Real Estate and Construction Alumni Chapter
Students can connect with members of Saint Joseph's Real Estate and Construction Alumni Chapter, an engaged group of alumni volunteers who work in the real estate and construction industry. The Chapter provides Saint Joseph's students with mentoring, internship, and job opportunities as well as real-life experiences to help develop the next generation of real estate professionals. Chapter events, panels, speaker series, as well as the Annual Holiday Luncheon, provide meaningful network opportunities for students, alumni, and real estate professionals in the Delaware Valley. Participation is welcomed.
Real Estate and Construction Survey
The Real Estate and Construction Survey is a series of research reports from the Ervin K. Haub School of Business' real estate program. The research series focuses on topics impacting the real estate community in the Greater Delaware Valley area. The goal is to become a resource to the community by exploring ideas that are on the cutting edge of real estate development.
The latest report, which was released in July 2020, examines the impact of COVID on the real estate market. In an effort to understand the challenges specific to our regional commercial real estate market, faculty in the real estate program have elicited survey data from local real estate professionals. Detailed findings are presented in this report.
Risk Management and Insurance
Saint Joseph's Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) program is supported by the Maguire Academy of Insurance and Risk Management, which was created by James Maguire '58, founder of the Philadelphia Insurance Companies. The Academy's Board of Governors provides scholarships for RMI majors. Scholarship holders are announced after the annual spring scholarship dinner.
The Spencer Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps fund risk management and insurance programs, offers undergraduate and graduate scholarships. Learn about scholarship guidelines, amounts and how to apply on their website.
The Philadelphia Insurance Society offers a variety of educational services including scholarships. One of them is the Scholar Program intended for Saint Joseph's RMI students. For information on other scholarships please visit the Society's website.
The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation offers scholarships. to students who are majoring in insurance, risk management or actuarial science. The Foundation has over 40 scholarship opportunities throughout the year. To learn more about these opportunities, please visit their website.
Gamma Iota Sigma
Gamma Iota Sigma is an international risk management, insurance and actuarial science collegiate fraternity. Its mission is to:
- Promote, encourage and sustain interest in insurance, risk management and actuarial sciences as professions
- Encourage high moral and scholastic attainments
- Facilitate the interaction and cooperation of educational institutions, industry and professional organizations by fostering research, scholarship and improved public relations
The Alpha Omega Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma at Saint Joseph's University seeks to cultivate relationships by connecting educators, students and representatives from the insurance industry to encourage and foster further interest in risk management and insurance, as well as network for careers upon graduation.
The idea of a national scholastic insurance fraternity started to become a reality when the Griffith Foundation for Insurance Education filed for incorporation in 1965. The following year, the Ohio State University (OSU) Insurance Society, which started at the Ohio State University in the early 1960s, petitioned and was chartered as the first Gamma Iota Sigma Chapter. Thereafter, it was called the Alpha Chapter.
At Bowling Green State University, Beta Chapter received its charter in 1967, and in 1969, the University of Cincinnati was chartered as Gamma Chapter. This is the beginning of what has now grown into a nucleus of 46 chapters located from California to Washington, D.C., and from Canada to Florida. In October of 2001, with the chartering of our 41st chapter at Fanshawe College, London Ontario, Canada, Gamma Iota Sigma became an international fraternity.
The Grand Chapter or Executive Committee of Gamma Iota Sigma was formed from the original fraternity planning committee, appointed by the Griffith Foundation.
The first Grand Chapter President was Warren L. Weeks, then a Griffith Foundation trustee. His commitment to the concept of a national student organization led to the eventual formation of Gamma Iota Sigma. (There currently exists a Warren L. Weeks, Sr. Scholarship presented each year to a student member. Nominations for the award are made by local chapters.)
The rationale behind establishing a national student organization, as envisioned by the founders was:
- A national fraternity has more prestige than a local society or club.
- It would facilitate communication and participation with chapter members throughout the country.
- By combining with others, the impact of the fraternity name as a visible entity would be enhanced.
- By emphasizing scholarship and leadership qualities, ties between the college membership and industry leaders would be developed.
- There would be a synergism of academic creativity beyond the boundaries of any given university.