• Risk Management College

    Durward W. Owen Risk Management College

    Virtual for 2020

    The focus of the Durward W. Owen Risk Management College is risk management and insurance education for professional staff, alumni/ae and volunteers of fraternal organizations. We wish to assist and advise all those involved in the fraternal community to deliver a consistent message to their members and provide the leadership of each organization with the knowledge and tools to appropriately prevent and control their exposed risks.

    As we all learn to deal with this new, temporary normal, we know that many of you have had to deal with difficult decisions concerning summer conferences and conventions and how to proceed. FRMT, Ltd. is no different. In the interest of protecting friends and colleagues in the fraternal community, the FRMT, Ltd. Executive Committee decided to cancel the 2020 Durward W. Owen Risk Management College.

    A Virtual Risk Management College was held on June 23, 2020, focusing on what in person would have been Track I training for consultants and other front-line professionals. It featured Dr. Lori Hart discussing Policy Analysis and Risk Management, and Kim Novak sharing her expertise in hazing prevention. We wish to thank RSUI for their financial support of this virtual experience.

    Plans for the 2021 College continue; it will be held June 29, 2021 at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown Union Station. As always, we wish to assist and advise all those involved in the fraternal community to deliver a consistent message to their members and provide the leadership of each organization with the knowledge and tools to appropriately prevent and control their exposed risks. We hope you will plan to send staff and volunteers to the College in 2021.

    Historically, the College has provided two education tracks. Track I targets traveling consultants, and we are fortunate that Lori Hart, Ph.D. (Director of Educational Initiatives, Holmes Murphy and the Catalyst Agency) and Kim Novak (Director of PIKE Health and Safety, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and CEO, NovakTalks), have provided leadership for this Track. The primary focus is on risk management education as it relates to alcohol, event planning, hazing and prevention efforts.

    The consultants working with chapters on a daily basis have the best opportunity to educate, prevent and create change. The training provides the best tools to help engage our undergraduates in conversations focused on harm reduction.

    Track II supports the needs of directors, executives and other senior staff members by addressing some of the topical issues of the day, including claims and legal issues, alcohol and drug use and abuse, conduct, and more.

    If you have any questions regarding the Durward W. Owen Risk Management College, please contact Bobbi Larsen, Education Consultant at Holmes Murphy at 1-800-736-4327 extension 4178 or blarsen@holmesmurphy.com.