Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Today is Giving Tuesday!

You've made it through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now, kick off the holiday season by giving back on Giving Tuesday.

Please join us today, November 29, by giving opportunity to deserving students and members across the nation. Your gifts, no matter the size, will help students realize their educational and career goals, from study abroad to graduate school to lifelong learning.

All gifts made to the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation today will help fund the Society's award programs. These programs, made possible by you, help student members in the early stages of their careers—whether an undergraduate studying abroad, a student just beginning graduate study, or an ABD trying to cross the finish line. Your gifts put books in the hands of children enrolled in literacy programs. And your gifts enable other members to extend their love of learning.

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to join the Giving Tuesday movement and help us make an impact on the future.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Dissertation Fellowship Deadline is November 30

The application deadline for the Dissertation Fellowship Program is this Wednesday, November 30. Introduced in 2014, the program is designed to support doctoral candidates who are writing their dissertations.

Beginning this year, the program will award ten $10,000 Dissertation Fellowships. To be eligible, applicants must be an active Phi Kappa Phi member in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study. Awards are for 12 months of dissertation writing. All pre-dissertation requirements should be met by the application deadline including approval of the dissertation proposal.

To start your application, click here. For more information, read the Dissertation Fellowship FAQs or download the fact sheet.

If you have additional questions, please contact Kelli Partin, awards manager, at kpartin@phikappaphi.org or 800.804.9880, ext. 235.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Support Phi Kappa Phi with AmazonSmile this Holiday Season

You shop. Amazon gives. This holiday season be sure to select Phi Kappa Phi as your organization of choice when shopping with AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Phi Kappa Phi.

It’s the same Amazon you know and love, and you can even use your existing Amazon account to shop.

Click here to start shopping and don’t forget to bookmark the AmazonSmile link to make it even easier to support Phi Kappa Phi every time you shop on Amazon.

Questions? Email Jamie Chapman at jchapman@phikappaphi.org.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Day 'Tue' Give

Giving Tuesday is one week away! On November 29, Phi Kappa Phi will join communities, charities, businesses and individuals across the globe to celebrate a global day of philanthropy dedicated to giving back.

Gifts made to the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation on Giving Tuesday will support Phi Kappa Phi’s award programs, which give $1.4 million each biennium to deserving students and members. These programs, made possible by supporters like you, help students realize their educational and career goals, from study abroad to graduate school to lifelong learning.

Want to see firsthand how your gifts can make a difference? Watch the below video to hear from Phi Kappa Phi award winners who are doing great things.


Ready to join the Giving Tuesday movement? Save the date on your calendar (OutlookiCalGoogle Calendar), and help spread the word to fellow Phi Kappa Phi members by signing up here

Monday, November 21, 2016

Executive Director's Blog – On the Move

From the Executive Director
Forum, Winter 2016

A friend once teased, in reference to my career path in higher ed administration, that I was collecting houses along the way. He wasn’t wrong — at one point, thanks to the burst housing bubble, I owned two townhomes and was renting a third. Ouch. That certainly wasn’t my choice, so I’m happy to report that I’ve been back to one house for some time now.

Americans used to be much more on the move than they seem to be of late. Until a generation ago, middle-class families uprooted often as corporate transfers and upward mobility combined. Military families have always known that model. I’ve heard more than one Army or Air Force “brat” say they weren’t really sure where they were from before reciting a list of states in which they’d lived.

College and university admissions officers noticed this trend some time ago. In 2000, the general rule was that most undergraduates looked for schools within 200 miles of home. A 2009 study in the Journal of College Admission of over 900,000 undergraduates found the average distance a student traveled to college was 94 miles. Fully 72 percent attended an institution in their home state. Given the propensity of states to offer grants to their own residents, that high average should be no surprise. Should it also be unsurprising that only one in ten students studies abroad before graduating?

Research confirms the trends observed in college enrollments. What economists call internal migration — moves across county and state lines — has declined by half since the 1980s. (See Eleanor Bloxham’s article later in this issue for more on that.)

This new reality reverses the historic behavior of Americans. Since its founding, the nation has been peopled through parallel developments: the westward movement of generations in pursuit of the American Dream, and the ever larger waves of immigrants who came to our shores seeking freedom and promise.

As a senator, John F. Kennedy laid the groundwork for immigration reform with his small book entitled A Nation of Immigrants. Strongly opposed to the national origin quotas established in the 1920s that essentially closed the doors to migrants for forty years, Kennedy’s recommendations were codified in 1965 as part of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programs. And thus began the largest wave of immigration in American history.

American society and culture has been greatly enriched by the diversity introduced by immigrants over the course of our history, yet no question was more divisive in the recent election cycle. Acknowledgement of the immigrant contribution tends to gets lost in the rhetoric of fear that suggests immigrants are draining federal, state, and local resources and the economy. E pluribus unum has never been so narrowly defined.

Phi Kappa Phi’s niche among prestigious honor societies is its embrace of all disciplines. The diversity of our membership reflects the diversity on college and university campuses across the country. Some of our newest chapters have introduced to this community of scholars the diversity the founders envisioned at the 1914 convention when the subject of expansion was raised: “Delegates favored expansion not only in land grant institutions but those privately endowed.”

One of the things I stress when visiting prospective chapters is the importance of meshing Phi Kappa Phi with the culture of their institution. Each of our chapters develops its own local practice while observing the membership guidelines of the Society. Yet we recognize the Phi Kappa Phi key as a mark of excellence wherever we find it. Out of many, one.

-Mary Todd, Executive Director

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Win Your Favorite Piece of Phi Kappa Phi Gear

Have you had your eye on a certain piece of Phi Kappa Phi gear? Take part in our Pin to Win contest for your chance to win!

Between November 17 and December 4, simply follow Phi Kappa Phi on Pinterest and pin your favorite merchandise item from our "Grab the Gear" board. One winner—selected at random—will receive the item they have pinned!

How to Enter:
1. Follow Phi Kappa Phi on Pinterest.
2. Select your favorite item on our "Grab the Gear" board.
3. Repin the item.

Only one entry per user will be accepted. Must be an active Phi Kappa Phi member to enter.

Click here for official rules and details. Happy pinning!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mark Your Calendar! Exclusive Brooks Brothers Event

Mark your calendars for the final Brooks Brothers Shopping Event of the year on Thursday, November 17! During the one-day event, Phi Kappa Phi members can receive 25 percent off regularly-priced purchases online, by phone and in Brooks Brothers retail stores when using your Corporate Membership card.

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.

Dissertation Fellowship Deadline is November 30

The application deadline for the Dissertation Fellowship Program is two weeks away. Introduced in 2014, the program is designed to support doctoral candidates who are writing their dissertations.

Beginning this year, the program will award ten $10,000 Dissertation Fellowships. To be eligible, applicants must be an active Phi Kappa Phi member in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study. Awards are for 12 months of dissertation writing. All pre-dissertation requirements should be met by the application deadline including approval of the dissertation proposal.

The deadline to apply for a Dissertation Fellowship is November 30, 2016.

To start your application, click here. For more information, read the Dissertation Fellowship FAQs or download the fact sheet.

If you have additional questions, please contact Kelli Partin, awards manager, at kpartin@phikappaphi.org or 800.804.9880, ext. 235.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Make an Impact on Giving Tuesday

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We have a day for giving thanks. We have a day for getting deals. And now we have Giving Tuesday—a global day of philanthropy dedicated to giving back through the support of nonprofit organizations.

On November 29, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will join organizations across the world to celebrate Giving Tuesday. It's a day when communities, charities, businesses, and individuals come together to transform the way we think about and participate in the giving season.

With your help on this special day, we can continue to open doors of opportunity to members both near and far. Your gifts, no matter the size, will help deserving students and members realize their educational and career goals, from study abroad to graduate school to lifelong learning.


Want to be a part of Giving Tuesday? Here are a few ways:
  • Mark your calendar (Outlook, iCal, Google) for Tuesday, November 29.
  • Consider making a gift on Giving Tuesday to the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation.
  • Spread the word on social media using @PhiKappaPhi and #GivingTuesday.
  • Forward this email to your friends and fellow Phi Kappa Phi members.

With your support, we can continue to make an impact on the future.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Exclusive Tech Savings for Members

Give thanks and cheer not only on Thanksgiving but all through the year with savings from Phi Kappa Phi’s technology partners!

All month long, members can take advantage of instant savings up to 42 percent off award winning Lenovo branded technologies and up to 30 percent off Dell products and accessories. And don’t forget to protect your irreplaceable computer files—like photos, term papers and business documents—by backing up with Carbonite.

Ready to start saving? Click below to access the exclusive discounts:

Questions? Contact Jamie Chapman at jchapman@phikappaphi.org.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Giving Tuesday: A Reason to Give

In just a few weeks, Phi Kappa Phi will celebrate Giving Tuesday—a global day of philanthropy dedicated to giving back through the support of nonprofit organizations. Now in its fifth year, Giving Tuesday celebrates the act of giving back on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

You can celebrate this special day by making a gift to the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation on November 29. All gifts, no matter the size, will help deserving students and members realize their educational and career goals, from study abroad to graduate school to lifelong learning.

Read below to find out why some Phi Kappa Phi members choose to celebrate academic excellence with gifts to the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation.

Margaret Jefferson
California State University, Los Angeles


“As an undergraduate and graduate student many years ago, who relied heavily on scholarships and grants to complete my degrees through the Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of Arizona, I recognize the importance that Phi Kappa Phi plays in helping students achieve their educational goals. I consider it an honor to help students by contributing to the many fellowships and awards that Phi Kappa Phi provides. Both the financial reward and the recognition that Phi Kappa Phi gives to its recipients strongly justifies my continued support.”


Ruth E. Brasher
Brigham Young University

“It was a privilege for me to have the opportunity to work with the national Fellowship program for a number of years. It became evident through that experience that the focus of the young people who were nominated for the Fellowship will make a significant contribution to our future. Contributing to their future brings a sense of satisfaction that is deeply personal. The longer one lives the clearer it becomes that we can never obtain enough personal pleasure and accumulation of ‘things’ to result in the enrichment of ones soul in the way that serving others brings.”

Yaw A. Asamoah
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

“Through my many years of treasured association with fellow Phi Kappa Phi members, I have come to regard the Society as a distinct group of nurturers who dedicate themselves to recognizing and celebrating our young people who excel in their academic work and show glittering promise in their future careers, and I cannot think of a more deserving group of people to support.”



Whatever your personal reason, we hope you will consider joining us on Giving Tuesday to make an impact on the lives of members near and far.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Save on your Holiday Travel Plans

Holiday travel plans? Take advantage of the exclusive savings offered by our travel partners. As a Phi Kappa Phi member you have access to savings up to 50 percent on hotels, 35 percent on car rentals, and 25 percent on theme park, sports and theater tickets!

Learn more about the available discounts offered by each of our travel partners:

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

Friday, November 4, 2016

Airport Parking Savings from The Parking Spot

Phi Kappa Phi has partnered with The Parking Spot to offer discounted pricing on parking at 21 major airports across the country. The Parking Spot offers convenient and secure long-term airport parking with fast check-in and check-out and all-day shuttle service.

With the new partnership, members can join the Phi Kappa Phi Spot Club Exec program to access a 15 percent discount at all full-service Parking Spot locations and a 10 percent discount at all Spot locations nationwide.

Click here to learn more and order your free Phi Kappa Phi Spot Club Exec card today!

As an added benefit, members who order a Spot Club Exec card before Dec. 1, 2017, will receive 2 free days of frequent parker points pre-loaded on their card. After ordering your member discount card through the designated link, your card will be mailed and pre-loaded with Spot Club points equivalent to 2 days of free parking.

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

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Spotlight: 2016 Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellows

Phi Kappa Phi is currently accepting applications for its Dissertation Fellowship program until November 30. Introduced in 2014, the program is designed to support doctoral candidates who are writing their dissertations. Beginning this year, the program will award ten $10,000 Dissertation Fellowships.

Read below to find out how Phi Kappa Phi’s 2016 Dissertation Fellows are making a difference through their research.

Monica S. Aswani
A doctoral candidate in the Health Care Organization and Policy Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Monica is using her research to employ 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. Monica has also contributed to healthcare quality and patient safety projects through fellowships at Johns Hopkins University and the World Health Organization.

“I am both honored and humbled to receive this fellowship from Phi Kappa Phi. It recognizes not only my passion to address potential inefficiencies in our healthcare system, but also the unparalleled training and mentorship I have received at UAB.”

Click here to read Monica’s dissertation abstract.

Katharine Broton
A doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Katharine 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. Katharine’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and Institute of Education Sciences. Prior to graduate studies, Katharine worked with low-income middle and high school students in pre-college programs and as a program evaluator.

“Consistent with the mission of Phi Kappa Phi, this fellowship not only helps me complete a high quality dissertation project, but also ensures that my research is in service to others through the dissemination of results.”

Click here to read Katharine’s dissertation abstract.

Interested in applying for a Dissertation Fellowship? Apply online or download the fact sheet for eligibility requirements and application instructions. If you have additional questions, please contact Kelli Partin at kpartin@phikappaphi.org.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Member Benefits Highlights – November 2016

‘Tis the season for holiday shopping and travel! Ease your holiday stress with these discounts available to members throughout November.

The Parking Spot *New Benefit
Phi Kappa Phi is excited to announce a new benefit offering members discounted pricing on airport parking. The Parking Spot offers convenient long-term airport parking facilities with fast check-in/check-out and all-day shuttle service to 21 major airports across the country. Members can join the Phi Kappa Phi Spot Club Exec program to access a 15% discount at all full-service Parking Spot locations and a 10% discount at all Spot locations nationwide. Click here to order your free Phi Kappa Phi Spot Club Exec card and learn how you can receive two free days of parking.

AT&T
Save 15% on your monthly wireless service plan from AT&T and use the savings to kick off your holiday shopping! The 15% monthly discount is available on qualifying voice and data plans. New and existing AT&T customers can click here to register for the discount. Please allow up to two billing cycles for the discount to take effect. For more information, click here.

Holiday Travel
Have holiday travel plans? Book your travel through Phi Kappa Phi partners and save up to 50% on hotels, 35% on car rentals, and 25% on theme park, sports and theater tickets!

Avis
Budget
Enterprise
Local Hospitality
National
Ticket Monster


LifeLock
Whether shopping online or in store this holiday season, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft. As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you are eligible to receive a 30-day free trial and 10% discount on LifeLock membership plans. Click here to enroll using the promo code HSPKP.

Marbles: The Brain Store
Looking for a special gift for that one-of-a-kind person on your list? Shop the smart collection of hand-picked, expert-tested, certifiably fun games and more at Marbles: The Brain Store! Built on the idea that play is good for the brain, The Brain Store offers everything from games and puzzles to software and books. As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you can receive 10% off any online purchase. Click here to start shopping and use coupon code PKP10 during checkout to receive the discount.

Phi Kappa Phi Visa® Rewards Credit Card
When it comes to holiday shopping and travel, the Phi Kappa Phi Visa® Rewards Credit Card is the perfect way for members to show their Phi Kappa Phi pride, as well as earn points redeemable for thousands of rewards items. And each time you use the card, you will help support Phi Kappa Phi award programs. Other benefits include no annual fee, low introductory rate for first 6 months, $100,000 travel accident insurance and much more. Click here to sign up and take advantage of the great benefits!

Technology Savings
Give thanks and cheer not only on Thanksgiving but throughout the year with savings from Phi Kappa Phi’s tech partners! Members can take advantage of instant savings up to 42% off award winning Lenovo branded technologies and up to 30% off Dell products and accessories. And don’t forget to protect your irreplaceable computer files – like photos, term papers and business documents – by backing up with Carbonite.

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

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight – November 2016

June J. Pilcher
Clemson University

Chapter Position: President

University Position: Alumni Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology

Years of Service to the Chapter: 2 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D., Biopsychology

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? Our chapter needed some help and they asked me. I said yes!

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? Our chapter is working hard to be more visible on campus. We have gotten our student vice presidents more involved in our work, have installed a display cabinet in a prominent area on campus to help show our work, have put announcements in the student newspaper for each initiation, and are working to get current Phi Kappa Phi members on campus more involved in our chapter. But perhaps the best accomplishment so far during my tenure as president is one of our students, Kirin Khan, winning a Marcus L. Urann Fellowship for 2016-2017.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Phi Kappa Phi is about academic accomplishment but also about future promise. I love that Phi Kappa Phi means top quality academic performance. Even more important; however, is the promise for a productive and meaningful future. It is so easy in life to drift along and do the minimum or only slightly better than the minimum. For me, Phi Kappa Phi is a sign that we will do more, we will be more.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? The best part for me has been working with our other chapter officers. We are fortunate to have, Diane Smathers, past national president working with us. Plus, I have been so lucky to have a wonderful secretary, Julia Lusk, when I first started my presidency and our current secretary, Christine Minor, to help me handle the many details of keeping our chapter active. Perhaps, most surprising to me was how much I have also enjoyed working on the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Committee and with the Phi Kappa Phi people at the national office. I am looking forward to continuing to work at the national level with others for Phi Kappa Phi.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? Do it! It is always hard to fit an additional "service" activity into our already busy lives. But working with Phi Kappa Phi is a great experience. I suspect that like me, you will find yourself surrounded by many wonderful people who also are willing to help and make our Phi Kappa Phi chapters and our national effort a success.

What are your hobbies? I have trained for almost 30 years in a traditional, non-competitive martial art, Karatedo Doshinkan. I consider it as much more than a hobby; it keeps me balanced (most of the time). Plus, I have a wonderful ex-racing greyhound, Cinder, and help Greyhound Crossroads, a greyhound and Spanish Galgo adoption group.

Where are you from? Born in Mississippi, raised in Louisiana. Grew up primarily in Slidell, La.

See June's CV.