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Drake University Actuarial Science Program to hold spring educational event

The Spring 2012 Actuarial Education Event will take place March 26 and 27 at Drake University. The event will run from 9 a.m. ““ 3:30 p.m. on Monday and 9:30 a.m. ““ 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The event is sponsored by the Drake University Actuarial Science Program, Kelley Insurance Center, Iowa Actuaries Club and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Professional actuaries will be involved in different events throughout the two-day event. On March 26, attendees will focus on the event’s theme, longevity. Mary Banha-Nolan, director of PwC; Norma Davis, vice president and medical director at Sammons Group; and Geoffrey Wall, professor of pharmacy practice at Drake, will lead educational sessions on longevity in the morning with a roundtable discussion taking place in the afternoon.

Over lunch, Stephen Goss, chief actuary for Social Security Administration, will speak. Goss has been at the SSA for more than 30 years and has held the position of chief actuary since 2001. He has been involved in the National Commission on Social Security, the National Commission on Social Security Reform and the President’s Commission on Pension Policy in 1979, 1991 and 1995. Goss will also speak to Drake students at 2 p.m. in Bulldog Theatre.

On March 27, actuaries will be able to attend a variety of breakout sessions. At 1:40 p.m., Drake students can learn what actuaries in different disciplines do in their daily work; students will hear from the following professionals:

*    Terry McCarthy, senior actuary at Principal Financial Group

*    Katherine Eisbrener, actuarial analyst at Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield

*    Andrea Everling, BN’11, pricing analyst at Nationwide Insurance

*    Jake Ferguson, associate actuary at Principal Financial Group

For more information and to register, click here. Participants are required to register for the event. The first day of the event is free, while the second day requires a payment of $30, billable to participants’ Iowa Actuary Club company contact.