Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Free GRE Webinar on August 23

The Princeton Review has teamed up with Phi Kappa Phi to help students prepare for the grad school entrance exam, the GRE. If you’re gearing up to take the GRE and want to find out how to maximize your score, join us on Wednesday, August 23, at 6 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

The webinar is free and available for anyone to attend.

Can't attend the webinar? Sign up to receive a free recording!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Announcing the Graduation Photo Contest Winners

Drumroll, please! We’re excited to announce the winners of our Spring 2017 Graduation Photo Contest. The top 10 photos received nearly 3,000 votes in total!

Congratulations to Moyoninuoluwa Ajayi, from Illinois Wesleyan University, who was selected as the first place winner. As first place recipient, Moyoninuoluwa received a $100 Amazon gift card. Elizabeth Zimmerman, from Elon University, was awarded second place and a $50 Amazon gift card. Third place and a $25 Amazon gift card went to Brooke Busch, from Texas State University.

Watch for the winning entries, along with other submissions, to appear in various Phi Kappa Phi marketing and promotional materials. And stay tuned for details about the Fall Graduation Photo Contest, which will open this December.

To see all photos entered into the contest, visit our Flickr page.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Member Benefits Highlights – August 2017

August is here, which means it’s time to head back to school! Whether you are a faculty or staff member, student, or parent, don’t miss out on these great back-to-school specials available exclusively to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout August.

Living Language *New Benefit
Phi Kappa Phi has partnered with Living Language—a self-study foreign language program—to offer members exclusive savings on course subscriptions. Living Language offers books, audio, apps, community forums, online courses, and e-tutors to provide a comprehensive language learning experience. Members can receive a discount on all online course subscriptions including 50% off one-year subscriptions and 20% off all other subscriptions. Visit LivingLanguage.com/Online-Courses to choose the language you want to learn and enter promo code PKP50 at checkout for a one-year subscription or PKP20 for all other subscriptions.

AmazonSmile is a simple, 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 shopping today! Bookmark the AmazonSmile link to make it even easier to support the Society every time you shop on Amazon.

Are you preparing for the CPA Exam? Let Becker Professional Education help you achieve your goals! Members are eligible for a $300 discount when registering for all four parts of Becker's CPA Review Course at the same time. Visit Becker.com/CPAReview to enroll online and select ‘The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi’ from the society drop-down menu on the Affiliations tab. The discount will be automatically applied to your purchase.

Franklin Planner
Let Franklin Planner help you stay organized this school year! Phi Kappa Phi members receive a 15% discount on all online purchases from Franklin Planner. Visit FranklinPlanner.com and use promo code PKPMEMBER to start planning today.

Looking for a new computer to help keep up with coursework and studying? Lenovo offers instant savings up to 42% off high performance technologies and up to 60% off accessories! Visit Lenovo.com/PhiKappaPhi to access the Phi Kappa Phi member site for the latest and greatest in Lenovo technology, including the legendary Think-branded PCs, as well as a family of tablets and smart phones.

Office Depot
Regardless of the school or grade you are shopping for, you’ll find everything you need for success in the upcoming year at Office Depot and Office Max. Members can save up to 80% year round. Visit OfficeDiscounts.org/PKP to shop online and get free next-day delivery on orders over $50, or print your free Store Purchasing Card to shop in store.

The Princeton Review
In the midst of test prep? Prepare with The Princeton Review and save! Phi Kappa Phi members and family are eligible to save up to $150 on classroom courses, small group instruction, tutoring, and self-guided courses for the MCAT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, and more. To access the appropriate promo code, click here or call 1.800.2.REVIEW.
Questions about member benefits? Contact Jamie Chapman at jchapman@phikappaphi.org or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Volunteer Spotlight – August 2017

Teresa Simpson
Lamar University

Chapter Position: President

University Position: Special Assistant to the Dean for Student Recruitment, Retention and Success/Clinical Instructor in Educational Leadership, College of Education and Human Development

Years of Service to the Chapter
: 3

Ed.D., Educational Leadership

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? I was nominated by the Dean of the Reaud Honors College to serve as Vice President.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud?
Our chapter has worked very hard this past year to increase our visibility to both our faculty and students. We created a dedicated website for the chapter with landing pages for Phi Kappa Phi awards information to include deadlines. This site serves as a great resource for faculty as they advise students of opportunities and makes it easier for the student to find.

We will add a faculty liaison to the Board this year. This effort was led by the establishment of the Dr. Kevin Dodson/Phi Kappa Phi Endowment. This $20,000 endowment bears the name of a truly dedicated member to our chapter, dean of the Reaud Honors College and past president of the chapter. I have worked with Dr. Dodson for over 13 years and am honored we were able to recognize his commitment to student development and success in this way. I am most proud of this. The endowment will begin funding an estimated $1,000 per year in 2019. The recipient(s) will be awarded funds based on the same merits and for the same purpose as the PKP awards at the national level. The endowment demonstrates our chapter's commitment to our undergraduate and graduate students' development and success.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? The honor to work with collective peers—both faculty and staff—in making available pathways for student success through scholarship and co-curricular experiences.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? The ability to work with peers who are student-focused and share a passion for the love of learning.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? Budget in the time to develop through biennial conferences and regional workshops. The more you know, the more you are able to share with your students and the more opportunities they have to develop and succeed.

What are your hobbies? Spending time with my family and promoting student success through athletic development.

Where are you from? Texas

Click here to see Teresa's CV.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Save on insurance with your Phi Kappa Phi membership

As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you have access to a variety of insurance options—at affordable rates—from Mercer Consumer, a service of Mercer Health & Benefits Administration, LLC.
Members can take advantage of a number of available plans including disability income insurance, long-term care insurance, major medical insurance, short-term medical insurance, GetInsured health insurance, pet insurance and group term life insurance. Learn more about each plan at PhiKappaPhi.org/Mercer.
Mercer also provides members with a free, no obligation quote to compare to your current insurance coverage. You might be surprised at how much you can save!
Ready to apply? Visit www.alumniplans.com/pkp.
To speak with a Mercer representative, call 1.888.560.ALUM (2586), and be sure to mention your membership in Phi Kappa Phi. If you have questions about this or other Phi Kappa Phi discounts, contact Jamie Chapman at jchapman@phikappaphi.org or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi Awards 2017 Fellowships

Phi Kappa Phi recently announced the recipients of a 2017 Fellowship. 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.

Since its creation in 1932, the Fellowship Program has become one of the Society's most visible and financially well-supported endeavors, providing awards annually to deserving students 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 85 years, and look forward to strengthening the program in the years to come."

The 2017 class of Fellows includes 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 Phi Kappa Phi 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.

In addition to the Fellowship Program, Phi Kappa Phi awards $1.4 million each biennium to qualifying students and members through study abroad grants, dissertation 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 2017 Phi Kappa Phi Fellows and learn more about the program, click here.

Monday, July 17, 2017

New Member Discount: Living Language

Phi Kappa Phi has partnered with Living Language—a self-study foreign language program—to offer members exclusive savings on course subscriptions. For more than 70 years, Living Language has provided effective language learning instruction in 30 languages.

Living Language offers books, audio, apps, community forums, online courses and e-tutors to provide a comprehensive language learning experience. Phi Kappa Phi members can receive a discount on all Living Language online course subscriptions including 50 percent off one-year subscriptions and 20 percent off all other subscription options.

The Living Language Method™, based on language courses developed for the U.S. State Department’s overseas diplomats in 1946, uses a four-point method to provide all the tools necessary to become fluent in a new language. The proven method builds a foundation of essential words and phrases, advances learners to full sentences and conversations, offers engaging practice with recall exercises aimed at both short and long-term memory, and helps develop practical language skills to equip the learner in any situation.

Get started today by visiting LivingLanguage.com/Online-Courses to choose the language you want to learn and enter promo code PKP50 at checkout for a one-year subscription or PKP20 for all other subscriptions.

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