Friday, July 29, 2016

Engines of Innovation

Buck Goldstein believes universities have a higher calling.

“I feel like you all are on the front lines of one of the most important conversations that’s ever taken place in the United States,” the entrepreneur in residence and professor in practice of economics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Goldstein says universities and colleges are the “true front door to the middle class,” and that it’s “scandalous” at the United States’ low ranking in higher education.

“You all are the ones who are going to make it happen,” he said.

College degrees are worth the doing, he says, for the opportunities it can unlock.

“Hell yeah, it’s worth it. It’s not even close.”

But higher education is going to need to change how it thinks and moves, he said, to better serve a student population that doesn’t look like it used to. More students are older, more have children, and more have financial aid.

"Demographics today are not like the old days of upper middle class white kids,” Goldstein says.

Another challenge facing higher education is simple math. The business model of most institutions just doesn’t work.

“The arithmetic is daunting,” he said. Seventy percent of colleges are staring financial crisis in the face. But crisis can create change, and often for the better.

Technology can help institutions weather the storm. Goldstein encouraged the room to think about new ways of teaching that are scalable and more efficient than the lecture. But most of all, he urged them to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit.

“Entrepreneurs are attracted to change like moths are attracted to light,” he said. “Open the tent … invite entrepreneurs to join you. They have Rolodexes, short attention spans, and they don’t follow instructions well.”

What entrepreneurs do well is shake things up. And one of the first you should invite is an artistic or social entrepreneur.

“You can’t make this about business or you’ll be stuck with business. You will not change the culture,” Goldstein said.

Lastly, higher education institutions need to make a strategy, which often goes against the grain in most universities. Strategizing isn’t about what to do so much as what not to do, and most university cultures thrive on consensus.

“No one wants to have a winner and a loser,” he said. “You can’t make everybody happy.”

All of this is not to say that universities should be treated like a business.

“We cannot throw out the baby with the bathwater. Universities are special,” Goldstein said, like a secular religion. Students are not customers, faculty are not just employees, and education is not a transaction. Universities deliver not just a vocation but an education.

“I believe that you and all and the institutions you represent are the chief engineers of social mobility right now. A college education is still the single biggest ticket to social mobility,” he said. “If this American experiment is to continue, we’ve got to pull our weight.”

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Head of Lettuce, A Cabbage and Some Carrots

Lou Heckler, who parlayed a television journalism career into teaching, coaching and motivational speaking didn’t have a lot to work with at the Venice, Florida, hospital where he was asked to speakdue to a misunderstandingas a nutritional humorist.

Which, of course, he is not. 

He is, however, an expert on leadership and displayed his talent in fine form with occasional bouts of humor. 

Effective leaders, he said, make good choices. They do three things: have a vision that can prompt action at every level; take responsibility for their organization; and listen to feedback. But,he warned, “excellence doesn’t mean perfection.” Perfection can stop people, he said, and gave an example your neighborhood fitness guru who spends his free time jogging and doing pushups.

When faced with him, the average person may feel less inclined to get outside themselves. A good leader understands that. They also listen to fresh voices in their organization and look for inspiration in unexpected places. 

“Listen to those fresh voices,” he said, and tap into all the constituencies in your organization. “Are you willing to enlist others and give up some of that control?” 

A good leader also brings their A-game every day. And that gets hard, Heckler said. “They bring energy and enthusiasm every day, and it ain’t easy.” It’s important for leaders to care for themselves, he said, to put themselves on the agenda. 

“Without wellness, nothing else comes.” 

Avoid repetition apathy, Heckler said, which is the instinct to do it the way it’s always been done. 

“We all need to have an opening night philosophy. Every day.” 

Monday, July 25, 2016

See You in Atlanta!

Convention boxes packed and ready
to ship from Society Headquarters
in Baton Rouge.
Staff from Society Headquarters will head to Atlanta, Ga., tomorrow, July 26, to prepare for the 2016 Phi Kappa Phi Convention! The Convention, themed Educate. Innovate. Elevate, marks the 44th gathering since the Society’s founding in 1897 at the University of Maine. Chapter officers, students and members from institutions across the nation will convene for three days of networking, learning and sharing.

Taking place Friday and Saturday, the Convention boasts an exciting agenda including a keynote address from Buck Goldstein, co-author of Engines of Innovation—The Entrepreneurial University in the 21st Century, a plenary address from leadership specialist Lou Heckler, a panel discussion with three university provosts, presentation of the Society’s first-ever $100,000 Excellence in Innovation Award and much more. In addition, the 2016-2018 Board of Directors and Regional Vice Presidents will be elected during the Convention. (See the Slate of Candidates here.)

And if that’s not enough, Partnering for Success, which precedes the two-day Convention, will provide 200 chapter officers from across the nation with best practices and strategies for enhancing Phi Kappa Phi chapters.

Stay tuned for all Convention happenings to be posted here on the Phi Kappa Phi blog and our social media channels.

And for those heading to Atlanta, we’ll see you there!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Increased Discount from Shoeboxed

Phi Kappa Phi is excited to announce Shoeboxed has increased the discount for members to 50 percent! Members are also eligible to receive their first 30 days of Shoeboxed completely free.

Shoeboxed provides a fast, easy way to turn your important paper documents such as receipts, bills, business cards and more into organized digital data. Your documents will be carefully sorted and scanned into a secure online account, accessible anytime, anywhere. Plans start at $9.95 per month.

Click here to sign up for the discount and begin eliminating your paper clutter today!

If you have questions, contact Jamie Chapman at

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Vote Now! Spring 2016 Graduation Photo Contest

Thanks to all who submitted photos to the Spring 2016 Graduation Photo Contest! We received more than 400 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 Sunday, July 31, 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.)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Shop the New Phi Kappa Phi Store

The new and improved Phi Kappa Phi Store is now live at! The updated store features many all-new items including tote bags, comfy sweatshirts, dressy polos, technology accessories, and even a Phi Kappa Phi teddy bear. And of course, you’ll still find member-favorites like graduation gear, t-shirts, license plate frames, mugs and more.

The redesigned store and easy-to-navigate sections such as the Apparel Room and Graduation Station make it easy to shop for and order your favorite Phi Kappa Phi items. In addition, members can now take advantage of free shipping on orders of $50 or more.

Ready to add to your Phi Kappa Phi collection? Start shopping today!

If you have any questions about the Phi Kappa Phi Store, email us or call 1.877.248.5469.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi Announces Road Scholar Discount

Phi Kappa Phi has partnered with Road Scholar—the world’s largest and most innovative creator of experiential learning opportunities, with adventures from San Francisco to Siberia, and nearly everywhere in between.

As part of the new partnership, Phi Kappa Phi members are eligible for a one-time $100 savings on any one of the Road Scholar learning adventures available in 150 countries and 50 states. All 5,500 Road Scholar programs provide exceptional educational opportunities led by instructors who are experts in their fields.

Click here to sign up for a Road Scholar catalog and you’ll receive $100 off your first Road Scholar adventure.

If you have questions about the discount, contact Jamie Chapman at

Friday, July 8, 2016

Save $250 with The Princeton Review in July

What’s hotter than a day at the beach? A top test score! Spend your summer with The Princeton Review and you’ll get a guaranteed higher score.

During the month of July, Phi Kappa Phi members can save $250 on Ultimate courses for the GMAT, GRE, LSAT or MCAT. Use promo code SAVE250 before July 31, 2016.

Don’t forget these great free resources available to members:
  • Click here to access a series of essential presentations on graduate school applications and testing strategies from The Princeton Review.
  • What’s Your Score – Take a FREE Practice Test? Determine your preparation needs by taking a full-length practice exam (online or in person) without affecting your record and receive a personalized, detailed score report, analyzing your test taking strengths and weaknesses.
  • Stuck on homework? Studying for a test? Try a free Homework Help Session.

If you have questions about The Princeton Review discounts, contact Jamie Chapman, member engagement director, at

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Member Benefits Highlights – July 2016

Don’t miss out on these offers, including a new partner and an increased discount, available only to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout July.

Road Scholar *New Benefit
Phi Kappa Phi is excited to announce it has partnered with Road Scholar to offer Phi Kappa Phi members a one-time, $100 savings on any one of their learning adventures in 150 countries and 50 states. Road Scholar offers an unmatched selection of unique and varied learning adventures at a remarkable value to older adults. Each of the 5,500 programs provide exceptional educational opportunities led by instructors who are experts in their fields. Click here to sign up for a Road Scholar catalog and you’ll receive $100 off your first adventure.

Phi Kappa Phi Gear and Regalia *New Online Store
The Phi Kappa Phi Online Store has recently been updated to provide members with a better shopping experience. The new and improved store features many all-new Phi Kappa Phi-branded items and you’ll still find member-favorites like graduation gear, t-shirts, license plate frames, mugs and more! To access the new online store simply visit and click the Online Store link at top right. Or you may access it directly at

Shoeboxed *Increased Discount
Phi Kappa Phi is excited to announce Shoeboxed has increased the member discount to 50%! Members are also eligible to receive their first 30 days of Shoeboxed completely free. Shoeboxed provides a fast, easy way to turn your important paper documents such as receipts, bills, business cards and more into organized digital data. Your documents will be carefully sorted and scanned into a secure online account, accessible anytime, anywhere. Plans start at $9.95 per month. Click here to sign up for the discount and begin eliminating your paper clutter today!

There are a lot of changes coming soon to the CPA Exam. From the introduction of Document Review Simulations in July 2016 to a new announcement from the AICPA affecting the April 2017 Exam structure, Exam Change Central is a great resource for the latest news, insights, study strategies and more. Angie Brown, Becker Professional Education Instructor and Director of Curriculum, breaks down the AICPA’s April 4, 2016, announcement, and what candidates can do to prepare. Click here to watch the video. Don’t forget! Phi Kappa Phi members are eligible to receive a $300 discount when registering for all four parts of the Becker CPA Review Course at the same time.

Take advantage of exclusive discounts from Dell on computers, accessories and much more! To start shopping, visit the Phi Kappa Phi – Dell Member Purchase Store. Please note your discount is automatically calculated and will appear in red at checkout. And click here for more details on the new Member Exclusive Store, where members can save an additional 20% on the latest technology!

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.

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.

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

Friday, July 1, 2016

Apply Now! Session B Award Programs Open

Applications are now available for Session B of the Love of Learning Award and Study Abroad Grant programs. To learn more about each program including how to apply, follow the links below.

Study Abroad Grants

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help 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 B. The deadline to apply is September 15.

Love of Learning Awards
Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate studies and career development for active Phi Kappa Phi members to include, but not be limited to, graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development and travel related to teaching/studies. Eighty awards, at $500 each, will be distributed during Session B. The deadline to apply is October 1.

If you have questions, contact Kelli Partin at

Volunteer Spotlight – July 2016

Donna Van Bodegraven
Elon University

Name: Donna Van Bodegraven

Chapter Position: Past President

University Position: Associate Professor of Spanish

Years of Service to the Chapter: 16 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D., Spanish - Latin American Literature; M.A., Spanish; M.A., Latin American Studies

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? I was recruited by the faculty mentor assigned to me when I first came to Elon 17 years ago. She was chapter president at the time (Dr. Nancy Harris).

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? Our chapter earned Chapter of Excellence recognition (2014-2015). This is the culmination of outstanding achievements including having nominated several students who have won Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships. We have received literacy grants and we have earned other recognitions.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? The organization has allowed me to be part of recognizing and celebrating academic excellence and the love of learning with wonderful Elon students, faculty, staff and alumni.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? I truly relish the satisfaction of giving back to an exceptional organization that has been an essential part in the recognition of the academic achievements of our community, but especially of our students.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? I encourage any new chapter officer to attend a Partnering for Success event; attend the biennial convention; invite new members from the faculty, staff alumni of your university; invite student members to nominate faculty and staff for membership; identify Phi Kappa Phi members among new employees and invite them to make your chapter their new home; encourage new members to get involved through induction ceremony support and eventually to become members of the executive board.

What are your hobbies? I spend most of my free time watching collegiate sports of all kinds and supporting Elon's athletic teams (especially men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis and football). I also knit and I love to travel.

Where are you from? I was born and grew up in Philadelphia, Pa. However, North Carolina has been home now for 17 years.

See Donna's CV.