Monday, September 23, 2013

Literacy Spotlight: Open Door Preschool Project

Since 2008, the Open Door Preschool Project—supported in part by a Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant—has provided a positive culture of learning and literacy to students at Open Door Preschool, which serves children from low-income, non-English-speaking families in East Dallas.

As part of the service-learning project, students from The University of Texas at Arlington read aloud weekly to students attending Open Door Preschool. The university students participate in the project as part of a children’s literature course that is required as preparation to become elementary teachers.

The project culminates with a family literacy event where each child receives a tote bag that contains the books that were read aloud, making it possible for the children to have six books by the end of the school year. The teachers at Open Door also receive a set of the books at the end of the project to continue reading aloud to the students.

Read more about the Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grants program and see what literacy initiatives are being championed by this year’s grant winners.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Member Benefits Highlights – September 2013

Fall into savings with these special offers exclusively available to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout September.

Becker Professional Education
As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you are eligible for a $300 discount when you register for all four parts of Becker Professional Education's CPA Review Course at the same time. To redeem the discount, provide 2005BCPARCPKP as the code when enrolling online.


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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Celebrate International Literacy Day

Did you know that more than 795 million people in the world today cannot read or write? That’s one out of every five adults including roughly 123 million children. As a way to promote awareness around the issue of illiteracy, the United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) created International Literacy Day in 1965. Since then, the day has been celebrated internationally on September 8 each year.

Many organizations, including Phi Kappa Phi, extend the celebration beyond September 8 and devote the entire month to literacy awareness.

In honor of International Literacy Day (this Sunday!), here are some ways you can celebrate literacy on your campus and in your community.
  1. Educate yourself. Watch an interactive video about global illiteracy and check out the 2013 UNESCO International Literacy Day infographic.
  2. Spread the word. Even if it’s just a Facebook post or tweet, spread the word about the issue of illiteracy and encourage your friends to do the same on International Literacy Day.
  3. Host an event. Consider gathering a group of members from your chapter to read books at a local school in your community. Or, donate those old books on your bookshelf to your local library.
  4. Celebrate year-round. Even though International Literacy Day is one day a year, make it a priority to do something—big or small—to encourage literacy in your community throughout the year.
Tell us how you plan to celebrate International Literacy Day with photos and posts on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #PKPIntlLiteracyDay.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Volunteer Spotlight – September 2013

Dr. Pamela J. Stewart
Arizona State University


Pamela J. Stewart

Chapter Position: Chapter President

Years of Service to the Chapter: 8

University Position: Lecturer, School of Letters and Sciences

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D., History

How did you become involved as a chapter officer?
One of the rocks of our chapter, Dr. Diane Facinelli, asked if I was interested in serving as Vice President.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud?
I am especially proud of our ability to recognize outstanding students at the largest public university in the country. So many work hard in so many degrees, including online degrees, yet receive little notice; some are veterans or returning students who aren't living "typical" college lives. The emails I get responding to their invitations are inspiringand motivating. Seeing so many at initiation with their children, modeling for them a future of great possibilities makes it all worthwhile.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you?
I am particularly drawn to the fact that PKP welcomes excellent students from all degree programs and majors. I strongly believe that we all have something to offer and that excellence can not only be found in all areas, but that we need a widely-diverse group of excellent people working to solve problems. PKP represents this possibility.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer?
Hearing from students, especially when they receive their invitation to membership.  But also, as I've worked to make PKP more visible on all four ASU campuses (and online), the emails I have received by staff who work closely with students who are veterans, online students, or whose degree programs don't have honor societies remind me of what a great opportunity Phi Kappa Phi provides.  They are thrilled to know of the opportunities PKP offers those who are excellent, but often left out of traditional honors opportunities.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer?
First, I would hope they have a mentor who has "done everything" in the chapter to help answer their questions and guide them. Whether or not they do, I would encourage them to contact PKP National Headquarters whenever they need to.  They are there to help and can often clarify and guide across the board. Most importantly, prioritize.  We are all doing more with less (time, money, people) but the over-arching goal is to acknowledge outstanding students through our invitations and initiations and help them take advantage of Chapter and National fellowships and opportunities.  If a chapter does more, great.  But begin there.

What are your hobbies?
I was a "non-traditional" student, not starting college until my 30s; therefore, much of what I do is linked to my passionwhich is also my "job": teaching and researching history. I focus especially on women and am currently researching women in sports and women-headed households in Arizona, 1870-1940. But I am also an ardent WNBA fan, Phoenix Mercury in particular! I am a docent at Phoenix Art Museum and regularly give museum tours and present to the community on topics such as, "Modern Art and the Women Who Made It."

Where are you from?
Originally I am from southern California, via north Texas, to Arizonaso the Southwest has always been my home.

See Pamela's Bio.