Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Buy a PC, Get a Free TV from Dell

In the market for a new PC? For a limited time, Phi Kappa Phi members are eligible to receive a free 32” Samsung TV when purchasing select Dell PCs valued at $699.99 or more.

As an added benefit, Dell PCs come with one year Accidental Damage Service included. Members can also enjoy 5% back in rewards and free second business day shipping when joining Dell Advantage Rewards for free at checkout.

Click here to learn more about the Phi Kappa Phi – Dell Member Purchase Program and start shopping today! Please note you must be logged in with your Phi Kappa Phi credentials to access this page.

For more information about this limited-time offer, click here. And learn more about additional Dell offers currently available to members.

If you need assistance accessing any of the discounts, please contact Angie Lex at Angie_Lex@Dell.com or Jamie Chapman at jchapman@phikappaphi.org.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi Announces Scholar, Artist, and Distinguished Service Recipients

Phi Kappa Phi today announced the recipients of its 2016-2018 Phi Kappa Phi Artist, Phi Kappa Phi Scholar, and Phi Kappa Phi Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service awards.

Dr. Robert E. Holtfreter, distinguished professor of accounting and research at Central Washington University, was named as the 2016-2018 recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award. An esteemed leader in the field of accounting, Dr. Holtfreter’s career spans more than four decades. In addition to his professional leadership and achievement as a scholar, he has made a substantial impact through research and service leadership in the field of accounting. Most notably, Dr. Holtfreter is recognized for his efforts to provide continuing education related to fraudulent practices, security breaches and identity theft. Read the full press release here.



Dr. Pamela Youngblood, professor and chair of the Department of Music and Drama at Texas Woman’s University, was named the 2016-2018 Phi Kappa Phi Artist. Dr. Youngblood’s career as a performing artist and scholar spans 40 years. During this time, she has played concertos and recitals throughout the U.S. and internationally. She is also the founder and director of the Texas Woman’s University Flute Choir, which she created in 1994. In addition, she established the Dallas-based Brookhaven Flute Choir in 1985. The choirs, under her direction, have performed across the nation including at six annual conventions of the National Flute Association. Read the full press release here.



Dr. Michael J. Plewa, emeritus professor of genetics and University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was named the 2016-2018 Phi Kappa Phi Scholar. An esteemed leader in environmental and molecular mutagenesis, Dr. Plewa has been recognized nationally and internationally for his research and publications. His extensive research has been continuously funded by competitive grants for more than 42 years. His laboratory discovered biochemical pathways involved in the metabolism of environmental contaminants into mutagens by green plants and made significant discoveries in antimutagnesis and mutagenic synergy. Read the full press release here.

Phi Kappa Phi Visa® Rewards Card Limited Time Offer

The Phi Kappa Phi Visa® Rewards credit card is the perfect way for members to show their Phi Kappa Phi pride everywhere Visa is accepted while supporting Phi Kappa Phi awards and grants at the same time.

For a limited time only, the first 100 approved cardholders to make their first purchase will receive a complimentary Phi Kappa Phi canvas tote bag courtesy of Phi Kappa Phi (pictured). To qualify for this offer, your account must be opened by June 30, 2016.

Members can also earn rewards points redeemable for thousands of rewards items. Other benefits include 20% off Phi Kappa Phi merchandise purchases, no annual fee, a low introductory rate for the first 6 months, $100,000 travel accident insurance and much more!

To sign up for the Phi Kappa Phi Visa Rewards® credit card and take advantage of the great benefits, click here. If you have questions, contact Jamie Chapman at jchapman@phikappaphi.org.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Chapters Host Book Drives Across the Nation

Amanda Rawls stands among the books collected
by the University of Missouri-St. Louis chapter.
Between February and April this spring, the Phi Kappa Phi Council of Students hosted its third annual Book Drive Competition. As part of the contest, 19 chapters across the country hosted drives to collect as many books as possible for an organization of their choice.

The book drives were held at both colleges and universities nationwide. Beneficiary organizations chosen by the chapters ranged from schools to hospitals to other community organizations including tutoring and mentoring programs, shelters, correctional centers and even a university in Kenya.

In all, the participating chapters collected nearly 7,500 books!

The three chapters whose book drives collected the most donations were named as winners:
  • Campbell University
  • University of Missouri–St. Louis 
  • Angelo State University

The Campbell University chapter collected more than 600 books
to donate to Harnett Health Systems in North Carolina.
These chapters will receive a “Little Free Library” and $150 for personalizing their Little Free Library. The concept of the Little Free Library is a “’take a book, return a book’ gathering place” in a community—a prize that fits in well with Phi Kappa Phi’s love of learning and literacy. The chapters will decide where to place their Little Free Libraries whether somewhere on their campuses or in their local communities.

Other chapters that hosted a book drive as part of the contest include Arkansas State University; Berry College, California State University, Sacramento; Campbell University; Duquesne University; Idaho State University; Ithaca College; Louisiana State University; Murray State University; North Dakota State University; University of Bridgeport; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland, University College; University of Missouri, Kansas City; University of North Carolina, Charlotte and University of West Georgia.

To see photos from the book drives hosted across the nation, visit the Phi Kappa Phi Flickr page.

Chapters interested in learning more about the contest or how to host their own book drives or service projects can contact Kay White.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ticket Monster Discount Now Available to Members

Phi Kappa Phi is excited to announce it has teamed up with Ticket Monster Perks to offer members an exclusive 15% discount on more than 2.5 billion sports, concert and theater tickets worldwide. Members are also eligible to receive discounts—up to 25% off—on movie tickets and theme park admissions. The new partnership includes discounts for AMC, Regal, Cinemark, Disneyland, Six Flags, Knotts Berry Farm and much more!

With Ticket Monster, tickets are sourced from trustworthy sellers and there are no surprise fees tacked on at the end. In addition, full refunds are given for cancelled events and shipping is free. Great prices, no fees and free shipping! What more could you ask for?

Click here
to sign up today and save $10 on your first order. If prompted for a company identifier, use PhiKappaPhiTix1.

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

Monday, May 16, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi Awards $100,000 Excellence in Innovation Award to Tulane University

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi today announced Tulane University as the inaugural recipient of its $100,000 Excellence in Innovation Award. The award, given once per biennium, recognizes Tulane for achievement in finding powerful solutions to local, regional, national and global challenges through the university’s Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking.

Founded in 2014, the Taylor Center is a university-wide initiative that implements a range of academic, co-curricular and research opportunities through programming that includes community partnerships, student-led activities, visiting professors, student fellowships, service-learning components, award programs and social ventures. Each facet of the Taylor Center, exemplified by its transdisciplinary methods, works together to provide sustainable solutions to challenges faced in the environment, society, education, health care and beyond.

“Phi Kappa Phi is delighted to recognize Tulane University with its first Excellence in Innovation Award,” said Society Executive Director Mary Todd. “The Phyllis M. Taylor Center’s emphasis on the interdisciplinary intersection of thought and action reflects Phi Kappa Phi’s own multidisciplinary nature, while engaging Tulane students and faculty in creative applied learning both on and beyond their campus.”

Tulane, on behalf of its efforts with the Taylor Center, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Excellence in Innovation Award by a jury of emeritus presidents and provosts during a two-part screening process. The university was first selected as one of six semifinalists before advancing as a top three finalist. The pool of entries represented inventive, multifaceted projects at institutions across the United States. Each institution was assessed on its project’s ability to achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes to create systemic large-scale change.

"We are thrilled to receive this honor which recognizes Tulane's efforts to educate and inspire its students and researchers to pursue world-changing ideas and innovation," said Tulane President Michael A. Fitts.

Tulane will accept the award in person at Phi Kappa Phi’s Biennial Convention in Atlanta, Ga., on July 30.

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 only award for collegiate institutions. The program launched in September with an invitation to 1,600 regionally accredited baccalaureate or higher degree-granting four-year colleges and universities.

The call for submissions for the 2018 Excellence in Innovation Award will open in the fall of 2017. For more details and to see the finalists’ portfolios, please visit www.phikappaphi.org/innovation.

About Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Phi annually inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters at more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of second-term juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others." For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit us here.

Career Resources for Members

Are you a recent graduate starting your job search? Let Phi Kappa Phi help! We offer many resources to assist members in the development and advancement of their careers. From the Career Center to the career guidance podcast series, we provide our members resources to jump-start their careers!

  • Career Center – Job seekers can post résumés, search job openings and apply for jobs; while employers can use the site to find and recruit top talent and post available positions.
  • Career Corner – Join other Phi Kappa Phi members to share job search strategies, interview tips and all-around career advice in this exclusive Link community.
  • Career Guidance – Watch podcasts and get advice on interviewing, networking, writing a winning résumé and dealing with stress.
  • Logo Graphics – Proudly display your Phi Kappa Phi membership on your résumé by including an official Society logo.
  • Membership Verification Letter – Verify your membership in the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society with a letter from the Executive Director.
  • SeekingSuccess.com – As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you can save $75 on a SeekingSuccess.com résumé and LinkedIn profile writing package. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Show Your Phi Kappa Phi Pride and Win!

Calling all graduates! Did you wear your Phi Kappa Phi stole, medallion or honor cords at your recent 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, click here to submit your entry online by June 30, 2016. Please limit your submission to no more than five photos. High resolution .JPEG or .PNG images are preferred.

The first place winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card, second place will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and third place will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

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

If you have questions, contact Hannah Breaux at hbreaux@phikappaphi.org.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mark Your Calendar! Special Brooks Brothers Event for Members

Mark your calendars for the Brooks Brothers Summer Shopping Event next Wednesday, May 18! Phi Kappa Phi members can receive 30% off regularly-prices purchases during the one-day event.

To receive the discount in store, you must sign up for a complimentary Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card by visiting Membership.BrooksBrothers.com 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 www.brooksbrothers.com for more information.


If you have additional questions, please contact Jamie Chapman at jchapman@phikappphi.org

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi Announces Finalists for Excellence in Innovation Award

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi today announced the three finalists for its inaugural Excellence in Innovation Award. The $100,000 award, given once per biennium, will recognize an institution for achievement in finding powerful answers to important local, regional, national or global challenges.

The finalists, selected by a jury of emeritus presidents and provosts, were chosen from a pool of six semifinalists representing multifaceted projects at institutions across the nation. Each institution was assessed on the project’s ability to achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes to create systemic large-scale change.

The three institutions chosen as finalists are:
  • Arizona State University
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Tulane University

“The quality of applications for the inaugural Excellence in Innovation Award presented the jurors a true challenge, each portfolio offering evidence of the creative, sustainable innovations being developed regularly on campuses from coast to coast,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “Phi Kappa Phi is thrilled to recognize the three finalist institutions for their projects, which, while unique, are also readily adaptable by other institutions.”

The inaugural recipient will be announced Monday, May 16, and will receive $100,000 in tangible recognition of its best practice in response to the changes and challenges facing higher education in the 21st century. The award will be presented at the Society’s biennial convention on July 30 in Atlanta, Ga.

The three semifinalist institutions receiving honorable mention are The Evergreen State College, James Madison University and The New School.

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 only award for institutions.

About Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Phi annually inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters at more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of second-term juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others." For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit us here.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Member Benefits Highlights – May 2016

Don’t miss out on these exclusive offers including a special shopping event available only to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout May.

Brooks Brothers
Mark your calendars for the Brooks Brothers Summer Shopping Event on Wednesday, May 18! Receive 30% off your regularly-priced purchases during the one-day sale. To receive the discount, you must sign up for a complimentary Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card by visiting Membership.BrooksBrothers.com or calling 1.866.515.4747 with 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.

Budget Truck
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.

Church Hill Classics
Looking to show off your Phi Kappa Phi pride? Frame your membership certificate with a customizable frame from Church Hill Classics. Choose from a variety of frame moldings, mat colors and materials to create a frame that complements your home or office decor. In addition, you can find a frame to showcase your medallion, stole or Phi Kappa Phi photos! Start designing today!

Dell

Who doesn’t love a free TV? For a limited time, get a free 32” Samsung TV (a $319.99 value) when you buy select PCs of $699.99 or more. Members can also receive 5% back in rewards with Dell Advantage Rewards – plus free second business day shipping. Join for free at checkout. Click here to visit the Phi Kappa Phi - Dell Member Purchase Program and start shopping today!

LifeLock
Summer travel plans? Make sure you are protected from identity fraud with LifeLock’s vacation preparedness quiz. LifeLock, the leader in identity theft protection, makes it easy to stay protected with peace of mind while traveling. As a member, you are eligible to receive a 30-day free trial and 10% discount on membership plans. Click here to enroll. Use promo code HSPKP.

Phi Kappa Phi Visa® Rewards Credit Card
The Phi Kappa Phi Visa® Rewards card is the perfect way for members to show theirPhi Kappa Phi pride everywhere Visa is accepted, support Phi Kappa Phi awards and grants and earn rewards points redeemable for thousands of rewards items. For a limited time, the first 100 approved cardholders to make their first purchase will receive a complimentary Phi Kappa Phi canvas tote bag (pictured) – courtesy of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. To qualify for this offer your account must be opened by June 30, 2016. To sign up for the Phi Kappa Phi Visa credit card and take advantage of the great benefits, click here.

Summer Travel Savings
Planning a summer getaway? Make your reservations through our partners and your hotel savings could exceed 50%, while car rental savings may exceed 35%.

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

Thursday, May 5, 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 kwhite@phikappaphi.org by May 20, 2016.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight – May 2016

Amy Leigh Rogers
Tennessee Technological University

Name: Amy Leigh Rogers

University Position: Instructor

Years of Service to Phi Kappa Phi: 5 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: B.S., Multidisciplinary Studies: Human Learning K-8; M.A., Reading Specialist; Ed.S., Library Science; currently working toward completion of Ph.D. in Exceptional Learning Literacy

How did you become involved as a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer? As a Ph.D. student, I was honored to be initiated into such a prestigious organization. I was looking for ways to fund research that I was presenting at conferences across the United States. As a member of Phi Kappa Phi, I knew there were grants and other funding for members. After meeting with the past president, I was asked to step up and help with the upcoming initiation. From that moment on, I have been actively involved.

What has Phi Kappa Phi done that has made you proud? At my University, Phi Kappa Phi is a coveted honor to all invited and those not. I am proud of the diversity that is shown throughout Phi Kappa Phi. It is amazing to see the different disciplines come together for such an honor.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Phi Kappa Phi is more than just a society for outstanding scholars in their field; it is an organization that allows for diverse individuals to show their love of learning long after they leave the academic setting. I am so amazed at all the accomplishments of members all across the United States and world.

What do you enjoy most about being a Phi Kappa Phi volunteer? I have loved getting to meet people from all across the United States from numerous universities. I also enjoyed seeing all the new faces joining our chapter at Tennessee Technological University.

What advice would you give to a new Phi Kappa Phi volunteer?
 Do not be afraid to get your feet wet. I jumped in head first to volunteering and have loved every minute of it.

What are your hobbies? I love to read anything I can, crafting, and spending time with my husband at sporting events. I especially love Hockey! Let's Go Preds!

Where are you from?
 I am from a small town in Tennessee called Pleasant Shade. I have lived in the Middle Tennessee area my entire life. I love the hills of Tennessee and planned to stay here forever.

See Amy's CV.