we get the opportunity to bring you an update on the exciting work being done by our URMIA committees. I joined the URMIA Board of Directors in 2015 and previously chaired the Professional Development Committee (PDC). Now, as the board liaison for the PDC, I am excited to share all the great work that is underway. As you might know, the PDC's charge is to provide, facilitate and improve higher education risk management education and professional development opportunities. Sounds like a lot of work – and here is what we are doing to accomplish it.

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Copyright William Garrett

Since the April edition of Insights, your association has been busy. We held the spring board of directors meeting at our annual conference site, the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. We also held our popular Northeastern Regional Conference at the beautiful Babson Executive Conference Center in April and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Baltimore in May. Read on to learn about URMIA's spring board meeting, our new sports camp insurance program, our special events insurance program, the latest on URMIA Annual Conference registration, and much more.

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Copyright GotCredit

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 Resource Guide. Are you new to higher education risk management? Has risk management recently been added to your list of job responsibilities? What issues might cross your desk as a higher education risk manager? Where should a person with risk management responsibilities in higher education be building his or her knowledge? Answers to these questions will vary. However, this resource guide features information and resources that highlight some of the most common and important aspects of higher education risk management.
  • URMIA Risk Inventory. 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 Past Conference Information. All of URMIA's past annual and regional conferences are organized in one place in our library now, you can find the brochures and presentations from the past here. If you are tasked with creating a presentation this is a great starting place for inspiration.
  • 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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Copyright David Michalczuk

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

URMIA’s new website design wins award

By Ronna Papesh, Website and Database Administrator, URMIA.

I was introduced to this association when I joined the URMIA National Office staff last May. Learning more about how URMIA works, I am truly impressed with the organization's strategic planning process and the outcomes ensuing from such work. As a result of two priorities identified in the 2014-2016 Strategic Plan, I am pleased to announce that URMIA's website has earned a prestigious Hermes Creative Award

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Grace Crickette reports on RIMS' Enterprise Risk Management Committee's risk appetite and tolerance guidance
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Announcements

Spring board meeting held in San Diego includes strategic planning our future
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NEW! URMIA now offers a sports camp insurance program
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URMIA Annual Conference registration is now open!
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URMIA retiree and emeritus members connect online
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Did you know URMIA has an event insurance product available to members?
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