Thursday, July 10, 2014

Vote Now! Spring 2014 Graduation Photo Contest

Thanks to all who submitted photos to the spring 2014 graduation photo contest! We received more than 150 submissions of Phi Kappa Phi members proudly wearing Society recognition apparel on their big day.

After much deliberation, Phi Kappa Phi staff members narrowed the field to 10 outstanding entries. Now we need your help to pick the winners! Voting closes Friday, July 25, at 11:59 p.m. Central time. The winning entries will receive cash prizes and appear in various Society marketing and promotional materials.

Click here to vote now! (One vote per computer.)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Member Benefits Highlights – July 2014

It’s summertime—the time of year when many people pack their bags and head out on a fun getaway! If you are in the midst of planning a summer trip or just need a reason to be spontaneous, check out some of the great travel specials currently offered by Phi Kappa Phi’s member benefit partners.

Rental Cars
Take advantage of a variety of coupons and discounts of up to 25 percent off when renting a car through Avis, Budget, Enterprise or National. View the specials and begin shopping the lowest rates by visiting these Phi Kappa Phi partner sites:


Exclusive Worldwide Car Rental Discount Program
Access a worldwide inventory of rental cars at exclusive discounted rates when you use Phi Kappa Phi’s Worldwide Car Rental Discount Program. Through the program, members can take advantage of savings that may exceed 35 percent from more than 550 rental car suppliers at nearly 30,000 worldwide locations. To begin, click here.

Exclusive Worldwide Hotel Discount Program
Access a worldwide inventory of hotels available at exclusive discounted rates when you book through Phi Kappa Phi’s Worldwide Hotel Discount Program. Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, individually or in a group, domestically or abroad, you can take advantage of discounted rates averaging 10-20 percent below best available rates. Book online or by calling 1.800.892.2136 using the code “PKP.”

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wear Your Pin to Win! Contest Winner Selected

Congratulations to Jessica Waldron Feeney (right), a member of The University of Toledo chapter, for being selected as the fourth winner in the Phi Kappa Phi Wear Your Pin to Win photo contest! As the winner, Feeney will receive a $100 gift card.

“I wear my pin to show pride in everything I have accomplished and to show my children it is never too late to pursue your dreams,” said Feeney.

Thanks to all participants of our yearlong "Wear Your Pin to Win" contest. To see all entries, visit the Phi Kappa Phi Flickr page.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Volunteer Spotlight – July 2014

Curtis D. Black
The University of Toledo

Name: Curtis D. Black

Volunteer Position: Vice President for Finance

Years of Service: 4 years

University Position: Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, The University of Toledo

Degree(s)/Discipline: B.S. Pharmacy; M.S., Ph.D. Clinical Pharmacy/Pharmaceutics

How did you become involved as a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer?
I was appointed to the Scholarship Awards Committee of my local Phi Kappa Phi chapter (The University of Toledo), later became chair of that committee and eventually served as chapter secretary and president. As chapter president I attended the National Triennial Convention in Indianapolis and volunteered for a committee appointment. I was appointed to the Investment Committee and in the next triennium served as Investment Committee Chair. I was subsequently elected to two terms as national Vice President for Finance.

What has Phi Kappa Phi done that has made you proud?
Phi Kappa Phi's mission, "to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others," is what inspires me most about the organization. Not only does it recognize and celebrate outstanding academic achievement across college campuses, but it actively supports those works through awards, grant programs and leadership seminars. I am most proud of the fact that as a Society we offered $1 million in awards and grants in the current biennium, that on top of the numerous chapter and officer support activities carried out by the National Office. The Society truly lives by its founding principles.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you?
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has both personal and professional significance. From a personal standpoint, I followed my father into The University of Toledo chapter of which he was a founding member, and was initiated along side my (now) wife, Marilyn. From a professional standpoint, involvement in my local chapter brought me in much closer contact with faculty across the university campus, broadening my perspective, my awareness of issues, and resulted in better, inter-disciplinary approaches to my teaching, research and leadership. Involvement nationally has brought me an even deeper appreciation of the intellectual capacity of, and desire to serve by, those in the Society and even more reason to celebrate and support being part of this community of scholars.

What do you enjoy most about being a board/committee member?
I enjoy the company and conversations with those fellow committee and board members, but most of all, I receive great satisfaction when seeing and hearing how the work of the Society, carried out by members across the country, provides support and exciting opportunities for the rising generation of scholars and leaders.

What advice would you give to a new board or committee member?
Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from others on the board. The Society's leadership represents a wealth of knowledge and experience and a desire to fulfill the mission of Phi Kappa Phi. Be actively engaged in the conversations and plan ahead to be able to participate in all the Board functions.

What are your hobbies?
Travel, service to local community health organizations, choral singing

Where are you from?
Born in Toledo, Ohio.

See Curt's Bio.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Phi Kappa Phi Wins Three APEX Awards

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recently earned three national awards in the annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. APEX awards, now in its 26th year, are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and overall communications excellence.

The Society’s 2012 Annual Report, produced by the Phi Kappa Phi Marketing Department, garnered a Grand Award, the highest prize, in the annual reports category. Only 100 Grand Awards were given out of 2,075 total submissions.

Titled “Mission in Action,” the report highlights the Society’s accomplishments as they tie in to the mission of Phi Kappa Phi through a visually appealing design with photos, member and award winner testimonials, chapter service highlights, and more.

“We are honored to receive this top recognition,” said Phi Kappa Phi Communications Director Hannah Breaux. “With our 2012 Annual Report, we strived to create an engaging and informative publication that represented the many achievements of the Society made possible by our donors. Receiving the APEX Grand Award reinforces that the theme and message of the report were successfully conveyed.”

Phi Kappa Phi Forum, the Society’s flagship publication, garnered two Awards of Excellence, marking the sixth straight year the quarterly has collected prizes. The summer 2013 edition, theme of “Dreams,” won for Magazines, Journals & Tabloids – Print over 32 Pages. The fall 2013 edition, theme of “Funny Business,” won for Magazine, Journals & Tabloids Writing. Of the 493 entries in various Magazines, Journals & Tabloids subcategories, 199 received honors.

“Our volunteer writers, so knowledgeable in their fields and so adept at their craft, provide the lifeblood that pumps through the magazine,” said Phi Kappa Phi Forum Editor Peter Szatmary. “Through their rigorous and artful efforts the publication continues to offer enlightening, entertaining and challenging pieces that range across subjects and that reflect the all-disciplinary scope of the Society.”

The APEX competition annually recognizes outstanding publications from newsletters and magazines to annual reports, brochures and websites. The 2014 awards totaled nearly 2,100 entries in 11 major categories with 932 applicants receiving recognition.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

2014-2016 Council of Students Selected

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi today announced its 2014-2016 Council of Students. The Council, comprised of student vice presidents from the Society's five regions, serves as a student advisory panel.

Established in 2007, the Council is tasked with enhancing communication with student vice presidents, planning and hosting a student leadership conference, interacting with student vice presidents within their respective regions, among other tasks. Two members from the Council of Students will be selected by their peers at the 2014 Convention in St. Louis to serve as voting members on the Board of Directors.

Congratulations and welcome to the new Council of Students!

The 2014-2016 Council of Students 

Gina Colaianni
Kennesaw State University

Stephanie Confer
Duquesne University

Tyler Dufrene
Nicholls State University

Columba Ferdinand
Delta State University

Alex Herbst
Plymouth State University

Monica Mejia
California State University, Sacramento

Brett Nachman
Arizona State University

Cameron Sargent
Brigham Young University

Andrew Stofleth
Eastern Kentucky University

Alexander Tran
California State University, Fresno

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wear Your Pin to Win!

Whether it’s at work, in the airport, or on campus, we want to know why you wear your Phi Kappa Phi pin! Share a photo of yourself wearing your pin for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card and be featured in Society materials.

To enter, post a photo of yourself wearing your Society pin in public to the Phi Kappa Phi Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram (@PhiKappaPhi). Be sure to include why you wear your Society pin along with #WearYourPinToWin! Must be an active Society member to enter.

Submit your photo by June 30 to be entered to win. Winners will be notified July 2.

To see all entries to date, click here.

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