Insights from URMIA's President

Marjorie FB Lemmon

By Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, ARM, CPCU, CRM, URMIA President and Risk Manager at Yale University.
As I mentioned to those of you who attended the URMIA Annual Conference in Louisville, I am honored and humbled to serve as the president of this incredible organization. I know I have very big shoes to fill as I am tasked with replacing Anita Ingram (who, by the way, was recently honored as one of Business Insurance Magazine’s “25 Women to Watch” at a wonderful women’s leadership conference in New York City that Jenny Whittington and I were privileged to attend), but I truly feel that, because of the quality of our National Office staff, our Executive Committee, our Board of Directors, our committee chairs, and our entire membership, we shall all succeed together. What a privilege it is to be associated with URMIA and with all of you.


Insights Year in Review

Insights 2014 Year in Review 
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By Luke Zimmer, Communications and Community Coordinator for URMIA and URMIA Insights editor.
As the end of the year approaches, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our 2014 Insights contributors and provide a recap of the topics and ideas they brought to URMIA this year. Insights would not be successful without the support of our members, contributors, and partners.


 National Center for Campus Public Safety

By Kim Vansell, Director, National Center for Campus Public Safety.

I am honored to introduce URMIA to the National Center for Campus Public Safety. Established in 2013, the Center is a resource for campus police chiefs, directors of public safety, emergency managers, and key campus safety stakeholders, including college and university risk managers. With this in mind, the Center will be a catalyst that brings together all forms of campus public safety, professional associations, advocacy organizations, community leaders, and others to improve and expand services to those who are charged with providing a safe environment on the campuses of the nation’s colleges and universities.


Environmental Risk: What Are the Odds that I'll Get Caught?

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Copyright Steven Pisano
By Howard N. Apsan, Ph.D., Director of Environmental, Health, Safety, and Risk Management for The City University of New York.

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet.” - Damon Runyon

Over the course of my career, I’m pleased to say that I was seldom asked to opine on the odds of getting caught by the government for violating the law. And on those rare occasions, I have always advised against incorporating such thinking into any risk analysis. Nevertheless, it’s a calculus that we all make more often than we would like to admit. Take driving, for example. I’m only driving a few miles-per-hour above the posted limit; what’s the chance that I’ll be pulled over? My boss--or spouse, or broker--is calling me; what’s the chance that a police officer will see me driving with a cell phone in my hand? I’ll double park because I’m only running into the store for a minute; what’s the chance that I’ll get a ticket?


The Multiple Facets of the Traveler Protection Program

 Gavel and Handcuffs

By Dr. Daniel Diermeier, IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. This article was produced in partnership with On Call International.
There are multiple types of travel risks with large potential consequences for organizations. This makes traveler protection an enterprise-wide issue. ​

Types of Risk
Many organizational leaders think protecting travelers is as simple as buying travel insurance to supplement their health insurance plans already in place. Indeed, travel insurance is suitable for addressing direct financial risk if self-insurance is not an option. Such financial risks include medical costs for overseas treatment, emergency transportation, short- or long-term housing, travelers’ documents (passport-related and other fees), repatriation, and others. For example, the Chinese student who was injured in the New Mexico motor vehicle accident required air ambulance transportation, advanced life support, and a long hospital stay, along with subsequent repatriation to China. This likely totaled hundreds of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses for the family and/or the university (if adequate risk mitigation programs weren’t in place). Covering these direct costs and providing travelers with everything they need during an emergency requires not only comprehensive international health insurance, but also additional protection through travel risk management programs.


Board Corner: Report from URMIA's Communications Committee

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By Jordana Ross, ARM, CRM, URMIA board member, board liaison to URMIA's Communications Committee, and Risk Management and Insurance Specialist at Seattle Pacific University.

Welcome to the Communications Committee board corner report. My name is Jordana Ross. I am newly elected to the URMIA Board of Directors and serve as the Communications Committee liaison to the board. For the past nine years, I have served as the risk management and insurance specialist at Seattle Pacific University, a small private liberal arts university in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I have been involved with URMIA’s Communications Committee for a few years and had the pleasure of serving as co-chair last year. Being a member of this committee has been the greatest experience I have had so far in connecting with colleagues at other institutions and remaining apprised of the trending topics in higher education risk management and insurance.


Navy Sailor Welding 
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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 URMIA's 2015 Regional Conference Series, regional conference scholarships, and submitting your 2015 Annual Conference presentation.
 Mining Bee
Copyright Tom Bech
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 Members in the News

 URMIA Members in the News
Copyright Dennis Skley
Help us welcome our newest members, and see what professional updates your colleagues have to share from the last month.


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Fire Up Fire Safety on Your Campus with PSAs from UMD

By Dr. Andre Marshall, Associate Professor, Director of Fire Testing and Evaluation Center, and Principal of Custom Spray Solutions in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at University of Maryland.

Through a new initiative, sponsored by commercial and industrial property insurer FM Global, University of Maryland’s Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) is reaching out to an important but often overlooked population--college students--about the importance of fire safety on campus.


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Active Governance as Part of Your Institution's Risk Management Program

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