This year, we are moving candidate campaigns over from Facebook to our website! We highly encourage all candidates to email your campaign ideas and self-introductions to Lauren Hartig (firstname.lastname@example.org) to post on the Actuarial Club’s Website before April 18th. Click here and navigate to the Website Campaigns section to find a detailed list of what to include in your email.
Hi all! My name is Hannah Sell, and I am thrilled to announce my candidacy for the position of President of the Actuarial Club for the 2023-2024 academic year. Currently, I am in my second year here at UW-Madison studying Actuarial Science and Risk Management & Insurance. I have been an active member in the Actuarial Club for two years now, and one thing I can say is that I did not expect to be as passionate about this club as I am today. This past year, I have been acting as our VP of educational enrichment which allowed me to gain valuable experience and knowledge regarding being a leader in the club. But, not only have I gained leadership experience, I have had so many opportunities to get to know members of the club and make valuable connections with people I otherwise may have never met.
Outside of the actuarial club, I am also a dancer and am a member of the UW Premiere Dance team here on campus! I am so fortunate to be a part of such an incredible team with so many girls who love dance just as much as I do. Since I joined the team, I have acted as our social media manager and am now currently our jazz choreographer for spring of 2023! Choreographing is something I am very passionate about and it is a way for me to fuel my creative side after a long day of crunching numbers. Additionally, I am an active member of RMIS and am excited for my future involvement with that student org.
As president of the Actuarial Club, I hope to drive our organization toward a greater feeling of inclusion and community. We are all members of this club because we share one common interest: actuarial science. But beyond that, it is clear that we all have different quirks, interests, skills, backgrounds, etc. that we have to connect with. Students should be able to come to our events and feel welcomed, supported, and respected no matter their circumstances. We will create an engaging community that is driven by us as individuals–not by our grades or credits earned or exams passed. Therefore, I hope I can be your advocate and fearless leader for the 2023-2024 school year.
Hi everyone! I'll be running for the 2023-2024 President of the Actuarial Science Club. I am a junior studying Actuarial Science, Economics - Math Emphasis, Finance, and Risk Management & Insurance. I currently serve as the Vice President of Member Relations and Engagement, leading the Engagement Committee to plan, set up, and execute social events and the spring kickoff. During this role, I've focused the majority of my time on increasing the involvement of the committee, encouraging them to take nearly complete ownership of events. This led to more unique and creatively designed events like the Turnstyle and Bowling Socials.
As President of the Actuarial Club, I hope to bring this same leadership methodology into action. Empowering officers and their committees to take creative ownership will allow them to bring their new and innovative ideas to life. I would also like to focus on creating an inclusive community that everyone feels comfortable being a part of. This will especially hone in on students being comfortable going to events by themselves as opposed to feeling like they need to know people that are going to the event.
I hope to see you all on Thursday for the elections!
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Hi everyone, I’ll be running for the Vice President of Educational Enrichment for the 2023-2024 academic year. I’m a junior studying computer science and finance, and I’ve been a member of the Actuarial Club since my sophomore fall.
I currently coordinate intramurals for the club along with being a member of the Educational Enrichment Committee. This past year I helped organize:
Actuarial Software Training
Fall Men’s B Volleyball
Fall CoRec B Volleyball
Fall Open 4v4 Sand Volleyball
Spring Men’s A Basketball
Spring CoRec B Basketball
Spring Men’s B Futsal
Spring Men’s B Volleyball
If elected, I intend to work with my committee to plan and schedule events designated for learning and enriching our actuarial education outside of employer presentations. My big idea for the 2023-2024 academic year is Junior/Senior Student Panels. Here are some key details of these events:
Like employer presentations, the topic of discussion will be an actuarial topic intended to teach students.
Juniors and seniors in the actuarial club may volunteer to participate in the panel, intending to share their experiences and answer questions offered by the audience.
This event can be as formal as booking a room in Grainger Hall for a larger anticipated audience, or informally meeting in the leadership and engagement lounge for smaller anticipated audiences.
Provides a means for younger students to ask questions and receive advice without feeling the pressure of being in front of employers.
Hi everyone! My name is Lauren and I'm a rising senior. I am running for President of the Actuarial Club for the 2023-2024 school year.
I have been a member of the Actuarial Club since my freshman year. Last year, I was on the Social Media and Marketing committee in which I took the lead in starting the club's YouTube channel. Currently, I am the Vice President of Communications. In this role, I implemented changes to our newsletter, including a ‘Dear Officers’ section in which people could ask anonymous questions to be answered by the officer team, along with an interactive table of contents feature in which people can easily navigate to different sections of the newsletter. I came into both of these roles with explicit goals and committed to forging tangible change, which is something I plan to do if elected president.
In addition to the responsibilities of the president, some of my ideas for the upcoming year are as follows:
(1) Emphasize community: I am a huge proponent of our mentorship efforts, and I want to continue to emphasize and expand this. Mainly, I want to focus on building a true community between members. I believe that one of the major barriers of entry for students is not feeling comfortable coming to events. I have firsthand experience with how difficult it can be not knowing anyone in the club, especially with how large it is. Therefore, I want to design our events in a way in which it is less intimidating to meet people. Some ideas I have for this are as follows: more events with randomized groups, more casual networking events, formal study groups or tutoring for actuarial classes.
(2) Push the boundaries on events: The club works hard to put together so many awesome events each year, but I believe we have not reached our limits. We have so many creative members with creative ideas, and I don't want these voices to go unheard. As president, I would encourage my fellow officers and their respective committees to create new and exciting events. However, you also don't need to be in a leadership position to have a voice, and I want to do what I can to encourage all members to share their ideas. I believe that encouraging creative ideas will allow for the most benefit to our wide variety of members.
(3) Help all students find benefit in our club: along these same lines, I want to be a voice for our diverse group of students. Whether you are an incoming freshman with no idea what actuarial science is, or a graduating senior paying dues for the exam scholarship, I want to cater to you and your needs. I am committed to not only meeting you wherever you're at, but going above and beyond your expectations.
Thank you all for reading, and I hope to see you at elections!
Hi everyone! My name is Tyler Tofte and I will be running for Vice President of Educational Enrichment for the 2023-2024 school year.
I’m currently a junior studying ActSci and RMI. This club has provided me with an opportunity to meet new people at an astonishing pace, and I know we can all come together to create a rewarding experience for rising actuaries and data analyzers alike.
I spent this past year on the Educational Enrichment Committee helping to coordinate and manage employer events by communicating with fellow committee members and company reps. I want to emulate determination and resilience in planning events, with three focus areas:
1. Encouraging interactive employer presentations
It doesn’t take an actuary to realize which employer events are the best. Those who bring a simulation or case study, resulting in a structured yet conversational aspect, are by far the most memorable. We must emphasize this when communicating with company reps.
2. Inviting leaders of professional organizations to speak
It sounds like the president of the CAS, Roosevelt Mosley, still might be coming to town this semester. I want to provide students with the opportunity to ask questions to important industry figures. Barring any future Uber driver accidents, we should invite him and future presidents back. I’m sure the Society of Actuaries would have something to say, too…
3. Emphasizing appropriate representation of the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society
While the representation among members is not equal, we still need to have at least 3 of the usual 8 employer presentations per semester come from property and casualty companies.
Hi everyone! My name is Whitney Beaston, and I am currently a Junior studying Statistics, Math with Data and Risk Analysis, and French.
Some fun facts about me:
My go-to Starbucks order is a Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso
I plan to study abroad in Tours, France next summer
Me and my roommates’ guilty pleasure is Family Feud
This year I have served as a member of the Engagement Committee, where I played a major role in the planning, communication, and execution of both the Turnstyle and Valentine’s Day social events.
These were a little different from events we have had in the past, but I really enjoyed applying my creativity during the planning process. I would like to continue reinventing the social calendar for next year.
I think what made these socials effective was the fact that you didn’t need to know anyone prior to coming, so I plan to maintain this inclusive value when planning socials for next year.
From serving on the Engagement Committee, I have learned that when planning a social, it is important to base our events on what interests people in our club. To demonstrate how I would do this next year, I would like to introduce a social event I have been thinking of, which would be a month-long March Madness bracket competition!
That’s just one of my ideas to gain participation from people who like sports. So, if you have any suggestions for future engagements, I would love to open that branch of communication, as I would like to bring you all events that you enjoy next year as your VP of Engagement.