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For general information on volunteering please send an email to volunteer@casact.org.

The CAS has a great culture and history of volunteerism and depends very heavily on its volunteers. The Participation Survey is the primary tool used by committee chairpersons to staff their committees. In July, 2013, please take the time to complete the participation survey.

Your volunteering is good for the CAS, but it’s also good for YOU.

  • Volunteering provides a great opportunity for networking. Working on CAS Committees is a great way to meet other CAS members with similar interests.
  • Serving as a committee member or chair will give you the opportunity to develop interpersonal and time management skills that will benefit you on the job.
  • Many volunteer opportunities offer a chance to become involved in pioneering fields of actuarial practice.
  • Volunteer opportunities can be tailored to meet your particular situation. Your personal interests, available free time, and travel constraints all factor into the committees and roles that will work for you.
  • Geography is not a limitation to your involvement. Participation by members outside the U.S. and Canada is encouraged.
  • If you are looking for short term commitments, those are available as well.

You can also learn more about volunteering for the CAS by watching the CAS & You presentation at www.casact.org/volunteer.


Recruiting Volunteers to Write Case Study for UCLA's Bruin Actuarial Society Case Competition

Posted: October 31, 2014

The CAS University Engagement Committee has been offered an exciting opportunity to partner with Farmers Insurance to create a case competition for UCLA’s actuarial student body organization, the Bruin Actuarial Society (BAS), to launch in January 2015.

The case competition is in its third year running, and each year a new company is asked to participate in writing the case study. This year Farmers Insurance was asked, and they contacted the CAS to partner on the project.

The University Engagement Committee is seeking 6 volunteers to join a short-term Case Competition Working Group that will hold its first meeting in early November and complete the case study by December 8, 2014. The meetings will take place via conference calls. While the time-frame is short, the case study will be written based off of one of our existing CAS case studies released this summer, (either the Catastrophe Modeling Case Study or the Automobile Insurance Case Study.)

Please contact CAS University Engagement Manager, Tamar Gertner at Tgertner@casact.org, if you are interested in volunteering for this working group.


University Engagement Committee Call for 2 Volunteers to join Webinar Committee Workgroup

Posted: July 1, 2014

The University Engagement Committee (UEC) is looking for 2 new volunteers to join our committee as members of the Webinar Committee Workgroup. Do you have a passion for engaging university students and faculty? Are you looking for a way to promote the CAS and property/casualty actuarial profession? Then the UEC is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! The two volunteers will participate on the CAS Webinar Committee and will be responsible for developing webinars specifically for students and academics.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

  • Participate in monthly UEC conference call and Webinar Committee conference calls every 4-6 weeks
  • Identify possible topics for webinars geared toward students and academics with input from the University Engagement Committee
  • Coordinate the execution of the webinars

# of Volunteers Requested: 2

Please contact the UEC staff liaison, Tamar Gertner at tgertner@casact.org to express your interest in joining the Committee.


Call for Volunteers: Ratemaking and Product Management Seminar

Posted: June 9, 2014

The Casualty Actuarial Society is looking for volunteers to join the 2015 Ratemaking and Product Management (RPM) Planning Committee. This committee will be vital in moving the society forward with its planning of the educational seminar scheduled for March of 2015. The Ratemaking and Product Management (RPM) Seminar Planning Committee plans a three-day event that provides educational opportunities on Ratemaking, Predictive Modeling and Product Management. The RPM seminar will provide new and creative ways to successfully offer a forum for actuaries, underwriters, and other insurance professionals to further their continuing education and stay current as professionals.

Standard Committee expectations:

  • Attend Committee Teleconferences
  • Participate on a track subcommittee
  • Conduct other teleconferences as needed
  • Average time commitment: 1 hour a week

Seminar content and logistics are developed over the 9 month period preceding the seminar, via one in person kickoff meeting followed by bi-weekly conference calls. Tasks are diverse, ranging from selection of brochure styles to conducting interviews with prospective keynote speakers, although the bulk of the work revolves around developing session topics and recruiting speakers. The workflow is geared somewhat more heavily to the months just preceding the seminar, as deadlines are imposed. Committee members who attend the seminar are asked to provide reviews of the sessions that they attend.

Actuaries with predictive modeling, product management, and ratemaking experience are desired, as well as creative thinkers who can suggest fresh ideas and identify potential speakers. It is preferred that no more than 1 person representing a particular employer (eg, actuarial consulting firm) participate on the committee.

The clear mission of this committee, as well as the ability to review and react to feedback from seminar attendees, make the work of this group especially rewarding.

If you are interested in participating on the 2015 RPM Seminar Planning Committee please contact Matt Caruso at mcaruso@casact.org.


Centennial Music Program Subcommittee Issues Call for Volunteer

Posted: June 3, 2014

The CAS Centennial Music Program Subcommittee would like to invite you to participate in the music program at the CAS Centennial Celebration and Annual Meeting in New York City, November 9-12, 2014.

The theme that has been selected for the Centennial Music Program is "Songs Through the Decades". The program will present a sampling of songs from the 100 year history of the CAS. There will be a total of 10 selections, distributed approximately evenly between instrumental only, choral only and combined. The subcommittee is currently working on developing the specific program for the event.

We are looking for an electric guitarist who can recreate a classic 1950's rockabilly sound for a specific song that we'll be performing. If coming in from out of town, the CAS will provide an appropriate amp. If you are interested in participating you would be able to attend the gala dinner without cost. You will be responsible for registering if you wish to attend other parts of the annual meeting.

The rehearsal schedule for the music program is as follows:

November 8th: 2:00 – 6:00 pm

November 9th: 1:00 – 5:00 pm

November 11th: Afternoon dress rehearsal and concert in the evening.

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions about the music program, feel free to send questions to camsden@casact.org.


Exam Committee

Posted: March 11, 2014

The Examination Committee is responsible for organizing, managing, and administering the CAS Examinations, and is the most popular way for New Fellows to volunteer. The Examination Committee works hard to place every volunteer on the exam that best fits the member. The CAS asks that new members make a 3 year commitment to the exam committee to maintain consistency and quality of exams.

The work of the Exam Committee is key to maintaining high standards of professionalism of the CAS membership. Volunteering for the Exam Committee is a great way to get involved in the CAS. Volunteers are placed primarily during February through April and August through October.

Question Writing
New question writers are required to participate in a three hour training Webinar with no travel required. After submitting questions, the entire committee will meet to refine questions and compile the exam(s). The CAS covers up to $800 for airfare and selects a hotel that falls within reimbursement guidelines.

  • Spring exams (and Exam 5) – September through October with a writers’ summit in October or November
  • Fall exams (and Exams 6US and 6C) – February through April with a writer’s summit in April or May .

Grading
The CAS covers up to $800 for airfare and selects a hotel that falls within reimbursement guidelines.

  • Spring exams – starting in mid-May, culminating in a two day grading session in Las Vegas mid-June.
  • Fall exams – starting in mid-November, culminating in a two day grading session in Las Vegas in early December.

Exam Specific Information

  • Exam 5 – now offered twice a year. There will be openings for graders (spring, fall or both) and question writers (question writing will take place only in September through October, or November at which time both exams for the following year will be compiled).
  • Exam 6US – now offered twice a year. There will be openings for graders (spring, fall or both) and question writers (question writing will take place only in February through April or May).
  • Exam 7 – spring exam. New members are expected to be full committee members – writing questions and grading.
  • Exam 8 – fall exam. New members are expected to be full committee members – writing questions and grading.
  • Exam 9 – spring exam. New members are expected to be full committee members – writing questions and grading.
  • New Exams ST (Statistics) and LC (Life Contingencies) may need new members. These exams are multiple choice so no grading is involved. The Committee meets twice a year for two days each time in various locations.

If you are interested in the Examination Committee or have questions please email Matt at mcaruso@casact.org.

University Engagement Committee

Posted: February 12, 2014

The University Engagement Committee (UEC) is looking for volunteers to join our busy committee. Do you have a passion for engaging university students and faculty and for promoting the CAS and property/casualty actuarial profession? Then the UEC is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you!

The UEC is organized into distinct working groups with specific areas of focus. We need volunteers to join our working groups on case studies and webinars. Details on these working groups and the expectations for volunteer contributions are outlined below.

Join us in helping the CAS build the pipeline of future CAS members!

Contact the UEC staff liaison, Tamar Gertner at tgertner@casact.org to express your interest in joining the Committee.

Case Studies Working Group:

This working group, currently made up of 6 members, is developing case studies on P/C topics for use by academics and university liaisons in college classrooms. Additional volunteers are needed to assist in the creation of case study components including workbooks, problem sets, and facilitator guides.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

  • Participate in monthly UEC conference call and Case Study Workgroup call
  • Create problem sets and workbooks to accompany Case Studies
  • Help write and finalize brief Facilitator Guides
  • Peer review case study presentations and accompanying components
  • Assist in recording online presentations (as needed and subject to interest of volunteer)

# of Volunteers Requested: 3

Webinar Committee Workgroup:

The UEC needs two volunteers who will participate on the CAS Webinar Committee and who will be responsible for developing webinars specifically for students and academics.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

  • Participate in monthly UEC conference call and Webinar Committee conference call every 4-6 weeks
  • Identify possible topics for webinars geared toward students and academics with input from the Academic and Student Central working groups
  • Coordinate the execution of the webinars

# of Volunteers Requested: 2


CAS University Liaison

Posted: January 13, 2014

The CAS University Liaison Program, established in 1999, has grown considerably in the last year and currently matches CAS members with 287 universities around the world. We are excited about the progress that has been made, thanks to our volunteer University Liaisons, but there is still more work to be done. 

The University Engagement Committee developed a list of target schools, with a goal to match a University Liaison with each university on the list. More than 150 schools on the Committee’s target list are not yet matched with a University Liaison. CAS members are invited to volunteer as a University Liaison to a school on the target list.

University Liaisons provide support in a number of ways, such as:

  • Make campus visits and presentations to students and faculty
  • Talk with students on an individual basis
  • Advise faculty on curriculum matters
  • Serve on a university Advisory Board
  • Advise the universities on CAS opportunities, tools and resources, and the exam system

The CAS supports University Liaisons in their university outreach efforts by providing them with off-the-shelf presentations, case studies, and marketing materials. University Liaisons belong to an online community of fellow volunteers where they can access resources and share their experiences with other University Liaisons.

Please contact the CAS University Engagement Manager, Tamar Gertner, at Tgertner@casact.org to volunteer as a University Liaison to one of the schools on the target list.

For more information about the role of University Liaison, please review the description of the expectations for University Liaisons.

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