Thursday, March 21, 2013

Call for Poems!

Phi Kappa Phi Forum seeks original, previously unpublished poetry from active Society members for its fall 2013 edition that will explore the theme of “Funny Business.”

Potential topics for scholarly articles include the psychology of humor; misdirection of slogans in U.S. presidential campaigns; images of female beauty in America; Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In; and unusual cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

One original, previously unpublished poem will be selected to appear in the print version of the magazine as a complement to the scholarly articles and columns. The winning poet receives five free copies of the edition. The winner’s photo and a short biography also will appear with the poem. Runners-up may be chosen for online.
The poetry contest is open only to active Society members, published or unpublished. Previous winners must wait one year — three consecutive main editions — to enter again. This restriction does not apply to previous runners-up; they do not have to wait to submit again.

Submissions — one per entrant per issue — should be up to 40 lines long and must reflect the theme of the edition: “Funny Business.”

Send your poem as a Word attachment or as a cut-and-paste in the body of an email. Also include a short bio (three or four sentences), contact information (mailing address and work, home and cell phone numbers), and Phi Kappa Phi member number and chapter affiliation. Selected poets will be contacted for photos and other information.

Entry deadline is midnight, is midnight, June 11, only by email at poetry@phikappaphi.org. Poet, Berry College professor and Phi Kappa Phi member Sandra Meek serves as the poetry editor and judge in consultation with Society management.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Study Abroad and Literacy Grants Deadline is April 1

The application deadline for the Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants and Literacy Grants is Monday, April 1. Learn more and apply today!

Study Abroad Grants
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

To apply for a Study Abroad Grant, click here. All applications must be received by Monday, April 1, at 11:59 p.m. CT. For additional information, check out the Study Abroad Grant FAQs.

Literacy Grants
The Literacy Grants program was initiated to mobilize members and resources of Phi Kappa Phi and the higher education community to champion literacy initiatives. Grants of up to $2,500 are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members to fund ongoing literacy projects or to create new initiatives. The Society's commitment to the cause of literacy grows out of and is consistent with its mission, which was expanded to include "…and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

To apply for a Literacy Grant, click here. All applications must be received by Monday, April 1, at 11:59 p.m. CT. For additional information, check out the Literacy Grant FAQs.

Fellowships and Love of Learning Awards
Applications also are available for Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships and Love of Learning Awards. Contact your chapter for local due date. Fellowship nomination materials are due at Society Headquarters by April 15. The Love of Learning deadline is June 30. Apply now.

Phi Kappa Phi awards $1 million each biennium to outstanding students, members and chapters through the Society's various awards competitions. To learn more about the Phi Kappa Phi awards programs, click here.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Volunteer Spotlight – March 2013

Lea A. Sexton
University of Nevada, Las Vegas


“Lea has been an exceptional Phi Kappa Phi leader for students, faculty, and staff. She showed me the importance of this prestigious honor society and encouraged me to join as a student in 2004. In 2006, Lea enhanced my role in PKP Chapter 100 at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas by bringing me to executive board meetings with her. Lea serves as a role model for Phi Kappa Phi with her enthusiasm and dedication. It has been a pleasure to work with her on various activities over the years, especially the annual induction ceremonies." – Valarie Morgan, Member at Large, UNLV Chapter.

Q&A with Lea A. Sexton

Name:
Lea A. Sexton

Chapter Position: Historian

Years of Service to the Chapter: Since 1993

University Position: Director, College of Liberal Arts, Advising Center

Degree(s)/Discipline: BA, MA English Literature

How did you become involved as a chapter officer?
Former Chapter 100 President, Donald Carns, asked me to help in 1993.  I shadowed the outgoing VP at the time, Nancy Flagg, and I took over in 1994.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud?
So many things have made me proud of Chapter 100; the service of all the past presidents and Board members, and students is at the top of that list. People who have given unselfishly of their time and talents to make this Chapter what it is today - A "Chapter of Excellence."

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you?
The Phi Kappa Phi motto, "Let the love of learning rule humanity" is something we could all live by.  I value the organization's belief in service and the way that PKP encourages that service in the scholars and universities where chapters reside. There is a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King that I always think of when I think of Phi Kappa Phi - "Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." I believe that's what we all strive for everyday as we encourage service in the students we meet.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer?
Helping students realize their goals and helping them take pride in their accomplishments.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer?
When it's busy and you find yourself doing much of the work at home, don't give up. Around every bend is a new group of people willing to donate their time and talents to exceptional students at our University.

What are your hobbies?
I love to read, travel, watch old movies, listen to Jazz, and work on family genealogy.

Where are you from?
l was born in Joplin, Mo. In addition to Nevada, I lived in  California, Virginia, Europe and Africa.

Read Lea's Bio. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

What Does Phi Kappa Phi Mean to You?

“Excellence.” “Potential.” “Inspirational.” “Honor.” “Opportunity.” These are just a few of the words that members use to describe The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in our new informational video. The video pulls together Society members, award winners, and leadership in a series of inspiring testimonials. During the 3-minute video, members share what Phi Kappa Phi means to them and highlight their positive experiences with the Society. Check out the video below to see all this and more. Then, find us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn to share what Phi Kappa Phi means to you!

 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Member Benefits Highlights – March 2013

Don’t miss out on these great deals and opportunities exclusively available to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout March.

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Dell
Save an extra 10 percent off touch products during March! Redeem this and other exclusive deals online or by calling 1.800.695.8133. When placing your order via phone, make sure you provide the Phi Kappa Phi Dell Discount ID (CS72681359) to receive the discount.

GEICO
Show your school spirit to win cash! Submit a picture demonstrating your school spirit in the GEICO School Spirit Championship for a chance to win a grand prize of $1,000 or one of seven $500 prizes. The contest closes March 10 and online voting opens to the public March 11. Winners will be announced April 1.

And did you know your affiliation with Phi Kappa Phi could also mean a special discount on GEICO auto insurance? Get a quote today by calling 1.800.368.2734 or go to geico.com/schoolspirit, and select Phi Kappa Phi (under the Educational Organizations group) when you start your quote.

The Princeton Review
Save $200 on classroom courses, small group instruction or tutoring for the MCAT, LSAT, GRE or GMAT when you enroll by March 11. Use promo code PKP200 when enrolling online or call 800.2REVIEW. Not sure where to start? Take a free practice test to find out. For more information, visit www.PrincetonReview.com/partner/PKP.

Worldwide Hotel Discount Program
Enter into a drawing for a one-night free hotel stay when you book between now and March 31 using Phi Kappa Phi’s Worldwide Hotel Discount Program. Choose from a worldwide inventory of hotels with exclusive discounted rates averaging 10-20% below best available rates. Book today!

Learn about other great benefits available to Phi Kappa Phi members by visiting the Member Benefits Center.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Call for Poems!

Phi Kappa Phi Forum seeks original, previously unpublished poetry from active Society members for its summer 2013 edition that will explore the theme of “Dreams.”

Potential topics for scholarly articles include the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech”; the American dream vis-à-vis Mexican Americans; the human brain while dreaming; wilderness pursuits; the Hollywood dream factory.

One original, previously unpublished poem will be selected to appear in the print version of the magazine as a complement to the scholarly articles and columns. The winning poet receives five free copies of the edition. The winner’s photo and a short biography also will appear with the poem. Runners-up may be chosen for online.

The poetry contest is open only to active Society members, published or unpublished. Previous winners must wait one year — three consecutive main editions — to enter again. This restriction does not apply to previous runners-up; they do not have to wait to submit again. Submissions — one per entrant per issue — should be up to 40 lines long and must reflect the theme of the edition: “Dreams.”

Send your poem as a Word attachment or as a cut-and-paste in the body of an email. Also include a short bio (three or four sentences), contact information (mailing address and work, home and cell phone numbers), and Phi Kappa Phi member number and chapter affiliation. Selected poets will be contacted for photos and other information.

Entry deadline is midnight, is midnight, March 6, only by email at poetry@phikappaphi.org. Poet, Berry College professor and Phi Kappa Phi member Sandra Meek serves as the poetry editor and judge in consultation with Society management.