Monday, April 24, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi Celebrates National Volunteer Week

This week marks the 43rd National Volunteer Week—a week aimed at inspiring and recognizing volunteers who work together to accomplish a multitude of goals.

In honor of National Volunteer Week, Phi Kappa Phi celebrates the outstanding efforts of its board members, committee members and chapter officers who serve more than 300 chapters nationwide. The commitment and support of these volunteers enable Phi Kappa Phi to continue its 120-year history of recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education.

“Phi Kappa Phi depends on the commitment and energy of nearly 2,000 volunteers annually to manage our chapters, serve on boards and committees, and support the mission of the Society,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “For much of its history Phi Kappa Phi was run completely by volunteers. Even now, when the daily work is managed by staff, we continue to depend on the good help of those members who offer their time and talent to assure the success of our programs.

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 as a way to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their communities.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities available for Phi Kappa Phi members, click here.

And make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we highlight and celebrate Phi Kappa Phi volunteers throughout the week. We also want to know what volunteer service projects you are participating in this week. Tell us or show us using #PKPVolunteers!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Save Money with GEICO and Support Society Awards

Phi Kappa Phi members can access a special discount of up to 8 percent on auto insurance from GEICO while supporting Phi Kappa Phi awards at the same time! Each time you request a free quote, GEICO makes a contribution to the Society’s award programs.

To get started, visit 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. Please note the discount is not available in Michigan, Mississippi or Tennessee.

Questions? Contact Jamie Chapman at or 800.804.9880, ext. 217 with all of your member benefit inquiries.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi Announces Study Abroad Grant Recipients

Phi Kappa Phi recently announced the Session A recipients of a 2017 Study Abroad Grant. The $1,000 grants were awarded to 50 students across the nation.

Awarded twice a year, the grants are designed to support undergraduates, both members and nonmembers from campuses that have Phi Kappa Phi chapters, as they seek expanded knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.

“Study abroad offers students a valuable learning experience with a culture other than their own,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to help open doors to expanded global knowledge and meaningful engagement with different cultures through our study abroad grants.”

The selection process for a study abroad grant is based on the applicant’s academic achievement, campus and community service, relation of travel to academic preparation and career goals, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, and acceptance into a study abroad program.

Established in 2001, the Study Abroad Grant Program has awarded more than $775,000 to undergraduate students. In addition to these grants, the Society awards $1.4 million each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

For the complete list of recipients from Session A of the program, click here. The application process for Session B will open July 1, 2017.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Free GMAT Strategy Webinar on April 20

The Princeton Review has teamed up with Phi Kappa Phi to help you prepare for your business school entrance exam, the GMAT. If you’re gearing up to take the GMAT and want to find out how to maximize your score, join us Thursday, April 20, at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Topics will include:
  • GMAT misconceptions and truths
  • Exclusive Princeton Review test-taking strategies to help you score higher
  • Question types, scoring and structure
  • How to dodge “traps”
  • Q&A
  • …and a special offer from The Princeton Review

The webinar is available for anyone to attend. To register, click the button below. Can’t attend? Click here to receive a free recording after the webinar.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi Member Wins Pulitzer Prize

Phi Kappa Phi member Matthew Desmond has won a Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction for his book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

In the book, Desmond tells the story of eight families living in poverty in Milwaukee and facing eviction.

For research on the book, Desmond immersed himself in the issue, moving into a trailer park and then a rooming house in Milwaukee. He found eviction is a complex, multifaceted and far-reaching problem, affecting all aspects of family life. With the book and his extensive research, he aims to transform society’s understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation.

Desmond is currently the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and codirector of the Justice and Poverty Project. A former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, he is the author of the award-winning book, On the Fireline, coauthor of two books on race and editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America. In 2015, he was awarded a $625,000 MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “Genius Grant.”

Desmond, a life member, was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi in 2002 at Arizona State University and also received a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship the same year.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Support Phi Kappa Phi by Shopping with AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Phi Kappa Phi every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Phi Kappa Phi.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. You can even use the same account on and AmazonSmile!

Support Phi Kappa Phi by shopping at AmazonSmile today. And don’t forget to bookmark the AmazonSmile link to make it even easier to support the Society every time you shop on Amazon.

Questions? Contact Jamie Chapman at or 800.804.9880, ext. 217 with all of your member benefit inquiries.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Free GRE Strategy Webinar on April 6

The Princeton Review has teamed up with the University of Bridgeport chapter of Phi Kappa Phi to help students prepare for the grad school entrance exam, the GRE. If you’re gearing up to take the GRE and want to find out how to maximize your score, join us on Thursday, April 6, at 12:20 p.m. Eastern 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

The webinar is available for anyone to attend. Students on the University of Bridgeport campus can attend in person in The Discovery Pavilion on the first floor of Wahlstrom Library. Refreshments will be provided and attendees are asked to arrive 30 minutes early.

Can't attend the webinar? Sign up to receive a free recording!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Volunteer Spotlight – April 2017

Mary Bonhomme
Florida Institute of Technology

Chapter Position: Secretary

University Position
: University Professor of eEducation

Years of Service to the Chapter: 9 years—since the chapter was established

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D., Instructional Design

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? I was asked to serve as Vice President on the initial executive committee for the chapter as it was being established in 2009. Since that time, I've served as chapter president, past president, and secretary.

At the national level, I've had the privilege to serve on the Scholar/Artist selection committee and will be serving on the selection committee for the Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award. 

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? Supporting those students who have applied for the Fellowship. Although we have not yet been fortunate enough to have one of our candidates selected for the Fellowship, working with the students as they prepare their applications is always a rewarding experience. We have had several members selected for the Love of Learning Awards.

We also have hosted some of the Phi Kappa Phi Scholar and Artist award winners. These visits have been great opportunities for students to interact with such distinguished individuals and for the campus and local communities to learn about Phi Kappa Phi as an organization. We also award a Chapter Scholar's award to one of our outstanding incoming members.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you?
The organization provides an opportunity to recognize the outstanding academic work of our students. It is this recognition that is most meaningful to me.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer?
I enjoy working with the initiates and their families as we plan the initiation ceremony. Many will travel thousands of miles just to attend the ceremony. It is great fun to see how proud the students and their families are in attaining this recognition.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? Be sure to read the information Headquarters sends out—especially the Chapter Officers Open Forum in Link. Lots of important information in there. Be sure to attend a convention. It's a great way to network with others who are committed to the work and purpose of the society.

What are your hobbies?
Needlepoint (I've done needlepoints of all the homes in which I've lived), traveling with my husband (especially cruises), reading

Where are you from? I grew up in Ohio and currently live in Florida after spending most of my career in Indiana.

Click here to see Mary's CV.

Member Benefits Highlights – April 2017

Summer travel plans? Don’t miss out on of these exclusive Phi Kappa Phi travel discounts when planning or booking your next trip.

From the car to the accessories, choose what best fits you and your trip with Avis. Phi Kappa Phi members can save up to 25% off Avis base rates on every rental when making reservations using Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number W980400. To book your reservation visit or call 1.800.331.1212 and mention AWD number W980400. And don’t forget to download exclusive coupons for a free upgrade, free weekend day, and $10 to $25 off your next rental!

Accelerate to rewards! As a member of Phi Kappa Phi, you can always count on Budget to save you money and time whenever you need to travel on the road. Use Budget Customer Discount (BCD) number R023600 to save up to 25% off Budget base rates. Visit to make an online reservation or call 1.800.527.0700 and mention BCD number R023600. And don’t forget to download exclusive coupons for a free weekend day, free upgrade, and $10 to $25 off your next rental!

Members are eligible to receive a 5% discount on Enterprise's standard, undiscounted daily, weekly and monthly rates. Click here to book your reservation online and the 5% savings will be automatically applied to the internet best rate. To make a reservation by phone, call 1.800.RENT.A.CAR and mention Phi Kappa Phi ID number XZ14050 to receive the discount at airport and neighborhood locations.

Get on the road with National! Phi Kappa Phi members receive a 10% discount on National's standard, undiscounted daily, weekly and monthly rates. Call 1.800.CAR.RENT and mention Phi Kappa Phi ID number XZ14050 to receive the 10% discount, or click here to book your reservation online. The discount will be automatically applied to the internet best rate.

Road Scholar
Road Scholar offers an unmatched selection of unique learning adventures at a remarkable value from San Francisco to Siberia, and nearly everywhere in between. As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you can save $100 on any one learning adventure with Road Scholar. 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.

Ticket Monster Perks

Ticket Monster understands the excitement of seeing your favorite band live or watching your team from a comfy box seat, and they make it happen! Phi Kappa Phi members can receive a 15% discount on over 2.5 billion sports, concert and theater tickets worldwide. Members can also access discounts up to 25% off movie tickets and over 70 theme parks nationwide including deals for AMC, Cinemark, Disneyland, Six Flags and so much more! Click here to sign up and save $5 on your first order. Use company identifier PhiKappaPhiTix1 if prompted.

The Parking Spot

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.

Worldwide Hotel & Car Rental Discounts

Phi Kappa Phi members, friends, and family have access to a worldwide inventory of hotels and rental cars at exclusive discounted rates. Whether traveling for work or pleasure, individually or in a group, domestically or abroad, you can take advantage of savings at hotels that may exceed 50% and car rental savings up to 35%. Click here to access the Worldwide Hotel & Car Rental Discount.

Questions? Contact Jamie Chapman at or 800.804.9880, ext. 217 with all of your member benefit inquiries.