Thursday, October 8, 2015

Member Benefits Highlights – October 2015

No tricks here, only treats! Take advantage of these great offers exclusively available to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout October.

Brooks Brothers
Mark your calendars for the Brooks Brothers Fall Shopping Event on October 15! Members can save 30% on all full priced purchases online and in retail stores 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.

From now until October 31, Phi Kappa Phi has teamed up with Dell to offer members an additional 10% off select PCs, tablets, electronics and accessories from! To receive the exclusive discount, click here and follow the instructions. Please note you must be logged in with your Phi Kappa Phi credentials to access this page.

Franklin Planner
Excellence starts with a plan! Phi Kappa Phi has partnered with Franklin Planner to offer members a 15% discount on online purchases. Whether you’re looking for a Franklin Planner signature planning system to organize your time or a fine leather bag to organize your professional world, you’ll find the tools you need at Franklin Planner. Visit to start planning today! Enter promo code 26538 when checking out to apply the discount to your order.

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.

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% 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.

The Princeton Review
It’s never too early to start your test preparation and 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 1.800.2REVIEW.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mark Your Calendar! Special Brooks Brothers Event for Members

Mark your calendars for the Brooks Brothers Fall Shopping Event on October 15! Phi Kappa Phi members can receive 30% off regularly-prices purchases during the one-day event.

To receive the discount in store, 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.

Brooks Brothers, the oldest clothing retailer in the U.S., offers classic clothing for men, women and children. Visit for more information.

If you have additional questions, please contact Jamie Chapman at

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Apply for a Dissertation Fellowship

The application period for the Dissertation Fellowship Program is now open. Introduced in 2014, the program is designed to support doctoral candidates who are writing their dissertations.

Two Fellowships of $10,000 each are awarded to active members in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study. Awards are for 12 months of dissertation writing. All pre-dissertation requirements should be met by the application deadline, including approval of the dissertation proposal.

The deadline to apply for a Dissertation Fellowship is November 30, 2015.

To learn more about the program, follow the below links:

If you have additional questions, please contact Kelli Partin at or 800.804.9880, ext. 235.

Volunteer Spotlight – October 2015

Lora Becker
University of Evansville

Name: Lora Becker

Chapter Position: President

University Position: Associate Professor of Psychology

Years of Service to the Chapter: 2 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? I was asked to step up and take the position as vice president of the University of Evansville Chapter. Having enjoyed working with my colleagues who are Phi Kappa Phi, I knew it was a great group to be involved with. That was last year and the convention was planned for the summer. It was a joy to learn about all that Phi Kappa Phi is and can be by attending convention. While at convention I heard the call to participate in committee work. Having a long history with bylaws, I volunteered for that committee. It was an honor to be chosen. Committee week, which sounds like a daunting feat, was an interesting, thoughtful and productive event for the Bylaws Committee. We had lively discussion that brought us to the meaning of Phi Kappa Phi's mission purpose. I was proud to be involved in this important work.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? We nominated a wonderful student for the Fellowship award. We were able to pick him from a large field of successful candidates. It makes me proud to see so many great students who are deserving of recognition. We were able to invite all of our Fellowship award candidates to our initiation dinner.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Phi Kappa Phi is a wonderful group of individuals who not only have shown their ability to succeed in academia, but they are successful in all of their life endeavors. The honor society highlights those successes through awards and grants. These examples give us living proof that there is a community of people who love learning, growing, achieving and giving back to others.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? I enjoy sharing my knowledge about Phi Kappa Phi to the undergraduates in my classes. It inspires them to put their best forward and strive for an invitation to this great honor society. Our chapter has not been the most active as of late. I am taking my inspiration from attending convention and working on the bylaws committee to invigorate interactions within the member community and to inspire students to strive for an invitation.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? Call the chapter help at Society Headquarters if there is not a convention scheduled. If there is a convention, attend! There are a lot of creative ideas that Society Headquarters can share with you! Tap into the creativity of the rising juniors who took up the invitation to join. These students also have great ideas about how to market the chapter and how to provide service to the university.

What are your hobbies? I love to make Bobbin Lace (not tatting, think 1600's), baking ANYTHING especially if it involves dark chocolate, creatively experimenting with food and spices to make what one would call 'dinner.' Some times the experiment works!

Where are you from? I was raised in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, named Beavercreek (one word, not two).

See Lora's CV.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Phi Kappa Phi Member Named 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Photo credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Photo credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Phi Kappa Phi member and fellow Matthew Desmond, an associate professor of sociology and social studies at Harvard University, is now a MacArthur Fellow.

“America is unmatched by any developed democracy for the depths and extent of its poverty, but it’s also not inevitable,” ethnographer Desmond says in a video released by the MacArthur Foundation. For his research on eviction, Desmond immersed himself in the issue, moving into a trailer park and then a rooming house in Milwaukee. He found eviction is a complex, multifaceted and far-reaching problem, affecting all aspects of family life.

“Eviction, instead of being rare, has become ordinary. The prevalence of eviction, how common it is in low-income communities, is leaving a deep and jagged scar on the next generation. And it’s something we’ll all have to face sooner or later,” Desmond says. “The fellowship gives me incredible license to think big and think differently. There’s a lot of hope and a lot of capacity to do something major about this problem.”

Desmond is the author of the upcoming book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” and a graduate of Arizona State University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He was a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University, has written several other books, including “On the Fireline,” “Race in America,” and “The Racial Order,” and has been published in the American Journal of Sociology and the American Sociological Review. He is also editor of the forthcoming issue of RSF: Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.

The MacArthur Fellows Program awards $625,000, unrestricted, and paid over five years to those who shoe “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Promoting Literacy on Campus and in the Community

In honor of National Literacy Month, check out these ways that you can promote literacy both on campus and in your community.

Host an event.
There are a number of events, both big and small, that your chapter can host to promote literacy such as an informational booth, public forum on illiteracy, book drive and more. You can also consider making it an annual event each year during National Literacy Month. This will help create awareness as well as raise the profile of both your chapter and Phi Kappa Phi.

Spread the word.
Use fliers, posters, bookmarks, and other printed materials to celebrate literacy. You can also create informational packets combining many of these printed materials. Consider running a PSA or campus newspaper ad for an upcoming chapter event. Social media is another great way to spread the word while encouraging others to do the same.

Build partnerships.
Team up with local organizations in your community to co-sponsor a larger event or ask your chapter to become a sponsor for an upcoming event. Reach out to local retailers and offices to keep the materials created by your chapter (See “Spread the Word” above) on hand for the community.

Tap into your membership base.
Consider encouraging your members and officers to create a Phi Kappa Phi tutoring program or host monthly read-alouds at local schools within your community. These types of commitments will increase your chapter’s community contribution and encourage members to become involved on a service-related level.

Give a gift.
Donate those old books on your bookshelf to a local library or school within your community. Or, host a chapter event to raise funds that will allow your chapter to make a monetary donation to a beneficiary organization of your choice.

Celebrate year-round.
Even though National Literacy Month is only one month out of the year, make it a priority to do something—big or small—to encourage literacy on your campus and in your community throughout the entire year. And consider participating in Phi Kappa Phi’s Annual Book Drive Competition. The competition, open to all chapters, kicks off in February of each year.

Apply for a Literacy Grant.
Apply for a Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant to help your chapter champion a literacy initiative. The grants of up to $2,500 are available each year to chapters and individual members. Learn more about the program here and watch these podcasts created by past winner Dr. Paulette Harris (Part 1 and Part 2) for tips on a successful application.

Have a tip to share? Post it in the comments below or tweet us @PhiKappaPhi using #PKPCelebratesLiteracy.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Apply for a Love of Learning Award

Need funding to attend a conference, support dissertation research, or pay for textbooks? Apply for a Love of Learning Award!

Available to active Phi Kappa Phi members, Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate studies and/or career development including graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, travel related to teaching/studies and more.

Eighty awards, at $500 each, will be distributed during Session B. The deadline to submit applications is October 1.

Applications are open to all active (dues current) Phi Kappa Phi members who:
  • Have completed their baccalaureate studies by application submission deadline.
  • Have not received a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

For more information, check out the FAQs and Love of Learning fact sheet. Ready to apply? Click here!