Monday, July 13, 2015

Vote Now! Spring 2015 Graduation Photo Contest

Thanks to all who submitted photos to the Spring 2015 Graduation Photo Contest! We received more than 200 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 Monday, July 27, at 11:59 p.m. Central time. The winning entries will receive an Amazon gift card and appear in various Society marketing and promotional materials.

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

Monday, July 6, 2015

Member Benefits Highlights – July 2015

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:

Avis
Budget
Enterprise
National


Car Service
Carey and Embarque offer chauffeured transportation to make your journey as effortless and efficient as possible! Members receive a 10% savings on premium chauffeured transportation with Carey and have access to exclusive pricing on Embarque transportation services. Call 1.800.336.4646 to speak with one of Carey’s professional reservation specialists or 1.866.444.2144 to book your reservation with Embarque today! You can also book your reservation online by visiting www.carey.com or www.embarque.com. Be sure to use account number WA818139 when booking your reservation.

Exclusive Worldwide Hotel & Car Rental Discounts
Phi Kappa Phi members, friends and family can access a worldwide inventory of hotels and rental cars at exclusive discounted rates using the Society’s Worldwide Hotel & Car Rental Discount Program. Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, individually or in a group, domestically or abroad, take advantage of huge savings up to 50% for hotels and 35% for car rentals at locations worldwide. Each room night booked between May 1 and September 30 qualifies for entry in a drawing to win the value of your hotel stay! Click here to book today! (You must be logged in to the Phi Kappa Phi website to access the discount.)

LifeLock
Is your identity prepared for your vacation? Take the LifeLock quiz to find out! In an always-connected world, it’s important to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft especially when traveling. LifeLock, the leader in identity theft protection, makes it easy to stay protected with peace of mind. As a member, you are eligible to receive a 30-day free trial and 10% discount on LifeLock membership plans. Click here to enroll using the Phi Kappa Phi discount. Use promo code HSPKP.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight – July 2015

Dr. Ron Shaklee

Youngstown State University

Name: Dr. Ron Shaklee

Chapter Position: President

University Position: Director, University Honors Program and Professor of Geography

Years of Service to the Chapter: 11 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: B.A., Geography; M.A., Geography; Ph.D., Geography

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? I started as an at-large member of the Executive Board in charge of awards and grants. That position was a direct outgrowth of my position as Honors Director at the university. On several occasions I was asked to stand for higher office but I felt I could be a far more valuable asset to my chapter as the Awards and Grants officer. I later was convinced that my energies could be of great benefit to the chapter if I agreed to serve in other positions as well. I was asked to stand for election to the position of President-Elect and was honored when the chapter membership elected me to that position.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? I am proud of my chapter because of the tremendous sense of belonging it extends to all members of the Society. Inductees can be as active as they wish to be, and our chapter has been very aggressive in extending opportunities for participation in chapter affairs. In particular, we have been increasingly involved in service activities across our campus. This participation is a positive element for all concerned – the members, the chapter, and those who directly or indirectly benefit from our activities.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is, by its very definition, an organization that stands for accomplishment and integrity. Beyond that, our local chapter has lent even more meaning to that overall sense of pride that accompanies membership. Phi Kappa Phi members are leaders in their community, their region, their nation, and their world. It is an amazing sense of pride to be a part of that global continuum.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? The camaraderie of the Executive Board and the sense of fulfillment I experience when students are inducted into membership in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Our chapter is active and has a strong sense of identity on our campus and that identity facilitates the recruitment of student members. Chapter recognition activities sponsored by the national organization (chapter recognition, book drives, etc.) have garnered extremely positive press and have enhanced our visibility on campus. That sense of identity gives members of our Executive Board a strong feeling of pride in our accomplishments.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? Don't wait to be asked to become involved. The chapter is as strong as the members of the executive board want it to be. If you see a need – fill it. If you have an innovative idea – propose it and then take the necessary steps to turn your idea into reality. Rely on, and demand participation from, your fellow officers and the chapter membership. If you already have a strong chapter and executive board, do your part to make it stronger. If you see areas for growth, make sure you are the catalyst for positive change.

What are your hobbies? My hobbies include writing fictional novels, writing and performing my own music, and making sure that my granddaughters have cause to laugh, giggle and question their grandfather's sanity.

Where are you from? I was born in Urbana, Ill., but my formative years were spent in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C. Prior to becoming a member of the faculty at Youngstown State University, I served with the U.S. Army in the Republic of Vietnam, attended the University of Kansas for undergraduate and graduate degrees in geography, and spent time on the faculty of Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) and Mississippi State University.

Read Ron's bio.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Phi Kappa Phi is Carbonite’s Partner of the Week

Beginning Monday, June 22, Phi Kappa Phi will team up with the leading online backup provider, Carbonite, to offer members 20 percent off all personal plans. The exclusive discount will be available to members until July 5.

Carbonite provides online backup services that are automatic and accessible. With Carbonite, your irreplaceable computer files—like term papers, business documents, photos, music and more—will be backed up securely to the cloud. In addition, you can access these important files from any computer, smartphone or tablet.

To take advantage of this one-time offer, visit www.carbonite.com and use coupon code 20offPKP. Remember, the exclusive discount is only available between June 22 and July 5.

If you have any questions about the discount, contact Jamie Chapman at jchapman@phikappaphi.org or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Chapters Host Book Drives Across the Nation

Between February and April this spring, the Phi Kappa Phi Council of Students held its annual Book Drive Competition. As part of the contest, 24 chapters across the country hosted drives to collect as many books as possible for an organization of their choice.

The book drives were held at both colleges and universities, small and large, representing all five Phi Kappa Phi regions. Beneficiary organizations chosen by the chapters ranged from schools to libraries to other community organizations including food shelters and tutoring and mentoring programs.

In all, the participating chapters collected more than 14,000 books!

The three chapters whose book drives collected the most donations were named as winners:

  • North Dakota State University 
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • University of Missouri–St. Louis 

These chapters will receive a “Little Free Library” and $150 for personalizing the Little Free Library. 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 decide where to place their Little Free Libraries somewhere on their campuses or in their local communities.

Other chapters that hosted a book drive as part of the contest include Andrews University; Arizona State University; California State University, Fresno; California State University, Sacramento; Clemson University; Delta State University; Duquesne University; Eastern Kentucky University; Elmhurst College; Ithaca College; Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania; Louisiana State University; Marshall University; Murray State University; Nicholls State University; The University of Southern Mississippi; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Louisiana at
Lafayette; University of South Alabama; and University of West Alabama.

Chapters interested in learning more about the contest or how to host their own book drives or service projects can contact Jami Prince.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

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 27th year, are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and overall communications excellence.

Phi Kappa Phi Forum, the Society’s flagship publication, garnered a Grand Award, the highest prize, in the Magazines, Journals & Tabloids category. The spring 2014 edition—“Faith”—received the award. Only 82 Grand Awards were given out of nearly 1,900 total submissions.

In addition to the Grand Award, the summer 2014 edition—“Honor”—won an Award of Excellence in the Magazine, Journals & Tabloids Writing category.

The Society’s 2013 Annual Report, produced by the Phi Kappa Phi Marketing Department, also received an Award of Excellence in the Annual Reports category. Titled “Opening Doors,” the report highlights the Society’s accomplishments of the 2013 calendar year through an exciting visual design that includes photos, member and award winner testimonials, donor recognition, chapter service highlights and more.

“We are honored to be recognized in the APEX competition for the seventh straight year,” said Phi Kappa Phi Chief Marketing Officer Traci Navarre. “These awards, decided by experts in the communications field, celebrate our continued efforts to provide publications that both inform and engage the Society’s members.”

The APEX competition annually recognizes outstanding publications from newsletters and magazines to annual reports, brochures and websites. Learn more at www.apexawards.com.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Member Benefits Highlights – June 2015

Don’t miss out on these offers, including an exclusive Partner of the Week special, available only to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout June.

Apple
Phi Kappa Phi members can access discounts on a variety of Apple products including laptops, desktops, servers and storage units, software and more! Discount pricing is available only through the online store created especially for members. To access these exclusive deals, visit the Apple Partnership Discount page for a direct link.(You must be logged in to the Phi Kappa Phi website to access the webpage.) Please note that prices displayed in the Online Store reflect the Phi Kappa Phi member discount. The discount is not available at local Apple stores.

Carbonite
Keep your important computer files safe and your mind at ease when you use Carbonite, the leading online backup provider. Carbonite backs up your irreplaceable computer files securely and automatically to the cloud allowing you to access them from any computer, smartphone or tablet. Beginning June 22, Phi Kappa Phi will team up with Carbonite as its Partner of the Week to offer members 20% off all personal plans! To receive this exclusive discount, use coupon code 20offPKP between June 22 and July 5. Visit www.carbonite.com to back up your files today!

Carey & Embarque Car Service
Carey and Embarque offer chauffeured transportation making your journey as effortless and efficient as possible! As a member, you can receive a 10% savings on premium chauffeured transportation from Carey and receive exclusive pricing on Embarque transportation services. Call 1.800.336.4646 to speak with one of Carey’s professional reservation specialists or 1.866.444.2144 to book your reservation with Embarque today! Reservations can also be booked online by visiting www.carey.com or www.embarque.com. Be sure to use account number WA818139 when booking your reservation.

GEICO
Qualifying Phi Kappa Phi members can get an exclusive discount of up to 8% on auto insurance from GEICO. To get a quote, click here. Existing GEICO customers may also be eligible for this discount. To enroll, call 1.800.368.2734. Did you know? Each time you request a quote, GEICO makes a contribution to the Society, helping to support Awards & Grants!

JPASS by JSTOR
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 Phi Kappa Phi website to access the discount.)

Phi Kappa Phi Visa® Rewards Credit Card
Phi Kappa Phi has teamed up with Commerce Bank to offer members a Visa® rewards credit card. The credit card is the perfect way for members to show their Phi Kappa Phi pride everywhere Visa is accepted, as well as earn rewards points redeemable for thousands of rewards items. Other benefits include 20 percent off Phi Kappa Phi merchandise purchases, no annual fee, low introductory rate for first 6 months, $100,000 travel accident insurance and much more. To sign up for the Phi Kappa Phi Visa credit card and take advantage of the great benefits, click here.

Worldwide Hotel & Car Rental Discounts
Enter into a drawing for a one-night free hotel stay when you book between now and September 30 using Phi Kappa Phi’s Worldwide Hotel & Car Rental Discount Program. Using the program, Phi Kappa Phi members, friends and family can access a worldwide inventory of hotels and rental cars at exclusive discounted rates. Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, individually or in a group, domestically or abroad, take advantage of huge savings up to 50% for hotels and 35% for car rentals at locations worldwide. Click here to book today! (You must be logged in to the Phi Kappa Phi website to access the discount.)