Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wear Your Pin to Win! Contest Winner Selected

Congratulations to Lubrina Burton (right), a member of the Eastern Kentucky University chapter, for being randomly selected as the second winner in the Phi Kappa Phi Wear Your Pin to Win photo contest! As the winner, Burton will receive a $100 gift card.

"I am pictured here with my second grade teacher, Thelma Smith, where I grew up in Knox County, Kentucky. Ms. Smith taught me to work hard and stay focused on my goals and to never consider growing up in rural Appalachia to be a disadvantage," said Burton. "I joined the U.S. Army at 17 and after a medical discharge I enrolled in college. I wear my Phi Kappa Phi pin alongside my veteran pin to remind of the long journey I have made with the help of great mentors like Ms. Smith to get to where I am today."

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 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

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Member Benefits Highlights – January 2014

Start your new year right with these deals and opportunities exclusively available to Phi Kappa Phi members.

Make sure your irreplaceable computer files—like term papers, business documents, photos, music and more—are safe this year with Carbonite. With Carbonite, you can rest easy knowing your files are backed up securely and automatically to the cloud. In addition, you can access these important files from any computer, smartphone or tablet. Unlimited backup space is only $59.99 a year, and Phi Kappa Phi members can receive 10 percent off (with additional discounts for multiyear purchase). Visit and use promo code PKP2014 to get started today!

Looking to save money in 2014? Find out if our partner GEICO can help you with your New Year’s resolution. Qualifying Phi Kappa Phi members can get an exclusive discount of up to 8% when requesting a quote from GEICO. Visit for a free rate quote today. Existing GEICO customers may also be eligible for this discount. To enroll, call 1-800-368-2734. And remember, each time you request a quote, GEICO makes a contribution to the Society, helping to support Awards & Grants. Be sure to search for "The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi" in the list of partners when requesting a quote.

  • Save 20% on IdeaCentre K, Q and Horizon Table PC desktops as well as A and C series all-in-one desktops
  • Save 25% on IdeaPad U and Z series laptops
  • Save 20% on ThinkPad Tablet 2
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Redeem these and other great deals by visiting with eCoupon code USXJAN2014 by January 31.

Is being organized one of your New Year’s resolutions? If so, let Shoeboxed help you! Shoeboxed provides a fast, easy way to turn your important paper documents such as receipts, bills, business cards, and more into organized digital data. Your documents will be carefully sorted and scanned into a secure online account. All of the organized data, including an IRS-accepted image of each document, is then human-verified, categorized, and accessible anytime, anywhere. As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you are eligible to receive 20 percent off your first six months when you subscribe. Sign up using this link to receive the discount and begin eliminating your paper clutter today!

Enter into a drawing for a one-night free hotel stay when you book between now and March 31 using Phi Kappa Phi’s Worldwide Hotel Discount Program. Choose from a worldwide inventory of hotels with exclusive discounted rates averaging 10-20 percent below best available rates. Book today!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2014-15 Phi Kappa Phi Award Applications Available

Applications are now available for all Phi Kappa Phi awards and grants programs. The Society's extensive award programs grant $1 million each biennium to outstanding students, members and chapters. The awards provide everything from $15,000 Fellowships for graduate study to $500 Love of Learning awards for continuing education and professional development.

This year, the Society is introducing a new award known as the Distinguished Service Award. This award will honor an individual who has provided sustained, non-compensated volunteer service to others beyond the realm of academia. The award recipient will receive a $1,000 honorarium, an active-for-life membership and a recognition citation.

To learn more about each program or apply, please follow the below links. Applications must be received by the following deadlines:

Friday, January 10, 2014

Volunteer Spotlight – January 2014

John O'Quinn
National Board of Directors


John O'Quinn

Volunteer Position: Vice President at Large

Years of Service: 2012-present

Position: Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Degree(s)/Discipline: Practice law - JD, Harvard Law School (B.S./B.A. N.C. State University; M.Sc. Oxford University; M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

How did you become involved as a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer?
I originally became involved as a volunteer member of the Phi Kappa Phi Scholar & Artist Award Committee. It was a chance to give something back to the organization. I went on to chair that committee, and was subsequently appointed a Vice President at Large.

What has Phi Kappa Phi done that has made you proud?
Phi Kappa Phi's continued commitment to graduate and professional Fellowships is a real source of pride for me. Phi Kappa Phi is one of the few organizations the provides fellowship support for students entering professional schools. And a time when other organizations have had to curb their support, Phi Kappa Phi has stayed strong and expanded its programs.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you?

What do you enjoy most about being a board/committee member?
The opportunity to work with energized faculty from a variety of institutions who are excited about students and student achievement.

What advice would you give to a new board member?
The Board is a wonderful group of people to learn from and work with.

What are your hobbies?
I have 3 children who take up most of my free time with Cub Scouts, church, and soccer.

Where are you from?
I grew up in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, and went to N.C. State University, where I was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi in 1994. My family and I live in Mclean, Virgnia, and I practice law in Washington, D.C.  

See John's Bio.