Tuesday, February 25, 2014

2013 Fall Graduation Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to Tolulope Morawo from Auburn University, for being named the first place winner in the Phi Kappa Phi Fall 2013 Graduation Photo Contest! As first place winner, Morawo will receive a $100 cash prize.

Second place and $50 was awarded to Sona Aryal of Cameron University.

Third place and $25 went to Abby Hamann of Auburn 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 Spring 2014 Graduation Photo Contest!

To see all entries, click here.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Interim President-Elect Appointed

The Phi Kappa Phi Board of Directors has appointed an interim president-elect to fill the vacancy left by the untimely death of Ray Sylvester. Sylvester died on Feb. 5 after a brief illness. Robert Rogow, professor of accounting and dean of the College of Business and Technology at Eastern Kentucky University, will serve as interim president-elect through Aug. 2014.

"The loss of Ray Sylvester will be felt deeply by Phi Kappa Phi and all who knew him,” said Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “Ray had a deep love for the Society and was so looking forward to serving as president in the next biennium. In asking Dr. Rogow to fill the unexpired term until our August convention, the Board has affirmed its confidence in the leadership Bob showed previously as both a member and chair of the board."

Rogow previously served three-year terms as president-elect (2004-07) and president (2007-10 )and a two-year term as past president (2010-12). Before his eight consecutive years on the board, he was president of the Auburn University chapter (1983-84), chair of the Society’s investment committee (1995-98), chair of Phi Kappa Phi’s bylaws and business practices committee (1999-2001), and a member of the organization’s budget committee (2001-04).

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Member Testimonials: Phi Kappa Phi Merit Program

Since its implementation last year, the Merit program has been successful in celebrating member achievements such as being initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, receiving a scholarship or award, becoming a chapter officer and more. Just take it from a few members who have taken advantage of the powerful tool:

"Merit is a great way of letting other Phi Kappa Phi members—and potential employers—know what makes you stand out! I'm glad I get to share my activities and interests with other members so easily." Allison Epstein, University of Michigan

"I love the Merit Page because it allows members to document their achievements while simultaneously serving as a beneficial networking tool both inside and outside of the Phi Kappa Phi organization. I think it's fantastic that we can connect with our fellow members, and share our accomplishments through a wide range of social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. The Phi Kappa Phi Merit Page is a magnificent addition to today's professional social media spectrum."Brittany L. Reid, University of West Georgia

“I was surprised and pleased when Phi Kappa Phi introduced me to Merit. I am very involved at Wright State University, and Merit allows others to see my achievements and what I take pride in."Alyssa Andel, Wright State University

If you haven’t claimed your Merit profile yet, do so today! To learn more about the program including how to request a profile, click here. Visit the Phi Kappa Phi Merit page to see the latest member achievements.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Member Benefits Highlights – February 2014

Don’t miss out on these great deals and opportunities exclusively available to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout February

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.

Save 15 percent on regularly priced merchandise at all Brooks Brothers U.S. and Canadian stores, by phone and online. To receive the discount, you must sign up for a complimentary Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card by visiting Membership.BrooksBrothers.com or calling 1.866.515.4747 with the organization ID#: 11755 and pin code: 61431. When shopping in store, simply present your membership card at time of purchase to receive the discount.

For online purchases, members must register online:
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  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.

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Phi Kappa Phi members are eligible to receive 20 percent savings from JoS. A. Bank when shopping online or in store. To receive 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 www.josbank.com 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 corporatecard@jos-a-bank.com. Remember, you must mention Phi Kappa Phi and corporate ID# 525720 when requesting your card.

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!

Vote Now! Fall 2013 Graduation Photo Contest

Thanks to all who submitted photos to the fall 2013 graduation photo contest! We received more than 70 submissions of Phi Kappa Phi members proudly wearing Society recognition apparel on their big day.

After much deliberation, Phi Kappa Phi staff members narrowed the field to 10 outstanding entries. Now we need your help to pick the winners! Voting closes Friday, Feb. 21, at 11:59 p.m. Central time. The winning entries will receive cash prizes and appear in various Society marketing and promotional materials.

Click here to vote now! (One vote per computer.)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Phi Kappa Phi Announces the Death of President-Elect Ray Sylvester

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is deeply saddened to announce the death of President-Elect Ray Sylvester on Feb. 5 of complications from pneumonia. Dr. Sylvester, associate dean and professor of marketing at the University of the Pacific’s Eberhardt School of Business, had served on Phi Kappa Phi’s board of directors since 2007.

“The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi suffered a great loss with the passing of President-elect Ray Sylvester,” said Society President Diane Smathers. Ray was a gentleman and a scholar. He will be remembered within Phi Kappa Phi for his commitment to students, his keen insight, and his quiet but very effective leadership style. He was truly dedicated to the Society and his death leaves a large void. I will miss his smile, his easy going manner, and his love of rock ‘n roll. Ray was my colleague and my friend.”

Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi in 2000, Sylvester’s service for Phi Kappa Phi included terms as vice president of the western region (2007-10) and vice president for marketing and member benefits (2010-12) before his election to the post of president-elect for the 2012-14 biennium. He also served as president and treasurer of the chapter at University of the Pacific.

Earning a B.A. in economics from Gettysburg College in 1962 and an MBA and Ph.D. in marketing from University of Michigan in 1963 and 1972 respectively, Sylvester specialized in marketing research, marketing management and consumer behavior and published regularly in his fields. He received the Podesto Award for Excellence in Student Life in 2005 from Pacific, at which he worked since 1972. Sylvester volunteered his expertise as an unpaid consultant for numerous diverse organizations, ranging from Goodwill Industries to the Stockton Symphony.

"I love this organization and what it stands for," Sylvester wrote when campaigning for the Phi Kappa Phi presidency in summer 2012. "I have been proud to labor on its behalf and feel it would be a privilege to continue."

Monday, February 3, 2014

Volunteer Spotlight – February 2014

Dr. David Northington
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Dr. David Northington

Chapter Position: Chapter President

Years of Service to the Chapter: 11 years

University Position: Professor of Music at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Degree(s)/Discipline: D.M.A. (Music)

How did you become involved as a chapter officer?
Inducted into UT chapter by invitation from other UT faculty.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud?
We have recently seen a marked increase in percentage of acceptance to our invitations.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you?
Phi Kappa Phi represents the distinct opportunity to honor and cherish those values of high scholarship and character in the next generation of our young leaders/students.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer?
I enjoy the challenge of convincing the brightest student scholars of UT of the importance and significance of Phi Kappa Phi membership.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer?
Enjoy the challenge of making this chapter a more significant and meaningful experience for the exceptional student.

What are your hobbies?
I am a concert pianist, but have many interests, including philosophy, theology, economics, and the arts.

Where are you from?
I reside in Knoxville, Tenn., with my wife of 40 years. I am originally from Macon, Ga.

See David's Bio.