Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Phi Kappa Phi Wins Three APEX Awards

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recently earned three national awards in the 25th Annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence.

Phi Kappa Phi Forum, the Society’s flagship publication, garnered two, marking the fifth straight year the quarterly has collected prizes. The summer 2012 edition, theme of “Home,” won for Magazines & Journals, Print over 32 Pages. The fall 2012 edition, theme of “Making the Grade,” won for Magazine & Journal Writing. Of 454 entries in various Magazines & Journals subcategories, 200 received honors.

“We applaud and thank our wide-ranging writers, whose authority in their field and facility at their craft make for compelling pieces,” said Phi Kappa Phi Forum Editor Peter Szatmary. “Our contributors continue to offer an enlightening, challenging and entertaining publication that spans the disciplines and reflects the diverse readership.”

The Society’s Marketing Department also received an APEX award for the “Make the Most of Your Membership” brochure in the Member & Customer Materials category. Of 149 entries in a number of Brochures, Manuals & Reports subcategories, 57 received honors. In 2010, the Phi Kappa Phi Marketing team received an APEX Award for its marketing campaign entitled “Great Minds Think Alike.”

“We strive to produce compelling educational materials that have true informational value to our membership,” said Phi Kappa Phi Chief Marketing Officer Traci Navarre. “We are honored to receive this recognition by experts in the communications field. Moving forward, we will continue our focus on providing materials and publications that both inform and engage Phi Kappa Phi’s members.”

The APEX competition annually recognizes outstanding publications from newsletters and magazines to annual reports, brochures and websites. The 2013 awards totaled some 2,400 entries in 12 major categories, with less than 1,100 applicants receiving recognition.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Member Benefits Highlights – August 2013

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 currently offered by Phi Kappa Phi’s member benefit partners.

Make sure you keep your course files and study guides safe this semester 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 click the “Get Started” button and fill out the Free Trial form. Input offer code PKP and select “Download My Free Trial Now.” Should you decide to purchase a subscription, your two bonus months will be applied at checkout.

Whether you are a parent or student, heading back to school involves a lot of preparation and a hectic schedule. But for identity thieves, the busy back-to-school season provides a wealth of personal information that can easily be accessed. Make sure you remain watchful during this time and take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and family from becoming a victim of identity theft.

As a member, you are eligible to receive a 20% discount on a LifeLock membership. Click here to enroll using the Phi Kappa Phi discount. And be sure to check out this Lenovo article, “The School Smart Six," which aims to help parents and students steer clear of identity theft during the back-to-school season.

Looking for a new computer to help keep up with coursework and studying? Save up to 25% on select Lenovo laptops, PCS, tablets and more when you use eCoupon code USXAUG2013 (ends August 31). Redeem this and other great deals when you visit the Lenovo Phi Kappa Phi Store.

Just in time as you head back to school, all T-Mobile devices (including the iPhone 5 16GB) are available for well-qualified customers with $0 down payments when you activate or upgrade with EIP (equipment installment plan). In addition to the many benefits of T-Mobile, Phi Kappa Phi members also receive 13% off each monthly bill. To start saving today, call 1.866.464.8662 (option 1). Be sure to mention the promotional code 9781TMOFAV.

The Princeton Review
Even though it’s only August, it’s never too early to start your test preparation! Phi Kappa Phi members can receive $150 off classroom courses, online courses and tutoring through The Princeton Review with promo code PKP150. In addition, take advantage of 20% off The Princeton Review’s Financial Add Seminars when you use code FINAID20. Visit to start prepping today.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Volunteer Spotlight – August 2013

Michael A. Shearer
The Ohio State University


Michael A. Shearer

Chapter Position: Chapter President

Years of Service to the Chapter: 12

University Position: Office of the University Registrar Degree Audit Program Coordinator

Degree(s)/Discipline: B.S., Business Administration 1987; M.A., Education 1994, both from The Ohio State University

How did you become involved as a chapter officer?
In November 2000, I joined the Registrar's Office and in January 2001, I attended a campus wide meeting. At the meeting's conclusion, I heard two people in front of me talk about the next Phi Kappa Phi meeting. I said to them, "I was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi from Ohio State." It turned out to be the Executive Board President and Secretary who asked if I would like to come to the next Executive Board meeting. I've been on the Executive Board since I attended that "next" meeting.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud?
I'm proud to have helped move our initiation ceremony from spring to autumn allowing us to create and establish our student group. They are now an integral part of our chapter success.  We are regularly sending Executive Board members to Partnering for Success meetings providing faculty and staff with leadership opportunities. We have redesigned our chapter website, created an OSU PKP email address and developed a calendar of activities for our chapter members to participate, beyond the annual initiation ceremony. In the four years since Chapter Recognition was established, OSU has earned Chapter of Merit once and Chapter of Excellence three times.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you?
Phi Kappa Phi means being part of an organization dedicated to excellence. Our organization uses its resources to benefit students, faculty and staff.  Because Phi Kappa Phi inducts members from all disciplines, our organization facilitates networking, communication and idea sharing in almost all educational and career topics. Phi Kappa Phi is a valuable resource, similar to a library. The knowledge is there and always available, but it does require you to go in and be active to get receive the benefits.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer?
Building relationships with the talented people on our chapter Executive Board, at national headquarters, with our scholarship candidates, our student group participants and our inductees. Our honor society is dedicated to providing scholarship money and leadership experiences, and I am proud to be associated with Phi Kappa Phi on the Ohio State campus. I enjoy working with members who give their valuable time to benefit our community and "pay forward" on the successes we all have achieved. I also enjoy participating in our chapter activities such as the walk for Autism Speaks and our annual football tailgate.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer?
Attend a Biennial National Convention or Partnering for Success meeting and take the time to introduce yourself to other members and national officers. If you have the time, volunteer on a committee. These experiences will help you identify the value and potential of Phi Kappa Phi and provide wonderfully helpful contacts. Don't be afraid to try new things. Some ideas will work out well; others not so well, but new experiences are part of the education process. We are such a diverse organization you need to find what works for your campus culture.

What are your hobbies?
I am very active in Scouting as member of my oldest son's Boy Scout Troop 268, my daughter's Girl Scout Troop 2654 and my youngest son's Cub Scout Troop 509. I'm an avid soccer fan (Go Crew) and recreation participant. I hope to be back playing goalie on my recreation team after recovering from an injury. I'm also involved in the sport of fencing and I enjoy reading, especially about the U.S. Civil War.

Where are you from?
Ohio. I was born in Dayton, Ohio, and my family moved to Toledo, Ohio, where I graduated from Whitmer High School. I attended Ohio State, graduated and stayed in Columbus.  Here, I met my wonderful wife Theresa and we have three fantastic children, all of whom are attending school in Columbus.

See Michael's CV. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

2013 Spring Graduation Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to David Meyer (right) from California State University, Sacramento, for being named the first place winner in the Phi Kappa Phi Spring 2013 Graduation Photo Contest! As first place winner, Meyer will receive a $100 cash prize.

Second place and $50 was awarded to Stephanie Marchant of Oregon State University.

Third place and $25 went to Terry Pickering from Eastern Oregon University.

Watch for the winning entries, along with other submissions, to appear in various Society marketing and promotional materials. And don't forget to stay tuned for information about the Fall 2013 Graduation Photo Contest!

To see all entries, click here.

Stephanie Marchant, 2nd Place                                               Terry Pickering, 3rd Place