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.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Member Benefits Highlights – October 2014

Don’t miss out on these great offers exclusively available to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout October.

Mark your calendars for the Brooks Brothers Fall Shopping Event on October 16! Receive 30 percent off your regularly-priced purchases during the one-day sale. To receive the discount, you mu
st 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 Corporate Membership 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:

Frame your membership certificate with a customizable frame from Church Hill Classics. Choose from a variety of frame mouldings, 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 photograph, too! 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. (Your discount is automatically calculated and will appear in red at checkout.)

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.

As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you can take advantage of special rates and discounts for life, pet, disability, long term care, and health insurance through Mercer. To learn more and enroll today, click here or call 1.888.560.ALUM. Be sure to mention your membership in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Take advantage of Shoeboxed and ensure all of your important files are organized. 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!

Be sure to follow Phi Kappa Phi on social media for more exclusive discounts throughout October. We’ll be using #PKPBenefits to keep you in the know!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Volunteer Spotlight – October 2014

Sharonne L. Winston
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Name: Sharonne L. Winston

Chapter Position: Administrative Assistant

Years of Service: 16 years

University Position: Administrative Specialist II

Degree(s)/Discipline: Bachelor of Arts in African & African American Studies, Summa Cum Laude

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? When I began at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in July 1998, I was given three areas of responsibility, and Phi Kappa Phi was one of those responsibilities.  I've come in to contact with many faculty that serve as officers of Phi Kappa Phi and they have always made me feel like an officer, which is an awesome feeling!

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? Supplying students with the opportunities to continue to attend school by giving them the opportunity to apply for the McDow Scholarship, awarded to a junior(s) each fall semester who was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi the previous fall/spring semesters. They are nominated by their college deans or representatives from their college.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? I am not only an administrative assistant for Phi Kappa Phi, I am also a member.  I was inducted as a student in 2004, which I was more than ecstatic to become a member. Volunteering is the best feeling, and as a volunteer for Phi Kappa Phi, I have the greatest opportunity to express to students the need to be a volunteer, not just for Phi Kappa Phi, but in any area of their lives.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? I enjoy working with Phi Kappa Phi because of the many students and their families that I have the pleasure of meeting each semester at the induction ceremonies.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer?
 Be passionate about Phi Kappa Phi!

What are your hobbies? I love spending time with my family, going to the movies with friends, as well as out to eat with my friends and family. Sudoku puzzles are my favorite!

Where are you from? I am from Knoxville, TN, born and raised.

See Sharonne's bio.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Take Part in the Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive Competition!

Beginning next week on October 1, chapters are encouraged to host a book drive as part of the second Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive Competition. The competition, created by the Council of Students, aims to encourage and promote literacy in the communities and campuses served by Phi Kappa Phi’s chapters.

Each participating chapter is tasked with collecting as many books as possible to donate to an organization of their choice. The book drives can take place anytime between October 1 and December 31, 2014.

The chapters that collect the most books will receive a “Little Free Library” (pictured right) to place at a location of each their choice. Chapters that win this prize will also receive $150 to cover the design cost for personalizing the library. To learn more about Little Free Library, visit

This project is a great way to promote Phi Kappa Phi on your campus and in the community. In addition, your participation in this book drive can help encourage a love of learning and enable access to opportunities that can last a lifetime!

To learn more about the Book Drive Competition and download important resources, visit And don’t forget to read the results from the inaugural contest, which was held earlier this year between February and April.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Changes to Phi Kappa Phi Award & Grant Programs

Beginning with the 2014-2016 biennium, Phi Kappa Phi’s award and grant programs will reflect new changes that include two new programs, dual cycles and an increased number of available awards. Learn more about these changes below and visit the Awards & Grants page on the Phi Kappa Phi website for additional details about each program.

New Programs

Dissertation Fellowships

The Dissertation Fellowship Program is new to the Society and is intended to support doctoral candidates who are writing their dissertations. Phi Kappa Phi will award two Dissertation Fellowships at $10,000 each per year. The Dissertation Fellowship program opens October 1, 2014, and the deadline to apply is November 30.

Excellence in Innovation Award
The Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Innovation Award will be given to a college or university each biennium for achievement in innovation. The institution selected for the award will receive $100,000 from the Society. Further details about this award will become available early 2015.

Changes to Existing Programs

Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Grant Program will now be offered in two cycles each year. Twenty-five awards at $1,000 each will be awarded in both sessions. The new cycles will go into effect this year with Session A opening December 15 and closing February 15. Session B will open July 1 and close September 15.

Love of Learning
The Love of Learning Program now offers 160 awards at $500 each. The program also is moving to a two-cycle schedule with 80 awards being granted each session. The new cycles will go into effect this year with Session A opening December 15 and closing April 1. Session B will open July 1 and close October 1.

Scholar and Artist Awards
The deadline to submit a nomination for the Scholar & Artist Awards has been changed to February 1, 2016.

Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award
The deadline to submit a nomination for the Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award has been changed to February 1, 2016.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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.

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 15, 2014

Volunteer Spotlight – September 2014

Alise Orloff
University of Maryland, College Park

Name: Alise Orloff

Volunteer Position: Love of Learning Selection Committee

Years of Service: 2 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: B.S., Education

How did you become involved as a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer? As a volunteer, my desire is to reach out to the Phi Kappa Phi community and give back to this prestigious honor society of which I am so proud to be a member. I was particularly intrigued by the Love of Learning Awards which have helped fund career development and academic endeavors for active members since 2007, and I was honored to have been chosen as a member of this committee in October 2012.

What has Phi Kappa Phi done that has made you proud? I am so proud to be a member of the nation's oldest and most selective honor society which celebrates academic excellence in all disciplines of higher education. The Society also sets high standards for membership, including integrity and strong leadership capabilities. Phi Kappa Phi members are passionate, engaging and enthusiastic; giving time and effort through volunteer opportunities and service to others.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Phi Kappa Phi is a distinguished community of high achieving scholars and professionals who are united in the spirit of giving to others and facilitating academic works of high merit and impressive quality. When I was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland in December 1980, it was one of the proudest moments in my life, and that pride has only increased as the years have gone by. Phi Kappa Phi is truly the definition of an "Honor Society."

What do you enjoy most about being a committee member? I truly enjoy the camaraderie that I share with our program coordinator, committee chair and Love of Learning committee members. They are wonderful individuals, and it is so gratifying to know that our collaborative efforts in granting these awards are helping others to achieve their academic and professional dreams.

What advice would you give to a new committee member?
 Be willing to give generously of your time in order to do the best job you possibly can, and know that your efforts will have a positive impact on the lives of others. Do not be afraid to ask questions, and be willing to share your knowledge and resources with other members of your team. Volunteering boosts one's self esteem and produces a sense of pride and accomplishment.

What are your hobbies? My hobbies include Phi Kappa Phi volunteer work, reading, history/politics, music, sports, needlework crafts, stamp collecting, and last but not least, learning!

Where are you from? I was born in Washington, D.C., and reside in Silver Spring, Maryland.

See Alyse's bio.