Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Phi Kappa Phi Wins Three APEX Awards

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recently earned three national awards in the annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. APEX awards, now in its 26th year, are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and overall communications excellence.

The Society’s 2012 Annual Report, produced by the Phi Kappa Phi Marketing Department, garnered a Grand Award, the highest prize, in the annual reports category. Only 100 Grand Awards were given out of 2,075 total submissions.

Titled “Mission in Action,” the report highlights the Society’s accomplishments as they tie in to the mission of Phi Kappa Phi through a visually appealing design with photos, member and award winner testimonials, chapter service highlights, and more.

“We are honored to receive this top recognition,” said Phi Kappa Phi Communications Director Hannah Breaux. “With our 2012 Annual Report, we strived to create an engaging and informative publication that represented the many achievements of the Society made possible by our donors. Receiving the APEX Grand Award reinforces that the theme and message of the report were successfully conveyed.”

Phi Kappa Phi Forum, the Society’s flagship publication, garnered two Awards of Excellence, marking the sixth straight year the quarterly has collected prizes. The summer 2013 edition, theme of “Dreams,” won for Magazines, Journals & Tabloids – Print over 32 Pages. The fall 2013 edition, theme of “Funny Business,” won for Magazine, Journals & Tabloids Writing. Of the 493 entries in various Magazines, Journals & Tabloids subcategories, 199 received honors.

“Our volunteer writers, so knowledgeable in their fields and so adept at their craft, provide the lifeblood that pumps through the magazine,” said Phi Kappa Phi Forum Editor Peter Szatmary. “Through their rigorous and artful efforts the publication continues to offer enlightening, entertaining and challenging pieces that range across subjects and that reflect the all-disciplinary scope of the Society.”

The APEX competition annually recognizes outstanding publications from newsletters and magazines to annual reports, brochures and websites. The 2014 awards totaled nearly 2,100 entries in 11 major categories with 932 applicants receiving recognition.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

2014-2016 Council of Students Selected

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi today announced its 2014-2016 Council of Students. The Council, comprised of student vice presidents from the Society's five regions, serves as a student advisory panel.

Established in 2007, the Council is tasked with enhancing communication with student vice presidents, planning and hosting a student leadership conference, interacting with student vice presidents within their respective regions, among other tasks. Two members from the Council of Students will be selected by their peers at the 2014 Convention in St. Louis to serve as voting members on the Board of Directors.

Congratulations and welcome to the new Council of Students!

The 2014-2016 Council of Students 

Gina Colaianni
Kennesaw State University

Stephanie Confer
Duquesne University

Tyler Dufrene
Nicholls State University

Columba Ferdinand
Delta State University

Alex Herbst
Plymouth State University

Monica Mejia
California State University, Sacramento

Brett Nachman
Arizona State University

Cameron Sargent
Brigham Young University

Andrew Stofleth
Eastern Kentucky University

Alexander Tran
California State University, Fresno

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wear Your Pin to Win!

Whether it’s at work, in the airport, or on campus, we want to know why you wear your Phi Kappa Phi pin! Share a photo of yourself wearing your pin for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card and be featured in Society materials.

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.

Submit your photo by June 30 to be entered to win. Winners will be notified July 2.

To see all entries to date, click here.

Questions? Email hbreaux@phikappaphi.org.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Volunteer Spotlight – June 2014

Roberto D. Pomo
California State University, Sacramento

Name: Roberto D. Pomo

Volunteer Position: Literacy Grant Committee Chair

Years of Service: 2 years

University Position: Professor of Theatre History and Film Studies

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D., Theatre History/Dramatic Literature/Film Studies

How did you become involved as a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer?
I was invited to join by my colleagues at California State University, Sacramento. 

What has Phi Kappa Phi done that has made you proud?
The spirit of volunteerism and collegiality.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you?
It allows me to learn more about the activities, goals and dreams of Phi Kappa Phi students. Theirs is our future.

What do you enjoy most about being a board/committee member?
Being aware of the many worthy literacy programs/institutions that are in need of funding throughout the nation and globe. 

What advice would you give to a new board or committee member?
Take advantage of the opportunity as it can serve to enhance your professional and personal life.

What are your hobbies?
Student of Jazz. Swimming. Avid reader of historical/political biographies.

Where are you from?
I currently reside in Sacramento. I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Member Benefits Highlights – June 2014

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Phi Kappa Phi has teamed up with Commerce Bank to offer members a Visa® rewards credit card! The 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.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Chapter Book Drives Promote Literacy and a Love of Learning

Between February and April this spring, 19 Phi Kappa Phi chapters across the country engaged the community of scholars in service by holding book drives to collect as many books as possible for beneficiary organizations in members’ communities. The book drives were held at both colleges and universities, small and large, representing all five Phi Kappa Phi regions. Beneficiary organizations chosen by the chapters ranged from schools to libraries to hospitals to a tribal college to a correctional center to other non-profit organizations like shelters, tutoring and mentoring programs, and even an overseas beneficiary.

One chapter creatively used collected
books as centerpieces at their
spring initiation ceremony.
In all, the 19 participating chapters collected nearly 7,000 books. Participants agree that the book drives made the chapters more visible on campus to both current and future Phi Kappa Phi members. University of Nevada, Las Vegas Student Vice President Ashley Weckesser shared, “The giving spirit of our chapter's members really showed throughout the book drive.” The UNLV chapter held a kickoff event for their book drive, which in part benefitted the local community libraries. At the kickoff, the librarian with whom they collaborated spoke about the need for books in the Henderson District Public Libraries and how much the future donation would mean to them and to the community.

Other chapters also encouraged campus participation via colorful posters in highly-utilized areas, centrally-located collection sites, stories in the campus newspapers, calls-to-donate via the campus e-mail system, and word of mouth. In describing the key to their success, chapter President Heather Davis of Texas Woman’s University noted, “There seemed to be a correlation between personal touch and contributions. I think it raised the profile of the book drive and of course, helped spread the word about Phi Kappa Phi!”

The Council of Students, who sponsored and managed this inaugural national Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive Competition, selected five winners of the competition, among the chapters whose book drives collected the most donations:

  • Florida Atlantic University
  • North Dakota State University 
  • Texas Woman's University
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas 
  • Youngstown State University
Little Free Library

These chapters will receive a “Little Free Library” and $150 for personalizing the Little Free Library. The concept of the Little Free Library is a “’take a book, return a book’ gathering place” in a community—a prize that fits in well with Phi Kappa Phi’s love of learning and love of literacy. The chapters will decide where to place their Little Free Libraries—where on their campuses or in their local communities.

Other chapters that hosted a book drive include Brenau University; California State University, Sacramento; Campbell University; East Carolina University; Eastern Kentucky University; Elmhurst College; Idaho State University; Kennesaw State University; Louisiana State University; University of Alabama at Birmingham; University of Louisiana-Lafayette; University of Memphis; University of South Carolina-Upstate; and Western Washington University.

“The Council would like to thank all the chapters for participating in this book drive,” said Council of Students member and book drive chair Brittany Neaves. “You have helped encourage a love of learning and enabled access to opportunities that can last a lifetime!”

Chapters interested in learning more about these chapters’ book drives or conducting their own book drives or service projects can contact Karen Powell.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Love of Learning Awards Deadline is June 30

Need funding to attend a conference, support dissertation research, or pay for textbooks? Apply for a Love of Learning Award! 

Available to active Phi Kappa Phi members, Love of Learning Awards help fund postbaccalaureate studies and/or career development including graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career enrichment activities, and travel related to teaching/studies.

One hundred forty-seven awards, at $500 each, are distributed each year. The deadline to apply is June 30.

Applications are open to all active (dues current) Phi Kappa Phi members who:
  • Have completed their baccalaureate studies by application submission deadline.
  • Have not received a Fellowship or Award of Excellence grant.

Learn more and apply today.