Friday, May 19, 2017

Shop the Phi Kappa Phi Store

Show your Phi Kappa Phi pride with official Society-branded gear! The Phi Kappa Phi Online Store features a large selection of products from dressy polos to technology accessories and everything in between.

The easy-to-navigate sections such as the Apparel Room and Graduation Station make it easy to shop for and order your favorite Phi Kappa Phi items. In addition, members can take advantage of free shipping on orders of $50 or more.

Ready to add to your Phi Kappa Phi collection? Visit to start shopping today!

If you have any questions about the Phi Kappa Phi Store, email us or call 1.877.248.5469.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Executive Director's Blog – Taking It to the Streets

From the Executive Director
Forum, Summer 2017

We met in the basement of our organizer’s parents’ home to plan our protests. I’m not sure what we were thinking, as his father was a member of the faculty at the university where we were students, but we were young and it was 1968 and that’s what students did: protest.

Both Robert Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy had been on campus that spring, in the days leading up to the Indiana presidential primary. It was only weeks since RFK had announced the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. while campaigning in Indianapolis. The war in Vietnam was not going well. The Tet Offensive in January had shocked even America’s most trusted news anchor, Walter Cronkite, who traveled to the war zone and declared the conflict unwinnable.

America was restless in the 1960s and so were its campuses. The private, church-related university I attended was hardly immune. While the student activism that staged sit-ins on larger campuses like Columbia and Berkeley had no parallel on our campus, the model of activism so central to the civil rights struggle provided strong inspiration to my generation. Sorority parties and union board activities may have been valuable extracurriculars, but neither satisfied our desire to speak up and act out.

To be honest, I can’t recall that our furtive meetings ever came to anything. Current events and finals got in the way. As we were packing to return home for the summer, Robert Kennedy was assassinated after winning the California primary. We left stunned. To say we spent the summer dispirited and worried is understatement, especially as we saw peers fill the Chicago streets protesting the Democratic convention that August. I would learn later of friends who had been in that melee.

Fast forward to campuses today, where student protests are once again in the headlines. Students this year protested over buildings named for slaveholders, the free speech of speakers representing challenging viewpoints, social injustice, escalating college costs, administrative handling of sexual assault cases, racial inequity, refugee bans, religious prejudice, the curriculum, and more.

A February 2016 report from the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA found today’s college freshmen more likely to participate in student protests than any time in the five decades since the ’60s. Nearly one in ten freshmen expects to protest during their years on campus. “Student activism seems to be experiencing a revival,” the report’s project director concluded, noting rising levels of student interest in civic and political engagement.

Faculty are often uneasy when their students take their protests public, according to Seattle University law professor Dean Spade, writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education (Feb. 10, 2017). Worried about damage to the reputation of their institutions as a result of the negativity of protestors, professors miss the lessons their students are acting out when they ask their institutions to walk the talk they hear from faculty, administrators, and staff about being critical thinkers and leaders. Does civic engagement, an important focus on many campuses, draw the line at civil disobedience?

Many Americans have taken to the streets this year. Protest is a hallmark of our history, beginning with the Boston Tea Party. Yet we would hope it leads to understanding, rather than confrontation or violence. In its most fundamental forum, protest is a plea to be heard, to engage in discourse, not something to be feared or banned. Protests on campus raise important questions regarding the purpose of higher education. In these challenging times, higher education’s claims to be inclusive and diverse and transformative are being tested by a generation eager to engage the academy to be true to its mission. We could all stand to listen … and to learn.

-Mary Todd, Executive Director

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi to Establish Chapters at Three Institutions

Phi Kappa Phi has announced approval of three new chapters to be established at institutions across the nation.

The three institutions granted a charter for a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi include Long Island University, Nova Southeastern University and United States Air Force Academy.

Once installed, these chapters will join more than 300 Phi Kappa Phi chapters in the United States and the Philippines. The Society currently inducts approximately 30,000 new members each year on its chapter campuses.

“We are pleased to welcome these three institutions to the Phi Kappa Phi community,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “The grant of a charter is a mark of excellence for an institution. We look forward to installing these new chapters so they can begin recognizing their best students with invitations to membership.”

The Society’s board of directors approved the institutions’ petitions to establish a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi based on select criteria. Approved institutions 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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Free CPA Mock Exam Workshop

Are you prepping for the CPA exam? Join Phi Kappa Phi partner Becker Professional Education on Tuesday, May 16, from 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Central time for a complimentary CPA mock exam workshop.

The workshop is a "mini" version of what can be expected on the CPA exam. Multiple choice questions from each section of the exam will be reviewed, as well as one Task Based Simulation. Top Becker instructors will guide attendees through mock exam questions with explanations and tips for getting the right answers.

Click here to learn more and RSVP! 

Keep in mind, Phi Kappa Phi members are also eligible to receive a $300 discount when registering for all four parts of the Becker CPA Review Course at the same time. To receive the discount, click here to create an account and select The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in the society drop-down menu on the Affiliations tab. The discount will be automatically applied to your purchase.

Members can also call 1.800.868.3900 to enroll. Tell the Becker representative that you are enrolling under The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Preferred Provider Program. Becker representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Central time.

Take advantage of Becker's 0% Student Financing for CPA Exam Review! Click here for details.

If you have questions about any of these offers, contact Jamie Chapman at or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Apply for the Student Vice President Leadership Summit by May 15

Phi Kappa Phi is currently accepting applications for its 2017 Student Vice President Leadership Summit. The Summit will be held July 13-16 in Denver, Colorado.

Now in its third year, the two-day event will bring together student vice presidents from Phi Kappa Phi chapters across the country to engage in activities aimed at bolstering leadership development skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with other student vice presidents and learn strategies for enhancing Phi Kappa Phi chapters.

“Being able to network with other student vice presidents from across the country and understanding that we are all going through common things within our chapter was valuable,” said Charlene Gallagher, a previous attendee. “I really feel like the seminars made a huge impact on the way that I view and understand leadership.”

The deadline to apply for the event is May 15, 2017. Nominations will be limited to one student vice president per Phi Kappa Phi chapter.

To be eligible to attend, students must be an active member of Phi Kappa Phi and currently serve as a student vice president within their chapter. Members must also be returning to campus as a full-time student for the full 2017-2018 academic year.

Established in 2013 and hosted every other year, the Student Vice President Leadership Summit was developed to engage Phi Kappa Phi’s student vice presidents in personal and organizational development. Since its creation, more than 125 students have attended the event.

To learn more about the Summit and download an application, visit

Friday, May 5, 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 photo(s) by June 30. 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 about the contest, contact Hannah Breaux at

GMAT & GRE Math Bootcamp Webinar

Prepping for the GMAT or GRE? Join Phi Kappa Phi partner The Princeton Review on May 10 at 4 p.m. Eastern time for a free GMAT & GRE Math Bootcamp Webinar. A Princeton Review instructor will review core math topics, the structure of the exams, key strategies for improving your score and more! Space is limited, so register today (click the button below). Can’t attend? Click here to sign up to receive a free recording.

Keep in mind, 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 appropriate promo code, click here. You can enroll online or over the phone at 1.800.2.REVIEW.

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

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Two Phi Kappa Phi Members Named Carnegie Fellows

Two Phi Kappa Phi members, David E. Campbell and Jared Farmer, recently were named as 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellows by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Campbell and Farmer are among 35 recipients who will receive up to $200,000 toward the funding of research and writing in the social sciences and humanities.

  • David E. Campbell (Brigham Young University), a former Phi Kappa Phi Fellow, is Packey J. Dee professor of American democracy and political science department chair at the University of Notre Dame. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Brigham Young University. His research focuses on religion, politics, and civic engagement. His project title is Godless Politics: The Politics of Secularism in the United States.

  • Jared Farmer (Utah State University) is an associate professor at Stony Brook University. Farmer is a graduate of Utah State University, the University of Montana, and Stanford University. He studies the overlapping historical dimensions of landscape, environment, technology, science, religion, and culture. His project title is Latest Oldest Living Beings.

Campbell and Farmer were chosen from 200 candidates by a selection committee comprised of distinguished scholars and intellectual leaders representing some of the world’s premier institutions of learning. Ten members of the committee are either current or former university presidents.

Click here to learn more about the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi Annual Report Showcases Achievements of 2016

Phi Kappa Phi's 2016 Annual Report is now available online!

The report, themed Educate. Innovate. Elevate., showcases a number of accomplishments of the past year that represent the Society’s mission to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education. The report features a stunning design with photos and graphics, stories of Phi Kappa Phi award winners, member testimonials, chapter highlights and more.

“Phi Kappa Phi is so very grateful for the generosity of our donors, whose commitment to excellence not only supports and sustains our awards programs but extends the love of learning to fellow members,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “We are pleased to recognize the opportunities made possible through their gifts in the 2016 annual report.”

Highlights of the report include:
  • A feature of the first recipient of Phi Kappa Phi’s $100,000 institutional Excellence in Innovation Award
  • Stories from winners of Phi Kappa Phi awards including Fellowships, Study Abroad Grants, Literacy Grants and Love of Learning Awards
  • Highlights from the Society’s 44th Biennial Convention in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Member achievements of 2016 including a MacArthur Fellow, National Humanities Medal recipient and more
  • Listing of donors to the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation

To read the 2016 Annual Report, click here.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Member Benefits Highlights – May 2017

April showers bring May flowers… and member discounts! Don’t miss out on these exclusive offers available only to Phi Kappa Phi members throughout May.

Save 15% on your monthly wireless service plan from AT&T. The monthly discount is available on Click here for more information and for step-by-step instructions on how to register for the discount. Please allow up to two billing cycles for the discount to take effect.

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Take advantage of exclusive discounts from Dell on computers, accessories and much more. Visit to learn how you can access the savings. To start shopping online, visit the Phi Kappa Phi – Dell Member Purchase Store. Please note your discount is automatically calculated and will appear in red at checkout.

Soak up the savings with a special discount of up to 8% on auto insurance and support Phi Kappa Phi awards at the same time! Did you know GEICO makes a contribution to the Society’s awards programs each time you request a free quote? 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 and Tennessee.

Continue your journey of lifelong learning by taking advantage of the exclusive discounts available to you from JPASS. Gain access to more than 2,000 academic and professional journals and receive an exclusive 25% discount when you purchase the annual JPASS individual access plan. Click here to redeem your 25% discount today.

Lumosity offers members an exclusive 25% discount on individual yearly and lifetime subscriptions. Lumosity is available on iPad, iPhone and Android, and in several languages on the web including French, German, Japanese and Spanish. To take advantage of the exclusive discount, visit and set up your free account. Once you’ve created your account, click here to activate the 25% discount.

Office Depot
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 location.

Questions? Contact Jamie Chapman at or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.
qualifying voice and data plans. New and existing AT&T customers can apply the discount to their accounts.

Volunteer Spotlight – May 2017

Mattia Migliore
MCPHS University

Chapter Position: President

University Position: Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Years of Service to the Chapter: 4

Degree(s)/Discipline: B.S. in Pharmacy, M.S. in Pharmacology, Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Sciences

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? I led the initiative to start a new chapter of Phi Kappa Phi at our university.
What has your chapter done that has made you proud? Both the Worcester and the Boston campuses have become recognized as part of our Student Government Association (SGA). As part of SGA, they contribute to the university and the community by volunteering and by providing professional development workshops.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Phi Kappa Phi is an organization that promotes excellence and the pursuit of knowledge. What I like the best about this organization is the interdisciplinary nature of the society. Our members now have a chance to interact and learn from a variety of different disciplines. This fosters a spirit of collaboration and understanding, which is essential in the healthcare and scientific fields.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer?
As a chapter officer, it is a pleasure to see the look of pride in the students' faces during the Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony. I also love that they get to share their accomplishments with their families. I find my role in Phi Kappa Phi extremely rewarding.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? My advice to new officers is to try to recruit as many faculty volunteers as possible.

What are your hobbies? Reading, going to the movies, and traveling

Where are you from? Originally from Italy, then Venezuela, and now Massachusetts

Click here to see Mattia's CV.