Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Love of Learning Deadline is October 1

Need funding to attend a conference, support dissertation research, or pay for textbooks? Apply for a Love of Learning Award!
Available to active Phi Kappa Phi members, Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate studies and/or career development including graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, travel related to teaching/studies and more.
Eighty awards, at $500 each, will be distributed during Session B. The deadline to submit applications is this Saturday, October 1.
Applications are open to all active (dues current) Phi Kappa Phi members who:
  • Have completed their baccalaureate studies by application submission deadline
  • Have not received a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship
For more information, check out the FAQs and Love of Learning fact sheet. Ready to apply? Click here!
If you have additional questions, contact Kelli Partin, awards manager, at kpartin@phikappaphi.org

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi Member Named 2016 MacArthur Fellow

Photo credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Phi Kappa Phi member Josh Kun, professor of communication at University of Southern California, has been named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. He is one of 23 fellows named to the 2016 class.

A cultural historian, Kun received the award for his work studying the cultural intersection of art and popular culture. Much of this research focuses on the histories of both music and food with emphasis on their communities of origin.

“I’m interested in what music tells us about the past, how it helps us survive the present, and how it can help people imagine new futures,” Kun said in a video released by the MacArthur Foundation.

To go a step further, Kun makes it a point to take his research beyond the classroom and into the cultures he studies.

“As a scholar, following the rules of doing traditional, conventional, rigorous scholarship is important to me. But it’s only important to me if those conversations move outside of my classroom and move outside of the academic communities that maybe they begin in.”

Most recently, he hosted a series of events in Los Angeles, which included readings, concerts, and even a live mixtape recording.

“I think that this fellowship is going to help me a great deal to be more selective in the projects that I choose. And to have the luxury—and it is a deep, deep luxury—to be able to pursue the things that I love,” Kun said.

Kun has served as a curator for a number of venues including the Getty Foundation, the Museum of Latin American Art, the Skirball Center, and the Grammy Museum. He also co-founded the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation, a nonprofit focused on the study of Jewish history through to music.

Also known as the Genius Grant, the MacArthur Fellowship celebrates individuals who have shown “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” The fellows, who span the disciplines, receive a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000 over five years.

For the Love of Literacy

Phi Kappa Phi’s Literacy Grant Program was created in 2003 to mobilize members and chapters of Phi Kappa Phi to champion literacy initiatives near and far. The grants, of up to $2,500, help fund ongoing literacy projects and support the creation of new initiatives.

Read how some of the 2016 Literacy Grant recipients are making a difference across the globe:

Born to Read
Mary Elizabeth Ambery, Ph.D.


Since 2001, the Southeast Missouri State University chapter has been committed to providing a Little Golden Book to every baby born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., local hospitals. As part of the program, local hospitals are provided with books to be given to parents as they leave with their newborn baby. Inside the book cover, a congratulatory note highlights the benefits of reading with very young children and passing the love of learning from generation to generation. To date, Born to Read has given more than 30,000 books, and the first recipients are now teenagers!

Play Your Way to Higher Test Scores
Lisa Owens

Play Your Way to Higher Test Scores is a literacy project that aims to improve reading and critical thinking skills through the use of educational games that stress spelling and vocabulary. As part of the project, literacy kits are created with board games such as Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Scattergories, and more. The kits are provided to students at Homer High School in Homer, La. Additionally, the school’s library has provided a dedicated space, the Literacy Learning Center, furnished with a comfortable seating area with game tables and storage for the kits.

Literacy in Nicaraguan Impoverished Schools
Paulina Erices and Veronique Diriker

Working with La Merced, a volunteer-based nonprofit organization in the U.S., members from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Pennsylvania State University chapters have teamed up for a collaborative literacy effort. In its first phase, the project will evaluate and assess the needs of teachers and administration at a K-12 school in Managua, Nicaragua. After assessment, project leaders will provide teachers with equipment and support to meet the children’s needs.


Books: Candy for the Mind
Norbert Puszkar

Since 2003, the Austin Peay State University chapter has been involved with the safe Halloween trick-or-treating program, G.H.O.S.T. (Great Halloween Options for Safe Trick-or-Treating), held on the APSU campus. The project, Books: Candy for the Mind, is an early literacy initiative that provides books instead of candy to children in the community. As part of the project, chapter members solicit new or gently used children’s books and collect funds that can be used to purchase additional books. 


Read more about the Literacy Grants Program and see what other initiatives are being championed by this year’s recipients.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi Installs Chapter 337 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott

Phi Kappa Phi will install its 337th chapter at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott today, September 21. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

The installation of the Embry-Riddle 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 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott to our growing community of scholars,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “The university’s commitment to excellence is evident in its undergraduate research emphasis, cutting edge programs in security and intelligence, and community engagement.”

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President Anne Boettcher, Vice President Melanie Wilson, Secretary Katherine Greene, Treasurer Jonathan Gallimore, Public Relations Officer Curtis James, Awards & Grants Coordinator Ray Newton, and Administrative Assistant Virginia MacGowan.

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 second-term juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Highlight Your Phi Kappa Phi Membership

Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is a stamp of excellence. And when it's time to apply for a job, a scholarship or a graduate program, our many resources will help you highlight your membership in the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society.
  • Logo Graphics: Proudly display your Phi Kappa Phi membership on your résumé by including an official Society logo.
  • Member Verification Letters: Email Deanna Landry at dlandry@phikappaphi.org to request your personalized membership verification letter.
  • Press Releases: Using a program known as Merit, Phi Kappa Phi sends press releases on behalf of members for achievements such as being initiated into the Society, receiving a Phi Kappa Phi award, becoming a chapter officer and more. These press releases are distributed electronically to members’ hometown newspapers and posted to the Phi Kappa Phi Merit Page. In addition, a customizable online profile is created for members to easily share achievements with family and friends on social media. 
For more information about highlighting your membership, contact Jamie Chapman at jchapman@phikappaphi.org or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Save 10% on Legal Advice with Avvo

Phi Kappa Phi recently teamed up with Avvo—the largest online legal marketplace connecting consumers and lawyers. With the new partnership, members will have access to 10 percent off all Avvo’s fixed-fee, on-demand legal services in the five most common areas of law: business, estate planning, real estate, family and immigration.

Services range from general advice sessions to document review (business contracts), document creation (lease agreements), and some full services such as creating an estate plan or a living will. The services are fulfilled by lawyers local to the consumer, who have been selected based on qualifications from Avvo’s active lawyer base of more than 250,000 attorneys.

Click here to get started today. To take advantage of the discount, use promo code PKP2016.

Questions? Contact Jamie Chapman at jchapman@phikappaphi.org or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Read it Forward: 5 Ways to Promote Literacy

In honor of National Literacy Month, check out the ways you can promote literacy both on campus and in your community.

Host an event.
One of the best ways to promote literacy is to host an event in your local community. There are a number of events that you or your chapter can host such as an informational booth, public forum on illiteracy, tutoring program, book drive, monthly read-alouds and more. Whatever you choose, consider making it an annual event each year during National Literacy Month.

Spread the word.
Use fliers, posters, bookmarks, brochures and other printed materials to celebrate literacy. You can also create informational packets combining many of these printed materials to be distributed at events. Consider running a PSA or campus newspaper ad for an upcoming chapter event. Social media is another great way to spread the word while encouraging others to do the same.

Give a gift.

Clean off your bookshelf and donate books to a local library, school or organization in your community. Or, host an event to raise funds to make a monetary donation to a local organization that supports and promotes literacy in your community.

Apply for a Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant.
Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grants are available to help you champion new or ongoing literacy initiatives. The grants of up to $2,500 are available each year for chapters and individual members. Learn more about the program here and watch these podcasts created by past winner Dr. Paulette Harris (Part 1 and Part 2) for tips on a successful application

Look beyond September.
Even though National Literacy Month is one month of the year, make it a priority to do something—big or small—to encourage literacy on campus and in your community throughout the entire year. For example, consider participating in Phi Kappa Phi’s Annual Book Drive Competition. The competition, open to all chapters, kicks off in February of each year.

Have a tip to share? Post it in the comments below or tweet us @PhiKappaPhi using #PKPLovesLiteracy.