Monday, February 22, 2016

Creating Your Online Résumé with Merit

Merit Page example
In a competitive job market, a positive online presence is critical. Whether you are graduating this May or on the hunt for a new career path, Phi Kappa Phi has the perfect tool to enhance your online presence.

Meet Merit.

Merit is an online platform that allows Phi Kappa Phi members to promote academic and extracurricular achievements, work experience, leadership roles and much more. Not only does Merit allow you to receive the recognition you deserve, it is a surefire way to polish your online presence!

Once awarded a Phi Kappa Phi initiate “badge,” members are able to customize their online Merit page and easily share it with family and friends via social media or as an online résumé for prospective employers.

You may ask yourself, “How is Merit different than other professional online profiles such as LinkedIn?”

With Merit, your profile is automatically created by Phi Kappa Phi Headquarters with verified accomplishments such as being initiated into the Society or receiving a Phi Kappa Phi award or grant. In addition to these verified achievements, you can enhance your profile with the other achievements and activities most important to you.

If you haven’t received a Phi Kappa Phi Merit page (those initiated prior to March 2013), email Hannah Breaux at with your name and member ID number to get started.

Click here to learn more about Merit, including frequently asked questions, and check out the latest member achievements on the official Phi Kappa Phi Merit page.

Phi Kappa Phi Announces 2016 Dissertation Fellows

Phi Kappa Phi recently announced the recipients of the 2016 Dissertation Fellowships. The two fellows will receive $10,000 each to support their dissertation writing.

Monica S. Aswani
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Monica S. Aswani is a doctoral candidate in the Health Care Organization and Policy Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Her research employs econometric methods to investigate how hospitals may respond to pay-for-performance incentives in Medicare. The questions posed in her dissertation reflect a desire to address germane policy issues through rigorous empirical research. She has also contributed to healthcare quality and patient safety projects through fellowships at Johns Hopkins University and the World Health Organization. Aswani received her Master of Science in Public Health from UAB. Prior to attending UAB, she studied biology as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dissertation Abstract: Effects of Medicare Reimbursement Policies on the Quality of Hospital Care

Katharine Broton
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Katharine Broton is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is studying educational inequalities with a focus on higher education. Her current research includes a multi-method study of poverty and material hardship among college students. Broton's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and Institute of Education Sciences and has appeared in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Education. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Broton worked with low-income middle and high school students in pre-college programs and as a program evaluator. She holds her M.S. and B.S. in sociology from UW–Madison.

Dissertation Abstract: The Evolution of Poverty in Higher Education: Material Hardship, Academic Success, and Policy Perspectives

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Apply to Serve on the Council of Students

The role of Student Vice President is a unique one within the organization of Phi Kappa Phi. Members chosen for this position have the chance to make real connections between the chapter officers on campus and student members. Being selected as a member of the Council of Students offers an opportunity to make these connections on a national level.

If you are interested in serving as a representative for student members at a national level, you are encouraged to apply for the 2016-2018 Council of Students.

The Council of Students, per the Society bylaws, consists of no fewer than five members, representative of the student membership as a whole. These students will gain valuable leadership skills and will communicate regularly with staff at Society headquarters and the two Student Representatives that serve on the Board of Directors.

The Council will meet at the Phi Kappa Phi Convention in Atlanta, Ga., July 27-31, with all expenses covered by Phi Kappa Phi. This opportunity requires a commitment to serve through the 2018 biennium, when the Society selects its next Council of Students.

Interested in applying? Download the Council of Students Application for full eligibility requirements and submission instructions. All applications must be submitted via email to by May 20, 2016.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Vote Now! Fall 2015 Graduation Photo Contest

Thanks to all who submitted photos to the Fall 2015 Graduation Photo Contest! We received more than 150 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 Friday, February 26, 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! (Please note that the system limits entries to one vote per computer/IP address.)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Member Benefits Highlights – February 2016

Who doesn’t ‘love’ a sweet discount? Check out these exclusive offers available to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout February.

Budget Truck Rental
Moving soon? Take advantage of the Budget Truck Rental discount and save 15% on rental and mileage. To book your rental, call 1.800.566.8422 and mention Phi Kappa Phi account number 56000134543 or click here to book online. To ensure availability, early reservations are strongly encouraged.

Fall in love with instant savings up to 33% on Lenovo's award winning technologies and accessories:

-  Up to 33% off select laptops and desktops
-  Up to 28% off select tablets
-  Up to 15% off select ThinkPad and ThinkCentre PCs
-  Up to 15% off select accessories

Visit the Phi Kappa Phi member site to redeem these and other great deals.

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. You can also book your reservation online by visiting or Be sure to use account number WA818139 when booking.

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Gain access to more than 1,800 academic journals with JPASS by JSTOR and receive an exclusive 25% discount when you purchase the annual JPASS-JSTOR individual access plan. The JSTOR archive collection is a database containing back issues of more than 2,000 academic and professional journals spanning 50 disciplines and more than 350 years of scholarship—including some of the most authoritative and widely read articles in the arts and sciences. Click here to redeem your 25% discount today.

Lumosity, a leading brain training company, offers members an exclusive 25% discount on individual yearly and lifetime subscriptions. Lumosity is available on iPad, iPhone and Android, and in several languages on the web including French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. To take advantage of the exclusive discount, visit to set up your free account. Once you’ve created your account, click here to activate the 25% discount.

In an always-connected world, it’s important to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft. 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.

Questions? Contact Jamie Chapman at or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight – February 2016

Edward G. Tezak
Alfred State College

Name: Edward G. Tezak

University Position: SUNY Distinguished Service Professor

Years of Service to Phi Kappa Phi: 3 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D. Engineering Mechanics, M.S. Astrodynamics

How did you become involved as a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer? Our Vice President of Academic Affairs came to our Faculty Senate and proposed establishing a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi at Alfred State College because of its multidisciplinary nature. It fits our institution. He asked who was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and I was the only one that raised his hand. At that time I became the point man for the mission to establish a chapter here. I became a member of Phi Kappa Phi while at Virginia Tech in 1977 and was a charter member of the chapter at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1978. It was the first honor society established there. While there I served as the Chairman of the student selection committee and as the President of the chapter.

What has Phi Kappa Phi done that has made you proud? Phi Kappa Phi is a symbol of academic excellence. While on the faculty at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point I had the opportunity to visit another campus to view their laboratories and get ideas for West Point. The faculty member assigned as our escort did not appear to be enthusiastic about dealing with a group of uniformed Army officers. However, when I took off my coat I was wearing my Phi Kappa Phi pin as a tie tack. Upon seeing it he exclaimed, "Ah! Phi Kappa Phi!" Through that symbol I was immediately accepted as being an intellectual equal.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Becoming a member of Phi Kappa Phi provides a great sense of satisfaction and a feeling of accomplishment. Once earned it is an honor that becomes a part of who you are and no one can take that away from you. It is nice to be noticed.

What do you enjoy most about being a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer? A feeling of satisfaction. I firmly support the love of learning. It never stops. When given the challenge of establishing a chapter at Alfred State I readily accepted it. It was a labor of love. We have a number of excellent students and I strongly believe they should be recognized for their accomplishments.

What advice would you give to a new Phi Kappa Phi volunteer? Get involved. There is a lot of satisfaction in recognizing the accomplishment of young folks. A pat on the back for a job well done goes a long way.

What are your hobbies? Golfing, skiing and bowling.

Where are you from?
Born in Steelton, Pa., up wind of Three Mile Island. I grew up a mile away in Oberlin, Pa., and attended Central Dauphin High School before entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

See Edward's CV.

Texas A&M University–Kingsville to Install Phi Kappa Phi Chapter

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society—will establish its newest chapter at Texas A&M University–Kingsville today, February 1, during a ceremonial installation. Texas A&M–Kingsville will become the 332nd chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, which was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine.

The university was approved to establish a chapter by the Society’s board of directors.

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President Dr. Nestor Sherman, President-elect Dr. Kathleen Rees, Secretary Dr. Susan Roberson, Treasurer Dr. Richard Miller, and Public Relations Officer Cheryl Cain.

Each year, approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni are initiated into the Society, which has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.