One day presented two huge career opportunities for UW Oshkosh College of Business Insurance and Financial Planning students. On March 6, 2012, insurance students had the opportunity to attend the Career Fair on the Fox, a bi-annual fair for the entire student body put on by UW Oshkosh Career Services, and a special networking night tailored to the area of insurance hosted by the College of Business.

“We look for any way to bridge the gap between the classroom and the working world,” noted Jessie Pondell, Professional Development Director for the College of Business. “Hosting events like this networking night give businesses a better understanding of the education taught in the classroom and puts students in front of their potential employers in positions they might hold some day.”

More than twenty Fox Valley insurance firm executives were brought in for an informational session followed by a networking social, exclusive to Oshkosh insurance students. Professionals came from Secura, Society Insurance, Mass Mutual Insurance, Sentry Insurance, Farmers Insurance, Prudential Financial, and Jewelers Mutual Insurance.

Dr. Scott Beyer, Finance Professor and Director of the UW Oshkosh Center for Risk Management and Insurance, was the primary organizer for the event.  “The goal of the event was to inform and update Wisconsin insurance companies about the UW Oshkosh insurance program and then allow our insurance students to network with some of the industry executives,” Beyer said.

For more information about the Center for Risk Management and Insurance and/or the Insurance and Financial Planning coursework, contact Scott Beyer,, or (920) 424-7194.