Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AT&T Discount Increased to 14 Percent

Phi Kappa Phi members are now eligible to receive a 14 percent monthly discount on wireless phone service from AT&T. The discount, up from 10 percent, is available on qualifying voice and data plans.

Members currently enrolled in an AT&T plan with the 10 percent discount will receive the new discount automatically. Please allow up to two billing cycles for the discount to take effect. New and existing AT&T customers not yet receiving the discount offered through Phi Kappa Phi can register for the discount by visiting www.att.com/wireless/phikappaphi or bringing a Phi Kappa Phi membership card and photo ID to a local AT&T store. Please note not all retails stores may honor the discount.

Click here more information about the AT&T discount. If you have additional questions, please contact Jamie Chapman.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Phi Kappa Phi Announces Study Abroad Grant Winners

Phi Kappa Phi recently announced the winners from Session A of the 2015 Study Abroad Grant program. The 25 recipients from across the country will receive a grant of $1,000 each.

Click here to see the full list of winners.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to support undergraduates, both members and nonmembers, as they seek expanded knowledge and experience in their academic fields. Since the program's inception in 2001, the Society has awarded more than $700,000 in Study Abroad Grants.

The application process for Session B of the Study Abroad Grant program will open July 1, 2015. Click here to learn more.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Member Benefits Highlights – April 2015

No April Fools’ pranks here! Don’t miss out on these great deals and opportunities exclusively available to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout April.

Budget Truck Rental
Moving soon? Take advantage of the Budget Truck Rental discount and save 15 percent on rental and mileage. To book your rental, call 800.566.8422 and mention Phi Kappa Phi account number 56000134543 or click here to book online. To ensure availability, early reservations are strongly encouraged.

JoS. A. Bank

Receive 20 percent savings in store and online from menswear retailer JoS. A. Bank. To receive the discount, sign up for a free Corporate Card by visiting your nearest JoS. A. Bank store. Once at the store, mention your membership in Phi Kappa Phi and corporate ID# 525720. Members can also register by calling 800.285.2265 or emailing a request, along with mailing address, to corporatecard@jos-a-bank.com. Remember, you must mention Phi Kappa Phi and corporate ID# 525720 when requesting your card.

Lenovo
Save on a variety of Lenovo products with these exclusive discounts throughout April:
  • Up to 20% off select desktops
  • Up to 25% off select laptops
  • Up to 20% off select tablets
  • Up to 12% off select ThinkPad laptops
To redeem these and other great deals from Lenovo, click here.

Phi Kappa Phi Graduation Gear
Graduating this spring? Receive a free Phi Kappa Phi tassel when you purchase the Phi Kappa Phi honor cord, medallion and stole! Visit the Online Store to purchase today. Please note that protocol for wearing items at commencement varies from school to school. Be sure to check with your college or university before ordering.

Phi Kappa Phi Visa® Rewards Credit Card
The Phi Kappa Phi Visa® Rewards credit card is the perfect way to show your Phi Kappa Phi pride everywhere Visa is accepted and earn rewards points redeemable for thousands of items. Other benefits include 20 percent off Phi Kappa Phi merchandise purchases, no annual fee, low introductory rate for first 6 months, $100,000 travel accident insurance and much more. To sign up and take advantage of the great benefits, click here.

The Princeton Review
In the midst of test prep? The Princeton Review can help! Save up to $150 on classroom courses, small group instruction, tutoring, and self-guided courses for the MCAT, LSAT, GRE or GMAT. To enroll with the discount, click here or call 800.2REVIEW.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Phi Kappa Phi Celebrates National Volunteer Week

This week marks the 41st National Volunteer Week—a week aimed at inspiring and recognizing volunteers who work together to accomplish a multitude of goals.

During this week, we would like to celebrate the outstanding efforts of board members, committee members and chapter officers that serve the more than 300 Phi Kappa Phi chapters nationwide.

Because of the incredible commitment and support of these volunteers, the Society is able to continuously recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education.

Do you know of a Phi Kappa Phi chapter officer or member who has gone above and beyond their duties? If so, we’d like to know! Send us your inspiring stories or post below about a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer who has made a profound impact in your life.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we highlight and celebrate various service efforts throughout the week. We also want to know what other volunteer service projects you are participating in this week. Tell us or show us using #PKPVolunteers!

To learn more about National Volunteer Week, click here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Phi Kappa Phi Announces Death of Past Society President Paul J. Ferlazzo

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is deeply saddened to announce the death of Past Society President Paul J. Ferlazzo on April 2. Dr. Ferlazzo, professor emeritus at Northern Arizona University, served on Phi Kappa Phi’s board of directors from 1995 to 2010.

Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi in 1975, Ferlazzo’s service for Phi Kappa Phi included terms as Western Regional Vice President from 1995 to 2001, immediately followed by three-year terms as President-Elect, President, and Past President. He also served as chair of the Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award Selection Committee and a member of the Awards Council during the 2012-2014 biennium.

Ferlazzo earned his Ph.D. as a National Defense Fellow at the University of Oklahoma. Before joining Northern Arizona University in 1985, Ferlazzo taught at Michigan State University, Montana State University, and held a Fulbright lectureship in Italy as well as exchange faculty positions in Germany and China. He earned distinguished teaching, research and service awards, and held a three-year Ford Foundation Grant.

“It has been a great pleasure and privilege to serve on the Board of Directors of Phi Kappa Phi,” Ferlazzo said at the close of his term as Past President in 2010. “Having the chance to visit many of our chapters and to meet with our outstanding faculty and student leaders has given me a very positive sense of the important contributions that Phi Kappa Phi makes to higher education. I look with optimism toward the future — to the growth of Phi Kappa Phi and its expanding role in promoting the life of the mind.”

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight – April 2015

David Horton Jr.
Ohio University


Name: David Horton Jr.

Chapter Position: Treasurer and immediate Past President

Years of Service to the Chapter: 5 years

University Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling and Higher Education

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D., Higher Education Administration

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? I was originally invited to become an officer in my local chapter during my first year as an assistant professor at Ohio University. The president of the chapter at that time asked if I would be interested in serving as the chapter treasurer. Given the focus of my academic work on graduate studies, I thought this would provide an opportunity to interact with the undergraduate student population on my campus.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? I am very proud of our chapter's ability to stay relevant and engaged on our campus despite a small board and student membership. Over the past five years, we have held an initiation ceremony each spring that seems to keep getting bigger and better each year. I am also proud of our collaboration with and sponsorship of activities organized by the OU Women's Center and the Patton College of Education. During the 2013-2014 academic year, we sponsored an Institutional Review Board (IRB) workshop for undergraduate and graduate students within the college to provide helpful tips and strategies for submitting IRB proposals for approval.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? I am very proud to be associated with Phi Kappa Phi. To me, Phi Kappa Phi means a commitment to scholarship, the pursuit of truth, and the love of lifelong learning.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? I enjoy interacting with students from across my institution, from diverse disciplines, that I might not have had an opportunity to interact with if not involved with Phi Kappa Phi. I enjoy being able to contribute to students' growth and development outside of the classroom by organizing and sponsoring programs and workshops. Lastly, having the opportunity to attend national conventions as a representative of our chapter has been an honor.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? Always remember that all the hard work you do for Phi Kappa Phi is worth it. Students appreciate being honored for their academic accomplishments by being invited to join the best honor society in the country.

What are your hobbies? In my spare time, I volunteer as a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens County. I also enjoy running, working out at my local Crossfit gym, playing golf and reading mystery and suspense novels.

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Austin, Texas. After high school I moved to Dallas, Texas, where I lived for eight years while working and completing my bachelor's and master's degrees at Dallas Baptist University. In 2004 I moved to Gainesville, Florida, to pursue my Ph.D. at the University of Florida. I now reside in Athens, Ohio with my wife, daughter, two dogs and cat.

See David's CV.

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 kwhite@phikappaphi.org or 800.804.9880, ext. 212.