Monday, January 30, 2017

Travel Tales: Hannah Lockhart

Phi Kappa Phi's Study Abroad Grants help students gain experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Get a first-hand look at the study abroad experience as told by 2016 recipient Hannah Lockhart:

Hannah Lockhart
Eastern Kentucky University

"Experiencing “PURA VIDA” in Costa Rica"

Studying abroad with Sol Education Abroad is one of the best decisions I made during my undergraduate studies. Throughout this past semester, I have not only gained a better understanding of my own culture but how my culture affects other people groups throughout the world. I can now say that I have been welcomed into a warm, loving Central American home, and I can profess the difficulty of bridging language barriers...

» Click here to read more about Hannah's trip.

Interested in applying for a Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant? Click here to learn more and apply by February 15.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi Installs Chapter 340 at Saint Mary's College of California

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will install its 340th chapter at Saint Mary's College of California today, January 25. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

The installation of the Saint Mary’s 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 Saint Mary’s College of California to its growing community of scholars,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “Saint Mary’s commitment to providing a transformative student experience that is both challenging and inclusive reflects the college’s longstanding culture of excellence.”

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President Richard Lemberg, President-elect Jim Sauerberg, Secretary Emily Hause, Treasurer David W. Bird and Public Relations Officer Michael K. McKeon.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society—one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines and inducts approximately 30,000 new members each year. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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 January 31, 2017. Please limit your submission to no more than five photos. High resolution images (JPEG or PNG) 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.

Career Resources Available for Members

Are you a recent graduate starting your job search or an established professional thinking of making a change? If you’re looking for your dream job, let Phi Kappa Phi help! Phi Kappa Phi offers 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.
  • GS Level Upgrade – Members seeking federal employment may be eligible for a GS level upgrade according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s General Schedule Qualification Policies.
  • 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 are eligible for a free résumé and LinkedIn profile evaluation. Members can also save $75 on a SeekingSuccess.com résumé and LinkedIn profile writing package. 

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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Celebrate ‘Thank Your Mentor Day’

National Mentoring Month would not be possible without the efforts of mentors both past and present. To honor those that have gone above and beyond, we are celebrating national Thank Your Mentor Day™ today, January 19.

On this day, we encourage you to reach out to thank or honor those individuals who have and had a lasting impact on your life.

Looking for ways to thank your mentor? Here are a few ideas:
  1. Contact your mentor directly to express your appreciation.
  2. Show your gratitude on social media.
  3. Pass on the lessons you have learned by becoming a mentor to someone in your community.
  4. Make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program in your mentor’s honor.
  5. Download an official National Mentoring Month e-card to share with your mentor.
And don’t forget to join the conversation with us on social media throughout the month by using #PKPMentors and #MentoringWorks.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Test Prep with Phi Kappa Phi Partners and Save!

Are you preparing for an admissions test? Improve your score by prepping with The Princeton Review and Becker Professional Education.

Becker Professional Education

Phi Kappa Phi members can receive a $300 discount when registering for all four parts of the Becker CPA Review Course at the same time. Click here for more information.

Don’t forget! The 2017 Newton D. Becker Scholarship program offered by Becker Professional Education will award more than $450,000 in CPA Exam Review Scholarships, including 40 full four-part courses each valued at $3,393 and over 200 scholarships each valued at $1,697. The deadline to apply is February 1. To learn more about the program including how to apply, click here.

The Princeton Review

Phi Kappa Phi members and family can save up to $150 on The Princeton Review courses and 
tutoring for the MCAT®, LSAT®, GMAT®, GRE®, and more. To access the promo codes for each course, click here. Members can enroll online or over the phone at 1.800.2.REVIEW.

Don’t forget about the other free resources available to members from The Princeton Review:
Access a series of essential presentations on graduate school applications and testing strategies.
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 these programs or discounts, please contact Jamie Chapman at jchapman@phikappaphi.org or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Featured Fellow: Anthony Naquin

Phi Kappa Phi excited to debut a new series highlighting outstanding Fellows across the nation.

The first video of the series highlights Anthony Naquin, a 2015 Phi Kappa Phi Fellow. Anthony was awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship as an undergraduate at Nicholls State University. He is currently in his second year of graduate studies at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

Watch below to learn more about Anthony and hear how the award has impacted his academic career. Don’t forget to check back each month to see the latest Featured Fellow video on our blog!

 


Friday, January 13, 2017

Save with Office Depot

Phi Kappa Phi has partnered with Office Depot and OfficeMax to offer members exclusive savings on a variety of products and services. Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services and solutions for every workplace—whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Benefits of the new partnership include:
  • Up to 80 percent off products and services online and in store
  • More than 93,000 products discounted below retail pricing
  • Free next-day delivery on online orders over $50
  • Exclusive low printing costs
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To get started, members can visit OfficeDiscounts.org/PKP to start shopping in the exclusive Phi Kappa Phi store or print a free Store Purchasing Card for use at any Office Depot and OfficeMax location. For more information, click here.

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

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Are You a Mentor? Share Your Story!

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” This quote from Phil Collins probably rings true for anyone who has ever served as a mentor.

Mentoring provides a shared opportunity for learning and growth. In fact, many mentors say they are surprised and grateful for the chance to mentor because the experience is more rewarding than they imagined.

Today is “I Am a Mentor Day”—a day dedicated to celebrating mentors as part of National Mentoring Month.

Are you a mentor? If so, tell us in the comments below about your experience. Your story may inspire others to get involved and make an impact in the lives of others.

If you’re not yet a mentor, check out the below resources to help you get started:
Don’t forget to join the conversation with us on social media throughout the month by using #PKPMentors and #MentoringWorks.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Apply Now: 2017 Award Programs

Phi Kappa Phi is now accepting applications for its 2017 award programs. These awards include Fellowships, Study Abroad Grants, Literacy Grants and Love of Learning Awards. The awards provide funds for graduate study, continuing education, professional development, literacy initiatives and studies abroad.

Since 1933, Phi Kappa Phi’s award programs have recognized members and students on its chapter campuses for outstanding academic achievement. Currently, $1.4 million is awarded each biennium. Last year the organization recognized over 280 individuals.

Programs now accepting applications include:
  • Study Abroad Grants: 50 grants of $1,000 each will be awarded to both members and non-members studying abroad. The deadline to apply is February 15.
  • Literacy Grants: Grants of up to $2,500 are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members seeking funding for literacy initiatives. The deadline to apply is April 1.
  • Love of Learning Awards: One hundred awards, at $500 each, are available to help fund post-baccalaureate studies and professional development for members. The deadline to apply is April 1.
  • Fellowships: Six Fellowships of $15,000 each and 51 Fellowships of $5,000 each are available to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study. The deadline to apply varies by chapter. Contact your local chapter for deadline information.
For more information including eligibility requirements and application instructions for each program, please visit www.phikappaphi.org/awards.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi Celebrates National Mentoring Month

As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you’ve made great achievements in your academic career. When you look back over your educational journey, who comes to mind? Was it a science or math teacher who encouraged you to work hard to master the course material? Was it a professor or faculty member who empowered you to pursue your dream? Most likely, you were lucky enough to have a mentor who inspired and challenged you to be where you are today.

January marks the annual National Mentoring Month—a month dedicated to celebrating mentors, past and present, who have made an impact in the lives of others.

This impact is evident in research that shows when matched through a quality mentoring program, mentors can play a powerful role in providing students with the tools to stay focused and engaged in school. According to The National Mentoring Partnership, young adults who have mentors are 55 percent more likely to enroll in college.

Join us throughout January as we celebrate the benefits of mentoring as well as the mentors who make a difference each day.

To share your unique mentoring story, email news@phikappaphi.org, and join the conversation on social media by using #PKPMentors and #MentoringWorks.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Internship Program Deadlines

Are you interested in a summer internship? Don’t miss the $500 early admissions scholarship offered by the Washington Internship Institute. Students who apply and are accepted into the summer 2017 program by January 19, 2017, will receive a $500 early admissions scholarship and 50 percent off of the $50 application fee. The early admissions scholarship can be combined with the $500 scholarship available to Phi Kappa Phi members—that’s $1,000 in scholarship funds! Click here to learn more and apply today.

Phi Kappa Phi members are also eligible to receive one of three scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each program cycle from DCInternships. The priority application deadline for scholarships for the summer 2017 program is February 8, 2017. Members must denote their Society membership within their online application materials. Click here to learn more about the program, deadline information and how to apply.

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

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Member Benefits Highlights – January 2017

The new year means new benefits and discounts for members! Kick off your year with these exclusive savings available throughout January.

Office Depot *New Benefit
Stock up on all of your school and office supplies at Office Depot and OfficeMax! Phi Kappa Phi members can save up to 80% on more than 93,000 products and get free next-day delivery on online orders over $50. Click here to start shopping in the exclusive Phi Kappa Phi online store or print a free Store Purchasing Card to be used at any Office Depot and OfficeMax store.

Carbonite
Got a new computer for the new year? Carbonite lets you easily move files from one computer to another, and protects your important documents, thesis papers, and favorite holiday photos. Register a new Carbonite Computer Backup account this month and receive two free months added to your subscription! Use code PKP2017 to start your Carbonite trial and you’ll never have to worry about accidental deletions, computer crashes, laptop theft or viruses. (Terms and conditions apply.) Click here to learn more and get started today!

Franklin Planner
Start the new year with a plan! Phi Kappa Phi members receive a 15% discount on all online purchases from Franklin Planner. Whether you’re looking for a Franklin Planner signature planning system to organize your time or a fine leather bag to organize your professional world, you’ll find the tools you need at Franklin Planner. Visit FranklinPlanner.com and use promo code PKPMEMBER to start planning today!

JPASS by JSTOR
JSTOR helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of scholarly content on a dynamic platform that increases productivity and facilitates new forms of scholarship. As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you can gain access to more than 1,800 academic journals with JPASS by JSTOR and receive an exclusive 25% discount when you purchase the annual JPASS-JSTOR individual access plan. Click here to redeem your discount today.

Lenovo
Resolve to do more in the new year with a new PC! Take advantage of instant savings up to 25% off select PCs and upgrade your technology with a Lenovo device. Start 2017 with innovation that never stands still. Visit Lenovo.com/PhiKappaPhi to access limited time offers and start shopping!

Shoeboxed
Is organization one of your New Year’s resolutions? If so, let Shoeboxed help you! Shoeboxed provides a fast, easy way to turn your important paper documents such as receipts, bills, business cards, and more into organized digital data. With Shoeboxed, your documents will be carefully sorted and scanned into a secure online account and accessible anytime, anywhere. As a Phi Kappa Phi member you can take advantage of 20% off your first six months when you subscribe. Click here to sign up and begin eliminating your paper clutter today!

The Princeton Review
In the midst of test prep? Prep with The Princeton Review and save! Phi Kappa Phi members and family members are eligible to save up to $150 on classroom courses, small group instruction, tutoring, and self-guided courses for the MCAT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT and more. To access the appropriate promo code, click here or call 1.800.2.REVIEW.

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

Volunteer Spotlight – January 2017

Pamela Hayward
Augusta University

Chapter Position: Immediate Past President

University Position: Professor

Years of Service to the Chapter: 15 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D. in Communication with specializations in interpersonal communication and instructional communication

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? I was involved with our chapter prior to becoming a Phi Kappa Phi member. When I came to what was then Augusta State University in 2001 I volunteered to work with the planning committee for the campus Undergraduate Student Research and Fine Arts Conference that was sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi.

I was honored to be invited to join ASU Phi Kappa Phi Chapter #166 as a faculty member in 2004. I continued to serve on the conference planning committee and attended chapter meetings.

In 2011, I was elected president-elect of the ASU chapter. I served in that role through 2013. During that time, ASU consolidated with Georgia Health Sciences University, leading to the creation of the new Phi Kappa Phi Chapter #324. I moved into the role of chapter president for the new chapter. I held that position for two years and then moved into my current role of immediate past president and will complete my two-year term in 2017.

I was also nominated for the Southeast Regional Vice President position for Phi Kappa Phi at the 2014 convention. As fate would have it, I did not win that election, but the person who did win had to move out of the region so I was asked to step in. It was an unexpected, but highly rewarding turn of events. I just wrapped up my term as RVP and had an amazing experience working with the national chapter development team and getting to know members from chapters in my region. Being invited to participate in events in my region has been a highlight for me.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? There are so many accomplishments of our chapter that have made me proud. I think one of the most important is the fact that we pulled a strong, cohesive team together during the period where the two universities were consolidating. The process of consolidation is stressful as there is much uncertainty. Given the fact we had to create a brand new chapter during a very complicated time, it would have been so easy to let Phi Kappa Phi involvement slip through the cracks. But our board members were so strongly committed to making this new chapter work that it pulled us through and we are healthy and thriving. Working with these officers has been inspiring to me and we all feel a strong connection to the new chapter.

I am also very proud of the student research and fine arts conference we have been hosting for more than 15 years. The event continues to grow in size and prestige. We were even featured in a Phi Kappa Phi Forum article several years ago.

I also like that we are making sure to include service to our community in our chapter mission. We started hosting a work day for our campus literacy center. We had Phi Kappa Phi members come out to help spruce up the literacy center property by working in the yard, dusting indoors, and our chapter president Kevin Frazier even headed up to the roof for leaf blowing.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Phi Kappa Phi has been an important part of my life. It has been great to work with so many people who have a passion for excellence. It is yet another way I can interact with students that takes me beyond the classroom. I have had the chance to attend conventions, PFS, board meetings, and chapter induction ceremonies and every time I am energized by other Phi Kappa Phi members. I feel very fortunate that I got to work closely with the Phi Kappa Phi executive director and staff during my time as an RVP. They are the best.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer?
Nothing beats getting to congratulate new student initiates!

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? 1. Keep it simple. Focus on one or two things your chapter can work on and do them to the best of your ability.

2. Always be thinking of your replacement. It is important to bring new people and new ideas into the organization. Although it is commendable to be a long-standing officer, it is just as commendable to identify and encourage involvement by new members.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy attending theatre, music, and art events. I like to travel to see new places and meet new people. I also value time with family and friends. I belong to a book group that has a wonderfully diverse reading list. I also recently joined a group that knits and crochets for charity and am slowly amping up my crochet game.

Where are you from? I grew up in Berwyn, Illinois, which is right outside of Chicago (my accent gives it away every time).

Click here to read Pam's CV.