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Olivet College insurance students earn professional certification
Jan 23, 2012

During the fall 2011 semester, 14 Olivet College insurance and risk management students passed exams earning the professional designations of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM). Hastings Mutual Insurance Company, a longtime sponsor of the Risk Management and Insurance Center (RMIC) at Olivet, supported the students by reimbursing them for the cost of the exams.

The students include: Lindsay Dege, a senior from Rives Junction; Megan Dobbertien, a senior from Marshall; Ronald Fesko, a senior from Henderson; Austin McGuire, a senior from Lansing; Bradley Phelps, a senior from Battle Creek; Anthony Pomerson, a senior from Canton; Timothy Puffer, a senior from Rodney; Stephanie Ross, a senior from Battle Creek; Ashleigh Seal, a senior from Portland; Benjamin Steffler, a senior from Lapeer; Brandon Taylor, a senior from Oak Park; Elizabeth Tengler, a senior from Olivet; Edward VanStrate, a junior from Owosso; and Jonah Wilson, a senior from Charlotte.

After completing the tests, the CRM students continued their studies with Control of Risk and earned the designation of University Associate Certified Risk Manager (UACRM). The UACRM designations will be awarded to the students at the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents conferment in February.

The CIC students, who plan to pursue careers in agency management, are working to earn the University Associate Certified Insurance Counselor designation during the spring 2012 semester by studying for and taking the CIC Life and Health exam. Hastings Mutual continues their partnership with Olivet College by also covering the fees associated with this exam for students who pass.

With 100 students currently majoring in the insurance and financial services field, the RMIC continues to be one of the largest academic programs at Olivet College. In addition to its undergraduate program, the college offers a Master of Business Administration in Insurance entirely online.

The RMIC is frequently recognized by national insurance publications. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, Risk Management magazine named the RMIC one of the 20 most notable undergraduate risk management programs in the world. The undergraduate program was also ranked the eighth largest in the nation by Business Insurance magazine in 2009 and Risk Management magazine in 2010. For more information, visit web.olivetcollege.edu/insurance.

Hastings Mutual is an award winning, A. M. Best: A+ rated, regional Property Casualty insurance company. Hastings Mutual operates in six Midwestern states. The company, based in Hastings, Mich., has been writing commercial, farm, and personal lines business through independent agents since 1885. For more information about Hastings Mutual or to find an independent agent near you please visit www.hastingsmutual.com.


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