Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Phi Kappa Phi Announces 2018 Literacy Grant Recipients

Phi Kappa Phi is excited to announce its 2018 Literacy Grant recipients. The grants of up to $2,500 were awarded to 13 Phi Kappa Phi members across the nation.

The Literacy Grant Program, established in 2003, provides funding to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and active members for new and ongoing projects that reinforce part of the Society's mission "to engage the community of scholars in service to others." Drawing from a multidisciplinary society of students and scholars from large and small institutions, the grants help fund projects ranging from traditional reading initiatives to those that foster learning in cultural, digital, financial, health, historical literacy and beyond.

The 2018 recipients and their respective projects are:
  • Dr. Mary Elizabeth Ambery, Born to Read
  • Terry Atkinson, Community Literacy Engagement: Imagination Library Kindergarten Impact Study
  • Tina Chaseley, Connecting the Lives of Diverse Populations with Multicultural Literature
  • Dr. Lisa Taylor Cook, Children's Libraries for Childcare Programs Servicing Low-Income Families
  • Steve Elliott, Measurement Literacy Enrichment Program
  • Amanda J. Hardesty, Ready for Reading
  • Benjamin Jacob, My Story Matters
  • Dr. Christophe Konkobo, Candy for the Mind
  • Christina McIntyre, Skill UP NRV: Neighbors Helping Neighbors
  • Amy C. Nickless, Book Club Kits for Adult Literacy
  • Bethanie C. Pletcher, Islanders Helping the Early Acceleration of Readers Together (iHeart)
  • Hannatu Jumai Sadiq, Ebira Community Cultural Center
  • Kathleen Tice, Open Door Preschool Project

"Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to see a broad diversity in the projects awarded Literacy Grants this year," said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. "Literacy, by definition about more than reading alone, is knowledge of a particular subject. Phi Kappa Phi members’ love of learning is central to the successful transmission of knowledge, whatever the subject."

The winning projects were selected for a grant based on a number of criteria including the project’s scope, student and community involvement, impact, duration and ability to achieve success.

Literacy Grants are part of the Society’s robust award programs, which give $1.4 million each biennium to outstanding students and members through study abroad grants, graduate fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development and member and chapter awards.

To learn more about this year’s recipients and projects, please visit www.phikappaphi.org/literacy.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Share Your Success with Merit

Have you heard about Phi Kappa Phi’s member achievement program, Merit? If not, here’s your chance!

Merit is an online platform that allows Phi Kappa Phi members to promote their academic and extracurricular achievements, work experience, leadership roles and much more. Not only does Merit allow you to receive the recognition you deserve, it’s a surefire way to polish your online presence!

Promote your successes such as being initiated into the Society, receiving an award, becoming a chapter officer, attending Phi Kappa Phi events and more. Merit also allows members to customize their online profile with a photo, bio, activities, affiliations and work experience. Consider it a virtual résumé!

Updates to Merit pages are shared with a network of stakeholders who are invested in your achievements: family and friends, local news outlets, employers, former teachers, colleges and universities, volunteer organizations and more. In addition to keeping your achievements and activities in one virtual place, Merit can build your online presence to help you secure jobs, get internships and collect references.

Your Merit page is also social, so sharing news with your inner circle on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn is easy.

If you haven’t received a Merit profile yet (anyone initiated before March 2013 or anyone who opted out during the join process) and would like to take advantage the program and its many benefits, email news@phikappaphi.org with your name and member ID number.

Want more information? Click here to learn more about Merit, including frequently asked questions, and check out the latest member achievements on the official Phi Kappa Phi Merit page.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Vote for Your Favorite Graduation Photo

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos to our 2018 Spring Graduation Photo Contest! We received more than 700 photos 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!

Click here to vote now! (Please note the system limits entries to one vote per device/IP address.)

Voting will close Sunday, July 29, 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.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Phi Kappa Phi Announces 2018 Fellows

Phi Kappa Phi is excited to announce its 2018 class of Fellows. The fellowships, totaling $345,000, were awarded to 57 of the nation’s top scholars at institutions with an active chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

Established in 1932, the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship has become the Society’s signature award, providing funding for first-year graduate or professional study. This year’s program awarded 51 fellowships of $5,000 and six $15,000 Marcus L. Urann Fellowships, named for the Society’s founder.

“The Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship, the Society’s first and now signature award, provides financial support to superior students beginning their graduate education. Endorsed by their local Phi Kappa Phi chapters, fellows go on to study at some of the nation’s finest graduate programs,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “We are pleased to have offered this opportunity to emerging scholars for more than 85 years, and look forward to strengthening the program in the years to come.”

The 2018 class of fellows represent students from 57 colleges and universities across the nation. The recipients—drawn from all academic disciplines—are pursuing post-baccalaureate programs of study ranging from science and engineering to arts and humanities.

The selection process for a fellowship is based on the applicant’s evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance in an approved graduate or professional program.

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships are part of the Society’s robust award programs, which give $1.4 million each biennium to outstanding students and members through study abroad grants, graduate fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

To see the complete list of 2018 Phi Kappa Phi Fellows and learn more about the program, click here.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Member Benefit Highlights – July 2018

What do you have planned this summer? Whether it’s traveling, shopping or upgrading your technology, Phi Kappa Phi has you covered! Don’t miss these exclusive offers and discounts available to members throughout July.

Budget Car
Summer travel plans? Let Budget help plan your next trip and save up to 25% off base rental rates when making a reservation with Budget Customer Discount (BCD) number R023600. Visit www.phikappaphi.org/budget-car to access exclusive coupons and make your reservation today!

Brooks Brothers
Sign up for your complimentary Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card and save 15% on regularly priced merchandise at all Brooks Brothers U.S. and Canadian stores, by phone and online. To sign up for the card, visit Membership.BrooksBrothers.com or call 1.866.515.4747 with organization ID 11755 and pin code 61431.

To use the discount online, members must create a separate Corporate Member profile, even if you already have an existing Brooks Brothers profile. Please allow 20 minutes after you receive your email confirmation before creating your online Corporate Member profile. Register for your separate Corporate Member profile here.

Take advantage of doorbusters during Dell’s biggest Black Friday in July sale, including laptops for $130! Save on computers, laptops, accessories and much more. Click here to view offers throughout July and visit www.Dell.com/PhiKappaPhi to shop. Please note your discount is automatically calculated and will appear in red at checkout.

Celebrate Black Friday in July with Lenovo and save up to 40% off select Lenovo products, including laptops, PCs and accessories. Click here to learn more and start saving today! Visit often—special offers change frequently.

Phi Kappa Phi Visa® Rewards Credit Card
Show your Phi Kappa Phi pride everywhere you shop, dine and travel with the Phi Kappa Phi Visa® Rewards Credit Card. The card even allows you to earn points redeemable for thousands of rewards items. Plus, each time you use the card, you help support Phi Kappa Phi award programs. Other benefits include no annual fee, a low introductory rate and more. Click here to sign up and take advantage of the great benefits!

Phi Kappa Phi Worldwide Travel Discount Program
Summer travel plans? Book a hotel using Phi Kappa Phi's Worldwide Travel Discount program and save up to 50%, plus you’ll be automatically entered for chance to win a free hotel stay when you book your trip before September 30. Click here to access the Phi Kappa Phi Travel Program today! (Your Phi Kappa Phi login will be required.)

Want to access even more savings year-round? Visit PhiKappaPhi.org/Discounts to view all of the discounts available to active members year-round. Please note, discounts are reserved for active members and your Phi Kappa Phi login will be required to access many of the partnership webpages.

Questions? Contact Jamie Chapman at jchapman@phikappaphi.org or 1.800.804.9880, ext 217.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Apply Today! Session B Award Programs Now Open

Phi Kappa Phi is now accepting applications for Session B of its Love of Learning Award and Study Abroad Grant programs. The award programs provide funding for graduate study, continuing education, professional development and studies abroad.
Study Abroad Grants
Established in 2001, the Study Abroad Grant Program supports undergraduates—both members and nonmembers—as they seek expanded knowledge and experience in their academic fields. 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. Twenty-five $1,000 grants will be awarded during Session B. The deadline to apply is September 15.
“Without organizations like Phi Kappa Phi, students such as myself would likely be unable to consider pursuing study abroad,” said Ryan Marine, recipient of a 2017 Study Abroad Grant. “Phi Kappa Phi's devotion to enabling students to study abroad will undoubtedly lead to life-changing experiences for many individuals.”
Love of Learning Awards
Love of Learning Awards, established in 2007, help fund post-baccalaureate professional development for active Phi Kappa Phi members including graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, travel related to teaching and research, career development and more. One hundred awards, at $500 each, will be distributed during Session B. The deadline to apply is October 1.
“The best part of Phi Kappa Phi is that they recognize those that continuously pushed themselves academically, and continue to allow them to further advance their knowledge beyond the classroom,” said Michael Kessler, recipient of a 2018 Love of Learning Award. “By offering multiple awards, students and professionals can be lifelong learners.”
If you have questions about either program, please contact Kelli Partin at kpartin@phikappaphi.org or 800.804.9880, ext. 235. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Phi Kappa Phi Wins Top AM&P EXCEL Awards

Phi Kappa Phi recently garnered two top EXCEL Awards from Association Media & Publishing (AM&P) for its publication and marketing efforts. The Society was recognized at the association’s 38th Annual EXCEL Awards Gala on Monday, June 25, in Washington, D.C. The EXCEL Awards recognize excellence and leadership in nonprofit association media, publishing, marketing and communications.

Phi Kappa Phi received the Gold Award in the video promotion category for its Recognizing Excellence in Innovation video. The video, unveiled in November, was used as a way to promote the Society’s Excellence in Innovation Award with highlights from the award’s inaugural winner, Tulane University. Watch the full video here.

In addition, the Society’s quarterly magazine, Phi Kappa Phi Forum, garnered a second Gold Award for design excellence. For more than 100 years, the Forum has provided members with coverage of the Society and the world at large through a distribution of over 100,000 readers. Click here to learn more about the Forum and see the latest issue.

“We are privileged to recognize outstanding work in the association media and publishing industry this year, said Michael Marchesano, AM&P Executive Director. “The EXCEL Awards showcase and spotlight first class association content that’s both innovative and enlightening in a rapidly changing world.”

This year’s EXCEL competition saw 841 entries in seven categories ranging from magazines and journals to digital and promotional content. From all entries, 300 were selected as finalists to receive gold, silver or bronze in each category. Click here to see the full list of finalists.

Learn more about AM&P and the EXCEL Awards at www.siia.net/amp.