Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tell Us Why You Joined Phi Kappa Phi and Win!

Why did you join Phi Kappa Phi? Was it because of the networking opportunities, career resources or awards and grants? Were you looking to enhance your résumé? Whatever the reason, we want to know! Tell us why you joined Phi Kappa Phi by November 11 and be entered for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

To enter the contest, tell us why you joined in as many or as few words as you wish on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #JoinPhiKappaPhi. (You must include the hashtag to be entered.) Following the end of the contest on November 11, we will choose one winner—selected at random from all posts—to receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

You must be an active Society member to enter the contest. For official rules and contest details, click here.

And don't forget to check out what your fellow Phi Kappa Phi members are saying. Just search #JoinPhiKappaPhi or visit the Phi Kappa Phi Tagboard to see what is being shared!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Get Connected with Link

Phi Kappa Phi is excited to launch Link, an exclusive, members-only online community. With Link, members can network with peers, share ideas, discuss challenges, post questions, search for other members and much more!

Beginning today, active Society members can access the user-friendly site and start networking with members across the nation. There are currently three Society-wide communities available within Link—The Quad, The Study Group, and Forum Readers. There are also a variety of communities available to chapter officers. Additional communities will gradually launch over the next several months.

In addition to joining these communities in Link, you can search for other Phi Kappa Phi members and begin networking using the Member Directory

Ready to connect? Follow these five simple steps:
  1. Sign in with the same username and password you use to access your Phi Kappa Phi member account and accept the Community Rules & Etiquette and Privacy Guidelines
  2. Update your profile by editing your contact details, bio, education and job history
  3. Customize your privacy preferences via the My Account tab to control what others see on your profile.
  4. Visit the All Communities page by clicking Communities in the main navigation bar and browse/join the communities you have an interest in.
  5. Search for other Phi Kappa Phi members and begin networking.
For additional information about Link including frequently asked questions, visit If you have questions, please contact Jamie Chapman, member engagement director, at or 1.800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Poetry Submissions Wanted

The Phi Kappa Phi Forum welcomes submissions of original, previously unpublished poetry from active Society members that fits the theme of each edition.

For spring 2016, the theme is change. The submission deadline is Dec. 21, 2015.

Poems will be selected to appear in the print version of the magazine, though others may appear online. Selected poets will receive five free copies of the Forum in which their verse appears. Previous winners must wait one year before entering again.

Send your poem, contact information, a photo and a short bio, including your Phi Kappa Phi chapter affiliation and member number, to

Entries are judged by poet, Berry College professor and Phi Kappa Phi member Sandra Meek

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Great Courses Discount Increased to 25 Percent

Whatever your passion, you are sure to find a course that fits the bill with The Great Courses! And Phi Kappa Phi members are now eligible to receive a 25% discount. The discount, up from 15%, is available sitewide.

Known as a worldwide leader in lifelong learning, The Great Courses offers a rapidly growing selection of video, audio and digital courses led by the world’s top professors and experts in fields such as philosophy, history, literature, science, the arts, and better living. The content-rich library spans nearly 500 titles designed to expand horizons and deepen understanding on the subject of your choice.

To take advantage of the discount, visit The Great Courses online and use coupon code V43E.

Click here for more information about The Great Courses discount. If you have additional questions, please contact Jamie Chapman.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Member Benefits Highlights – October 2015

No tricks here, only treats! Take advantage of these great offers exclusively available to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout October.

Brooks Brothers
Mark your calendars for the Brooks Brothers Fall Shopping Event on October 15! Members can save 30% on all full priced purchases online and in retail stores 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.

From now until October 31, Phi Kappa Phi has teamed up with Dell to offer members an additional 10% off select PCs, tablets, electronics and accessories from! To receive the exclusive discount, click here and follow the instructions. Please note you must be logged in with your Phi Kappa Phi credentials to access this page.

Franklin Planner
Excellence starts with a plan! Phi Kappa Phi has partnered with Franklin Planner to offer members a 15% discount on online purchases. Whether you’re looking for a Franklin Planner signature planning system to organize your time or a fine leather bag to organize your professional world, you’ll find the tools you need at Franklin Planner. Visit to start planning today! Enter promo code 26538 when checking out to apply the discount to your order.

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.

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 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% 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.

The Princeton Review
It’s never too early to start your test preparation and The Princeton Review can help. Save up to $150 on classroom courses, small group instruction, tutoring, and self-guided courses for the MCAT, LSAT, GRE or GMAT. To enroll with the discount, click here or call 1.800.2REVIEW.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mark Your Calendar! Special Brooks Brothers Event for Members

Mark your calendars for the Brooks Brothers Fall Shopping Event on October 15! Phi Kappa Phi members can receive 30% off regularly-prices purchases during the one-day event.

To receive the discount in store, 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 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.

Brooks Brothers, the oldest clothing retailer in the U.S., offers classic clothing for men, women and children. Visit for more information.

If you have additional questions, please contact Jamie Chapman at

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Apply for a Dissertation Fellowship

The application period for the Dissertation Fellowship Program is now open. Introduced in 2014, the program is designed to support doctoral candidates who are writing their dissertations.

Two Fellowships of $10,000 each are awarded to active members in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study. Awards are for 12 months of dissertation writing. All pre-dissertation requirements should be met by the application deadline, including approval of the dissertation proposal.

The deadline to apply for a Dissertation Fellowship is November 30, 2015.

To learn more about the program, follow the below links:

If you have additional questions, please contact Kelli Partin at or 800.804.9880, ext. 235.

Volunteer Spotlight – October 2015

Lora Becker
University of Evansville

Name: Lora Becker

Chapter Position: President

University Position: Associate Professor of Psychology

Years of Service to the Chapter: 2 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? I was asked to step up and take the position as vice president of the University of Evansville Chapter. Having enjoyed working with my colleagues who are Phi Kappa Phi, I knew it was a great group to be involved with. That was last year and the convention was planned for the summer. It was a joy to learn about all that Phi Kappa Phi is and can be by attending convention. While at convention I heard the call to participate in committee work. Having a long history with bylaws, I volunteered for that committee. It was an honor to be chosen. Committee week, which sounds like a daunting feat, was an interesting, thoughtful and productive event for the Bylaws Committee. We had lively discussion that brought us to the meaning of Phi Kappa Phi's mission purpose. I was proud to be involved in this important work.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? We nominated a wonderful student for the Fellowship award. We were able to pick him from a large field of successful candidates. It makes me proud to see so many great students who are deserving of recognition. We were able to invite all of our Fellowship award candidates to our initiation dinner.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Phi Kappa Phi is a wonderful group of individuals who not only have shown their ability to succeed in academia, but they are successful in all of their life endeavors. The honor society highlights those successes through awards and grants. These examples give us living proof that there is a community of people who love learning, growing, achieving and giving back to others.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? I enjoy sharing my knowledge about Phi Kappa Phi to the undergraduates in my classes. It inspires them to put their best forward and strive for an invitation to this great honor society. Our chapter has not been the most active as of late. I am taking my inspiration from attending convention and working on the bylaws committee to invigorate interactions within the member community and to inspire students to strive for an invitation.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? Call the chapter help at Society Headquarters if there is not a convention scheduled. If there is a convention, attend! There are a lot of creative ideas that Society Headquarters can share with you! Tap into the creativity of the rising juniors who took up the invitation to join. These students also have great ideas about how to market the chapter and how to provide service to the university.

What are your hobbies? I love to make Bobbin Lace (not tatting, think 1600's), baking ANYTHING especially if it involves dark chocolate, creatively experimenting with food and spices to make what one would call 'dinner.' Some times the experiment works!

Where are you from? I was raised in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, named Beavercreek (one word, not two).

See Lora's CV.