Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Creating Your Online Résumé with Merit

Merit Profile Example
In a competitive job market, a positive online presence is critical. Whether you are a recent graduate or on the hunt for a new career path, Phi Kappa Phi has the perfect tool to enhancing your online presence.

Meet Merit.

Merit is an online platform that allows Phi Kappa Phi members to promote academic and extracurricular achievements, work experience, leadership roles, and much more. Not only is it a way to receive the recognition you deserve, it is a surefire way to polish your online presence!

Once awarded a Phi Kappa Phi initiate “badge,” members are able to customize their online Merit page and easily share it with family and friends via social media or as an online résumé for prospective employers.

You may ask yourself, “How is Merit different than other professional online profiles such as LinkedIn?” With Merit, your profile is automatically created by Phi Kappa Phi Headquarters with verified accomplishments such as your initiation into the Society. In addition to these Phi Kappa Phi-verified achievements, you can enhance your profile with any other achievements and roles you deem important as part of your online résumé.

If you haven’t received a Phi Kappa Phi Merit page (those initiated prior to March 2013), email with your name and member ID number to get started.

Click here to learn more about Merit, including FAQs, and check out the latest member achievements on the official Phi Kappa Phi Merit page.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Show Your Phi Kappa Phi Pride!

David Meyer
1st Place, Spring 2013
Calling all graduates! Did you wear your Phi Kappa Phi stole, medallion and/or honor cords at your spring 2014 graduation? If you have commencement photos showing your Phi Kappa Phi pride, share them with us for a chance to win up to $100 and be featured in Society materials.

To enter, email your pictures to by June 30, 2014. Include your name, chapter of initiation, date of graduation, and a brief description of your picture. Please limit your submission to no more than five photos. High resolution .jpeg or .tiff images are preferred. Contest open to all active Society members.

First place winner will receive $100; second place $50; third place $25.

To see submissions from previous graduation photo contests, click here.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Member Benefits Highlights – May 2014

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

Mark your calendars the 2014 Brooks Brothers May Shopping Event on May 21! Receive 30 percent off your regularly-priced purchases during the one day only sale. To receive the discount, you must sign up for a complimentary Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card by visiting or calling 1.866.515.4747 with the organization ID#: 11755 and pin code: 61431.

To receive the Corporate Membership discount online, 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:

New Phi Kappa Phi member? Frame your membership certificate with a customizable frame from Church Hill Classics. In addition, find a frame to showcase your medallion, stole, or photograph, too! Choose from a variety of frame mouldings, mat colors, and materials to create a frame that complements your home or office decor. Start designing today!

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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. Other benefits include 20 percent off Phi Kappa Phi merchandise purchases, no annual fee, low introductory rate for first 6 months, $100,000 travel accident insurance and much more. To sign up for the Phi Kappa Phi Visa credit card and take advantage of the great benefits, click here.


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. In addition, members can save $100 off self-paced/online courses for the LSAT, MCAT, GRE, and GMAT with promo code PKP100. Learn more at


Traveling this summer? Access a worldwide inventory of rental cars at exclusive discounted rates when you use Phi Kappa Phi’s Worldwide Car Rental Discount Program. Through the program, members can take advantage of savings that may exceed 35 percent from more than 550 rental car suppliers at nearly 30,000 worldwide locations. To begin, click here.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Volunteer Spotlight – May 2014

Sharon Falcone Miller
The Pennsylvania State University 

Name: Sharon Falcone Miller 

Chapter Position: Chapter President 

Years of Service to the Chapter: 8 years 

University Position: Associate Professor 

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D. in Fuel Science; M.S. in Geology; B.S. in Geography and Earth Science 

How did you become involved as a chapter officer?
I was nominated by Dr. Peter Luckie in 2005 and approached to be President in 2006. I was not a member as my undergraduate school did not have a chapter.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud?
We have taken an active role in sponsoring awards of academic achievement at the university and college level. Since 2008 we have sponsored three awards for outstanding research by a junior in Physical Sciences and Engineering, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Health and Life Sciences at the annual Undergraduate Research Exhibit held by the Office of Undergraduate Education ($200 per award). We also sponsor a Chapter Fellowship that is presented to our National Fellowship Nominee ($1,000). We have also co-sponsored a TedXPSU campus event for the last two years.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you?

Being a President of a Phi Kappa Phi Chapter means that I can have an impact on the academic experience of our students and community even in a large university setting by sponsoring events. I value the concept of preserving the tradition and ideals of "honor" that membership in Phi Kappa Phi represents with respect to academic and personal integrity. I also love meeting our members, especially our award winners, one on one whenever possible.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer?
I enjoy interacting with students and families at the Initiation Ceremony when you can see the pride and joy in everyone's face as they publicly celebrate the academic accomplishments of their loved ones. It is amazing to see the diversity in our students and how hard they and their families have worked to get to this point.  I also enjoy being able to recognize students who receive the various chapter and national awards! Their motivation and commitment to academic excellence is contagious.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer?
For a large university it is important to seek out opportunities to collaborate with other organizations and offices on campus to sponsor events that reach all of the disciplines. This helps to raise the visibility of Phi Kappa Phi on campus and shows how the organization gives back to the academic community.

What are your hobbies?
I love my vegetable garden and cooking! I just wish we have a longer growing season in Pennsylvania.

Where are you from?
I was born in Pennsylvania but traveled during my undergraduate and graduate education to Maryland, Wyoming, North Dakota and ended up back in Pennsylvania not far from where I started.

See Sharon's Bio.