Thursday, October 24, 2013

Get the Recognition You Deserve

In January, Phi Kappa Phi implemented a new program known as Merit by readMedia. The program uses an online platform that allows us to create and publish personalized stories about members’ achievements such as being initiated into the Society, receiving a Phi Kappa Phi award, becoming a chapter officer and more.

Once granted an achievement, members can customize their online Merit profile with a photo, activities, work experience, awards, and affiliations. Merit also makes it easy to share these achievements with family and friends on social media.

Since implementation of the program, Phi Kappa Phi has had an overwhelmingly positive response by members who have already received badges for their achievements.

Now, it’s your turn!

If you haven’t received a Phi Kappa Phi initiate badge yet (those initiated prior to March 2013), we want to help you get started. To request a badge and begin creating your Merit profile, email with your name and member ID number.

Still want more information about Merit? Click here to learn more about the program including FAQs, and check out the Phi Kappa Phi Merit page to see the latest member achievements.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to receive the recognition you deserve!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Supports Membership in Phi Kappa Phi

Are you a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity? If so, you may be able to have your Society initiation fees covered.

Through the generosity of the late R. Craig Hoenshell, the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation is able to provide a scholarship to all members of Pi Kappa Alpha who are inducted into the following honor societies:

  • Phi Kappa Phi - $50
  • Phi Beta Kappa - $100
  • Omicron Delta Kappa - $50
  • Order of Omega - $50
  • Tau Beta Pi - $50

Scholarships are provided to members upon proof of induction. A receipt for initiation fees, a copy of your initiation certificate, or a letter from a faculty member is considered sufficient documentation. You must apply for this scholarship within a year of being inducted.

Send all scholarship materials to:
The Pi Kappa Alpha Educational Foundation
c/o Judy Bruno
8347 West Range Cove
Memphis, TN 38125

For more information on receiving this scholarship, call Judy Bruno at 901.748.1948 ext. 102.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Wear Your Pin to Win! Contest Winner Selected

Congratulations to Robert Jay Johnston (right), a member of the Eastern New Mexico University chapter, for being randomly selected as the first winner in the Phi Kappa Phi Wear Your Pin to Win photo contest! As the winner, Johnston will receive a $100 gift card.

"I wear my Phi Kappa Phi Pin for official law school head shots because I want to show my love of learning and my commitment to excellence," said Johnston, who currently is a student at the University of New Mexico School of Law. "I am proud to be a member of the oldest, most selective academic honor society in the nation."

Didn't win this time? Don't worry! The Wear Your Pin to Win contest is still running and winners will be selected randomly at the end of December, March and June.

To enter, post a photo of yourself wearing your Society pin in public to the Phi Kappa Phi Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram (@PhiKappaPhi). Be sure to include why you wear your Society pin along with #WearYourPinToWin! Must be an active Society member to enter.

To see all entries to date, click here.

Questions? Email

Monday, October 14, 2013

Two Phi Kappa Phi Members Awarded Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences

Phi Kappa Phi is proud to recognize members Lars Peter Hansen and Robert J. Shiller as recipients of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Hansen and Shiller share the award with Eugene F. Fama of the University of Chicago. The three were jointly honored “for their empirical analysis of asset prices,” according to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the body that selects the winner.

“There is no way to predict the price of stocks and bonds over the next few days or weeks," said the official press release announcing the winners. “But it is quite possible to foresee the broad course of these prices over longer periods, such as the next three to five years. These findings, which might seem both surprising and contradictory, were made and analyzed by this year’s Laureates, Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller.”

The award—formally known as the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel—was instituted in 1968 and first awarded in 1969.

Lars Peter Hansen, the David Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor in Economics & Statistics at the University of Chicago, was initiated into the Society at Utah State University in 1974. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1978. Hansen, who developed a statistical measure to test theories of asset pricing, serves as research director of the Gary Becker Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. See Hansen’s biography.


Robert J. Shiller, Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University, was initiated into the Society at the University of Michigan in 1967. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. Shiller, who correctly warned against bubbles in technology stocks and housing, is the co-creator of Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, a leading measure of U.S. residential real estate prices. See Shiller’s biography.

Read more about the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences at

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Member Benefits Highlights – October 2013

Don’t miss out on these exclusive offers—including two new partners—currently available to Phi Kappa Phi members.

Brooks Brothers (New Benefit!)
Phi Kappa Phi members can now save 15 percent on regularly priced merchandise at all Brooks Brothers U.S. and Canadian stores, by phone and online. Brooks Brothers, the oldest clothing retailer in the U.S., offers classic clothing for men, women and children.

To begin receiving the discount, members must sign up for a complimentary Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card by visiting (do not type http:// or www. in front of the address) or calling 1.866.515.4747. You will need the Organization ID#: 11755 and Pin Code: 61431 when enrolling online or by phone.

When shopping in store, simply present your membership card at time of purchase to receive the discount. For online purchases, members must first register online by following these instructions:
  1. Visit
  2. At the top of the page, click “Register.”
  3. Create a new profile.
  4. At the bottom of the form, click “I have a Corporate Membership Number.”
  5. Enter the 12-digit membership number that you received upon enrolling for your membership card.
  6. Click “Create.” You are now ready to shop.
NOTE: When shopping online, your billing and shipping address must match the address you provided when enrolling for your membership card to receive the discount.

*Discount excludes sale merchandise, gift cards, monogramming, engraving, alterations and personalization.

JoS. A. Bank (New Benefit!)

Phi Kappa Phi members can now receive 20 percent savings in store and online from tailored and casual menswear retailer JoS. A. Bank.

To begin receiving the discount, sign up for a free Corporate Card by visiting your nearest JoS. A. Bank store. Once at the store, mention your membership in Phi Kappa Phi and corporate ID# 525720. To find the store nearest you visit and click on the Store Locator tab.

You can also register by calling 800.285.2265 or emailing a request, along with the address you would like the card sent, to Remember, you must mention Phi Kappa Phi and corporate ID# 525720 when requesting your card.

Questions? Call Lucy Ambs at 800-827-3921 or email

*Discount excludes sale merchandise, gift cards, alterations, monogramming, embroidery, and rental services.

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Redeem these and other great deals by visiting with eCoupon code USXOCT2013 by October 31.

Worldwide Hotel Discounts

Congratulations to member Christopher Fuller of Little Rock, Ark., for being chosen as the Summer Hotel Giveaway winner! “I really enjoy using the benefits that come with the Phi Kappa Phi membership e.g. the discounted hotel price gave me extra money on my business trip in Downtown Houston,” said Fuller. “Thank you Phi Kappa Phi for the award.”

To take advantage of the Worldwide Hotel Discount rates, averaging 10-20 percent below best available rates, book online or by phone at 1.800.892.2136 using the code “PKP.”

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Volunteer Spotlight – October 2013

Kathy E. K. Charleston
Longwood University


Kathy E. K. Charleston

Chapter Position: Chapter President

Years of Service to the Chapter: 9

University Position: Assistant Dean of the College of Graduate & Professional Studies

Degree(s)/Discipline: M.S., Education - Secondary Social Studies, Longwood University

How did you become involved as a chapter officer?
Dr. Nancy Blattner, President of Caldwell College in New Jersey, was Regent of Phi Kappa Phi at the time of my initiation, spring 2004. She shared many highlights of her time with Phi Kappa Phi and encouraged me to attend the Phi Kappa Phi Convention that August in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as Longwood's delegate. I've been hooked ever since!

What has your chapter done that has made you proud?
Each year at our initiation ceremony, Longwood recognizes the top 1% of the freshman class and top 2% of the sophomore class. These students are invited to the ceremony and presented with a Phi Kappa Phi certificate of recognition. The impact means they know who we are long before they are juniors or seniors giving them a goal for which to strive.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you?
Recognizing superior academic achievement is a pinnacle in all of higher education and to personally be a part of that recognition is an honor I am humbled to achieve. "University" in the original Latin means "a place that works together" and  Phi Kappa Phi exemplifies that on every level.  The richness brought to my life from this 'university of honor' is immeasurable on the chapter and national level.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer?
Being able to serve students in such a positive way is gratifying and exciting. Too often as an administrator, I am the enforcer of the rules.  However, the rules enforced for Phi Kappa Phi are pleasurable ones that generate pride and joy in the recipients.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer?
Take advantage of every opportunity to interact and participate in all the available Phi Kappa Phi activities. The connections you will make all across the country will bless you on every level.

What are your hobbies?
I'm a history aficionado - my husband and I visit historic sites and museums, live in a 250+ year old house, enjoy reenactments, and are thankful we live in Virginia where history lives on almost every corner.

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia, and have lived in Virginia my entire life.  My husband and I moved to Cumberland County just outside of Farmville, Virginia, over thirty years ago.

See Kathy's Bio.