Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Introducing the Phi Kappa Phi Visa® Rewards Credit Card

Phi Kappa Phi has teamed up with Commerce Bank to offer members a Visa® rewards credit card. The new credit card is the perfect way for members to show their Phi Kappa Phi pride everywhere Visa is accepted, as well as earn rewards points redeemable for thousands of rewards items.

Phi Kappa Phi Cardholder Benefits
  • UNLIMITED point earnings and bonus point opportunities when using your card for purchases
  • Redeem points for gift cards, merchandise, travel and more!
  • 20% off merchandise purchases at phikappaphi.org when you use your new card
  • No annual fee!
  • Low introductory rate for first 6 months
  • $100,000 travel accident insurance
  • Emergency card replacement and emergency cash disbursement
  • Online Banking with optional Auto Pay
  • 24/7 customer service

“We are excited to enter into a relationship with Phi Kappa Phi and to offer their alumni a customized credit card as another way to show their support for the Society.” said Chad Doza, Senior Vice President of Consumer Credit Card. “We are committed to providing payment solutions to businesses and organizations in our communities and we look forward to a rewarding partnership with Phi Kappa Phi.”

To sign up for the Phi Kappa Phi Visa credit card and take advantage of the great benefits, click here.

Study Abroad and Literacy Grants Deadline is April 1

Plamen Mavrov, 2012 Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Recipient
The application deadline for the Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants and Literacy Grants is Tuesday, April 1. Learn more and apply today!

Study Abroad Grants
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

To apply for a Study Abroad Grant, click here. All applications must be received by Tuesday, April 1, at 11:59 p.m. CT. For additional information, check out the Study Abroad Grant FAQs.

Literacy Grants
The Literacy Grants program was initiated to mobilize members and resources of Phi Kappa Phi and the higher education community to champion literacy initiatives. Grants of up to $2,500 are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members to fund ongoing literacy projects or to create new initiatives. The Society's commitment to the cause of literacy grows out of and is consistent with its mission, which was expanded to include "…and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

To apply for a Literacy Grant, click here. All applications must be received by Tuesday, April 1, at 11:59 p.m. CT. For additional information, check out the Literacy Grant FAQs.

Fellowships and Love of Learning Awards
Applications also are available for Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships and Love of Learning Awards. Contact your chapter for local due date. Fellowship nomination materials are due at Society Headquarters by April 15. The Love of Learning deadline is June 30. Apply now.

Phi Kappa Phi awards $1 million each biennium to outstanding students, members and chapters through the Society's various awards competitions. To learn more about the Phi Kappa Phi awards programs, click here.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Member Benefits Highlights – March 2014

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

Receive 15 percent off your regularly-priced purchases from Brooks Brothers. 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.

To receive the Corporate Membership discount with online shopping, members must create a separate Corporate Member profile, even if you already have an existing Brooks Brothers profile. Please allow 20 minutes after you receive your email confirmation before creating your online Corporate Member profile. Register for your separate Corporate Member profile here: http://www.brooksbrothers.com/corporate-online-shopping.

Finals will be here before you know it! Make sure you keep your term papers and study guides safe with leading online backup provider, Carbonite. Take advantage of Carbonite's World Backup Day special from March 24–March 31 and receive 41 percent off new subscriptions! Visit Carbonite.com and use promo code PKP31 to take advantage of this one-time offer.

Save $150 on classroom courses, small group instruction or tutoring for the MCAT, LSAT, GRE or GMAT with promo code PKP150 when enrolling online or by calling 800.2REVIEW. Not sure where to start? Take a free practice test to find out. For more information, visit www.PrincetonReview.com/partner/PKP.

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Enter into a drawing for a one-night free hotel stay when you book a room by 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!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Volunteer Spotlight – March 2014

Dewain L. Lee, Ph.D.
University of Alaska Anchorage


Dewain L. Lee, Ph.D.

Volunteer Position:
Regional Vice President on the National Board of Directors, Western Regional Vice President, and Chapter Secretary

Years of Service:

University Position:
Dean of Students and Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Development at the University of Alaska Anchorage

B.A. Communications, M.A. Counseling, Ph.D. Organizational Management with a specialization in Human Resource Management

How did you become involved as a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer?

I was asked to consider running for office during the 2012 Convention in St. Louis. Because I was new to Phi Kappa Phi I didn't expect to be elected, but I am very glad I decided to run and I have enjoyed the experience from day one.

What has Phi Kappa Phi done that has made you proud?
As a former student at an Historically Black College (HBCU) and an administrator at an HBCU, I am proud and excited to see the HBCU's that are applying for a Phi Kappa Phi Chapter on their campuses; with the most recent being Clark Atlanta University.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you?
Phi Kappa Phi offers its members an opportunity to really explore what it means to be a scholar and to enjoy learning. 

What do you enjoy most about being a board/committee member?
As a board member I enjoy being able to create opportunities for increased knowledge and educational opportunities for students.  I think the opportunities available through membership in Phi Kappa Phi are invaluable and opens up a new world of inquiry to its members.

What advice would you give to a new board member?
Enjoy the opportunity and the awesome responsibility to support chapters in being the best they can be, but most of all enjoy the camaraderie of working with colleagues dedicated to the mission of Phi Kappa Phi.

What are your hobbies?
I enjoy reading (I am a member of two book clubs), traveling, going to see live theater productions and volunteering in my community.

Where are you from?
New Orleans, Louisiana

See Dewain's Bio.