Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Poetry Submissions Wanted

The Phi Kappa Phi Forum welcomes submissions of original, previously unpublished poetry from active Society members that fits the theme of each edition.

For winter 2016, the theme is migration. The submission deadline is September 16. Submissions must be under 40 lines and must reflect the theme of the edition.

Poems will be selected to appear in the print version of the magazine, though others may appear online. Selected poets will receive five free copies of the Forum in which their verse appears. Previous winners must wait one year before entering again. Send your poem, contact information, a photo and a short bio, including your Phi Kappa Phi chapter affiliation and member number, to

Entries are judged by poet, Berry College professor and Phi Kappa Phi member Sandra Meek.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Apply Now: Study Abroad Grants and Love of Learning Awards

Takami Kowalski, 2016 Study Abroad Recipient (Session A)
Applications are currently being accepted for Session B of the Study Abroad Grant and Love of Learning Award programs. Learn more about each program including how to apply and the upcoming deadlines:

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, please contact Kelli Partin, awards manager, at

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Call for Volunteers

Every biennium, Phi Kappa Phi depends upon the good work of more than 100 volunteers to serve on as many as 12 national committees. Most committees are made up of five individuals, including the chair, who represent the diversity of Society membership.

Committee work usually involves conference calls and in some cases a meeting in Baton Rouge. All travel expenses are paid for by the Society (according to its travel expense policy), and meetings are kept to a minimum for the sake of efficiency.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved on a national level with Phi Kappa Phi and to network with colleagues from around the country.

Click here to review the list of committees and descriptions of their work.

Members must be active (dues-current) to serve on a committee and have been a member of Phi Kappa Phi for at least five years (initiated in 2011 or earlier). The deadline for submissions is Sept. 10.

Click here to submit the Committee Service Volunteer Form.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi Increases Number of Awards

Beginning with the 2016-2018 biennium, three Phi Kappa Phi award programs will offer an increased number of available awards totaling $125,000.

Dissertation Fellowships
The Dissertation Fellowship Program, introduced in 2014, will now offer 10 Dissertation Fellowships at $10,000 each. Up from two Fellowships each year, the Dissertation Fellowship Program supports doctoral candidates who are completing their dissertations. The application period opens October 1.

Love of Learning Awards
The Love of Learning Program will now offer 200 awards at $500 each. The increase in awards, up from 160, will go into effect with Session A on December 15. Session B of the program is currently open and will close October 1. Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate studies and career development for active members including graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development and travel related to teaching/studies. One hundred awards will be distributed during each session.

Study Abroad Grants
The Study Abroad Program will now offer 75 awards at $1,000 each. Up from 50 grants each year, the Study Abroad Program supports undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty awards will be offered during Session A and 25 grants will be offered during Session B. Applications are currently being accepted for Session B. The deadline to apply is September 15.

If you have questions about these changes or any of the Phi Kappa Phi award programs, please contact Kelli Partin at

Friday, August 19, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi Installs Chapter 336 at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will install its 336th chapter at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico today, August 19.

The installation of the PCUPR 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 the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico to its growing community of scholars,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “The university’s commitment to excellence is reflected in its philosophy, ‘Knowledge to serve,’ and in the emphasis it places on entrepreneurship and international experience for its students.”

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President José Caraballo-Ríos, President-elect José Frontera, Secretary Monica Arroyo, Treasurer Maria De Los A. Muniz, Awards & Grants Coordinator Haydeé Morales Rodríguez, and Member-at-Large Liza M. Riestra Carrión.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

2016-2018 Council of Students Selected

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recently selected its 2016-2018 Council of Students. The Council, comprised of five student vice presidents from chapters across the nation, will serve as the student engagement committee for the Society.

Established in 2007, the Council is tasked with enhancing communication with student vice presidents, planning and hosting a student leadership conference, interacting with student vice presidents in the Society’s five regions, among other tasks.

Congratulations and welcome to the new Council of Students!

2016-2018 Council of Students

Elyse Davis
University of Missouri–Kansas City

Matthew J. Leverich
Nazareth College

Amreen Mughal
North Dakota State University

Ana Lu Ramirez
Texas A&M International University

Brandon T. Schmidt
Cameron University

To contact representatives from the Council of Students, email

Friday, August 12, 2016

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Questions? Contact Jamie Chapman, member engagement director, at

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Link Mobile App Now Available

Phi Kappa Phi is excited to offer members a mobile app for Link— the Society’s exclusive online member community. The new app allows members to network while on the go!

Features of the app include:
  • Discussions: All of the communities you are subscribed to on Link are available via the mobile app, allowing you to read and reply to discussions or start new discussions.
  • Inbox: Access your Link inbox any time, any place. Reply to and send other members messages in real-time.
  • Connect: View all of your member-contacts on Link. You can also search the full member directory via the app.
  • News: Stay up-to-date on all Society news by accessing the Phi Kappa Phi news feed within the app and check out the latest postings in the Career Center Jobs feed.

To download the app, click on one of the links below or visit your device’s app store and search for the app named Link by Phi Kappa Phi by Results Direct.


Once downloaded, log in using your Phi Kappa Phi login credentials.

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

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi Debuts "The Love of Learning" Video

Each biennium, Phi Kappa Phi awards more than $1 million to qualifying members and students through fellowships, study abroad grants, awards for professional development and continuing education, grants for local and national literacy initiatives, and member and chapter awards. And each year, these award winners achieve great things in communities both near and far.

Watch the video below to hear from Phi Kappa Phi award winners and chapter officers as they share how these opportunities have shaped their academic and professional lives.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

State of the Society

Outgoing President Timothy L. Hulsey delivers the
State of the Society address at the 2016 Biennial Convention.
Outgoing President Timothy L. Hulsey called the state of the Society strong. “We have amassed a record endowment, we have more than 100,000 active members, and more than 300 chapters,” he said. “We remain the world’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society.”

And the future looks bright as well, with Gypsy Denzine assuming the gavel at the end of the convention. “We continue to work with our peers in the Honors Caucus to emphasize the value in honoring academic success, leadership, and service,” he said.

But challenges remain, Hulsey continued, noting a declining acceptance rate and struggling chapters as particular concerns. He also touched on the progress of a 2014 strategic plan to overcome these challenges.

“If we are in fact going to live by our motto and allow the love of learning to rule humanity, we all, individually and collectively, must take the time and put down our cell phones and stop using our computers and our pads, and consider not just how things are, but how they ought to be,” he said. “Now, more than any time in my memory, we are called upon to act on our beliefs. So let us band together to support our motto. Let the love of learning become apparent in our actions. Honor excellence by being excellent.”

Executive Director Mary Todd dove deep into Hulsey’s message, providing an update of what staff has been doing to raise the profile of the Society. “Since 2014, the board and staff have been focused on the implementation of those initiatives,” she said. “And we will continue to keep that focus in the coming biennium and beyond, if necessary, to ensure a sustainable future for Phi Kappa Phi.”

Declining membership is a trend across nonprofit member associations, Todd said. The value of membership is just not as obvious. “We need to think differently about the value of membership,” she said, and about our message.”

The Society has worked in elevate its profile and project a greater voice in higher education. The new Excellence in Innovation Award, which awards $100,000 to an institution, is a first for the Society. In addition, existing awards programs are being increased. Dissertation fellowships have grown from two to ten; fifty Study Abroad grants are now seventy-five; Love of Learning awards grew from 160 to 200. “We believe the awards programs are our signature member benefit and a compelling piece of the message,” Todd said.

Members and chapters are growing. The number of chapters now stands at 335, with six installed since the last convention. Five more will come on board by the end of the calendar year. The Society’s endowment is also healthy, funding the increase in awards as well as video and public relations campaigns to raise Phi Kappa Phi’s profile.

Todd, like Hulsey in his earlier speech, emphasized the importance of chapter health. “Please know how grateful we are for the volunteer work that you do, for the hours you put in on the maintenance of your chapter. I know that the gratitude of seeing student smiles at initiation ceremonies are worth the work we put into it,” she said. “We depend on you immensely . . . you are the source of our growth.”

Monday, August 8, 2016

Member Benefits Highlights – August 2016

Whether you are a faculty or staff member, student or parent, don’t miss out on these great back-to-school specials available exclusively to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout August.

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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.)

Phi Kappa Phi members can save up to 20% on Lenovo PC products, including the award-winning ThinkPad laptop. Click here to visit the special Lenovo site for limited time eCoupons and other special offers.

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.

Fit Brains
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Mercer Insurance Program
Members 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 Phi Kappa Phi. Click here to access the plans currently offered to members.

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

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

2016-2018 Society Board of Directors and Regional Vice Presidents

Voting for the Society's 2016-2018 Board of Directors was held Saturday, July 30, during the Phi Kappa Phi Biennial Convention. Convention delegates voted to elect the following positions: President-elect, Vice President for Chapter Development, five Directors, a Graduate Student Representative and an Undergraduate Student Representative. Voting delegates also elected the five Regional Vice Presidents.

Gypsy M. Denzine, West Virginia University

Missy Hopper, Mississippi State University

Past President
Timothy L. Hulsey, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Vice President for Chapter Development
Dan Sandweiss, University of Maine

JoAnn Canales, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
Laurie Kramer, Northeastern University
Steven M. Rock, Western Illinois University
Melony Shemberger, Murray State University
Maire Simington, Banner Health

Graduate Student Representative
Jacob E. Wheeler, The University of Memphis

Undergraduate Student Representative
Autumn Rose Greba, Duquesne University


North Central Regional Vice President
Ronald V. Shaklee, Youngstown State University

Northeast Regional Vice President
Terry Lynn Smith, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

South Central Regional Vice President
Heather E. Davis, Texas Woman’s University

Southeast Regional Vice President
Jeffrey E. Michelman, University of North Florida

West Regional Vice President
Janice L. Herring, California State University, Stanislaus

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Spring 2016 Graduation Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to J. Gabriel Ware from Western Michigan University for being named the first place winner in the Phi Kappa Phi Spring Graduation Photo Contest! As first place winner, Ware will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

Second place and a $50 Amazon gift card was awarded to Darrell Bratton from the University of Maryland University College.

Third place and a $25 Amazon gift card went to Oladimeji Olayinka from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Watch for the winning entries, along with other submissions, to appear in various Society marketing and promotional materials. And don't forget to stay tuned for information about the 2016 Fall Graduation Photo Contest!

To see all entries, click here.

Volunteer Spotlight – August 2016

Valarie Burke
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

: Valarie Burke

Chapter Position: Secretary

University Position: Executive Director of Graduate Student Services

Years of Service to the Chapter: 12 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: B.A. in Psychology, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, currently pursuing Ph.D. in Sociology

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? I selected Phi Kappa Phi for my master’s program internship. I attended chapter officer meetings, assisted with events, and learned the national and chapter history. When my internship was completed, long-time Phi Kappa Phi member and chapter historian, Lea Sexton, suggested I serve as a chapter officer, and I enthusiastically accepted.
What has your chapter done that has made you proud? Our chapter works extremely well together. In the past several years we have won two Literacy Grants that provided a reading room for a local elementary school as well as a field trip for the students to UNLV's campus. We also participated in the Society's first Council of Students Book Drive and was one of the five national winners.Our entire campus was involved with donating books at our many collection drop-offs. he Boys and Girls Club, Street Teens, and the Henderson Public Library were proud recipients of over 2,000 books. In addition, we won a "Little Free Library" that we designed and presented to the Boys and Girls Club on UNLV's Campus.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Opportunity. At the national level, one can attend the biennial convention and workshops and serve on committees. There are numerous awards and grants to apply for to support the love of learning. Phi Kappa Phi offers the opportunity for one to be involved at different levels, depending on one’s desire. There is a phenomenal platform for networking and exchanging ideas.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? Recognizing academic excellence and having fun doing so. Our annual induction ceremony is a special event that brings together current and new members to celebrate academic achievement. In addition, we have an outstanding chapter at UNLV. We host an annual Phi Kappa Phi Member Showcase Lecture series for the entire campus, we have an active student group who is very interested in community service, we encourage members to meet and mingle at our yearly mixer, and our executive board is extraordinary in promoting the love of learning.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? Get excited.The opportunities are endless. Learn your chapter's history and set goals for things you want to accomplish. I learned a great deal about the national office as well as from other chapters by attending the national Partnering for Success events and serving on the Programs and Awards Review Committee. Be involved and encourage others to do the same.Often members want to help and just need you to reach out and ask them to serve on your committees or assist with event planning.

What are your hobbies? Spending time with my family. My husband and I recently had a baby boy and we all love going to the park and taking our dog for a walk. I also enjoy movies, reading, shopping, traveling, swimming and going out to eat (I'm currently learning how to cook!)

Where are you from?
Originally from Larchmont, N.Y., and now live in Las Vegas, NV.

See Valarie's CV.