Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Apply Now! 2016 Phi Kappa Phi Awards & Grants

Applications are now available for the 2016 Phi Kappa Phi award and grant programs. The Society's extensive award programs give more than $1 million each biennium to outstanding students, members and chapters. The awards provide everything from $15,000 Fellowships for graduate study to $500 Love of Learning awards for continuing education and professional development.

To learn more about each program or apply, follow the links below. Applications must be received by the following deadlines:

Phi Kappa Phi Scholar & Artist
Deadline: February 1
Apply here.

Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award
Deadline: February 1
Apply here.

Study Abroad Grants
Deadline : February 15 (Session A)
Apply here.

Literacy Grants
Deadline: April 1
Apply here.

Love of Learning Awards
Deadline: April 1 (Session A)
Apply here.

Contact your chapter for local due date.
Download the application.

Click here to learn more about the Society’s awards and grants. If you have questions, contact Kelli Partin.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Member Benefits Highlights – December 2015

Do you still have a few items to cross off your holiday shopping list? If so, take advantage of these exclusive discounts available to members throughout December.

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Phi Kappa Phi has teamed up with Fit Brains by Rosetta Stone® to offer members a 60% discount on all premium membership products. Designed by neuroscientists and game and brain fitness experts, Fit Brains offers more than 60 fun brain games, over 500 personalized training sessions, visual tools and in-depth performance reporting to help improve brain performance and cognitive skills. Click here to start your free trial today! To take advantage of the exclusive 60% discount after the free trial, click here.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support Phi Kappa Phi every time you shop at Amazon.com 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.

Phi Kappa Phi members are eligible to receive a 15% monthly discount on wireless phone service from AT&T. The discount is available on qualifying voice and data plans. New and existing AT&T customers can register at www.att.com/wireless/phikappaphi to receive the discount. Please allow up to two billing cycles for the discount to take effect. (Please note most retail stores may honor the discount.) For more information, click here.

From now until January 29, members can receive an additional 10% off select PCs, tablets, electronics and accessories from Dell.com. To receive the exclusive discount, click here and follow the instructions. Get more details about the limited-time offer here. If you need additional assistance accessing the discount, please contact Angie Lex at Angie_Lex@Dell.com.

The holiday shopping season is here! Whether shopping online or in the store, it’s important to be aware and watchful by taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft. As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you are eligible to receive a 30-day free trial and 10% discount on LifeLock membership plans. Click here to enroll using the promo code HSPKP.

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.

Deadline for Excellence in Innovation Award is December 10

Applications for the $100,000 Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Innovation Award are due this Thursday, December 10. The new award, given once a biennium, will recognize one college or university for achievements in finding powerful substantive solutions to improve the lives of others and create systematic large-scale change.

“The Phi Kappa Phi innovation award is a fitting extension of our mission to recognize and promote excellence in higher education by lifting up the transformative work being done on college and university campuses across the country,” said Dr. Mary Todd, Phi Kappa Phi executive director.

The recipient institution will receive $100,000 in tangible recognition of its best practice in response to the changes and challenges facing higher education in the twenty-first century.

Since 1933, Phi Kappa Phi has awarded fellowships and grants to members and students on its chapter campuses. Currently, more than $500,000 is awarded annually through programs that last year recognized over 270 individuals. The Excellence in Innovation Award is the Society’s first award for institutions.

The application period for colleges and universities to apply for the award closes this Thursday, December 10. For more information including award criteria, eligibility, and timeline details, visit www.PhiKappaPhiInnovation.org.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Boost Your Brainpower with Fit Brains

Phi Kappa Phi is excited to announce that it has teamed up with Fit Brains by Rosetta Stone® to offer members a 60 percent discount on all premium membership products.

Designed by neuroscientists and game and brain fitness experts, Fit Brains is an award-winning brain training program designed to challenge the mind to perform at its best. The Fit Brains program offers balanced cognitive stimulation across 6 major brain areas including focus, memory, speed, logic, visual and language. In addition, the system offers more than 60 fun brain games, over 500 personalized training sessions, visual tools and in-depth performance reporting to help improve brain performance and cognitive skills.

Ready to boost your brainpower? Start for free today! To take advantage of the exclusive 60 percent off discount after the free trial, click here.

For more information about Fit Brains, check out these FAQs. If you have additional questions about the discount, please contact Jamie Chapman at jchapman@phikappaphi.org or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Today is #GivingTuesday!

Today, December 1, 2015, Phi Kappa Phi is participating in Giving Tuesday—a global day of philanthropy dedicated to giving back through the support of nonprofit organizations. Now in its fourth year, Giving Tuesday celebrates the act of giving back on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It's a day when communities, charities, business, and individuals come together to transform the way we think about and participate in the giving season.

Phi Kappa Phi is excited to take part in this new tradition, and we hope you will consider joining us this year.

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.

Click here to learn more about this global event and find out how your gifts make a difference in the lives of members both near and far.

Give today and help us continue to make an impact on the future.

Volunteer Spotlight – December 2015

Melony Shemberger, Ed.D.
Murray State University

ShembergerName: Melony Shemberger, Ed.D.

Chapter Position: Vice President

University Position: Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication

Years of Service to the Chapter: 2 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ed.D., administration and supervision; M.S., management; M.S., mass communication; B.A., mass communication, and history and government (double major)

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? My leadership service with Phi Kappa Phi began at Austin Peay State University, Chapter 191, where I served as the public relations officer. The chapter there did outstanding projects, and I loved being a part of the leadership team.

When I decided to join the faculty at Murray State University in August 2013, I wanted to continue serving Phi Kappa Phi in a leadership capacity. I knew Chapter 302 was rather young, and I felt I could help the chapter grow. I contacted a couple of the officers on record, and the rest is history. I enjoyed serving Murray State's chapter as secretary for the last two years. I am now vice president, and I look forward to working with the chapter's fantastic officers and members.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? When I received my invitation during my doctoral work in 2010, I knew that Phi Kappa Phi was a top honor society and was thrilled to join. Recently, I became a lifetime member. I simply enjoy working on Phi Kappa Phi programs and activities that will benefit our students and members.

It's no secret with my friends and colleagues at several universities that I am a big Phi Kappa Phi advocate. It's all over my social media accounts, and I wear my pin often. Here's a sidebar to that effect: On April 30, 2015, I was inducted as a special initiate into a Phi Alpha Theta history honor society chapter at another university because of the help I have given to the chapter over the years. I was talking with the chapter adviser (a dear friend of mine) and purchasing some Phi Alpha Theta items from her. She said that I could buy this and that, "but I know Phi Kappa Phi is your thing." Although I bought a Phi Alpha Theta stole to wear under my Phi Kappa Phi stole, she was right; I love being a member of Phi Kappa Phi.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? I love working with all the officers, especially the student vice presidents. They have such great energy and a strong work ethic. Plus, knowing that I am helping our chapter to grow on campus and in the community is rewarding.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? No. 1: Wear your Phi Kappa Phi pin often with pride. This way, it becomes a good conversation piece. No. 2: Although your chapter might have a public relations officer, all officers share in the task of promoting the chapter. For instance, help to take photos when possible and share announcements with your public relations officer. No. 3: Meet and communicate regularly as a chapter.

What are your hobbies? Running. I run four to five times a week. I have ran almost every distance, from a 5K to an ultramarathon 50K (31.5 miles). For now, I am competitive only in the 5K races, but one day, I want to train to run a 50-miler and then a 100-miler.

Where are you from? I was raised in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. After graduating from Western Kentucky University in 1993, I returned to Hopkinsville and lived there until 2008, when I moved to Benton, Kentucky. I then moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, just minutes from the Kentucky border, in 2010 and returned to west Kentucky in late 2014.

Click here for Melony's CV.