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    Dearest members, We are proud to announce our 2016 Spring Banquet will be taking place on May 16th, 2016 in Carnesale Commons Palisades Room starting at 6PM.

    We believe that networking certainly plays an important role because of the exclusiveness of this profession; therefore, the better you know the firm representatives, and the better they know you, the higher the chance you will get to receive an internship/ full-time opportunity.

    At this event, you will have the chance to meet several firm representatives, employees, UCLA alumni, BAS sponsors, and the UCLA Math Department Faculty. We will introduce new BAS officers for next year as well.

    The sign-up sheet is here . You have until Monday, April 24th to sign up without paying a late fee. You will need to signup AND pay the banquet fee in order to attend.

    If you are a paid member, you can pay the $10 banquet fee via PAYPAL here .
    If you are NOT a paid member, you can pay the $30 banquet fee via PAYPAL here .

    You can also pay us through VENMO if that is easier. Our account is bruinactuarialsociety.

    PLEASE FILL OUT YOUR UCLA ID WHEN PAYING THROUGH VENMO OR PAYPAL.
    Finally, we will have office hours if you prefer to pay by cash. Our office is MS2354.
    Office hours are from
    T 10-1PM, 2-3PM
    W 10-4PM
    R 11-2PM
    Miss the UCSB BBQ Social? No worries, BAS will be holding our first ever on- campus barbecue social on Sunday, Math 1st In Sunset Canyon Recreation Center starting at 4:30 PM

    Come and join us for food, drinks, volleyball and exciting games. If midterms have you feeling somewhat homicidal, let out your quest for blood in games of 'Assassin' (water guns) and 'Mafia' (playing cards). There will also be a gift card awarded to the winner of 'Assassin'.

    As the year is drawing to a close, this is definitely a great opportunity to meet people from all three of these clubs and build on friendships established throughout the year! We hope this social can be an escape from your stressful midterm weeks!

    The sign-up sheet is here

    Event Details:
    WHAT: Barbecue Social
    WHO: Members of BAS, UMSA and Stats Club
    WHEN: 4:00pm-6:30pm, Sunday, May 1st
    WHERE: UCLA Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
    Math 172A - Financial Mathematics will change to Math 175 . There will not be any changes to the course syllabus, just a name change. This should be effective starting next quarter.

    Secondly, there will be a new elective actuarial course - Math 191. It will be offered next spring (Spring 2017). Please see the following:

    Course description

    Business environment is continuously changing and rapidly growing its complexity. As a result, organizations are focusing more on their risk management than before. Moreover, rather than focusing on the 'silo' risk management approach, the emphasis is shifting to a 360-degree approach to an organizationís total risk profile (i.e., enterprise risk management).

    Enterprise risk management (ERM) is the process of coordinated risk management that places a greater emphasis on cooperation among departments to manage the organizations full range of risks as a whole. ERM offers a framework for effectively managing uncertainty, responding to risk, and harnessing opportunities as they arise (www.ceranalyst.org).

    The Society of Actuaries (SOA) claims that the CERA credential from the SOA provides risk professionals with strong ERM knowledge that drives better business decisions. This course is developed based on the ERM exam syllabus in the CERA curriculum. Although the course is not designed to cover the entire exam syllabus, it will provide a good overview of ERM process and expose students to some of the core quantitative techniques utilized in ERM.

    Pre-requisite: M172A (175), recommended courses 174A/E

    Instructor: Joseph Son
    Dearest members, We hope that everyone had a great spring break! We have quite a few events coming up next week, so please see the following:

    UnitedHealth Care Information Session
    UnitedHealth Care is having an information session at MS6627 next Tuesday at 6PM . Please dress business casual and bring your resume if you plan on networking. You can sign up here.

    Math Career Panel - Everything Math! Exciting Career Possibilities with your Math Degree
    The Career Center is hosting a Career Panel next week on Wednesday, April 6th from 5-7PM . This will be a great opportunity for those who are interested in networking with professionals from the mathematics field. Please sign up here.

    DataFest - Stats Club
    DataFest, one of the Statistics Club's biggest events in the year, is starting soon. Applications can be found here and are due next Thursday .

    Tableau Visualization Workshop - Stats Club
    Statistics Club is also holding a Tableau Data Visualization Workshop in preparation for DataFest next Thursday . Please sign up here.

    Dinners With An Actuary - Kaiser
    Kaiser is having another Dinners With an Actuary next Thursday evening . Please signup here if you are interested in attending.

    Dearest members, We hope that everyone had a great spring break!

    We are excited to announce that BAS is going for a road trip with the BAS/UCSB Social on Sunday, April 17th! Come out and enjoy this rare opportunity to meet our UCSB counterparts as well as enjoy some barbecue out in Goleta Beach, Santa Barbara.

    The cost will be $5 to attend to help offset transportation costs. Transportation will be provided, and if you are willing to drive please indicate so on the signup sheet (you will be reimbursed).

    Please do not sign up if you are unsure whether or not you can make it. We expect all those who sign up to attend and there will be consequences for those who sign up and do not attend.

    The signup sheet is here . The signup sheet will close next Wednesday afternoon at 1PM. We will provide details about exact times, transportation, etc in a follow up email but for now plan on leaving around 10-11AM from UCLA and spending the afternoon up in SB.
    Dear members, Welcome back! We hope you all had a great spring break! BAS will start this exciting quarter with the Presentation Workshop this Thursday, March 31st, at 6pm in MS6627! Presentation skills are very critical for work and professional events such as case competitions, so don't miss out this great opportunity to learn how to confidently deliver a professional presentation! Please RSVP here .

    Please check out the actuarial forum to find the presentation.
    Dearest members, Enjoyed the case competition and want to do another? Or perhaps you want to visit UC Berkeley? If so, then Berkeley Actuarial League is now inviting all of our members to participate in their case competition.

    For those that are interested, please read the following very carefully.

    Part 1: Forming a team
    1. If you need to find a team (of 4), either arrive a few minutes early before the VBA workshop tomorrow or go to the virtual signup sheet and contact each other here (everyone who signs up on this sheet should be looking for a team).
    2. Everyone is required to fill out the "Team Registration" tab on the same google sheet. This will help us keep track of who is participating. You can find the tab here .
    3. Fill out Berkeley's google sheet to register for the case comp here. This deadline is by Feb 21st, at 9PM.

    Part 2: Judging, Logistics, and Final Round
    The case is officially released on the evening of Feb 21st, after the signup sheet closes. After that, the first deadline for the Written Report is due on Friday, March 13th (more details about what the written report entails will be sent out with the case on Feb 21st). For those that make it to the final round (which is on April 9th, or the Saturday of Week 2 ), the math department has generously decided to reimburse travel expenses (similar to interview-style reimbursement). More details about reimbursement and funding to follow.
    If you have any questions, please post them on the forum.
    Go Bruins!
    BAS is proud to co-host this quarter's Joint Technical Series Workshops with UMSA and Stats Club!

    We will be hosting a Microsoft Access/SQL seminar, in two sessions, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday 3/1 and Thursday 3/3 of Week 9, in the PIC Lab (MS 2000). We will go over the foundations of modern databases and SQL syntax. Members who are not enrolled in a PIC class this quarter will have PIC accounts made for them. If you plan on attending, please RSVP by February 14th.
    BAS is proud to co-host this quarter's Joint Technical Series Workshops with UMSA and Stats Club!

    We will be hosting an Excel Workshop, in two sessions, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday 2/16 and Thursday 2/18 of Week 7, in Haines 118 on Tuesday and Young Hall 200 on Thursday. Part 1 will cover the basic Excel functions such as IF statements, VLOOKUP, and pivot tables. Part 2 will be a more in depth look with information on VBA and creating macros. If you plan on attending, please RSVP. Here is the pdf here . And here is the xlsx . Additional files here here . And here .

    BAS is proud to co-host this quarter's Technical Series Workshops with UMSA and Stats Club. BAS will be holding a pair of Excel Workshops, tentatively scheduled for Week 8, in which we will demonstrate key functions such as IF statements and VLOOKUP, PivotTables, and some basic VBA programming for creating macros.

    We will also be having our first-ever Microsoft Access/SQL Workshop, also to be given in two sessions, tentatively scheduled for Week 9. We'll be going over the fundamentals of modern relational databases and SQL syntax.
    Stay tuned for updates!

    Stats Club will be hosting various seminars in preparation for DataFest in the Spring:
    Week 3 (Jan 20) Introductory R Workshop
    Week 3 (Jan 21) Ideas of Data Visualization
    Week 4: Data Wrangling / Early Stages of Competition
    Week 5: SLM / Transformations
    Week 6: Intro to Visualization
    Week 7: ggplot2
    Week 8: More Involved/Advanced Techniques
    Week 9: Amazon Cloud Computing
    Week 4 to 9 events tentatively scheduled for Wednesday evenings.

    UMSA will also be hosting professional development events:
    Week 5 (Feb 5) Professor Talk for Urban Informatics
    Week 7 (Feb 16) ERSI Info Session

    Who says networking can't be fun and games?

    Casino Night, co-hosted by BAS, UMSA and Stats Club, is this Thursday, February 11th in Ackerman Union Bruin Reception Room from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Test your luck at the tables in one of our most popular social events of the year! This is a great way to meet club members and also win some great prizes! No worries if you need to leave early; you do not have to stay for the entire event. Sign up here.

    The BAS Internship Program is a great way for qualified members to get more involved with the internal operations of one of the largest and fastest-growing actuarial programs in the United States. Outstanding interns will become the new officers for the 2016-17 school year.

    The application period is now over, and applications are under review! Please stay tuned, as we will get back to you soon on further steps.

    Have you ever wanted to learn more about a particular aspect of the actuarial field? We are going to test out a new series of events which will discuss general topics in the actuarial career. Our first seminar will be this Wednesday, 2/10 from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM in MS 6118.

    In this seminar, we will talk about Autonomous Vehicles (better known as self-driving cars). Those that are interested in working in the P&C industry might find the information in this seminar to be useful to talk about in any interviews. There are no requirements to attend, just simply show up!

    BAS is recruiting Officer Interns! This is your chance to get involved with the internal operations of the largest and fastest-growing student-run actuarial organization in California. Selected applicants will join the BAS Officers in club meetings and in running club events and activities. The BAS Officers for the 2016-17 school year will ultimately be selected from this pool of interns. Interested members should complete an application and send a resume in PDF format to bruinactuaries@gmail.com by February 7th.

    At BAS, we take great pride in the work that our alumni do, and so we are excited to welcome them back to campus for Alumni Talk. At this event, you'll be able to hear firsthand from our most exceptional graduates all about their paths through college and beyond to successful careers as professional actuaries.

    The event will be at from 6:15 PM to 7:45 PM on Tuesday, January 26th at the UCLA Alumni Center.

    After three rounds of competition, BAS is proud to announce that Team 2 of UCLA has won the Fourth Annual Actuarial Case Competition. Congratulations to team members Annie Thornton, Serena Wang, Greta Xiong and James Xu for an outstanding analysis and presentation.

    BAS thanks all of the firm representatives who attended as volunteer judges and the Kaiser Permanente representatives in particular for writing this year's competition. We were also proud to welcome teams from UC Berkeley's Cal Actuarial League and UC Santa Barbara's Actuarial Association to the final round.

    If you would like to view the presentations and executive summaries of the finalists, please find them here.

    Hello everybody!

    Check out our new forum website! We hope that you will find it useful: BAS Boards. Feel free to post any questions you may have!!

    TEAM SIGN-UP SHEET LINK: HERE
    TEAM TIME SLOTS SIGNUP: HERE

    We are happy to announce the Fourth Annual UCLA Actuarial Case Competition written by Kaiser Permanente. This is a great chance for you to learn more about the actuarial career and practice your professional skills. Moreover, the outstanding teams will have the opportunity to present in front of various firm professionals, which will be a big plus for recruiting. We continue to hear feedback from recruiters that the experience students get from working on more real-world type problems is a great asset for internship and entry-level candidates.

    The case competition is one of our biggest events of the year and we have received great support from the Math Department and local firms. We sincerely hope you can be part of it and benefit from this event.

    The Rules:

    Students will form teams of 4 to work on an actuarial case project. Additionally, at least two members of your team must be underclassmen (first or second years). You will choose your team members and sign up on January 7th. We will help form teams, if necessary. Your team efforts will be delivered in a business report and a presentation, with the first round on January 11.

    There will be a kick-off meeting to hand out the case and to brief you on the subject matter. After the first-round presentation, the alumni judging panel will provide feedback to help your team improve. The top teams will move onto the second round and present to faculty. The top teams will then advance to the final round, where they will present to firm professionals.

    A special treat this year: we will have students from UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara coming to compete as well!

    Remember, you must be a paid member in order to participate in this event. If you have not paid, we are still collecting membership fees via paypal: pay here .

    Important Dates:

    January 7 from 6:00 to 10:00pm at MS 4000, Thursday of Week 1 Kick-off Meeting: rules, presentation workshop, case briefing, team and time slot sign-ups. We highly suggest every member of your team to be present. If you don't sign up your team at the Kick-Off Meeting, you will not be allowed to participate. Additionally, all further details about the case will be distributed only to those who have signed up.

    RSVP for the Kick-off Meeting here.

    January 11 starting at 6:00pm at MS 6627, Monday of Week 2: First round presentation to BAS alumni and president

    January 13 starting at TBA at MS 6627, wednesday of Week 2: Second round presentation to faculty (advancing teams)

    January 14 starting at 6:15pm to 8:30pm, Pavilion Club, Pauley Pavilion, Thursday of Week 2: Final round presentation to professionals by the finalist teams, followed by a reception open to all participants. Will also feature teams from Berekely and SB.

    In other news, we have events like an Alumni Talk, joint Casino Night social with UMSA/Stats club planned, SQL/Access workshops planned, and more TBA. Keep a watch out!
    Download our google calendar (to the right) to get updates about all our events, otherwise look out for our emails :). Happy holidays!

    Thanks for a great Fall 2015 quarter everyone! We look forward to seeing you all again in the Winter. Keep an eye out for emails and updates coming soon :)

    Hey everyone!

    On Monday, Nov 30th we will have our final event of the quarter - CIGNA Information Session . If you are interested in hearing about this fantastic company, please RSVP
    When: Monday, Nov 30th at 6:15PM
    Where: MS 6627

    Please also check out the following events: Dinner With Liberty Mutual Actuarial Students
    When: Tuesday, Nov 24th at 6:00PM
    RSVP

    Professor Talk with Professor David Taylor
    When: Monday, November 23 at 5 PM
    Where: MS 6227
    Why: Come learn about Professor Taylor's experience with Mathematics & Finance as he will be discussing surprising application of pure mathematics in finance, mysterious shortcomings of our models, and practical tools of the trade.
    How: Simply RSVP

    Happy 6th Week! As promised in our last email, BAS, along with UMSA and Statistics Club will be hosting the Teamwork Workshop Tuesday (Nov. 10th), 6:30PM, at SMC (MS 3974). If you want to learn how to become an effective group member, to improve your communication and problem-solving skills, this is definitely a great chance for you to practice! Also, we promise that this workshop is going to be very fun!

    The link to RSVP is here: RSVP

    Right now we are in the thick of recruiting season, and we know many of you are getting interviews! In order to help you practice, we will be hosting mock interviews starting this Friday and lasting until next Friday in MS2354.

    If you sign up, we expect you to show up. Please treat this like an actual interview. You are not required to dress up in business casual, but please bring your resume.

    If you do need to cancel, you can do so on the website. We will open up more time slots if we need to.

    Good luck to those who have interviews this week!

    The link to RSVP is here: RSVP

    We are going to have a Resume Workshop on October 20th, co-hosted with UMSA and Stats Club. We will start at 6:15PM in Boelter 2444. After the workshop, we will have time to critique resumes so please bring a paper copy (one will do).

    The link to RSVP is here: RSVP

    Hope to meet you all! Have a great day!

    As we promised at the General Meeting, our mentorship mixer is going to take place on Oct. 13th, from 6pm-8pm, at MS 6221.

    EVERYONE PLEASE BRING A FEW COPIES OF YOUR RESUME!

    This year, each officer will be taking four students as their mentees, and if you are not assigned to an officer, you will have an experienced senior to be your mentor! Moreover, partnering in the Mentorship Mixer will be required to eventually participate in the CORPORATE MENTORSHIP program (details TBA).

    If you are interested in becoming a MENTEE, this is a great chance for you to connect with the officers, and also learn more about the actuarial field! Please sign up here: Mentee sign up This mentorship program is mainly for 1st year, 2nd year and 1st year transfer students, but everyone is welcome to join the event!

    If you are interested in becoming a MENTOR (Seniors only), this is certainly a great highlight that you can put on your resume! Please sign up here: Mentor sign up

    ************************** VERY IMPORTANT INFO BELOW **************************

    During the Mixer: Each officer will give a brief introduction of who they are and what they can offer as a mentor. And each member, who wants to become a mentee, will get 30sec -1min to talk to each officer, and then will get the chance to choose your top three!

    After the Mixer: We will match you up with a mentor, either an officer or an experienced senior! Have fun!

    Again, please remember that once you sign up, we definitely expect you to show up unless you have an emergency.

    Looking forward to meeting you all! Have a great day!

    BAS's Eighth Annual Career Fair is on October 5th. Please remember that you have to attend one of two mandatory prep sessions in order to attend the career fair. The first session will be Towers Watson's Info Session on Thursday, October 1st at Boelter 2444 , starting at 6:15PM . The next session will be DW Simpson's Info Sesion on Monday, October 5th at Physics and Astronomy 1434A, starting at 4:00 PM .

    Pay For Career Fair Via PayPal
    LATE Career Fair RSVP
    Towers Watson Information Session RSVP
    Liberty Mutual Information Session RSVP
    DW Simpson Information Session RSVP

    Please note that for those who want to RSVP still for the Career Fair, there is a $10 extra fee -- so the total cost will be $45. No cash payments are accepted, only through PayPal. Those that have paid, but forgot to RSVP: RSVP via the link above . You do not have to pay the late fee, however your nametags might need to be handwritten.

    Hello wonderful members! I hope you all had a wonderful Week 0!

    The powerpoint presentation from the Freshmen/International Workshop can be found here: Freshman Workshop Presentation and International Student Workshop Presentation.

    Hello wonderful members! Some announcements on this year's career fair:

    The date will be October 5th, starting from 5:00PM until 7:30PM at Ackerman Grand Ballroom.

    The sign-up sheet for the career fair is here: goo.gl/ZrHV7d. Please pay before you sign-up.

    In order to attend, you will have to attend a MANDATORY Career Fair Prep Session, hosted by one of two companies. Towers Watson, an actuarial consulting company, will be hosting a joint prep/information session on October 1st. DW Simpson, an actuarial recruiting company, will also host a joint prep/information session immediately before the career fair. The dress code is strictly business formal .

    Starting this year, non-UCLA students are NOT allowed to attend the Career Fair . You WILL be required to have a UCLA ID in order to attend. If you are an alumni, you will be allowed to attend - please email bruinactuaries@gmail.com with subject heading Alumni Career Fair from your UCLA email for more information.

    For those who did not attend our general meeting, here is a copy of our powerpoint presentation: General Meeting Presentation.

    Hello wonderful members! Please make sure to sign up on our emailing list:
    http://goo.gl/forms/fEu2f8qlxC.

    We are currently offering virtual resume critiques; please email bruinactuaries@gmail.com with subject line Fall 2015 Virtual Resume Critique and an officer will get back to you shortly.

    This year we will also be publishing a resume book to our Career Fair firms. If you wish to have your resume in this resume book, please email bruinactuaries@gmail.com with the subject line Resume Book Submission by the end of the day, September 25th .

    Have a great last week of summer everyone and we look forward to meeting you soon!

    Hello wonderful members! The school year has not yet started, but those of you who want to sign up for our membership can do so here:
    BAS 2015-16 Membership.

    For those who want to sign up on our emailing list, do so here:
    http://goo.gl/forms/fEu2f8qlxC.

    For those who are new to BAS, welcome! Check out our webpage, our officers, and of course our Facebook/LinkedIn pages.
    BAS Facebook
    BAS LinkedIn

    Most commonly asked questions can be found on our BAS Handbook. It also provides a guide to everything you would want to know about the actuarial career and the actuarial program here at UCLA. Take a look!
    BAS 2015-16 Handbook

    For any other questions, feel free to direct them to bruinactuaries@gmail.com

    Stay tuned towards August/Early September for more on the 15-16 school year!