• Risk Management College

    2018 Durward W. Owen Risk Management College

    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.

    The 21st annual Risk Management College was held June 27 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis.


    Beautifully designed, modern and refined, Hyatt Regency is a luxury downtown Indianapolis hotel conveniently located steps from Circle Centre Mall, the Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium. Our premiere property and spacious guest rooms are a refreshing blend of hospitality and urban vibrancy. Whether you are staying with us for a family getaway, weekend trip, or business conference, our Indy hotel is the ideal destination to work, relax and discover the city.

    The College provided two education tracks. Track I targeted traveling consultants, and we are pleased that once again Lori Hart, Ph.D. (Director of Educational Initiatives, Holmes Murphy, The Catalyst Agency) and Kim Novak (Director of Health and Safety, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and CEO, NovakTalks) led this Track.  The primary focus was on education as it relates to alcohol, risk management, 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 will provide them with the best tools to help engage our undergraduates in conversations focused on harm reduction.

    We were also pleased to provide a Conduct Track, new for 2018. Justin Angotti, former Assistant Executive Director of Prevention & Accountability for Pi Kappa Phi led this track. As a result of participating in Track II, attendees will be able to:

    • Explain the rights and responsibilities of a student organization on both public and private campuses.
    • Formulate an organizational plan for responding to alleged chapter conduct incidents.
    • Apply best practices in student conduct administration in order to effectively investigate and adjudicate alleged chapter conduct violations.
    • Collaborate with student conduct and fraternity/sorority life professionals when addressing alleged incidents of chapter misconduct.
    • Design effective chapter sanctions using a prevention-focused strategic planning model.

    Additionally, the Alcohol Skills Training Program facilitated by Dr. Jason Kilmer was offered the day following the College on Thursday, June 28th. ASTP, developed by Alan Marlatt, utilizes motivational interviewing strategies (a non-judgmental, non-confrontational approach used to prompt thinking about or commitment to changing behavior) for use with groups and attempts to elicit personally relevant reasons for changing drinking.  The program focuses on strategies and skills for drinking in a less dangerous or less risky way for those who make the choice to drink.  In this workshop, an extension of the ASTP for use in the Greek System will be described, and participants will learn about program components and will gain practice with motivational interviewing strategies.

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