Friday, July 19, 2013

Two Phi Kappa Phi Members Receive Mark Twain Awards for Travel

Two Phi Kappa Phi members, Sabrina Bradford and Rory Weier, recently were selected as the 2013 winners of The Mark Twain Awards for Travel, which support students who wish to enrich their education through exposure to people and places they otherwise would not encounter.

Bradford, a recent graduate of The University of Mississippi, will use the award to travel to Peru for an internship. "Mark Twain was quoted to have said, 'I have never let schooling interfere with my education.' The value in this award is that it honors these sentiments, allowing us to further our education for the sake of curiosity and learning and reducing financial barriers,” said Bradford.

Weier, a Ph.D. student studying public health at The Ohio State University, will use the award to attend a conference. "The Mark Twain Award for Travel will give me the opportunity to meet innovators in the fields of Geography and Public Health…and enhance my understanding of the intersection between place and health,” said Weier.

The Mark Twain Awards for Travel are funded by Letterbanc, the leading application platform for academic awards, admissions, and employment, and co-sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Wear Your Pin to Win!

Whether it’s at work, in the airport, or on campus, we want to know why you wear your Phi Kappa Phi pin! Share a photo of yourself wearing your Society pin in public for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card and be featured in Society materials. To enter, post your picture to the Phi Kappa Phi Facebook page or tweet @PhiKappaPhi. Be sure to include why you wear your pin when you submit your photo. The contest will run throughout the year with winners selected randomly at the end of September, December, March and June. (Must be an active Society member to enter.)

Questions? Email hbreaux@phikappaphi.org.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Volunteer Spotlight – July 2013

Dr. Clay Motley
Western Kentucky University


Q&A

Name:
Clay Motley

Chapter Position: Chapter President

Years of Service to the Chapter: 3

University Position: Associate Director, The Honors College at WKU

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D., English, University of South Carolina

How did you become involved as a chapter officer?
Our chapter at WKU had not initiated any students in several years and faculty involvement was fairly low. I wanted WKU's excellent students to have the opportunity to be recognized for their achievements and to benefit from membership in Phi Kappa Phi. 

What has your chapter done that has made you proud?
Every year our initiation ceremony has become more poignant and meaningful to the students, parents, and faculty in attendance. The initiation ceremony is the first formal experience the students have as members of Phi Kappa Phi, so I think it is very important to set the appropriate tone. We are getting better at doing that.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you?
As I say during our initiation ceremony, Phi Kappa Phi is for curious, passionate people who believe learning is a life-long endeavor. I am proud to be a part of that venture and to encourage our students to as well.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer?
The 2012 Convention was a highlight for me. It was great to network with faculty, staff, and students from across the country. I got some great ideas for our own chapter, but more importantly the Convention helped me see Phi Kappa Phi as an international organization. It gave me the "big picture" beyond our chapter boundaries.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer?
Your chapter will only grow and thrive if you continue to innovate. You can't rest on what you've done before, but instead you need to continuously look to improve and think of new ideas on how to accomplish your chapter's goals.

What are your hobbies?
Cooking, running, and enjoying music.

Where are you from?
Richmond, Ky.

Read Clay's Bio.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Member Benefits Highlights – July 2013

It’s summertime—the time of year when many people pack their bags and head out on a fun getaway! If you are in the midst of planning a summer trip or just need a reason to be spontaneous, check out some of the great travel specials currently offered by Phi Kappa Phi’s member benefit partners.

Avis
Enjoy these exclusive rental savings when you rent a car from Avis.
  • Free Upgrade – Coupon #UUCA005
  • Free Weekend Day – Coupon #TUCA0503
  • $15 Off a Weekly Rental – Coupon #MUCA038
  • $10 Off a 2-Day Weekend Rental – Coupon #MUCA035
  • $15 Off a 3-Day Weekend Rental – Coupon #MUCA036
  • $20 Off a 4-Day Weekend Rental – Coupon #MUCA037
To make your reservation, click here or call 1.800.331.1212.

Budget
Enjoy these exclusive rental savings when you rent a car from Budget.
To make your reservation, click here or call 1.800.527.0700.

Enterprise
Receive 5 percent off of the retail best rate at airport and neighborhood locations when you book a rental car using Enterprise. To make your reservation, call 1.800.RENT.A.CAR and mention the Phi Kappa Phi ID number XZ14050 or visit www.enterprise.com, select the Corporate Class icon and enter the XZ14050 code. When prompted, enter “PHI” as the pin.

Exclusive Worldwide Car Rental Discount Program
Access a worldwide inventory of rental cars at exclusive discounted rates when you use Phi Kappa Phi’s Worldwide Car Rental Discount Program. Through the program, members can take advantage of savings that may exceed 35 percent from more than 550 rental car suppliers at nearly 30,000 worldwide locations. To begin, click here.

Exclusive Worldwide Hotel Discount Program

Access a worldwide inventory of hotels available at exclusive discounted rates when you book through Phi Kappa Phi’s Worldwide Hotel Discount Program. Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, individually or in a group, domestically or abroad, you can take advantage of discounted rates averaging 10-20 percent below best available rates. In addition, when you book a room using the Worldwide Hotel Discount Program before Sept. 30, you will be entered to win a one-night free hotel stay! Book online or by calling 1.800.892.2136 using the code “PKP.” 

MCAT Survey for Phi Kappa Phi Members

Have you taken the MCAT in the past three years AND a test preparation course? If so, please consider completing this survey for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. The survey is mostly multiple choice and some short answer and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

To begin the survey, click here.

(Winners of the Amazon gift card will be selected at random.)