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Studying Insurance in Indianapolis

Posted Apr. 8, 2014


Insurance Studies Students Attend National Claims Conference

Kent State University at Salem was well represented at the Property & Liability Resource Bureau’s (PLRB) Claims Conference and Insurance Services Expo held in Indianapolis last month by students Dan Newlin, Allie Oden and Liza Sabatka, along with Carol Blaine, lead faculty member for the Insurance Studies program.

PLRB Conference 2014Each of the three students are insurance studies majors at Kent State Salem, the state’s first university to offer a bachelor’s degree in this discipline. While attending the PLRB conference, the students attended several educational sessions, including a mock trial on the defense of liquor allegations against bars and taverns.

Other educational session topics included handling misrepresentations, engaging and retaining employees, impending changes to commercial insurance policy contracts, cyber liability and food-related terrorism.

“With over 300 exhibitors and 2,000 participants, even seasoned professionals can become overwhelmed by this national claims conference”, Blaine noted. “But, the students easily held their own, interacting with organizational presidents and top-ranked claims leaders from across the country. I was proud to introduce Allie, Lisa and Dan as students of Kent State’s insurance degree program.”

This event is the largest, most diverse gathering of claims professionals and service providers in the insurance industry. It is billed as the “premier educational and networking event” for the property and casualty claim industry and attracts thousands of participants from around the country.


Photo Caption - front page:
Grange Insurance reps helped welcome the Kent State Salem contingent to the PLRB conference. Pictured are (from left) Vicki Knighton with Grange Insurance; Lisa Sabatka, Carol Blaine and Allison Oden of Kent State Salem; Dory Bailey-Walton with Grange Insurance; and (front) Kent State student Dan Newlin.

Photo Caption -inside photo: Insurance Studies students at the PLRB expo (from left) Allie Oden, Lisa Sabatka and Dan Newlin with an insurance company mascot.


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