Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Connect with the Phi Kappa Phi Network

Looking to broaden your network and connect with other Phi Kappa Phi members? We can help! The Society has teamed up with Harris Connect to create the Phi Kappa Phi Member Directory—a collection of up-to-date contact information for our extensive network of members.

But we need your help!

Beginning this month, Harris Connect will reach out to members via postcards, emails and phone calls regarding the opportunity to be including in the directory. You’re invited to share your graduation year(s), degree(s) conferred, basic employment details, contact information as well as additional notes that let your peers know what you’ve been up to! When contacted, please take a few moments to verify that we have complete and accurate information on file for you. All updates are returned to the Society so that our database remains current.

Please note that Harris Connect is only collecting information for purposes of the directory. Your information will not be released to any third parties. You decide whether or not your personal information is published in the directory—make your wishes clear to the representative with whom you speak.

For additional information about the Phi Kappa Phi Member Directory including frequently asked questions, click here or contact Jamie Chapman at

Thanks for helping us build this useful networking tool that will serve as an important benefit for Phi Kappa Phi members!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Member Benefits Highlights – May 2015

Don’t miss out on these exclusive offers including two increased discounts and a special shopping event available only to Phi Kappa Phi members.

AT&T *Updated Benefit
Phi Kappa Phi members are now eligible to receive a 14% monthly discount on wireless phone service from AT&T. The discount, up from 10%, is available on qualifying voice and data plans. Members currently enrolled in an AT&T plan with the 10% 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 through Phi Kappa Phi can register at or by 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.) For more information, click here. If you have additional questions, contact Jamie Chapman.

National Car Rental *Updated Benefit
Phi Kappa Phi members are now eligible to receive a 10% discount, increased from 5%, on National's standard, undiscounted daily, weekly and monthly rates. Simply use the Phi Kappa Phi National ID number XZ14050 when booking a car. You may book your rental by calling 1.800.CAR.RENT or visiting National Car Rental.

Brooks Brothers
Mark your calendars for the Brooks Brothers Summer Shopping Event on May 20! Members can receive 30% off 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 organization ID number 11755 and pin code 61431.

Church Hill Classics
Looking to show your Phi Kappa Phi pride? Frame your membership certificate with a customizable frame from Church Hill Classics. Choose from a variety of frame moldings, mat colors, and materials to create a frame that complements your home or office decor. In addition, you can find a frame to showcase your medallion, stole, or Phi Kappa Phi photos! Start designing today!

Take advantage of Phi Kappa Phi’s Dell Member Purchase Program and receive discounts on Inspiron, Studio, and XPS laptops, and much more. To start shopping, visit the Phi Kappa Phi – Dell Member Purchase Store. Please note your discount is automatically calculated and will appear in red at checkout.

Marbles: The Brain Store
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 checkout to receive the discount.

Worldwide Hotel & Car Rental Discounts
Phi Kappa Phi members, friends and family can access a worldwide inventory of hotels and rental cars at exclusive discounted rates using the Society’s Worldwide Hotel & Car Rental Discount Program. Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, individually or in a group, domestically or abroad, take advantage of huge savings up to 50% for hotels and 35% for car rentals at locations worldwide. Click here to book today!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight – May 2015

Michelle Gerdes
United States Military Academy

Michelle Gerdes

Chapter Position: Secretary

Years of Service to the Chapter: 8 years

University Position: Instructor in the Academic Excellence Program

Degree(s)/Discipline: M.S. Ed. in Counseling and Math Education

How did you become involved as a chapter officer?
I became involved when I found out the office where I was starting a new position had previously maintained the records. The administration of the position was rotated between faculty but it had not been as consistent as it needed to be. I decided to act as the main contact person to provide some consistency to the chapter.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? I am proud to work with the many faculty members and cadets who are student vice presidents. They are such professionals and take a lot of time out of their busy schedules to serve the chapter. With their hard work, we were able to become a Chapter of Excellence and Chapter of Merit numerous times. We have all worked to keep improving the chapter so members feel proud to be a part of Phi Kappa Phi.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? I believe it is an organization that provides an outlet for members to strive for excellence and help others.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? It allows me to connect with other department members that I might not come in contact with on a regular basis. I enjoy rewarding excellence and this allows me to be part of a top program that can help students and faculty members achieve their goals.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? Try not to do too much on your own. Use your energy in ways that will help the chapter continue to grow. It can be a little overwhelming but use your resources and reach out to other members. Also, ask the wonderful people at the national office for help. They are always willing to provide whatever you need. I couldn't believe how many resources were available on the website and by calling the national office.

What are your hobbies? When I have the time, I love to travel, read, and watch sports. I am working on my Doctor of Education, so that takes a lot of my time at the moment.

Where are you from? I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (huge Steeler fan!).

See Michelle's CV.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Call for Book Reviewers

Phi Kappa Phi Forum, the Society’s multidisciplinary quarterly magazine, is seeking an experienced writer to serve as a book reviewer for its Fall 2015 edition. The selected writer will be invited to review Memory Man by David Baldacci. The length of the review should be 500-750 words and is due in draft form by June 15, 2015.

To be considered, please email Traci Navarre at with a brief description of your professional credentials and why you would like to review Memory Man. Please also include additional links and/or attachments of writing samples. The selected reviewer will receive a free copy of the book upon its release on April 21.

To learn more about Phi Kappa Phi Forum, click here.

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 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 Remember, you must mention Phi Kappa Phi and corporate ID# 525720 when requesting your card.

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.