Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Eight Phi Kappa Phi Members Named to The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Eight members of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—have been named to the inaugural class of The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

The 2013 class of the Academy, which was created to recognize outstanding educators who have demonstrated leadership in education, is composed of 12 members from the nine University of Texas System academic institutions.

Phi Kappa Phi members inducted into the Academy include:
  • Dr. Mary Lynn Crow, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Dr. John A. Daly, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. Patrick J. Davis, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. Sheila Amin GutiĆ©rrez de PiƱeres, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Dr. Robert A. Prentice, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. David Silva, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Dr. Michael Starbird, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. James W. Vick, The University of Texas at Austin

Membership in the Academy is through a highly rigorous nomination process and limited only to tenured faculty who have receive the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. The inaugural class received this highly prestigious honor for their extraordinary contributions in the classroom and to the educational mission of the UT System. The members will serve as the System-level advocacy group dedicated to enhancing teaching, fostering innovation in the classroom and promoting interdisciplinary perspectives on education.

An induction ceremony honoring the inductees was held April 23.

Monday, April 22, 2013

It’s National Volunteer Week!

This week is National Volunteer Week—a week about inspiring and recognizing volunteers who work together to accomplish a multitude of goals.

During this week, we would like to celebrate the efforts of the outstanding Phi Kappa Phi volunteer base of board members, committee members and chapter officers that serve on more than 300 campuses throughout North America and the Philippines. Because of the incredible commitment and support of these volunteers, the Society is able to continuously recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education.

We commend the tireless efforts of these volunteers and all that they do for their chapters, members, campuses and surrounding communities.

Do you know of a Phi Kappa Phi chapter officer or member who has gone above and beyond their duties? If so, we’d like to know! Send us your inspiring stories or post below about a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer who has made a profound impact in your life.

Again, thanks to the many volunteers who serve our Society of Great Minds! You exemplify Phi Kappa Phi's mission "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others," and we are grateful for your service.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Apply Today: Student Vice President Leadership Summit

Calling all Student Vice Presidents! You are invited to join us for the inaugural Phi Kappa Phi Student Vice President Leadership Summit July 26-28 in Baton Rouge, La.

The Student Vice President Leadership Summit will bring Student Vice Presidents together over the course of a weekend to engage in personal and organizational development. Participants will learn about strategies for operating and maintaining active chapters of Phi Kappa Phi. In addition, Student Vice Presidents will have the opportunity to participate in a one-day training program, LeaderShape’s Catalyst™, which is based on philosophies about leading, inner work, and connecting with others. Catalyst™ will help individuals explore their strengths and interpersonal style, while increasing their capacity to lead. Participants will leave the Summit with valuable skills for personal growth and enhanced chapter leadership.

Who can apply?
To be eligible to apply, you must be:
  • A current Student Vice President
  • An active (dues current) member of the Society
  • Returning as a full-time student for the Fall 2013 semester
  • Nominated by your local chapter

How do I apply?

Download and complete the application. Applications for this outstanding leadership opportunity will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until May 15, 2013. Space is limited, so please apply early.

Call 1.800.804.9880, ext. 12.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Member Benefits Highlights – April 2013

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

Graduation Recognition Sale
Save on your graduation gear with this special sale! When you buy all three items (the Phi Kappa Phi medallion, cord and honor stole), you will receive free shipping. You can order online or call 800.804.9880, ext. 10, to place your order today. Protocol for wearing graduation recognition items varies from school to school. Please check with your college or university before ordering.

Protect your precious data and important files with leading online backup provider Carbonite. As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you are entitled to a FREE 15 day trial and 2 FREE bonus months when you purchase a one-year Home subscription of Carbonite. To redeem, visit and start a free trial. Should you decide to purchase, input promo code PKP at checkout and receive two bonus months for free!

Save on Lenovo laptops, PCs, tablets and much more with these spring specials! Exclusive offers include:

Save 15% on ThinkPad T430, W530, X230 laptops
Save 20% on A-series Tablets, K, Q, and H Series & C Series All-in-one desktop PCs
Save 25% on S2110 Tablets, U & Z Series laptops

Redeem these and other great deals by visiting and entering eCoupon USXAPR2013. Deals valid until April 30.

The Princeton Review

Save $225 on a GMAT, MCAT, or GRE Ultimate Classroom Course if you enroll by May 2. To redeem your offer, use code MCAT225 or GRAD225 when enrolling online or by calling 800.2Review. Visit for the year-round offer of $150 or 15% off classroom courses, online courses, and tutoring.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Apply Today: The Mark Twain Awards for Travel

Brought to you by Phi Kappa Phi corporate partner Letterbanc, The Mark Twain Awards for Travel support students who wish to enrich their education through exposure to people and places they otherwise would not encounter. Once awarded, the funds are unrestricted and can be used toward any local or international travel of any duration. Awards range from $500 to $2,500. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submissions are strongly encouraged.

To Apply
1. Create a new account with your username and password at
2. Visit to submit a brief 250 word statement and additional required information.


  • Any currently enrolled freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in any major
  • A graduate student in a masters, doctoral, or professional degree program
  • A recent college graduate who completed coursework less than 2 years ago
  • All applicants will be considered equally on the merits of their proposed travel regardless of affiliation or memberships.


Email for additional information and questions.

The Mark Twain Awards for Travel are funded by Letterbanc, the leading application platform for academic awards, admissions, and employment, and promoted by Phi Kappa Phi and Mortar Board, a national honor society recognizing college seniors.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Volunteer Spotlight – April 2013

Dr. Joan Faust
Southeastern Louisiana University


Dr. Joan Faust

Chapter Position: Chapter Secretary

Years of Service to the Chapter: 17

University Position: Professor of English and Undergraduate Coordinator of the English Dept.

Degree(s)/Discipline: B.A. French Education, M.A. English, Ph.D. English

How did you become involved as a chapter officer?
My department head at the time, realizing I had been a member of Phi Kappa Phi since my undergraduate years, invited me to a meeting, then asked me to consider taking the Campus Secretary position, which we had in addition to Chapter Secretary. I did, and moved up as an officer after that.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud?
I think my inauguration of the annual Phi Kappa Phi Homecoming Intramural Quiz Bowl Tournament, begun with a Promotion of Excellence Grant in 2002, was a big accomplishment for the chapter. Our founding of an endowed scholarship in honor of a long-time officer of our chapter, Ms. Lou Ballard, is also high on the list.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you?
I became an educator to inspire students to strive for excellence in all areas. Participation in Phi Kappa Phi only furthers that aim.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer?
It is a privilege and pleasure to work with some of the most outstanding people on our campus, and it is fulfilling to recognize students who aim for excellence and reach it.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer?
Amidst the tangle of records, duties, and events, an officer must keep focused on the many benefits those efforts make for our students and faculty/staff/alumni.

What are your hobbies?
If I ever have time for anything, my husband and I enjoy hiking and travel in general.

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Houma, Louisiana.

See Joan's CV. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Study Abroad and Literacy Grants Deadline Extended

The online submission deadline for the Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants and Literacy Grants has been extended to Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Central time. Please note that this extension applies only to the online submission of applications. Application materials for the Study Abroad Grants must still be postmarked no later than today, April 1, 2013. Applications not adhering to the submission or postmark deadlines will not be considered.

To apply for a Study Abroad Grant,
click here. For additional information, check out the Study Abroad Grant FAQs.

To apply for a Literacy Grant,
click here. For additional information, check out the Literacy Grant FAQs.

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.