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Volunteer for the CAS

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.


Automated Vehicles Task Force Call for Specialized Volunteer

Posted: April 4, 2014

The Liability team of the Automated Vehicles (AV) Task Force is looking for a volunteer with products liability insurance experience. Initial research suggests that manufacturers may be liable for accidents caused by AV software bugs. The Liability team would like to better understand how such coverage would be extended and priced, how liability may be distributed between multiple responsible parties (e.g. what if Google licenses its software to Ford?), and how claims would get resolved.

The time commitment is less than five hours per month. Please contact Timothy Sweetser for more information.


CAS Technology Task Force

Posted: March 11, 2014

The CAS needs highly motivated members to be a part of a team that creates an everlasting legacy on the Exam Committee. The twenty-first century is pushing us out of the paper and pencil test taking environment and into something much more realistic and job-related, utilizing computers and modern technology. The Task Force volunteers need to be strategic thinkers and be able to connect the best that technology has to offer to improve the CAS Exam experience. We will explore everything from content delivery to test taking and test grading, releasing scores, and more.

This is a great opportunity to influence the CAS exam structure into the future. The Task Force will last six months and will be charged with recommending how best for the CAS to proceed. After the recommendation is approved the project will be handed over to an implementation task force.

If you are interested in this project or have questions about this opportunity please email Matt at mcaruso@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


RBC Dependencies and Calibration Working Party

Posted: February 10, 2014

A standing working party needs new volunteers!

The RBC Dependencies and Calibration Working party is researching approaches for quantifying reserve, premium and other risks in the P&C RBC formula, including methods to address dependencies and correlations in the NAIC P&C RBC formula.

The Risk-Based Capital (RBC) Dependencies and Calibration Working Party has been hard at work the last 3 years and has published a total of seven reports and has several more in preparation. Nonetheless, there is still work to be done, and the working party is interesting in recruiting new volunteers for the next stage of its projects.

Volunteers should be prepared to spend at least 60 hours a year. That is a substantial time commitment, but the actual working time can be arranged to fit your schedule. The result of the work is intended to be a paper in the E-Forum.

All interested researchers are invited to participate, CAS member or not. More information about the Academy's P&C Risk-Based Capital efforts is available.

If you are interested in participating in the Working Party or have any questions, please contact Karen Sonnet at ksonnet@casact.org.


CAS Centennial Orchestra

Posted: January 14, 2014

The CAS Centennial Orchestra and Chorus will be performing at the Centennial Meeting in New York the evening of November 11, 2014. We still need musicians for the following instruments:

  • Alto Sax (2)
  • Bassoon (1)
  • French Horn (2 to 4)
  • Tenor Sax (1)
  • Trombone (2)
  • Trumpet (1)

Please let us know if you can participate! A comprehensive music program has been developed that should run 40 – 45 minutes. Rehearsals will be conducted the previous weekend. Email Catie Amsden in the CAS office with interest or questions.

For more information on the Centennial Meeting please visit the Centennial Celebration website.


Interactive Online Education Committee

Posted: January 14, 2014

The Casualty Actuarial Society is looking for volunteers to join the newly formed Interactive Online Education (IOE) Committee. This committee will be vital in moving the society forward with its presence of educational opportunities online. This IOE committee unveiled its premier interactive online course on the discipline process in December and will roll out a new course on predictive modeling in February.

Standard Committee expectations:

  • Attend monthly IOE Committee Teleconferences
  • Participate on a course development team
  • Conduct weekly course development team teleconferences

The average time commitment will be 1-2 hours a week. Be a part of the committee that helps facilitate an all new way of receiving continuing education.

If you are interested in participating on the Interactive Online Education Committee please contact Matt Caruso.


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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