Thursday, December 8, 2016

Internship Opportunities Now Available

Phi Kappa Phi has partnered with the Washington Internship Institute and DCInternships to provide members the opportunity to apply for scholarships worth up to $2,500 toward their internship programs. These programs provide individuals with opportunities to explore career options while also enhancing leadership development potential.

DC Internships
Members are invited to apply for the DCInternships summer and semester programs based in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by The Fund of American Studies, each program includes academic credit through George Mason University, an internship placement, furnished housing, guest lectures and site briefings as well as professional development and networking events.

Active members are eligible to receive one of three $2,500 scholarships each program cycle. Members not selected for one of the three scholarships will be reviewed for awards from The Fund for American Studies' general scholarship fund. Click here to learn more about the programs, deadline information and how to apply.

Washington Internship Institute
The Washington Internship Institute’s semester-long academic internship program is designed to provide students with practical, hands-on experience and academically rigorous courses emphasizing public service, leadership and professional development. Students from every field of study have successfully participated in rewarding internships that have helped them focus on and further their career goals.

Members of Phi Kappa Phi are eligible to receive a $500 scholarship for this program. Click here to learn more about the programs and application deadlines.

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

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Chapter 339 Installed at Saint Martin's University

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will install its 339th chapter at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash., today, December 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.

The installation of the Saint Martin’s 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 Saint Martin’s University to its community of scholars,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “Saint Martin’s emphasis on excellence is evident in its strategic initiative to build academic programs that focus on an appreciation of complexity and cultivation of creativity.”

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President Sheila Steiner, President-elect Bonnie Amende, Secretary Katie Bugyis, and Treasurer Diane Bingaman.

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.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Member Benefits Highlights – December 2016

We’re spreading holiday cheer! Don’t miss out on these exclusive discounts, including two new benefits, available to members throughout December.

DCInternships.org *New Benefit
Phi Kappa Phi members are invited to apply for the DCInternships summer and semester programs based in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by The Fund of American Studies, each program includes academic credit through George Mason University, an internship placement, furnished housing, guest lectures and site briefings as well as professional development and networking events.

Active members are eligible to receive one of three scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each program cycle. Applicants for these scholarships should apply before the priority deadline and must denote their Society membership within their online application materials. Members not selected for one of these three scholarships will be reviewed for awards from The Fund for American Studies' general scholarship fund. Click here to learn more about the programs, deadline information and how to apply.

Washington Internship Institute *New Benefit
The Washington Internship Institute’s semester-long academic internship program is carefully designed to provide students from the U.S. and abroad with practical, hands-on experience and academically rigorous courses emphasizing public service, leadership and professional development. Students from every field of study have successfully participated in rewarding internships that have helped them focus on and further their career goals.

Members of Phi Kappa Phi are eligible to receive a $500 scholarship for this program. Select Phi Kappa Phi on your Intern Profile and the Washington Internship Institute will use this information to verify your membership. Click here to learn more about the programs and application deadlines.

AmazonSmile
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support Phi Kappa Phi every time you shop at Amazon.com—at no cost to you. When you shop using AmazonSmile, you’ll find the same low prices and selection with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Phi Kappa Phi. Click here to start your shopping today! And don’t forget to bookmark the AmazonSmile link to make it even easier to support the Society every time you shop on Amazon.

Becker
Preparing for the CPA exam in 2017? Apply for the 2017 Newton D. Becker Scholarship program offered by Becker Professional Education. The program will award more than $450,000 in CPA Exam Review Scholarships, including 40 full 4-part courses each valued at $3,393 and over 200 scholarships each valued at $1,697. To learn more about the program and how to apply, click here. Don’t forget! Phi Kappa Phi members can receive a $300 discount when registering for all four parts of the Becker CPA Review Course at the same time. Click here for more information.

Church Hill Classics
Looking to show off your Phi Kappa Phi pride? Frame your membership certificate with a customizable frame from Church Hill Classics. Choose from a variety of frame moldings, mat colors, and materials to create a frame that complements your home or office decor. In addition, you can find a frame to showcase your medallion, stole, or Phi Kappa Phi photos! Start designing today!

Dell

Take advantage of exclusive discounts from Dell on computers, accessories and much more! To start shopping, visit the Phi Kappa Phi – Dell Member Purchase Store. Please note your discount is automatically calculated and will appear in red at checkout. And click here to access exclusive monthly offers.

Mercer
When you’re ready to shop for an Affordable Care Act compliant health plan, GetInsured makes it easy! Available through Mercer Consumer, GetInsured gives you simple, plain-language answers to your health insurance questions. Phi Kappa Phi members can take advantage of special rates and discounts from GetInsured. Open Enrollment is November 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017. If you’d like to speak with a licensed customer service agent about your needs, please call 1.844.654.4746. Be sure to mention your membership in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Click here to learn more about all of the insurance plans offered to Phi Kappa Phi members and apply online. To speak with a Mercer representative call 1-888-560-ALUM (2586).

Visa Rewards
Shop smart and earn cash back on purchases you’d make anyway. The Phi Kappa Phi Rewards Visa® gives cardholders cash-back on everyday purchases and offers extra points on special categories such as groceries and gas. Planning a vacation? You can also receive special perks on travel and entertainment. Other benefits include extra peace of mind and protection with travel accident insurance and emergency assistance services. Click here to learn more about the Phi Kappa Phi Rewards Visa® card.

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

Monday, December 5, 2016

Show Your Phi Kappa Phi Pride and Win!

Calling all graduates! Did you wear your Phi Kappa Phi stole, medallion or honor cords at your recent graduation? If you have commencement photos showing your Phi Kappa Phi pride, share them with us for a chance to win an Amazon gift card and be featured in Society materials.

To enter, click here to submit your entry online by January 31, 2017. Please limit your submission to no more than five photos. High resolution images (JPEG or PNG) are preferred.

The first place winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card, second place will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and third place will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Click here for more details including official rules and submissions from previous graduation photo contests.

If you have questions, contact Hannah Breaux at hbreaux@phikappaphi.org.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Win Your Favorite Piece of Phi Kappa Phi Gear

Have you had your eye on a certain piece of Phi Kappa Phi gear? Take part in our Pin to Win contest for your chance to win!

Simply follow Phi Kappa Phi on Pinterest and pin your favorite merchandise item from our "Grab the Gear" board by Sunday, December 4, at 11:59 p.m. CST. One winner—selected at random—will receive the item they have pinned!

How to Enter:
1. Follow Phi Kappa Phi on Pinterest.
2. Select your favorite item on our "Grab the Gear" board.
3. Repin the item.

Only one entry per user will be accepted. Must be an active Phi Kappa Phi member to enter.

Click here for official rules and details. Happy pinning!

Volunteer Spotlight – December 2016

April Post
Elon University

Chapter Position: President

University Position: Senior Lecturer in Spanish

Years of Service to the Chapter
: 11 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with K-12 Teaching Licensure; Master of Arts in Spanish

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? I teach at my undergraduate institution and was invited to become the Public Relations Officer by one of my former professors who was an officer at that time.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? Our chapter taps potential members every spring in their classes and although it is a big effort, I think it is part of the reason we have such a successful chapter.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Phi Kappa Phi encourages a love of learning and service to one another. I think that these values were instilled in me as a young child by my family, and I like volunteering in an organization that allows me to live out those values.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? I most enjoy working alongside the other chapter officers. We make a great team and are always encouraging one another.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? I had been an officer for 9 years before I attended the biennial convention. I learned so much and wished I had gone earlier. My advice is to try to go to the convention if possible. I also suggest that the new officer ask the staff at headquarters if they need any help and read all of the information on the website. There are so many valuable tips available.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy playing tennis, traveling, reading, and raising backyard chickens.

Where are you from?
I am from Burlington, NC.

See April's CV.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Today is Giving Tuesday!

You've made it through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now, kick off the holiday season by giving back on Giving Tuesday.

Please join us today, November 29, by giving opportunity to deserving students and members across the nation. Your gifts, no matter the size, will help students realize their educational and career goals, from study abroad to graduate school to lifelong learning.

All gifts made to the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation today will help fund the Society's award programs. These programs, made possible by you, help student members in the early stages of their careers—whether an undergraduate studying abroad, a student just beginning graduate study, or an ABD trying to cross the finish line. Your gifts put books in the hands of children enrolled in literacy programs. And your gifts enable other members to extend their love of learning.

Click here
to join the Giving Tuesday movement and help us make an impact on the future.