Monday, April 18, 2016

The 411 on Merit

As you’ve surely heard by now, Phi Kappa Phi uses Merit to promote the many achievements of its members. So, how exactly does it work?
  1. You accomplish something great such as getting initiated into the Society, receiving a Phi Kappa Phi award or grant or being elected as a chapter officer.
  2. Society Headquarters creates a personalized story tailored to you and your achievement.
  3. You receive an email from with instructions on how to claim your very own Merit profile. See a sample profile here.
  4. Your local newspapers also receive a copy of the personalized story in the form of a press release.
  5. You brag about your accomplishments by sharing it on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn using the ‘Share’ function located on your Merit page.
  6. You customize your Merit profile with a photo and additional achievements, activities and work experience. Consider it a virtual résumé! 
  7. You accomplish other great things and receive additional Phi Kappa Phi-branded badges. See examples of the different badges here
If you haven’t claimed your Merit profile yet, do so today! To learn more about the program including how to request a Merit page, click here.

Questions? Contact Hannah Breaux.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi Announces Study Abroad Grant Recipients

Phi Kappa Phi recently announced the winners from Session A of the 2016 Study Abroad Grant program. The 25 recipients from across the country will receive a grant of $1,000 each.

Click here to see the full list of recipients.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to support undergraduates, both members and nonmembers, as they seek expanded knowledge and experience in their academic fields. Since the program's inception in 2001, the Society has awarded more than $750,000 in Study Abroad Grants.

The application process for Session B of the Study Abroad Grant program will open July 1, 2016. Click here to learn more.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi Installs Chapter 335 at Caldwell University

Phi Kappa Phi will install its 335th chapter at Caldwell University today, April 13.

The installation of the Caldwell chapter comes after a thorough chartering process and approval from the Society’s board of directors. To be eligible, an institution must be a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an established reputation of excellence and an expressed commitment to upholding the values of the Society.

“Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to welcome Caldwell University to our growing community of scholars,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “Caldwell’s commitment to excellence is evident in the transformative changes of the past few years and in its determined focus on collaborative learning and community partnerships.”

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President Dr. William Velhagen, Jr., President-elect Lynne Alleger, Treasurer Maria Miceli, Secretary Rachel Carey and Public Relations Officer Dr. Francine Del Vecchio.

Monday, April 11, 2016

It’s National Volunteer Week!

This week marks the 42nd National Volunteer Week—a week aimed at inspiring and recognizing volunteers who work together to accomplish a multitude of goals.

During this week, Phi Kappa Phi celebrates the outstanding efforts of board members, committee members and chapter officers that serve more than 300 chapters nationwide. Because of the incredible commitment and support of these volunteers, the Society is able to continuously recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education.

Do you know of a Phi Kappa Phi chapter officer or member who has gone above and beyond their duties? If so, we’d like to know! Send us your inspiring stories or post below about a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer who has made an impact in your life.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we highlight and celebrate various volunteer efforts throughout the week. We also want to know what other volunteer service projects you are participating in this week. Tell us or show us using #PKPVolunteers!

To learn more about National Volunteer Week, click here.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Applications Due April 15

Since the naming of the first group of Phi Kappa Phi Fellows more than 80 years ago, the Society’s flagship program has continued to grow. But one thing remains constant—the program’s emphasis on honoring academic excellence nationwide. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards 51 Fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study.

The deadline for chapters to submit their local nominee for the 2016 Fellowship competition is Friday, April 15. To enter the competition, chapters must submit a completed packet with all supporting materials including the nominee’s Fellowship application, official academic transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, work sample(s) and standardized test scores.

For more details on submitting a Fellowship applicant, click here.

If you have additional questions about the Fellowship program, contact Kelli Partin at or 800.804.9880, ext. 235.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Member Benefits Highlights – April 2016

Spring into savings with these exclusive discounts available to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout April.

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. Click here to register and learn more. Please allow up to two billing cycles for the discount to take effect. (Note: Most retail stores may not honor the discount. It is recommended that you apply the discount to your AT&T account online.)

Becker CPA Exam Review
As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you are eligible for a $300 discount when you register for all four parts of Becker Professional Education's CPA Review Course at the same time. Visit to enroll online and enter code 2005BCPARCPKP to redeem the discount.

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.

Continue your journey of lifelong learning by taking advantage of the exclusive discounts available to you from JPASS. Gain access to more than 2,000 academic and professional journals and receive an exclusive 25% discount when you purchase the annual JPASS individual access plan. Click here to redeem your 25% discount today.

April showers you with instant savings up to 24% off select innovative technologies, accessories and more from Lenovo. Whether you are shopping for home or office use, Lenovo has a smart device for all your needs. Visit the Lenovo Phi Kappa Phi Store to save 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.

Phi Kappa Phi Graduation Regalia Sale
Show your smarts on graduation day with Phi Kappa Phi gear! Save $5 and receive a free Society tassel with attached gold Phi Kappa Phi charm (valued at $9.95) when you purchase all three graduation regalia items—the medallion, cord and honor stole. Click here to order today or call 800.804.9880, ext. 210 to place your order by phone. Protocol for wearing graduation recognition items varies from school to school. Check with your college or university before ordering.

Questions about any of the member discounts? Contact Jamie Chapman at or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight – April 2016

Dr. Mary Beth Reynolds
Marshall University

Name: Dr. Mary Beth Reynolds

Chapter Position: President

University Position: Associate Vice President for Assessment and Quality Initiatives and Professor of Communication Disorders

Years of Service to the Chapter: 5 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathology

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? I was one of the charter members of Marshall’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, which was chartered in November of 2010. In the spring of 2012, I was elected President-elect for a two-year term. In July 2014, I assumed the office of chapter president.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? Our chapter has been active since its inception, but I would like to speak directly to this past year. In the spring of 2015, we partnered with two other student organizations on Marshall’s campus, the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Honors College Student Association, to sponsor a Book Drive. The purpose of the Book Drive was to collect children’s books to be used by children in a low-income housing community in Huntington. The unique feature of this housing community is that one of Huntington’s churches, St. John’s Episcopal Church, has conducted an outreach program there (St. John’s House) for more than fifteen years. Within the past several years, the outreach has expanded through a partnership between St. John’s and Marshall University. Currently, graduate students majoring in speech-language pathology serve as co-directors of its after school program, which provides tutoring, help with homework, hot meals, and other types of enrichment activities, including a literacy program. We collected more than 300 books, the majority of which were children’s books now being used by the children. Additionally, we applied for a Phi Kappa Phi Literacy grant which, in addition to supporting the St. John’s House after school program, will be used to begin structured literacy instruction to a group of preschool aged children. Graduate student speech-language pathology clinicians from Marshall University, under the supervision of Marshall’s licensed speech-language pathologists, will provide instruction. Such a literacy group already operates within the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center and we see this as an excellent opportunity to bring this program to St. John’s House. These children may be at risk for reading and other academic difficulties and do not have the resources to attend a program (such as the one at Marshall University) distant from their homes. Parental education and involvement will be integrated into the program as a necessary component for generalization into the home environment.

During academic year 2014-2015, we also launched our first chapter awards to graduating seniors in an effort to increase the number of applications we received for the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship and to be more student-centered. We chose two applicants, each of whom received a check from our local chapter in the amount of $500 to be used toward the cost of their graduate education. We hope to continue, and perhaps expand, these awards in the future.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? To me, Phi Kappa Phi means trying to live its mission statement, “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” I also feel strongly that each chapter of Phi Kappa Phi must keep students at its center. With this in mind, our chapter invited a cadre of four students to serve as vice presidents during academic year 2014-2015 and initiated chapter awards for students. We lived the first part of the Phi Kappa Phi mission by inviting into membership excellent students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines within the university and by co-sponsoring a visiting scholar, Dr. Ahmed Ragab, the Richard T. Watson Assistant Professor of Science and Religion at Harvard Divinity School, who presented two lectures on the intersection between science and religion to members of the Marshall and Huntington communities. We lived the second part of the Phi Kappa Phi mission by conducting a book drive and applying for a Literacy Grant to serve low-income children within the Huntington community.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? I enjoy working with outstanding students, faculty and staff. When we all work together and share ideas, so much can be accomplished!

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? I would advise a new chapter officer to take advantage of the many leadership opportunities that Phi Kappa Phi provides. I learned a lot by attending Phi Kappa Phi’s Biennial Convention and by attending a cluster meeting. Phi Kappa Phi staff members also are responsive to all questions, so I recommend that, if a new officer has a question, be sure to contact the appropriate Phi Kappa Phi staff member. At the local level, make sure to work with other officers and include student vice presidents.

What are your hobbies? I like to read (especially history), travel, and spend time with family and friends. When traveling, I enjoy trying new foods, visiting places of historical interest, and going to the theatre and to musical events. I especially enjoy theatre and reading that challenges me to consider issues and events in new ways, i.e. that challenge any preconceived notions I might have.

Where are you from? I’m originally from Kentucky (born in Covington, but grew up in Ashland from the age of ten). I currently live with my husband, Nick, in Huntington, W.V. and have two grown sons, Colin and Owen.

See Mary Beth's CV.