Thursday, May 5, 2016

Apply to Serve on the Council of Students

The role of Student Vice President is a unique one within the organization of Phi Kappa Phi. Members chosen for this position have the chance to make real connections between the chapter officers on campus and student members. Being selected as a member of the Council of Students offers an opportunity to make these connections on a national level.

If you are interested in serving as a representative for student members at a national level, you are encouraged to apply for the 2016-2018 Council of Students.

The Council of Students, per the Society bylaws, consists of no fewer than five members, representative of the student membership as a whole. These students will gain valuable leadership skills and will communicate regularly with staff at Society headquarters and the two Student Representatives that serve on the Board of Directors.

The Council will meet at the Phi Kappa Phi Convention in Atlanta, Ga., July 27-31, with all expenses covered by Phi Kappa Phi. This opportunity requires a commitment to serve through the 2018 biennium, when the Society selects its next Council of Students.

Interested in applying? Download the Council of Students Application for full eligibility requirements and submission instructions. All applications must be submitted via email to kwhite@phikappaphi.org by May 20, 2016.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight – May 2016

Amy Leigh Rogers
Tennessee Technological University

Name: Amy Leigh Rogers

University Position: Instructor

Years of Service to Phi Kappa Phi: 5 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: B.S., Multidisciplinary Studies: Human Learning K-8; M.A., Reading Specialist; Ed.S., Library Science; currently working toward completion of Ph.D. in Exceptional Learning Literacy

How did you become involved as a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer? As a Ph.D. student, I was honored to be initiated into such a prestigious organization. I was looking for ways to fund research that I was presenting at conferences across the United States. As a member of Phi Kappa Phi, I knew there were grants and other funding for members. After meeting with the past president, I was asked to step up and help with the upcoming initiation. From that moment on, I have been actively involved.

What has Phi Kappa Phi done that has made you proud? At my University, Phi Kappa Phi is a coveted honor to all invited and those not. I am proud of the diversity that is shown throughout Phi Kappa Phi. It is amazing to see the different disciplines come together for such an honor.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Phi Kappa Phi is more than just a society for outstanding scholars in their field; it is an organization that allows for diverse individuals to show their love of learning long after they leave the academic setting. I am so amazed at all the accomplishments of members all across the United States and world.

What do you enjoy most about being a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer? I have loved getting to meet people from all across the United States from numerous universities. I also enjoyed seeing all the new faces joining our chapter at Tennessee Technological University.

What advice would you give to a new Phi Kappa Phi volunteer?
 Do not be afraid to get your feet wet. I jumped in head first to volunteering and have loved every minute of it.

What are your hobbies? I love to read anything I can, crafting, and spending time with my husband at sporting events. I especially love Hockey! Let's Go Preds!

Where are you from?
 I am from a small town in Tennessee called Pleasant Shade. I have lived in the Middle Tennessee area my entire life. I love the hills of Tennessee and planned to stay here forever.

See Amy's CV.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The 411 on Merit

As you’ve surely heard by now, Phi Kappa Phi uses Merit to promote the many achievements of its members. So, how exactly does it work?
  1. You accomplish something great such as getting initiated into the Society, receiving a Phi Kappa Phi award or grant or being elected as a chapter officer.
  2. Society Headquarters creates a personalized story tailored to you and your achievement.
  3. You receive an email from news@phikappaphi.org 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 the personalized story in the form of a press release.
  5. You brag about your accomplishments by sharing it on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn using the ‘Share’ function located on your Merit page.
  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 and receive additional Phi Kappa Phi-branded badges. See examples of the different 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.

Questions? Contact Hannah Breaux.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi Announces Study Abroad Grant Recipients

Phi Kappa Phi recently announced the winners from Session A of the 2016 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 recipients.

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 $750,000 in Study Abroad Grants.

The application process for Session B of the Study Abroad Grant program will open July 1, 2016. Click here to learn more.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi Installs Chapter 335 at Caldwell University

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will install its 335th chapter at Caldwell University today, April 13. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

The installation of the Caldwell chapter comes after a thorough chartering process and approval from the Society’s board of directors. To be eligible, an institution must be a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an established reputation of excellence and an expressed commitment to upholding the values of the Society.

“Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to welcome Caldwell University to our growing community of scholars,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “Caldwell’s commitment to excellence is evident in the transformative changes of the past few years and in its determined focus on collaborative learning and community partnerships.”

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President Dr. William Velhagen, Jr., President-elect Lynne Alleger, Treasurer Maria Miceli, Secretary Rachel Carey and Public Relations Officer Dr. Francine Del Vecchio.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society—one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines and inducts more than 30,000 new members each year. Membership 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.

Monday, April 11, 2016

It’s National Volunteer Week!

This week marks the 42nd National Volunteer Week—a week aimed at inspiring and recognizing volunteers who work together to accomplish a multitude of goals.

During this week, Phi Kappa Phi celebrates the outstanding efforts of board members, committee members and chapter officers that serve more than 300 chapters nationwide. Because of the incredible commitment and support of these volunteers, the Society is able to continuously recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education.

Do you know of a Phi Kappa Phi chapter officer or member who has gone above and beyond their duties? If so, we’d like to know! Send us your inspiring stories or post below about a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer who has made an impact in your life.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we highlight and celebrate various volunteer efforts throughout the week. We also want to know what other volunteer service projects you are participating in this week. Tell us or show us using #PKPVolunteers!

To learn more about National Volunteer Week, click here.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Applications Due April 15

Since the naming of the first group of Phi Kappa Phi Fellows more than 80 years ago, the Society’s flagship program has continued to grow. But one thing remains constant—the program’s emphasis on honoring academic excellence nationwide. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards 51 Fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study.

The deadline for chapters to submit their local nominee for the 2016 Fellowship competition is Friday, April 15. To enter the competition, chapters must submit a completed packet with all supporting materials including the nominee’s Fellowship application, official academic transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, work sample(s) and standardized test scores.

For more details on submitting a Fellowship applicant, click here.

If you have additional questions about the Fellowship program, contact Kelli Partin at kpartin@phikappaphi.org or 800.804.9880, ext. 235.