Students Named Finalists In Delaware Valley Essay Competition

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Three Haub School of Business students were finalists in the Delaware Valley Risk Management and Insurance Society’s (RIMS) annual college essay competition hosted by Saint Joseph's University on March 20. Leonard Markert ’12 and Brian Allen ’12 placed third in the competition, and Jill Feeney ’12 placed first in the regional essay competition, earning a $1,000 scholarship.

All entrants were asked to respond to a question regarding social media’s impact on risk management, a topic that Jean Heck, Ph.D., Brian C. Duperreault ’69 Chair for Risk Management and Insurance says is relevant to future risk managers.

“Everybody is doing social media today, but social media exposes people to a lot of risks that haven’t been seen before and aren’t as easy to anticipate,” says Heck. “The questions become ‘How do we separate business from social media?’ and ‘How do we account for personal social media use that might reflect poorly on the greater organization?’”

Heck, an internationally recognized expert in financial education, encouraged the students in his Insurance Company Operations course to join RIMS in order to make connections in the professional field. Shortly after the start of the spring semester, he informed them of the essay contest; nine of his students entered. “My students had a very short amount of time to produce their essays, given how soon the deadline came up after winter break,” says Heck. “Still, they managed to take two of the three top spots.”

Markert, Allen and Feeney competed against one other contestant, a student from LaSalle University. The contest is hosted by RIMS each year in an effort to encourage student involvement in the society.

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