Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Member Benefits Highlights – February 2016

Who doesn’t ‘love’ a sweet discount? Check out these exclusive offers available to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout February.

Budget Truck Rental
Moving soon? Take advantage of the Budget Truck Rental discount and save 15% on rental and mileage. To book your rental, call 1.800.566.8422 and mention Phi Kappa Phi account number 56000134543 or click here to book online. To ensure availability, early reservations are strongly encouraged.

Fall in love with instant savings up to 33% on Lenovo's award winning technologies and accessories:

-  Up to 33% off select laptops and desktops
-  Up to 28% off select tablets
-  Up to 15% off select ThinkPad and ThinkCentre PCs
-  Up to 15% off select accessories

Visit the Phi Kappa Phi member site to redeem these and other great deals.

Carey and Embarque offer chauffeured transportation to make your journey as effortless and efficient as possible. Members receive a 10% savings on premium chauffeured transportation with Carey and have access to exclusive pricing on Embarque transportation services. Call 1.800.336.4646 to speak with one of Carey’s professional reservation specialists or 1.866.444.2144 to book your reservation with Embarque. You can also book your reservation online by visiting or Be sure to use account number WA818139 when booking.

The Great Courses
Whatever your passion, you are sure to find a course that fits the bill with The Great Courses. A worldwide leader in lifelong learning, The Great Courses offers a rapidly growing selection of video, audio and digital courses led by the world’s top professors and experts in fields such as philosophy, history, literature, science, the arts and better living. Click here to receive your 25% sitewide discount.

Gain access to more than 1,800 academic journals with JPASS by JSTOR and receive an exclusive 25% discount when you purchase the annual JPASS-JSTOR individual access plan. The JSTOR archive collection is a database containing back issues of more than 2,000 academic and professional journals spanning 50 disciplines and more than 350 years of scholarship—including some of the most authoritative and widely read articles in the arts and sciences. Click here to redeem your 25% discount today.

Lumosity, a leading brain training company, offers members an exclusive 25% discount on individual yearly and lifetime subscriptions. Lumosity is available on iPad, iPhone and Android, and in several languages on the web including French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. To take advantage of the exclusive discount, visit to set up your free account. Once you’ve created your account, click here to activate the 25% discount.

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.

Questions? Contact Jamie Chapman at or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight – February 2016

Edward G. Tezak
Alfred State College

Name: Edward G. Tezak

University Position: SUNY Distinguished Service Professor

Years of Service to Phi Kappa Phi: 3 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D. Engineering Mechanics, M.S. Astrodynamics

How did you become involved as a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer? Our Vice President of Academic Affairs came to our Faculty Senate and proposed establishing a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi at Alfred State College because of its multidisciplinary nature. It fits our institution. He asked who was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and I was the only one that raised his hand. At that time I became the point man for the mission to establish a chapter here. I became a member of Phi Kappa Phi while at Virginia Tech in 1977 and was a charter member of the chapter at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1978. It was the first honor society established there. While there I served as the Chairman of the student selection committee and as the President of the chapter.

What has Phi Kappa Phi done that has made you proud? Phi Kappa Phi is a symbol of academic excellence. While on the faculty at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point I had the opportunity to visit another campus to view their laboratories and get ideas for West Point. The faculty member assigned as our escort did not appear to be enthusiastic about dealing with a group of uniformed Army officers. However, when I took off my coat I was wearing my Phi Kappa Phi pin as a tie tack. Upon seeing it he exclaimed, "Ah! Phi Kappa Phi!" Through that symbol I was immediately accepted as being an intellectual equal.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Becoming a member of Phi Kappa Phi provides a great sense of satisfaction and a feeling of accomplishment. Once earned it is an honor that becomes a part of who you are and no one can take that away from you. It is nice to be noticed.

What do you enjoy most about being a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer? A feeling of satisfaction. I firmly support the love of learning. It never stops. When given the challenge of establishing a chapter at Alfred State I readily accepted it. It was a labor of love. We have a number of excellent students and I strongly believe they should be recognized for their accomplishments.

What advice would you give to a new Phi Kappa Phi volunteer? Get involved. There is a lot of satisfaction in recognizing the accomplishment of young folks. A pat on the back for a job well done goes a long way.

What are your hobbies? Golfing, skiing and bowling.

Where are you from?
Born in Steelton, Pa., up wind of Three Mile Island. I grew up a mile away in Oberlin, Pa., and attended Central Dauphin High School before entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

See Edward's CV.

Texas A&M University–Kingsville to Install Phi Kappa Phi Chapter

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society—will establish its newest chapter at Texas A&M University–Kingsville today, February 1, during a ceremonial installation. Texas A&M–Kingsville will become the 332nd chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, which was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine.

The university was approved to establish a chapter by the Society’s board of directors.

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President Dr. Nestor Sherman, President-elect Dr. Kathleen Rees, Secretary Dr. Susan Roberson, Treasurer Dr. Richard Miller, and Public Relations Officer Cheryl Cain.

Each year, approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni are initiated into the Society, which has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Study Abroad Deadline is February 15

The deadline to apply for a Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant is Monday, February 15. The grants are designed to support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Twenty-five $1,000 grants will be awarded during Session A.

Interested students do not have to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi to apply, but must currently attend an institution with an active chapter. For full eligibility requirements and application instructions, download the fact sheet or check out the frequently asked questions.

Applications are also being accepted for the Scholar and Artist, Distinguished Service, Fellowship, Love of Learning and Literacy programs. To learn more about each program, click here.

If you have additional questions, please contact Kelli Partin at

Friday, January 22, 2016

Take Part in the Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive Competition!

Beginning February 1, Phi Kappa Phi chapters across the nation will take part in the annual Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive competition. The competition, which runs through April 30, engages chapters with the opportunity to host a local book drive in support of an organization in their community.

Chapters collecting the most books throughout the duration of the drive will receive a Little Free Library to place at a location of their choice. Winning chapters will also receive $150 to cover the design cost for personalizing the library.

This project is a great way to promote Phi Kappa Phi on campuses and in communities nationwide while creating access to opportunities that can last a lifetime!

To find out if your local chapter is hosting a drive, email

Learn more about the book drive competition here.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Celebrate ‘Thank Your Mentor Day’

National Mentoring Month would not be possible without the extraordinary efforts of all mentors, past and present, across the nation. To honor those that have gone above and beyond, we are celebrating national Thank Your Mentor Day™ today, January 21.

On this day, you are encouraged to reach out to thank or honor those individuals who have and had a lasting, positive impact on your life.

Looking for ideas to thank your mentor? Here are a few:
  1. Contact your mentor directly to express your appreciation.
  2. Express your gratitude on social media.
  3. Pass on the lessons you have learned by becoming a mentor to someone in your community.
  4. Make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program in your mentor’s honor.
  5. Download an official National Mentoring Month e-card to share with your mentor. 
And don’t forget to join the conversation with us on social media throughout the month by using #PKPMentors and #MentoringWorks.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Show Your Phi Kappa Phi Pride!

Calling all graduates! Did you wear your Phi Kappa Phi stole, medallion or honor cords at your fall 2015 graduation? If you have commencement photos showing your Phi Kappa Phi pride, share them with us for a chance to win an Amazon gift card and be featured in Society materials.

To enter, email your pictures to by January 31, 2016. 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 or .png images are preferred.

First place winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card; second place $50 Amazon gift card; third place $25 Amazon gift card.

Click here for more details including official rules and submissions from previous graduation photo contests.