Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fall 2016 Graduation Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to Lynn Adcox from Clemson University for being named the first place winner in the Phi Kappa Phi Fall Graduation Photo Contest! As first place winner, Lynn will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

Second place and a $50 Amazon gift card was awarded to Erika Martinez from Texas A&M International University.

Third place and a $25 Amazon gift card went to Nevada Wolf from Arizona State University.

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 Spring Graduation Photo Contest opening in May!

To see all entries, click here.


Join the Conversation in Link

Connect with your Phi Kappa Phi peers via Link, the Society’s exclusive members-only online community. Link is a private and secure community forum where active members can participate in focused discussions, access useful resources, network via the member directory and much more—all in real time!

Follow these four simple steps to get started today:
  1. Sign in with the same username and password you use to access your Phi Kappa Phi member account. 
  2. Update your profile by editing your bio, education, job history and more. 
  3. Search for and connect with fellow members to begin networking. 
  4. Share why you joined Phi Kappa Phi. 
There are several communities available for you to join including The Quad, Career Corner, Study Group, STEM Lab and Writer’s Block. Visit Link.PhiKappaPhi.org/AllCommunities to join the communities that interest you and start browsing today!

Members can also access Link anytime and anywhere with the Link mobile app. Click here to download the app for free today!

For additional information including frequently asked questions and step-by-step user guides, visit Link.PhiKappaPhi.org/Help.

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

Monday, February 20, 2017

Highlight Your Phi Kappa Phi Membership

When it's time to apply for a job, scholarship or graduate program, let Phi Kappa Phi help highlight your membership in the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Phi Kappa Phi supplies members with Society logo graphics, membership verification letters and personalized press releases.

The Society sends press releases on behalf of each new initiate announcing their membership in the Society using a platform called Merit. These press releases are submitted electronically to new initiates’ hometown newspapers following the member’s induction ceremony.

In addition, a personalized story is prepared for each new member and a customizable online profile is created for the member to easily share his or her achievement with family and friends on social media. Visit PhiKappaPhi.org/Merit to learn more.

Proudly display your membership on your resume by including an official Phi Kappa Phi logo.

Verify your membership in the Society with a letter from Dr. Mary Todd, Society Executive Director. Email Deanna Landry at dlandry@phikappaphi.org to request your personalized membership verification letter.

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Featured Fellow: Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez

Phi Kappa Phi’s Featured Fellow for February is Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez, a 2015 Marcus L. Urann Fellow. Ivón was awarded the Urann Fellowship as an undergraduate at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is currently pursuing a joint J.D. and Ph.D. in history at Columbia University.

Watch below to learn more about Ivón and hear how the award has made an impact on her academic career.


Phi Kappa Phi Installs Chapter 342 at Methodist University

Phi Kappa Phi will install its 342nd chapter at Methodist University today, February 16. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Methodist University, founded in 1956, is located in Fayetteville, N.C.

The installation of the Methodist University 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.

“The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to welcome Methodist University to its community of scholars,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “The university’s motto—Engage. Enrich. Empower.—reflects Methodist’s desire to offer its students a culture of excellence, community engagement and lifelong learning.”

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President George Hendricks, President-Elect Stacia Britton, Secretary Jasmin Brown, Treasurer Robert H. Jenkins, Public Relations Officers Kerry S. Jenkins and Brenda Jernigan, Awards & Grants Coordinator Tat Chan, and Administrative Assistant Charlene Covington.

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.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive Competition Update

This just in! Little Free Library co-founder and Executive Director Todd Bol has donated two additional Little Free Libraries as prizes for Phi Kappa Phi’s annual Book Drive Competition! Established by the Society’s Council of Students, the competition aims to encourage and promote literacy in the communities and campuses served by Phi Kappa Phi’s chapters.

In addition to the two prizes already given—one for the chapter that raises the most monetary donations and one for the chapter that collects the most books—this generous donation will allow Phi Kappa Phi to award another chapter that collects the next highest amount in each category. Winning chapters will also receive $150 to cover the cost of design materials to personalize the library.

Interested chapters can participate in the competition by hosting a drive to collect books or funds to be applied toward literacy materials. To be eligible, the drives must take place any time between February 1 and April 30, 2017.

To learn more about the competition, visit www.phikappaphi.org/bookdrive. If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Kay White at kwhite@phikappaphi.org.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Vote Now! Fall 2016 Graduation Photo Contest

Thanks to all who submitted photos to the Fall 2016 Graduation Photo Contest! We received more than 125 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, February 26, 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.)

Free GRE Strategy Webinar

The Princeton Review has teamed up with the Widener University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi to help students prepare for the GRE exam.
If you’re gearing up to take the GRE and want to find out how to maximize your score, join online (open to all Phi Kappa Phi members) or on the Widener campus on Wednesday, February 22, from 3–4 p.m. Central time.

Topics will include:
  • GRE misconceptions and truths
  • Exclusive Princeton Review test-taking strategies to help you score higher
  • Question types, scoring and structure
  • Ways to dodge "traps"
  • Question and answer session
  • …and a special offer from The Princeton Review
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Students on the Widener campus can attend in person in Kapelski Hall, Room 236A.
Can't attend the webinar? Sign up to receive a free recording

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Study Abroad Deadline is February 15

The deadline to apply for a Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant is next Wednesday, February 15. The grants, awarded twice a year, are designed to support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants will be awarded during Session A.

Interested students do not have to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi to apply, but must currently attend an institution with an active chapter. For full eligibility requirements and application instructions, download the fact sheet or check out the frequently asked questions.

Applications are also being accepted for the Fellowship, Love of Learning and Literacy programs. To learn more about each program, click here.

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

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi Installs Chapter 341 at Southern Virginia University

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will install its 341st chapter at Southern Virginia University today, February 7. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Southern Virginia University, founded in 1867, is located in Buena Vista, Virginia.

The installation of the Southern Virginia 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 Southern Virginia University to its growing community of scholars,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “Strong student engagement, quality academic programs, and deep commitment to leadership and service reflect Southern Virginia’s embrace of excellence as a guiding principle.”

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President Debra H. Sowell, President-Elect John M. Armstrong, Secretary Karen Walker and Treasurer Jon Wallin.

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.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Member Benefits Highlights – February 2017

Phi Kappa Phi members are sure to ‘fall in love’ with these exclusive benefits and discounts available throughout February.

AT&TGet up to $650 in credits per line when you trade-in your current smartphones and buy new ones on AT&T Next®. Click here to learn how. Phi Kappa Phi members are also eligible to receive a 15% discount on their monthly wireless phone service from AT&T. The discount is available on qualifying voice and data plans. 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. Visit PhiKappaPhi.org/ATT to get started.

Dell
Take advantage of exclusive discounts from Dell throughout February! Click here to learn how you can get an LG 60” 4K Smart HDTV for $899.99 with a $300 Dell Promo eGift Card included from February 1-16. And don’t miss out on the 12 Days of Deals for Presidents’ Day February 9-22. Phi Kappa Phi members will have early access to Presidents’ Day Doorbusters starting daily at 11 a.m. EST. Doorbusters are first come, first serve and limited quantity. To start shopping, visit Dell.com/PhiKappaPhi. Please note your discount is automatically calculated and will appear in red at checkout.

GEICO
Access a special discount of up to 8% on auto insurance from GEICO and support Phi Kappa Phi Awards at the same time! GEICO makes a contribution to the Society’s awards programs each time you request a quote. To get started, visit GEICO.com/PhiKappaPhi or call 1.800.368.2734 and reference The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Existing GEICO customers may also be eligible for the discount. Note, the discount is not available in Michigan, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Lumosity
Save 25% on individual yearly and lifetime Lumosity subscriptions! Lumosity, a leading brain training company, 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 25% discount, visit Lumosity.com to set up your free account. Once you’ve created your account, click here to activate the 25% discount.

Phi Kappa Phi Gear and Regalia
Show your Phi Kappa Phi pride with Society-branded gear, graduation regalia and more! Shop our online store at PhiKappaPhiStore.org to see all of the items currently available. You’ll find Society-branded items like honor stoles, t-shirts, backpacks, license plate frames, mugs and more. You can also access the online store by visiting www.PhiKappaPhi.org and clicking the Online Store link at the top right. Free ground shipping is available for orders totaling $50 or more.

Road Scholar
As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you can save $100 on any one learning adventure with Road Scholar. Road Scholar offers an unmatched selection of unique and varied learning adventures at a remarkable value to older adults in 150 countries and 50 states. All of their 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 Road Scholar adventure.

Seeking Success

Save $75 on any resume and LinkedIn profile writing package and let Seeking Success help you rise above the competition! When you purchase a resume writing package, you will also receive a free pocket book titled Interview with Purpose as a bonus. To view and purchase packages, visit SeekingSuccess.com/PKP and enter page code PKP2015 to access the exclusive Phi Kappa Phi member page. Enter the same code (PKP2015) when checking out to apply the $75 discount.

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Take Part in the Annual Book Drive Competition

Beginning today, February 1, Phi Kappa Phi chapters across the nation will take part in the annual Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive competition. Established by the Society’s Council of Students, the competition aims to encourage and promote literacy in the communities and campuses served by Phi Kappa Phi’s chapters.

Interested chapters can participate in the competition by hosting a drive to collect books or funds to be applied toward literacy materials. To be eligible, the drives must take place any time between February 1 and April 30, 2017.

“The book drive competition is a fitting extension of the Phi Kappa Phi mission,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “The competition provides an opportunity for our chapters to engage in service to others while enabling access to resources and opportunities that promote lifelong learning.”

The Phi Kappa Phi chapters that collect the most books or monetary donations will receive a “Little Free Library” to be placed at a location of their choice. Winning chapters will also receive $150 to cover the cost of design materials to personalize the library.

The annual competition, now in its fourth year, has donated nearly 30,000 books to organizations both locally and abroad. Organizations that have received donated books as part of the competition include schools, libraries, hospitals, correctional centers, tutoring and mentoring programs, shelters and more.

To learn more about the competition or to locate your local chapter, visit www.phikappaphi.org/bookdrive.

Volunteer Spotlight – February 2017

Laurel Patterson
Slippery Rock University


Chapter Position:
President and Public Relations Officer

University Position: Secretary, Student Development

Years of Service to the Chapter: 3 years

Degree(s)/Discipline: Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with a focus on communication and environment

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? When I saw there was a need, I volunteered.
What has your chapter done that has made you proud? Since its birth in 2004, our Slippery Rock chapter has conducted book drives and had students apply for Phi Kappa Phi awards with at least one awarded. There's been at least one initiation each year with only one year missed. And, of course, there's been meetings and socials. These are all activities of which to be proud. But, I see us doing even more in the future. We have great potential yet untapped.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? I personally have always valued knowledge and wisdom. I often marvel at how much there is to learn and how much has been accomplished. And then, of course, using knowledge and wisdom to do beneficial things just makes total sense. Phi Kappa Phi has those values and assists or rewards people who use their intellect to benefit others. This was really brought home to me when I attended the 2014 convention. Listening to the experiences of those who had received the various awards and learning what they were doing thanks to that support was impressive and inspiring.

The love of knowledge is obvious in some students in post-secondary education. They have curiosity and inquisitiveness. Rather than avoid studying and exercising their minds, they are hungry, eager to learn. These are the students who are invited to Phi Kappa Phi. These are the students who Phi Kappa Phi rewards because they have that love of knowledge and with Phi Kappa Phi’s help can begin a journey of doing great things for fellow humans. Phi Kappa Phi is an organization that puts its money where its mouth is—Phi Kappa Phi helps gifted people generate gifts for others.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? Playing whatever small part I can in helping students succeed. Arranging GRE strategy sessions, encouraging students to apply for scholarships, providing opportunities for them to serve—are all things that excite me. As they take advantage of these opportunities, they benefit and grow. I may never see the final outcome—one of our students becoming a doctor, or serving impoverished people in another country, or becoming an amazing artist—but, knowing that I could be instrumental in their steps along the way is fulfilling. My delight comes from helping students take their love of learning as far as they can as they, hopefully, help others along the way.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? First of all, don’t be afraid to become an officer. I’ve found in any organization that the more someone is involved in service in an organization, the more they benefit not only others but also themselves. Somehow they always manage to grow and benefit more than the less active persons. Whether it’s learning new skills, or just being noticed because they’re in the front lines, activity fosters benefits in a circular way.

Second, try to be your best example of what Phi Kappa Phi is. Others will follow, and even if they don’t, you can’t regret your choice because Phi Kappa Phi has a fantastic mission worthy of personal practice.

What are your hobbies?
I have a deep interest in ecopsychology, how nature benefits humans both physically and mentally. I have enjoyed hiking, sewing, roller skating, writing and public speaking. I’ve raised homing pigeons, chickens and guinea fowl, and I have two cats. I collect post cards and wheat pennies. An area I’d like to expand is nature photography.

Where are you from? I grew up in the Pittsburgh, PA, suburbs. Now I live north of Pittsburgh in a more rural area.

Click here to see Laurel's resume.