Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Show Your Phi Kappa Phi Pride!

Calling all graduates! Did you wear your Phi Kappa Phi stole, medallion and/or honor cords at your fall 2014 graduation? If you have commencement photos showing your Phi Kappa Phi pride, share them with us for a chance to win up to $100 and be featured in Society materials.

To enter, email your pictures to by January 31. Include your name, chapter of initiation, date of graduation, and a brief description of your picture. Please limit your submission to no more than five photos. High resolution JPEG, PNG or TIFF images are preferred. Contest open to all active Society members.

First place winner will receive $100; second place $50; third place $25.

For more information including official rules, click here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Volunteer Spotlight – December 2014

Dr. Timothy Almon Askew
Clark Atlanta University

: Dr. Timothy Almon Askew

Chapter Position: President

Years of Service to the Chapter: 3 years

University Position: Associate Professor of English

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D., American Literature/American Studies

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? The university president and provost appointed me to the position of chapter president after I spearheaded the arduous but rewarding process of attaining our chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Leading my team of dedicated colleagues, I was able to put together all the documents required for our chapter and personally made sure that our charter was signed by all charter members.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? We have had a wonderful scholar lecture series featuring Dr. Trachette Jackson, professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan and Dr. Carol P. Marsh-Lockett, associate professor of English at Georgia State University. I wrote the petition to have these outstanding scholars come into our chapter as honorary members.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Phi Kappa Phi is the ultimate recognition of academic excellence. Even as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, I believe that my membership and my service as president of our chapter of Phi Kappa Phi (the first chapter president) is among the highest honors that I have ever achieved. For me, Phi Kappa Phi is the highest recognition of academic excellence.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? I enjoy leading my team of dedicated officers, and I enjoy seeing students and faculty become members during our induction ceremony. This is very moving for me. I also appreciate the prestige that our Society has on campus and in academia at large.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? Lead by being an ambassador of academic excellence and work hard for your chapter.

What are your hobbies? Writing, reading, and listening to classical music.

Where are you from? I am a native of Atlanta, Georgia.

See Timothy's CV.

Monday, November 24, 2014

How Does Merit Work?

As you’ve surely heard by now, Phi Kappa Phi uses Merit to promote the many achievements of its members! So, how does it work?
  1. You accomplish something great such as being initiated into the Society, receiving a Phi Kappa Phi award or grant, or getting elected as a chapter officer. 
  2. Society Headquarters creates a personalized story based on your achievement. 
  3. You receive an email from with instructions on how to claim your very own Merit profile. See a sample profile here
  4. Your local newspapers also receive a copy of your personalized story in the form of a press release. 
  5. Using the tool on your Merit page, you brag about your accomplishments by sharing it on Twitter and/or Facebook. 
  6. You customize your Merit profile with a photo and additional achievements, activities and work experience. Consider it a virtual résumé! 
  7. You accomplish other great things to receive additional Phi Kappa Phi-branded badges. See examples of the badges here
If you haven’t claimed your Merit profile yet, do so today! To learn more about the program including how to request a Merit page, click here.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Member Benefits Highlights – November 2014

As the holiday season quickly approaches, prepare for your shopping, traveling and planning with these discounts exclusively available to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout November.

JoS. A. Bank
Recieve 20 percent savings in store and online from menswear retailer JoS. A. Bank. To begin receiving 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 the address you would like the card sent, to Remember, you must mention Phi Kappa Phi and corporate ID# 525720 when requesting your card.

The holiday shopping season is here! Whether shopping online or in the store, it’s important to be aware and watchful by taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft. As a member, you are eligible to receive a 20% discount on a LifeLock membership. Click here to enroll using the Phi Kappa Phi discount.

Phi Kappa Phi Graduation Gear
Graduating this fall? 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
Phi Kappa Phi has teamed up with Commerce Bank to offer members a Visa® rewards credit card. The credit card is the perfect way for members to show their Phi Kappa Phi pride everywhere Visa is accepted, as well as earn rewards points redeemable for thousands of rewards 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 for the Phi Kappa Phi Visa credit card and take advantage of the great benefits, click here.

As you holiday shop this season, keep your receipts organized with Shoeboxed. Shoeboxed provides a fast, easy way to turn your important paper documents such as receipts, bills, business cards, and more into organized digital data. With Shoeboxed, your documents will be carefully sorted and scanned into a secure online account and accessible anytime, anywhere. Take advantage of 20 percent off your first six months when you subscribe. Sign up using this link to receive the discount and begin eliminating your paper clutter today!

Worldwide Hotel Discount
Holiday travel plans? Access a worldwide inventory of hotels available at exclusive discounted rates when you book through Phi Kappa Phi’s Worldwide Hotel Discount Program. Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, individually or in a group, domestically or abroad, you can take advantage of discounted rates averaging 10-20 percent below best available rates. To book online, click here and then select the “Exclusive Worldwide Hotel Discount Program” logo or call 1.800.892.2136 using the code “PKP.”

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Phi Kappa Phi Photo-A-Day Challenge

Join us throughout November for the second Phi Kappa Phi Photo-a-Day Challenge! Use each daily prompt to inspire you to show your Phi Kappa Phi pride with photos on social media and be entered for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.

1. Check out the daily prompts (see graphic below) throughout November.
2. Take a photo and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
3. Use the hashtag #PKPPhotoADay.

At the end of November, we will choose one winner—selected at random from all daily photos—to receive a $100 Visa gift card. We’ll also feature some of our favorite photos throughout the month on social media.

Each daily prompt is just an idea to help your creativity flow! Feel free to share any photo that fits your interpretation of the daily prompt. Post photos as often or as little as you want (you don’t have to participate every day to win). And don’t forget to check out what your fellow Phi Kappa Phi members are posting each day. Just search #PKPPhotoADay to see what is being shared!

Must be an active Phi Kappa Phi member to enter. Click here for official rules and details.

November 1 - 30, 2014
Winner notified December 5


Facebook at /PhiKappaPhi
Twitter @PhiKappaPhi
Instagram @PhiKappaPhi

Monday, November 3, 2014

Volunteer Spotlight – November 2014

Dorothy Hively
Shepherd University

Name: Dorothy Hively (Dot)

Volunteer Position: Member of the Programs and Awards Review Committee

Years of Service: 1 year

University Position: Associate Professor of Special Education

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ed.D., Cross Categorical Special Education; M.A., College Student Development and Administration, Shepherd University; C.A.S., Education Administration, Hofstra University; M.S., Education, Adelphi University; B.S., Psychology, SUNY Old Westbury

How did you become involved as a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer? I responded to a national request for volunteers. I was so surprised, yet excited, when I was contacted to participate on an important committee.

What has Phi Kappa Phi done that has made you proud? Phi Kappa Phi represents the best and the brightest! The Society recognizes the creative contributions of its members to society through their successes in their respective fields and volunteerism. Phi Kappa Phi actually recognizes the abilities and work of undergraduate and graduate members with awards, fellowships, and grant opportunities.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Phi Kappa Phi is something to be proud of! The organization represents integrity, scholarship, and ideals to strive for.

What do you enjoy most about being a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer? I felt proud to meet the committee members, especially the late Dr. Ray Sylvester. The committee was genuine and welcoming, and focused on helping members. The group worked together effortlessly to award funding to the various Phi Kappa Phi fellowships, awards and grants.  I learned so much from this talented group. Following the positive experience, I wanted to find other ways to volunteer with the Society.

What advice would you give to a new Phi Kappa Phi volunteer?
 Be ready for an adventure! You will meet committed members from across the country with ideas to better the Society, higher education and beyond.

What are your hobbies? I volunteer as a member of the Shepherd University chapter of Team River Runners  who work with returning veterans from the Martinsburg, West Virginia Veterans' Hospital. We kayak and canoe with the veterans at the Shepherd University Wellness Center, on the Potomac River, and Antietam Creek. I also enjoy bicycling, and reading and participating in fundraising 5K runs for local groups such Muddy Mamas for Girls Inc of Hagerstown and Relay for Life.

Where are you from? I was born in New York City, raised on Long Island, and lived in the West Village. I spent many years working in public education primarily working for the New York City Public Schools, in a variety of administration positions and as as a high school teacher.  I currently live in Washington County, Maryland near the Antietam Battlefield and teach in the department of education at Shepherd University.

See Dot's CV.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Create Your Story with Merit

Have you heard about Phi Kappa Phi’s member achievement program, Merit? If not, here’s your chance!

The Merit program, implemented by Phi Kappa Phi in 2013, allows the Society to create and publish personalized stories about members’ achievements such as being initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, receiving an award or grant from the Society, becoming a chapter officer and more.

Once granted an achievement, members can customize their online Merit profile with a photo, activities, work experience, awards, and affiliations. Merit also makes it easy to share these achievements with family and friends on social media. Consider it a virtual résumé!

If you haven’t received an initiate badge (those initiated prior to March 2013) and would like to create your Merit profile, email with your name and member ID number.

Want more information? Click here to learn more about the Merit program and visit the Phi Kappa Phi Merit Page to see the latest member achievements. And stay tuned to social media, especially on Mondays, as we post tips, FAQs, stories and more using #MeritMonday.