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Finance, Banking and Insurance Archive

Medders named Freeman Distinguished Professor of Insurance

By Haley Childers

BOONE, N.C.—Dr. Lorilee A. Medders has been named the Joseph F. Freeman Distinguished Professor of Insurance in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University.

E. Stuart Powell Jr. shares his insurance knowledge with Appalachian’s students

By Ken Keuffel

BOONE, N.C.—E. Stuart Powell Jr. has long coveted the opportunity that Appalachian State University has given him.

“I had always wanted to teach at the college level,” he said recently. “It’s just taken me 45 years to get there.”

IIANC makes $250,000 investment in Appalachian’s Brantley Risk and Insurance Center

BOONE—The Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (IIANC) has made a $250,000 gift to the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center at Appalachian State University. The gift will be used to help modernize the center located in the Walker College of Business. Aubie Knight, CEO of IIANC, presented the check to Walker College of Business Interim Dean Heather Norris Nov. 5.

Appalachian business professors help develop N.C.’s Foster Care Family Act

BOONE—David C. Marlett has been a department chair, college professor and insurance industry professional, but it’s his recent work in foster care advocacy that he says has been most rewarding.

Team from Appalachian wins Spencer RIMS Risk Management Challenge

BOONE—Risk management and insurance (RMI) majors from Appalachian State University have won the national Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge. The final presentation rounds were held in conjunction with the RIMS 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 26-28.

Walker College of Business team wins N.C. CFA Institute Research Challenge

BOONE—Four students from Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business won the N.C. CFA Institute Research Challenge held in Greensboro, besting student teams from Elon University, N.C. State University and UNC Wilmington.

Appalachian business faculty and staff honored for excellence

BOONE—Four faculty members and one staff member in Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business have received the 2014 Sywassink Award for Excellence. The award recognizes excellence in teaching, service, research and contributions by a non-tenure track faculty member and a staff member.

Former Vietnam refugee pursues American education and dream

BOONE—“Knowledge is one thing no one can ever take away from you.”

Those are the words of Brian Pham, a senior actuarial science and finance double major at Appalachian State University who once lived in refugee camps.

Insurance symposium addresses challenges in the residential property insurance market

BOONE—University students, faculty, regulators and industry leaders met in May at the Residential Property Insurance Symposium to discuss current problems and trends and to identify solutions for the residential property insurance market.