Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Connect with the Phi Kappa Phi Network

Looking to broaden your network and connect with other Phi Kappa Phi members? We can help! The Society has teamed up with Harris Connect to create the Phi Kappa Phi Member Directory—a collection of up-to-date contact information for our extensive network of members.

But we need your help!

Beginning this month, Harris Connect will reach out to members via postcards, emails and phone calls regarding the opportunity to be including in the directory. You’re invited to share your graduation year(s), degree(s) conferred, basic employment details, contact information as well as additional notes that let your peers know what you’ve been up to! When contacted, please take a few moments to verify that we have complete and accurate information on file for you. All updates are returned to the Society so that our database remains current.

Please note that Harris Connect is only collecting information for purposes of the directory. Your information will not be released to any third parties. You decide whether or not your personal information is published in the directory—make your wishes clear to the representative with whom you speak.

For additional information about the Phi Kappa Phi Member Directory including frequently asked questions, click here or contact Jamie Chapman at

Thanks for helping us build this useful networking tool that will serve as an important benefit for Phi Kappa Phi members!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Member Benefits Highlights – May 2015

Don’t miss out on these exclusive offers including two increased discounts and a special shopping event available only to Phi Kappa Phi members.

AT&T *Updated Benefit
Phi Kappa Phi members are now eligible to receive a 14% monthly discount on wireless phone service from AT&T. The discount, up from 10%, is available on qualifying voice and data plans. Members currently enrolled in an AT&T plan with the 10% discount will receive the new discount automatically. Please allow up to two billing cycles for the discount to take effect. New and existing AT&T customers not yet receiving the discount through Phi Kappa Phi can register at or by bringing a Phi Kappa Phi membership card and photo ID to a local AT&T store. (Please note not all retails stores may honor the discount.) For more information, click here. If you have additional questions, contact Jamie Chapman.

National Car Rental *Updated Benefit
Phi Kappa Phi members are now eligible to receive a 10% discount, increased from 5%, on National's standard, undiscounted daily, weekly and monthly rates. Simply use the Phi Kappa Phi National ID number XZ14050 when booking a car. You may book your rental by calling 1.800.CAR.RENT or visiting National Car Rental.

Brooks Brothers
Mark your calendars for the Brooks Brothers Summer Shopping Event on May 20! Members can receive 30% off regularly-priced purchases during the one-day 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 organization ID number 11755 and pin code 61431.

Church Hill Classics
Looking to show your Phi Kappa Phi pride? Frame your membership certificate with a customizable frame from Church Hill Classics. Choose from a variety of frame moldings, mat colors, and materials to create a frame that complements your home or office decor. In addition, you can find a frame to showcase your medallion, stole, or Phi Kappa Phi photos! Start designing today!

Take advantage of Phi Kappa Phi’s Dell Member Purchase Program and receive discounts on Inspiron, Studio, and XPS laptops, and much more. To start shopping, visit the Phi Kappa Phi – Dell Member Purchase Store. Please note your discount is automatically calculated and will appear in red at checkout.

Marbles: The Brain Store
Marbles: The Brain Store is a one-of-a-kind specialty store with a smart collection of hand-picked, expert-tested, certifiably fun ways to build better brains. Built on the idea that play is good for the brain, The Brain Store offers everything from games and puzzles to software and books. As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you can receive 10% off and free shipping on any online purchase at Marbles: The Brain Store! Use coupon code PKP10 during checkout to receive the discount.

Worldwide Hotel & Car Rental Discounts
Phi Kappa Phi members, friends and family can access a worldwide inventory of hotels and rental cars at exclusive discounted rates using the Society’s Worldwide Hotel & Car Rental Discount Program. Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, individually or in a group, domestically or abroad, take advantage of huge savings up to 50% for hotels and 35% for car rentals at locations worldwide. Click here to book today!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight – May 2015

Michelle Gerdes
United States Military Academy

Michelle Gerdes

Chapter Position: Secretary

Years of Service to the Chapter: 8 years

University Position: Instructor in the Academic Excellence Program

Degree(s)/Discipline: M.S. Ed. in Counseling and Math Education

How did you become involved as a chapter officer?
I became involved when I found out the office where I was starting a new position had previously maintained the records. The administration of the position was rotated between faculty but it had not been as consistent as it needed to be. I decided to act as the main contact person to provide some consistency to the chapter.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? I am proud to work with the many faculty members and cadets who are student vice presidents. They are such professionals and take a lot of time out of their busy schedules to serve the chapter. With their hard work, we were able to become a Chapter of Excellence and Chapter of Merit numerous times. We have all worked to keep improving the chapter so members feel proud to be a part of Phi Kappa Phi.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? I believe it is an organization that provides an outlet for members to strive for excellence and help others.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? It allows me to connect with other department members that I might not come in contact with on a regular basis. I enjoy rewarding excellence and this allows me to be part of a top program that can help students and faculty members achieve their goals.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? Try not to do too much on your own. Use your energy in ways that will help the chapter continue to grow. It can be a little overwhelming but use your resources and reach out to other members. Also, ask the wonderful people at the national office for help. They are always willing to provide whatever you need. I couldn't believe how many resources were available on the website and by calling the national office.

What are your hobbies? When I have the time, I love to travel, read, and watch sports. I am working on my Doctor of Education, so that takes a lot of my time at the moment.

Where are you from? I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (huge Steeler fan!).

See Michelle's CV.