Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Apply Today for the 2015 Student Vice President Leadership Summit

Applications for the 2015 Student Vice President Leadership Summit are now available! This year’s Summit will be held July 31 – August 1 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Summit will bring together student vice presidents from chapters across the country to engage in activities aimed at strengthening and enhancing leadership development skills. The weekend will kick off with a full day of Collegiate EmPowerment seminars on personal leadership, the Student Leadership Challenge®, and leadership transition. Participants will also learn strategies for operating and maintaining active chapters of Phi Kappa Phi.

Registration is open to the first 65 student vice presidents. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until May 15, 2015. Download the application here.

In order to be considered for the Student Vice President Summit, members must be:
  • A current Student Vice President
  • An active member of the Society (dues paid)
  • Returning to campus as a full-time student during Fall 2015
  • Nominated by your local chapter (one nomination per chapter)

For more information, click here or contact Kay White at or 800.804.9880, ext. 212.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Join the Council of Students for a Twitter Chat

Have questions about Phi Kappa Phi? Looking to get involved with your chapter? Want toshare success stories and tips about chapter management?

Join us on Tuesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. Central time as we team up with the Council of Students to host our first-ever live Twitter chat. Join the conversation, pose a question, or simply tune in using hashtag #PKPChat to see what is being discussed.

And be sure to follow us on Twitter @PhiKappaPhi and use an app such has TweetDeck or HootSuite to keep up with the conversation.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Member Benefits Highlights – March 2015

Don’t miss out on these exclusive offers including two new partners, an updated discount and two special shopping events available only to Phi Kappa Phi members.

Marbles: The Brain Store *New Benefit!
Marbles: The Brain Store is a one-of-a-kind specialty store with a smart collection of hand-picked, expert-tested, certifiably fun ways to build better brains. Built on the idea that play is good for the brain, The Brain Store offers everything from games and puzzles to software and books. As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you can receive 10% off and free shipping on any online purchase at Marbles: The Brain Store! Use coupon code PKP10 during check out to receive the discount.

AmazonSmile *New Benefit!
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support Phi Kappa Phi every time you shop at at no cost to you. When you shop using AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Phi Kappa Phi. Start your shopping today! And don’t forget to bookmark the AmazonSmile link to make it even easier to support Phi Kappa Phi every time you shop on Amazon.

LifeLock *Updated Benefit!
In an always-connected world, it’s important to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft. LifeLock, the leader in identity theft protection, makes it easy to stay protected with peace of mind. As a member, you are eligible to receive a 30-day free trial and 10% discount on LifeLock membership plans. Click here to enroll using the Phi Kappa Phi discount. Use promo code HSPKP.

Brooks Brothers
Mark your calendars for the Brooks Brothers Spring Shopping Event on March 19! Receive 30 percent off your regularly-priced purchases during the one-day sale. To receive the discount, you must sign up for a complimentary Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card by visiting or calling 1.866.515.4747 with the organization ID#: 11755 and pin code: 61431.

To receive the discount online, members must create a separate Corporate Member profile, even if you already have an existing Brooks Brothers profile. Please allow 20 minutes after you receive your email confirmation before creating your online Corporate Member profile. Register for your separate Corporate Member profile here.

Beginning March 20, Phi Kappa Phi will team up with Dell as its Partner of the Week to offer members 17 percent savings on computers and electronic and accessory items including TVs, printers, cameras, Bluetooth speakers, monitors, and more! To receive the one-time coupon, click here* and select the "Exclusive Dell Coupon" link between March 20-27. (*You must be logged in with your Phi Kappa Phi credentials.) In addition, members can also share the offer with family members. To request a coupon for family, email and reference The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and partner ID: US72681359. Please allow up to 24 hours to receive a response. For more information about the Dell Partner of the Week shopping event, click here.

Worldwide Hotel Local Hospitality
Enter into a drawing for a one-night free hotel stay when you book by March 31 using Phi Kappa Phi’s Worldwide Hotel Discount Program. Choose from a worldwide inventory of hotels with exclusive discounted rates averaging 10-20 percent below best available rates. To book, click here and select the Worldwide Hotel & Car Rental icon. (You must be logged in to the website to access the discount.)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

2015 Fall Graduation Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to Mark Heeren from Eastern Kentucky University, for being named the first place winner in the Phi Kappa Phi Fall Graduation Photo Contest! As first place winner, Heeren will receive a $100 cash prize.

Second place and $50 was awarded to Camilla Columna of San Jose State University.

Third place and $25 went to Chanda Atkinson of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Watch for the winning entries, along with other submissions, to appear in various Society marketing and promotional materials. And don't forget to stay tuned for information about the Spring 2015 Graduation Photo Contest!

To see all entries, click here.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Dissertation Fellows Announced

Phi Kappa Phi recently announced the recipients of the 2015 Dissertation Fellowships. The two fellows will receive $10,000 each to support their dissertation writing.

Lauren Hanson
The University of Texas at Austin
Lauren Hanson is one of two recipients of the first Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship. A doctoral candidate in art history at The University of Texas at Austin, Hanson is studying the post-1945 work of visual artists in West Germany. Her interest in art history grew from the opportunity to incorporate many different disciplines such as literature, philosophy, sociology, history and more, as part of her studies. As an undergraduate at Duke University, she majored in art history and German. She has conducted extensive archival research in both the United States and Germany with the support of research grants. Upon completion of her dissertation, she plans to pursue a career in academe. “I believe that learning is a continuous process that does not begin or end in the classroom,” she said. “And, in the future as an educator, I will foster curiosity and critical thinking skills in an environment open to experimentation.”

Dissertation Abstract: Creating a Scene: Art and Experimentation in Düsseldorf circa 1958

Michael A. Jahne
Clarkson University

Michael Jahne is one of two recipients of the first Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship. A doctoral candidate in environmental science and engineering at Clarkson University, Jahne is studying the environmental and health impact of manure management. His research has created a true interdisciplinary project drawing from a variety of fields, namely science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), to provide support for a real-world health issue. “Consistent with the mission of Phi Kappa Phi, this work has aimed to produce high-quality research with clear societal implications, including both human effects on the environment and public health consequences of those impacts,” he said. In addition, his long-term participation with Engineers Without Borders, including work at a Native American reservation and rural village in Ecuador, has merged his expertise as an environmental engineer with the Society’s focus on service to others.

Dissertation Abstract: Emission, Transport, and Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment of Bioaerosols Following the Land Application of Manure

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Vote Now! Fall 2014 Graduation Photo Contest

Thanks to all who submitted photos to the fall 2014 graduation photo contest! We received nearly 100 submissions of Phi Kappa Phi members proudly wearing Society recognition apparel on their big day.

After much deliberation, Phi Kappa Phi staff members narrowed the field to 10 outstanding entries. Now we need your help to pick the winners! Voting closes Saturday, February 28, at 11:59 p.m. Central time. The winning entries will receive cash prizes and appear in various Society marketing and promotional materials.

Click here to vote now! (One vote per computer.)

Chapter Book Drives Promote a Love of Learning

Between September and December, Phi Kappa Phi chapters participated in the Society’s second book drive competition. The competition, which has now become an annual event, challenged chapters to collect as many books as possible for an organization of their choice.

In all, the participating chapters collected more than 700 books!

Because of their participation in the event, these three Phi Kappa Phi chapters were selected to receive a “Little Free Library” and $150 to put toward personalizing the library:

  • Delta State University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Nicholls State University

The concept of the Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book gathering place” in a community—a prize that fits in well with Phi Kappa Phi’s love of learning and love of literacy. The chapters will determine a location on their campus or in their local community to place the Little Free Library.

The Spring Book Drive Competition currently is underway. To find out how your chapter can get involved, visit