Monday, November 23, 2015

Create Your Story with Merit

Have you heard about Phi Kappa Phi’s member achievement program, Merit? If not, here’s your chance!

The Merit program, implemented in 2013, allows Phi Kappa Phi to create and publish personalized stories about members’ achievements such as being initiated, receiving an award or grant from the Society, becoming a chapter officer and much more.

Once granted an achievement, members can customize their online Merit profile with a photo, activities, work experience, awards, and affiliations. Merit also makes it easy to share these achievements with family and friends on social media. Consider it a virtual résumé!

If you haven’t received a Merit profile (anyone initiated before March 2013) and would like to take advantage the program and its many benefits, email with your name and member ID number.

Want more information? Click here to learn more about the Merit program and visit the Phi Kappa Phi Merit Page to see the latest member achievements. Stay tuned to social media, especially on Mondays, as we post tips, FAQs, stories and more using #MeritMonday.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Save an Extra 10% with Dell!

From now until January 29, Phi Kappa Phi has teamed up with Dell to offer members an additional 10 percent 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.

For more information about the limited-time offer, click here. If you need additional assistance accessing the discount, please contact Angie Lex at or Jamie Chapman at

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Make an Impact on Giving Tuesday

Join us on December 1, 2015, as we celebrate Giving Tuesday—a global day of giving that recognizes generosity worldwide. Now in its fourth year, Giving Tuesday celebrates the act of giving back on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

This year, Phi Kappa Phi will participate in the Giving Tuesday movement for the first time, and we hope you will consider joining us.

On this special day, from midnight to 11:59 p.m. CST, you can celebrate Giving Tuesday by making a gift to the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation. All gifts, no matter the size, will open doors of opportunity to members both near and far. Your generous gifts will help deserving students and members realize their educational and career goals, from study abroad to graduate school to lifelong learning.

Join us on Giving Tuesday by:
  • Making a gift to the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation on December 1.
  • Following us on social media for #GivingTuesday updates.
  • Spreading the word about Giving Tuesday to fellow Phi Kappa Phi members.
To learn more about Giving Tuesday or to make a donation now, click here.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Dissertation Fellowship Deadline is November 30

The application deadline for the Dissertation Fellowship Program is two weeks away. The dissertation fellowship, introduced in 2014, is designed to support doctoral candidates who are writing their dissertations.

Two Fellowships of $10,000 each will be 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.

Follow the below links to learn more about the program and submit your application:
If you have additional questions, please contact Kelli Partin at or 800.804.9880, ext. 235.

Mark Your Calendar! Special Brooks Brothers Event for Phi Kappa Phi Members

Mark your calendars for the final Brooks Brothers Shopping Event of the year on Thursday, November 19! During the one-day event, Phi Kappa Phi members can receive 30% off regularly-priced purchases.

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, November 12, 2015

Member Benefits Highlights – November 2015

‘Tis the season for holiday shopping and travel! Ease your holiday stress with these discounts available to members throughout November.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support Phi Kappa Phi every time you shop at at no cost to you. When you shop using AmazonSmile, you’ll find the same low prices and selection with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Phi Kappa Phi. Start your shopping today! And don’t forget to bookmark the AmazonSmile link to make it even easier to support the Society every time you shop on Amazon.

Brooks Brothers
Mark your calendars for the last Brooks Brothers Shopping Event of the year! On November 19, members can save 30% on full-priced purchases online and in 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.

Exclusive Worldwide Hotel & Car Rental Discounts
The holiday travel season is upon us and 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 domestically or abroad, take advantage of huge savings up to 50% off hotels and 35% off car rentals at locations worldwide. Click here to book today!

Start your holiday shopping early with Lenovo and save on a variety of products:
  • Up to 41% off select laptops
  • Up to 37% off select desktops
  • Up to 34% off select tablets
Visit the Phi Kappa Phi member site to redeem these and other great deals.

Phi Kappa Phi Graduation Gear
Graduating this fall? Receive a free Phi Kappa Phi tassel when you purchase the honor cord, medallion and stole! Visit the Online Store to purchase the bundle for $57.95 including shipping. Please note that protocol for wearing items at commencement varies from school to school. Be sure to check with your college or university before ordering.

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.

Rental Cars
Members can save up to 25% 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:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Apple Partnership Discontinued

As of November 1, Apple has discontinued numerous online partnership stores including the Phi Kappa Phi online store. As a result, members are no longer eligible for a discount from Apple through the Phi Kappa Phi portal.

As an alternative, qualifying members can request the education discount available from Apple. To check your eligibility, call 1.800.MY.APPLE, ask to speak with the Consumer Education Team and state the name of your university or college, or visit the Apple Education Online Store. (Please note that the education discount and Apple Education Online Store is not affiliated with Phi Kappa Phi.)

Members are encouraged to take advantage of the discounts offered by other Phi Kappa Phi technology partners including Dell and Lenovo. To access all available member discounts, click here.

If you have questions, please contact Jamie Chapman at or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Excellence in Innovation Award Deadline is December 10

In September, Phi Kappa Phi launched its Excellence in Innovation Award. The new $100,000 award, given once per biennium, will recognize a college and university for its achievements in finding powerful answers to important local, regional, national, or global challenges.

While Phi Kappa Phi has pursued its mission of recognizing and promoting academic excellence since its founding in 1897, until now it has not played a significant role of any sort in the national conversation on higher education.

We seek to change that by doing what we do best—recognizing and promoting excellence. Since 1933, Phi Kappa Phi has awarded fellowships and grants to members and students on our chapter campuses.

Currently, we award more than $500,000 annually through programs that last year recognized over 270 individuals.

But we have never had an award for institutions until now.

The Society will present the first Excellence in Innovation Award in 2016 to an institution of higher learning that uses innovative and substantive solutions to achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes to improve the lives of others and create systemic large-scale change.

The application period for colleges and universities to apply for the Excellence in Innovation award is currently open and will close December 10. To learn more about the award including award criteria, eligibility, and timeline details, visit

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Commerce Bank Launches toggle®

Phi Kappa Phi partner Commerce Bank recently introduced toggle® —a new feature that will allow you to manage the spending on your Phi Kappa Phi Rewards Visa® Credit Card like a debit card, but with the rewards of a credit card.

toggle® is a free and flexible payment feature that lets card holders Pay Now™ or Pay Later™ for any credit card purchases, all on one card. toggle® will allow you to link up to two checking accounts from any financial institution to your Phi Kappa Phi Rewards Visa® Credit Card to pay for specific purchases based on the payment preferences you set. It’s easy, flexible and free!

Features offered through toggle include:
  • Pay Now™ – Choose specific purchase types you wish to Pay Now™ from a checking account linked to your Commerce Bank credit card.
  • Pay Later™ – Use your credit card as you normally would by leaving purchases on your card to Pay Later™.
  • Unwind® – Return funds used to Pay Now™ for a specific purchase to your checking account and place the purchase back on your credit card to Pay Later™.

Ready to start using toggle®? Click here if you are a current Phi Kappa Phi Rewards Visa® credit card holder. If you are interested in applying for a Phi Kappa Phi Rewards Visa® credit card, click here.

For more information, contact Jamie Chapman at

Monday, November 2, 2015

Call for Book Reviewers

Phi Kappa Phi Forum, the Society’s multidisciplinary quarterly magazine, is seeking an experienced writer to serve as a book reviewer for the spring 2016 edition. The selected writer will be invited to review From Skedaddle to Selfie: Words of the Generations by Allan Metcalf. The length of the review should be 500 words and is due in draft form by December 15, 2015.

To be considered, please email Beth Colvin at with a brief description of your professional credentials and why you would like to review the book. Please also include additional links and/or attachments of writing samples. The selected reviewer will receive a free copy of the book.

To learn more about Phi Kappa Phi Forum, click here.

Volunteer Spotlight – November 2015

Linda Martindale
Elon University

Name: Linda Martindale

Chapter Position: Secretary/Treasurer

University Position: Program Assistant, Department of World Languages and Cultures

Years of Service to the Chapter: 8 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: A.B. Office Administration, A.B. English

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? I started as administrative assistant to the chapter assigned by the Provost. I became secretary when we split the position of secretary/treasurer.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? We maintain a 75% induction record. Also, we have hosted professional development activities that have been led by our students.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Phi Kappa Phi exemplifies learning. Learning, to me, happens every day. You learn not only from books but from life experiences. Every day is the opportunity to learn and Phi Kappa Phi embodies that.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? Phi Kappa Phi is special because I get to meet students who have the drive to succeed.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? A new Phi Kappa Phi officer should not get discouraged. It's hard work, especially during recruitment, but you are showing your students that leaders take the risk.

What are your hobbies? Writing, reading, and walking.

Where are you from? Technically the Village of Alamance but the address is Burlington.

Click here to see Linda's CV.