Monday, July 13, 2015

Vote Now! Spring 2015 Graduation Photo Contest

Thanks to all who submitted photos to the Spring 2015 Graduation Photo Contest! We received more than 200 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 Monday, July 27, at 11:59 p.m. Central time. The winning entries will receive an Amazon gift card and appear in various Society marketing and promotional materials.

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

Monday, July 6, 2015

Member Benefits Highlights – July 2015

It’s summertime—the time of year when many people pack their bags and head out on a fun getaway! If you are in the midst of planning a summer trip or just need a reason to be spontaneous, check out some of the great travel specials currently offered by Phi Kappa Phi’s member benefit partners.

Rental Cars
Take advantage of a variety of coupons and discounts of up to 25 percent off when renting a car through Avis, Budget, Enterprise or National. View the specials and begin shopping the lowest rates by visiting these Phi Kappa Phi partner sites:


Car Service
Carey and Embarque offer chauffeured transportation to make your journey as effortless and efficient as possible! Members receive a 10% savings on premium chauffeured transportation with Carey and have access to exclusive pricing on Embarque transportation services. Call 1.800.336.4646 to speak with one of Carey’s professional reservation specialists or 1.866.444.2144 to book your reservation with Embarque today! You can also book your reservation online by visiting or Be sure to use account number WA818139 when booking your reservation.

Exclusive 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. Each room night booked between May 1 and September 30 qualifies for entry in a drawing to win the value of your hotel stay! Click here to book today! (You must be logged in to the Phi Kappa Phi website to access the discount.)

Is your identity prepared for your vacation? Take the LifeLock quiz to find out! In an always-connected world, it’s important to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft especially when traveling. LifeLock, the leader in identity theft protection, makes it easy to stay protected with peace of mind. As a member, you are eligible to receive a 30-day free trial and 10% discount on LifeLock membership plans. Click here to enroll using the Phi Kappa Phi discount. Use promo code HSPKP.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight – July 2015

Dr. Ron Shaklee

Youngstown State University

Name: Dr. Ron Shaklee

Chapter Position: President

University Position: Director, University Honors Program and Professor of Geography

Years of Service to the Chapter: 11 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: B.A., Geography; M.A., Geography; Ph.D., Geography

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? I started as an at-large member of the Executive Board in charge of awards and grants. That position was a direct outgrowth of my position as Honors Director at the university. On several occasions I was asked to stand for higher office but I felt I could be a far more valuable asset to my chapter as the Awards and Grants officer. I later was convinced that my energies could be of great benefit to the chapter if I agreed to serve in other positions as well. I was asked to stand for election to the position of President-Elect and was honored when the chapter membership elected me to that position.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? I am proud of my chapter because of the tremendous sense of belonging it extends to all members of the Society. Inductees can be as active as they wish to be, and our chapter has been very aggressive in extending opportunities for participation in chapter affairs. In particular, we have been increasingly involved in service activities across our campus. This participation is a positive element for all concerned – the members, the chapter, and those who directly or indirectly benefit from our activities.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is, by its very definition, an organization that stands for accomplishment and integrity. Beyond that, our local chapter has lent even more meaning to that overall sense of pride that accompanies membership. Phi Kappa Phi members are leaders in their community, their region, their nation, and their world. It is an amazing sense of pride to be a part of that global continuum.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? The camaraderie of the Executive Board and the sense of fulfillment I experience when students are inducted into membership in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Our chapter is active and has a strong sense of identity on our campus and that identity facilitates the recruitment of student members. Chapter recognition activities sponsored by the national organization (chapter recognition, book drives, etc.) have garnered extremely positive press and have enhanced our visibility on campus. That sense of identity gives members of our Executive Board a strong feeling of pride in our accomplishments.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? Don't wait to be asked to become involved. The chapter is as strong as the members of the executive board want it to be. If you see a need – fill it. If you have an innovative idea – propose it and then take the necessary steps to turn your idea into reality. Rely on, and demand participation from, your fellow officers and the chapter membership. If you already have a strong chapter and executive board, do your part to make it stronger. If you see areas for growth, make sure you are the catalyst for positive change.

What are your hobbies? My hobbies include writing fictional novels, writing and performing my own music, and making sure that my granddaughters have cause to laugh, giggle and question their grandfather's sanity.

Where are you from? I was born in Urbana, Ill., but my formative years were spent in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C. Prior to becoming a member of the faculty at Youngstown State University, I served with the U.S. Army in the Republic of Vietnam, attended the University of Kansas for undergraduate and graduate degrees in geography, and spent time on the faculty of Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) and Mississippi State University.

Read Ron's bio.