Thursday, February 16, 2017

Featured Fellow: Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez

Phi Kappa Phi’s Featured Fellow for February is Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez, a 2015 Marcus L. Urann Fellow. Ivón was awarded the Urann Fellowship as an undergraduate at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is currently pursuing a joint J.D. and Ph.D. in history at Columbia University.

Watch below to learn more about Ivón and hear how the award has made an impact on her academic career.


Phi Kappa Phi Installs Chapter 342 at Methodist University

Phi Kappa Phi will install its 342nd chapter at Methodist University today, February 16. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Methodist University, founded in 1956, is located in Fayetteville, N.C.

The installation of the Methodist University 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.

“The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to welcome Methodist University to its community of scholars,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “The university’s motto—Engage. Enrich. Empower.—reflects Methodist’s desire to offer its students a culture of excellence, community engagement and lifelong learning.”

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President George Hendricks, President-Elect Stacia Britton, Secretary Jasmin Brown, Treasurer Robert H. Jenkins, Public Relations Officers Kerry S. Jenkins and Brenda Jernigan, Awards & Grants Coordinator Tat Chan, and Administrative Assistant Charlene Covington.

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 approximately 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, February 13, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive Competition Update

This just in! Little Free Library co-founder and Executive Director Todd Bol has donated two additional Little Free Libraries as prizes for Phi Kappa Phi’s annual Book Drive Competition! Established by the Society’s Council of Students, the competition aims to encourage and promote literacy in the communities and campuses served by Phi Kappa Phi’s chapters.

In addition to the two prizes already given—one for the chapter that raises the most monetary donations and one for the chapter that collects the most books—this generous donation will allow Phi Kappa Phi to award another chapter that collects the next highest amount in each category. Winning chapters will also receive $150 to cover the cost of design materials to personalize the library.

Interested chapters can participate in the competition by hosting a drive to collect books or funds to be applied toward literacy materials. To be eligible, the drives must take place any time between February 1 and April 30, 2017.

To learn more about the competition, visit www.phikappaphi.org/bookdrive. If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Kay White at kwhite@phikappaphi.org.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Vote Now! Fall 2016 Graduation Photo Contest

Thanks to all who submitted photos to the Fall 2016 Graduation Photo Contest! We received more than 125 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 Sunday, February 26, 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! (Please note that the system limits entries to one vote per computer/IP address.)

Free GRE Strategy Webinar

The Princeton Review has teamed up with the Widener University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi to help students prepare for the GRE exam.
If you’re gearing up to take the GRE and want to find out how to maximize your score, join online (open to all Phi Kappa Phi members) or on the Widener campus on Wednesday, February 22, from 3–4 p.m. Central time.

Topics will include:
  • GRE misconceptions and truths
  • Exclusive Princeton Review test-taking strategies to help you score higher
  • Question types, scoring and structure
  • Ways to dodge "traps"
  • Question and answer session
  • …and a special offer from The Princeton Review
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Students on the Widener campus can attend in person in Kapelski Hall, Room 236A.
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Study Abroad Deadline is February 15

The deadline to apply for a Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant is next Wednesday, February 15. The grants, awarded twice a year, are designed to support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants will be awarded during Session A.

Interested students do not have to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi to apply, but must currently attend an institution with an active chapter. For full eligibility requirements and application instructions, download the fact sheet or check out the frequently asked questions.

Applications are also being accepted for the Fellowship, Love of Learning and Literacy programs. To learn more about each program, click here.

If you have additional questions, please contact Kelli Partin at kpartin@phikappaphi.org or 800.804.9880 ext. 235.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi Installs Chapter 341 at Southern Virginia University

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will install its 341st chapter at Southern Virginia University today, February 7. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Southern Virginia University, founded in 1867, is located in Buena Vista, Virginia.

The installation of the Southern Virginia 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 Southern Virginia University to its growing community of scholars,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “Strong student engagement, quality academic programs, and deep commitment to leadership and service reflect Southern Virginia’s embrace of excellence as a guiding principle.”

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President Debra H. Sowell, President-Elect John M. Armstrong, Secretary Karen Walker and Treasurer Jon Wallin.

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 approximately 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.