Wednesday, March 4, 2015

2015 Fall Graduation Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to Mark Heeren from Eastern Kentucky University, for being named the first place winner in the Phi Kappa Phi Fall Graduation Photo Contest! As first place winner, Heeren will receive a $100 cash prize.

Second place and $50 was awarded to Camilla Columna of San Jose State University.

Third place and $25 went to Chanda Atkinson of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Watch for the winning entries, along with other submissions, to appear in various Society marketing and promotional materials. And don't forget to stay tuned for information about the Spring 2015 Graduation Photo Contest!

To see all entries, click here.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Dissertation Fellows Announced


Phi Kappa Phi recently announced the recipients of the 2015 Dissertation Fellowships. The two fellows will receive $10,000 each to support their dissertation writing.

Lauren Hanson
The University of Texas at Austin
Lauren Hanson is one of two recipients of the first Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship. A doctoral candidate in art history at The University of Texas at Austin, Hanson is studying the post-1945 work of visual artists in West Germany. Her interest in art history grew from the opportunity to incorporate many different disciplines such as literature, philosophy, sociology, history and more, as part of her studies. As an undergraduate at Duke University, she majored in art history and German. She has conducted extensive archival research in both the United States and Germany with the support of research grants. Upon completion of her dissertation, she plans to pursue a career in academe. “I believe that learning is a continuous process that does not begin or end in the classroom,” she said. “And, in the future as an educator, I will foster curiosity and critical thinking skills in an environment open to experimentation.”

Dissertation Abstract: Creating a Scene: Art and Experimentation in Düsseldorf circa 1958



Michael A. Jahne
Clarkson University

Michael Jahne is one of two recipients of the first Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship. A doctoral candidate in environmental science and engineering at Clarkson University, Jahne is studying the environmental and health impact of manure management. His research has created a true interdisciplinary project drawing from a variety of fields, namely science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), to provide support for a real-world health issue. “Consistent with the mission of Phi Kappa Phi, this work has aimed to produce high-quality research with clear societal implications, including both human effects on the environment and public health consequences of those impacts,” he said. In addition, his long-term participation with Engineers Without Borders, including work at a Native American reservation and rural village in Ecuador, has merged his expertise as an environmental engineer with the Society’s focus on service to others.

Dissertation Abstract: Emission, Transport, and Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment of Bioaerosols Following the Land Application of Manure

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Vote Now! Fall 2014 Graduation Photo Contest

Thanks to all who submitted photos to the fall 2014 graduation photo contest! We received nearly 100 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 Saturday, February 28, 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.)

Chapter Book Drives Promote a Love of Learning

Between September and December, Phi Kappa Phi chapters participated in the Society’s second book drive competition. The competition, which has now become an annual event, challenged chapters to collect as many books as possible for an organization of their choice.

In all, the participating chapters collected more than 700 books!

Because of their participation in the event, these three Phi Kappa Phi chapters were selected to receive a “Little Free Library” and $150 to put toward personalizing the library:

  • Delta State University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Nicholls State University

The concept of the Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book gathering place” in a community—a prize that fits in well with Phi Kappa Phi’s love of learning and love of literacy. The chapters will determine a location on their campus or in their local community to place the Little Free Library.

The Spring Book Drive Competition currently is underway. To find out how your chapter can get involved, visit PhiKappaPhi.org/BookDrive.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Member Benefits Highlights – February 2015

Don’t miss out on these exclusive offers—including two new partners—available to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout February.

JPASS by JSTOR *New Benefit!
Gain access to more than 1,800 academic journals with JPASS by JSTOR and receive an exclusive 25% discount when you purchase the annual JPASS-JSTOR individual access plan. The JSTOR archive collection is a database containing back issues of more than 2,000 academic and professional journals spanning 50 disciplines and more than 350 years of scholarship—including some of the most authoritative and widely read articles in the arts and sciences. Click here to redeem your 25% discount today. (You must be logged in to the website to access the discount.)

The Great Courses *New Benefit!
Whatever your passion, you are sure to find a course that fits the bill with The Great Courses. A worldwide leader in lifelong learning, The Great Courses offers a rapidly growing selection of video, audio and digital courses led by the world’s top professors and experts in fields such as philosophy, history, literature, science, the arts, and better living. Click here to receive a 15% sitewide discount available exclusively to Phi Kappa Phi members. (You must be logged in to the website to access the discount.)

JobTarget
Browse job postings from Society partners and other companies using Phi Kappa Phi’s Career Center. Powered by JobTarget, the Career Center offers advanced job search capabilities, customized email job alerts, profile management and an easy résumé upload function. In addition, members can post positions available within their own organizations. Using the Career Center as an employer will provide access to highly qualified candidates, a searchable résumé database, customized posting options and more. Visit the Phi Kappa Phi Career Center today.

Lenovo
Save on a variety of Lenovo products with these exclusive discounts throughout February:
  • Up to 33% 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.

Worldwide Hotel Local Hospitality
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 Worldwide Hotel & Car Rental icon. (You must be logged in to the website to access the discount.)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Discounts Available for Phi Kappa Phi Members

Phi Kappa Phi has teamed up with JSTOR and The Great Courses to offer members two exclusive discounts. Keeping in line with the Society’s motto, these new discounts embrace the love of learning that Phi Kappa Phi members know so well!

JPASS by JSTOR
With JPASS, Phi Kappa Phi members can gain access to more than 1,800 academic journals on JSTOR. The JSTOR archive collection is a database containing back issues of more than 2,000 academic and professional journals spanning 50 disciplines and more than 350 years of scholarship—including some of the most authoritative and widely read articles in the arts and sciences. The exceptional content has been preserved in its original form and is of the highest-quality digital format.

As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you are eligible to receive a 25% discount on the annual JPASS-JSTOR individual access plan. Click here to redeem the discount. (You must be logged in to the website to access the discount.)

The Great Courses
Whatever your passion, you are sure to find a course that fits the bill with The Great Courses. Known as a worldwide leader in lifelong learning, The Great Courses offers a rapidly growing selection of video, audio and digital courses led by the world’s top professors and experts in fields such as philosophy, history, literature, science, the arts, and better living. The content-rich library spans nearly 500 titles designed to expand horizons and deepen understanding on the subject of your choice.

As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you are eligible to receive a 15% sitewide discount. Click here to redeem the discount. (You must be logged in to the website to access the discount.)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight – February 2015

Name: Christopher Sosa

Volunteer Position: Investment Committee Member

Years of Service: 3 years

Position: Financial advisor

Degree(s)/Discipline: MBA, Finance

How did you become involved as a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer? I was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi while pursuing my MBA at Fordham University in 2011. A short time later, I was notified of an opening on the Investment Committee and was honored when the invitation to join was extended to me.

What has Phi Kappa Phi done that has made you proud? I am proud and excited to be associated with students and colleagues who have demonstrated consistent academic excellence as well as achieved professional success. I believe that their accomplishments often serve as motivation to younger generations to strive for similar success.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Phi Kappa Phi allows for students who have worked hard and achieved high standards to be recognized while illustrating the benefits of such success to all students. Many of my classmates at Fordham often spoke in detail about their desire to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi.

What do you enjoy most about being a committee member? Working with the other Investment Committee members has been a pleasure. I have enjoyed learning their respective backgrounds as well as working with them constructively on Phi Kappa Phi's investments. As a financial advisor, this experience allows me to use my professional expertise to assist an outstanding society.

What advice would you give to a new Phi Kappa Phi volunteer? Enjoy the experience, and reach out to your fellow board members without hesitation. They are all happy to help and provide fantastic advice!

What are your hobbies? My fiancé and I love taking our dog to Central Park on the weekends. Additionally, I enjoy playing tennis and watching various sports.

Where are you from? New York, New York

See Christopher's bio.