Culverhouse College of Business recognizes that a student’s ambition often exceeds the ability that the classroom contains. The Culverhouse student body has access to a very broad offering of transcurricular programs and organizations which promote networking among students and working professionals.

These organizations derive their relevance to students from their close affiliation with Culverhouse academic programs. Organizations offer further learning and experience in accounting, insurance, management, finance, economics and more. Culverhouse may be the classroom, but it prepares you for what happens next today.

The Alabama Insurance Society is a professional student organization and is open to any University of Alabama student interested in a financial services-related career. AIS provides members with an opportunity to plan activities and experience the professional world first-hand.

Guest speakers include professionals and alumni in fields such as healthcare, underwriting, cybersecurity, environmental risk, actuarial science, employee benefits, financial planning, and banking. Recent trips include visits to Protective Life in Birmingham and Afla Insurance in Montogomery, and attending the WSIA Surplus Lines Symposium in Atlanta, GA and the Gamma Iota Sigma International Conference in Dallas, TX.

President: Austin Houston

Vice President: Elizabeth Peplinski

Secretary: Nicole Putre

Treasurer: Ryan Waelde

Actuarial Chair: Emily Clay


Gamma Iota Sigma is the only international collegiate fraternity for students interested in insurance, risk management, and actuarial science professions. Gamma Iota Sigma pursues a mission to promote and encourage student interest in the industry as a profession while encouraging the high moral and scholastic attainments of its members. Since its incorporation in 1965, Gamma Iota Sigma has chartered 72 chapters across North America and boasts an annual membership of more than 4,000 students and an alumni population of over 25,000.


The Epsilon Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma was established at The University of Alabama on March 3, 1972. The Chapter operates as a subset of the Alabama Insurance Society. Some of the benefits of being a member include scholarship opportunities, webinars, career and internship opportunities, and many other events. Epsilon Chapter representatives regularly participate in the annual Gamma Iota Sigma Leadership Conference and International Conference in the fall.

Who can join AIS and GIS?

Alabama Insurance Society membership is open to all students at the University of Alabama. Students interested in financial services-related careers such as insurance, risk management, actuarial science, banking, real estate, healthcare, employee benefits, personal wealth management and other related fields are encouraged to join.

Gamma Iota Sigma membership is open to any member of the Alabama Insurance Society who has a 3.0 GPA. Students interested in joining Gamma Iota Sigma should contact the AIS President at

What are the benefits of being a member?

The Alabama Insurance Society offers a series of activities each year designed to bring its members into close contact with the insurance and financial services industry and to give them an opportunity to meet leading professionals from around the globe. These activities include monthly meetings featuring distinguished visiting speakers, travel opportunities and corporate office visits, social events, prep sessions for professional exams, and more.

Additional membership benefits include an invitation to the annual banquet, tickets to the annual Alabama Insurance Day symposium, eligibility for IRMAS scholarships, leadership training, assistance with resume building, internship and job placement, and networking with potential employers.

Who runs AIS and GIS?

The Alabama Insurance Society and the Gamma Iota Sigma Epsilon Chapter are governed by one student leadership team comprised of officers and board members who serve to increase the presence of both student organizations on-campus and off-campus. The leadership team is also instrumental in the execution of the annual Alabama I-Day, by introducing speakers and serving as hosts.

New officers and board members are elected during the spring semester of each academic year. Members who are interested in becoming part of the leadership team should contact the AIS President at

2018-2019 AIS/GIS Leadership Team


Austin Houston, President

Tyesha Turner, Vice President

Ryan Waelde, Treasurer

Nicole Putre, Secretary


Elizabeth Peplinski, Actuarial Chair

Amanda Clower, Gamma Iota Sigma Chair

Phillips Brooks

Kayla Carlson

Arrez Charania

Emily Clay

Phil Foti

Will Mecklenburg

Isaac Wentz

How do I become a member?

Becoming a member is simple! Membership dues are only $25 and must be paid annually to renew membership. There are two ways to join.

  1. Online: Complete the online membership application and pay dues via a credit/debit card.
  2. In-Person: Print and complete the pdf membership application and return it to 210 Alston Hall. Dues can be paid in person via cash or check. Checks are made payable to the Alabama Insurance Society. If you bring cash, please bring the exact amount.

Students interested in joining Gamma Iota Sigma should complete the membership application and return it to 210 Alston Hall. New student membership fees are $50.00 and provide lifetime affiliation with the fraternity.

Cash, check and credit/debit cards are acceptable forms of payment. Checks are made payable to the Alabama Insurance Society. If you bring cash, please bring the exact amount.