Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Member Benefits Highlights – January 2015

Kick off the new year with these deals and opportunities exclusively available to Phi Kappa Phi members.

Becker
Preparing for the CPA exam? Apply for the Newton D. Becker Scholarship offered by Becker Professional Education. As part of the scholarship program, Becker will award 20 full four-part CPA Exam Review scholarships each valued at $3,393 and over 100 scholarships each valued at $1,697. To learn more about the program and how to apply, click here.

Dell
Beginning January 16, Phi Kappa Phi will team up with Dell as its Partner of the Week to offer members 17 percent savings on computers and electronic and accessory items including TVs, printers, cameras, Bluetooth speakers, monitors, and more! To receive the one-time coupon, click here* and select the "Exclusive Dell Coupon" link between January 16-30. (*You must be logged in with your Phi Kappa Phi credentials.) In addition, members can also share the offer with family members. To request a coupon for family, email business_mpp@dell.com and reference The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and partner ID: US72681359. (Please allow up to 24 hours to receive a response.)

Lenovo
Save on a variety of Lenovo products with these exclusive discounts throughout January:
  • Up to 20% off select desktops
  • Up to 25% off select Lenovo laptops
  • Up to 20% off select Lenovo tablets
  • Up to 12% off select ThinkPad laptops
To redeem these and other great deals from Lenovo, click here.

Shoeboxed
Is organization one of your New Year’s resolutions? If so, let Shoeboxed help you! 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 here to receive the discount and begin eliminating your paper clutter today!

Worldwide Hotel Discount Program 
Enter into a drawing for a one-night free hotel stay when you book between now and March 31 using Phi Kappa Phi’s Worldwide Hotel Discount Program. Choose from a worldwide inventory of hotels with exclusive discounted rates averaging 10-20 percent below best available rates. To book, click here and select the “Need a Hotel Discount?” tab.  

Apply Now! 2015 Phi Kappa Phi Awards & Grants

Ford Fourqurean
2014 Marcus L. Urann Fellowship Recipient
Applications are now available for all Phi Kappa Phi awards and grants programs. The Society's extensive award programs grant more than $1 million each biennium to outstanding students, members and chapters. The awards provide everything from $15,000 Fellowships for graduate study to $500 Love of Learning awards for continuing education and professional development. More than 260 awards and grants will be bestowed in 2015.

To learn more about each program or apply, follow the links below. Applications must be received by the following deadlines:

Click here to read about recent changes to the Award & Grant Programs.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Phi Kappa Phi Celebrates National Mentoring Month

As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you’ve made great achievements in your academic career. When you look back over your educational journey, who comes to mind? Was it a science or math teacher who encouraged you to keep working hard to master the course material? Was it a professor or faculty member who empowered you to pursue your dream? Most likely, you were lucky enough to have a mentor who inspired and challenged you to be where you are today.

January marks the 14th annual National Mentoring Month—a month dedicated to celebrating mentors, past and present, who have made an impact in the lives of others.

This impact is evident in research that shows when matched through a quality mentoring program, mentors can play a powerful role in providing students with the tools to make responsible decisions and stay focused and engaged in school. For example, in a recent national report titled The Mentoring Effect, students who were at-risk for not completing high school but had a mentor were 55 percent more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not.

Throughout January, join us as we celebrate the many benefits of mentoring and encourage the mentors making a difference each day.

To share your unique mentoring story, email news@phikappaphi.org, and join the conversation on social media by using #PKPMentors and #MentoringWorks.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight – January 2015

Jonathan Kotinek
Texas A&M University

Name
: Jonathan Kotinek

Chapter Position: Public Relations Officer

Years of Service to the Chapter: 3 years

University Position: Associate Director, University Honors Program

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D. Educational Psychology, M.A. English

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? I was invited to fill a role vacated by a colleague in Honors who was leaving the university.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? My association with an organization that emphasizes excellence in all fields and truly values learning for the sake of learning is something I truly prize.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? My membership in Phi Kappa Phi reminds me to look for opportunities to build bridges with other people through shared experience, and to always strive to keep learning.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? I really enjoy the opportunity to remind new inductees about the value of learning and making connections as they approach graduation.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? Like most things in life, you will get out of your experience what you put into it. Find a way to make your service to Phi Kappa Phi personally meaningful, and it will be something that feeds your energy.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy running, reading, amateur photography, and painting.

Where are you from? I am a native Coloradoan, but a naturalized Texan. I grew up in Arlington and Grand Prairie, TX, and have spent all of my adult life in Bryan/College Station, TX.

See Jonathan's CV.

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 news@phikappaphi.org 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

Name
: 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 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 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.