Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Study Abroad Deadline is February 15

The deadline to apply for a Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant is Monday, February 15. The grants are designed to support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Twenty-five $1,000 grants will be awarded during Session A.

Interested students do not have to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi to apply, but must currently attend an institution with an active chapter. For full eligibility requirements and application instructions, download the fact sheet or check out the frequently asked questions.

Applications are also being accepted for the Scholar and Artist, Distinguished Service, Fellowship, Love of Learning and Literacy programs. To learn more about each program, click here.

If you have additional questions, please contact Kelli Partin at kpartin@phikappaphi.org.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Take Part in the Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive Competition!

Beginning February 1, Phi Kappa Phi chapters across the nation will take part in the annual Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive competition. The competition, which runs through April 30, engages chapters with the opportunity to host a local book drive in support of an organization in their community.

Chapters collecting the most books throughout the duration of the drive will receive a Little Free Library to place at a location of their choice. Winning chapters will also receive $150 to cover the design cost for personalizing the library.

This project is a great way to promote Phi Kappa Phi on campuses and in communities nationwide while creating access to opportunities that can last a lifetime!

To find out if your local chapter is hosting a drive, email kwhite@phikappaphi.org.

Learn more about the book drive competition here.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Celebrate ‘Thank Your Mentor Day’

National Mentoring Month would not be possible without the extraordinary efforts of all mentors, past and present, across the nation. To honor those that have gone above and beyond, we are celebrating national Thank Your Mentor Day™ today, January 21.

On this day, you are encouraged to reach out to thank or honor those individuals who have and had a lasting, positive impact on your life.

Looking for ideas to thank your mentor? Here are a few:
  1. Contact your mentor directly to express your appreciation.
  2. Express your gratitude on social media.
  3. Pass on the lessons you have learned by becoming a mentor to someone in your community.
  4. Make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program in your mentor’s honor.
  5. Download an official National Mentoring Month e-card to share with your mentor. 
And don’t forget to join the conversation with us on social media throughout the month by using #PKPMentors and #MentoringWorks.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Show Your Phi Kappa Phi Pride!

Calling all graduates! Did you wear your Phi Kappa Phi stole, medallion or honor cords at your fall 2015 graduation? If you have commencement photos showing your Phi Kappa Phi pride, share them with us for a chance to win an Amazon gift card and be featured in Society materials.

To enter, email your pictures to news@phikappaphi.org by January 31, 2016. Include your name, chapter of initiation, date of graduation, and a brief description of your picture. Please limit your submission to no more than five photos. High resolution .jpeg or .png images are preferred.

First place winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card; second place $50 Amazon gift card; third place $25 Amazon gift card.

Click here for more details including official rules and submissions from previous graduation photo contests.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Today is ‘I Am a Mentor Day’

Mentoring is a shared opportunity for learning and growth. In fact, many mentors say they are surprised and grateful for the chance to mentor because the experience is more rewarding than they imagined.

As part of National Mentoring Month, today we are celebrating ‘I Am a Mentor Day.’ Are you a mentor? If so, tell us in the comments below about your experience. Your story may inspire others to get involved and make an impact in the lives of others.

If you’re not yet a mentor, here are some resources to help you get started:

Don’t forget to join the conversation with us on social media throughout the month by using #PKPMentors and #MentoringWorks.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Member Benefits Highlights – January 2016

The new year means new benefits and discounts for members! Kick off your year with these exclusive savings available throughout January.

SeekingSuccess.com *New Benefit
Phi Kappa Phi has teamed up with SeekingSuccess.com to offer members a $75 discount on résumé and LinkedIn profile writing packages. Let SeekingSuccess.com create a résumé and social media profile that will help you rise above the competition. Click here to take advantage of this exclusive offer.

Becker
Preparing for the CPA exam in 2016? Apply for the Newton D. Becker Scholarship offered by Becker Professional Education. The Newton D. Becker Scholarship program will award more than $225,000 in CPA Exam Review Scholarships, including 20 full 4-part courses each valued at $3,393 and over 100 scholarships each valued at $1,697. To learn more about the program and how to apply, click here. Don’t forget, Phi Kappa Phi members can receive a $300 discount when registering for all 4 parts of the Becker CPA Review Course at the same time. Click here for more information.

Carbonite
Make sure your irreplaceable computer files—like term papers, business documents, photos, music and more—are safe this year with Carbonite. With Carbonite, you can rest easy knowing your files are backed up securely and automatically to the cloud. In addition, you can access these important files from any computer, smartphone or tablet. Phi Kappa Phi members can receive a 10% discount, with additional discounts available for multi-year purchases. Visit Carbonite.com and use promo code PKP2015 to get started today!

Franklin Planner
Start the new year with a plan! Phi Kappa Phi members can receive a 15% discount on all online purchases from Franklin Planner. 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. Click here to start planning today!

Mercer
As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you can take advantage of special rates and discounts for life, pet, disability, long-term care and health insurance through Mercer Consumer, a service of Mercer Health & Benefits Administration, LLC, and other well-known providers. To learn more and enroll, call 1.888.560.ALUM (2586). Be sure to mention your membership in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Click here for more information and to access the plans currently offered to Phi Kappa Phi members.

Shoeboxed
Is organization one of your New Year’s resolutions? If so, let Shoeboxed help you! Shoeboxed provides a fast, easy way to turn your important paper documents such as receipts, bills, business cards, and more into organized digital data. With Shoeboxed, your documents will be carefully sorted and scanned into a secure online account and accessible anytime, anywhere. Take advantage of 20% off your first six months when you subscribe. Sign up here to receive the discount and begin eliminating your paper clutter today!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Rise Above the Competition with SeekingSuccess.com

Phi Kappa Phi is excited to announce it has teamed up with SeekingSuccess.com to offer members a $75 discount on résumé and LinkedIn profile writing packages.

Let SeekingSuccess.com create a résumé and social media profile that will help you rise above the competition. You need a résumé that is focused on your target, complies with modern screening apps, and promotes your value through accomplishments. SeekingSuccess.com has been helping clients worldwide at all career stages and across all industries since 2000.

SeekingSuccess.com will develop a full set of career-related documents plus new language for your LinkedIn profile. The process is simple. By asking you the right questions, your writer will uncover and communicate your unique value.

Click here to take advantage of this exclusive offer today!

Questions? Contact Jamie Chapman at jchapman@phikappaphi.org or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi Celebrates National Mentoring Month

As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you’ve made great achievements in your academic career. When you look back over your educational journey, who comes to mind? Was it a science or math teacher who encouraged you to keep working hard to master the course material? Was it a professor or faculty member who empowered you to pursue your dream? Most likely, you were lucky enough to have a mentor who inspired and challenged you to be where you are today.

January marks the 15th annual National Mentoring Month—a month dedicated to celebrating mentors, past and present, who have made an impact in the lives of others.

This impact is evident in research that shows when matched through a quality mentoring program, mentors can play a powerful role in providing students with the tools to make responsible decisions and stay focused and engaged in school. Moreover, young adults who had mentors as kids are paying it forward—they are 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities according to The National Mentoring Partnership.

Throughout January, join us as we celebrate the many benefits of mentoring and encourage the mentors making a difference each day.

To share your unique mentoring story, email news@phikappaphi.org, and join the conversation on social media by using #PKPMentors and #MentoringWorks.

Volunteer Spotlight – January 2016

Rebecca Luther
The University of Texas at San Antonio

Name: Rebecca Luther

Chapter Position: Vice President

University Position: Director of Communications/Academic Affairs

Years of Service to the Chapter: 3 years

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

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? Our provost, John Frederick, asked for my assistance with publicity when UTSA's petition to start a Phi Kappa Phi charter on campus was approved in 2011. I thought I would just be writing a press release or two. Next thing I knew I was standing on stage in regalia being sworn in with our other charter officers.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? Having our students selected for the Fellowship, Love of Learning and Study Abroad grants! I'm also very proud that our very young chapter was recognized as a Chapter of Excellence this year and as a Chapter of Merit the previous two years.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? For me, "love of learning" means adopting an attitude of humility in everything I do. I've been at UTSA for 15 years, but I'm always learning more about it!

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? My regular job at the university keeps me connected to the faculty; working with Phi Kappa Phi is one of the few opportunities I have to get to know our students. Who are awesome, by the way.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer?
Treat the folks at headquarters like your new best friends. Because they are.

What are your hobbies?
Arts and crafts with my kids. And way too much binge-watching on Netflix.

Where are you from? Birmingham, Ala.