Monday, January 29, 2018

Stock Up and Save in the New Year

Pick up all of your home and office supplies at Office Depot/Office Max and save up to 80%. Phi Kappa Phi members also qualify for free next-day delivery on online orders over $50. Looking to stay organized in the new year? Let Franklin Planner help with a 15% discount when you use promo code PKPMEMBER.

If you need a new laptop or technology accessories to keep you on track, save up to 30% on select Dell and Lenovo laptops, desktops, plus hundreds of electronics and accessories.

Finally, return to campus in style with Society-branded gear. From dressy polos to hooded jackets and everything in between, the easy-to-navigate Phi Kappa Phi online store makes it simple to shop for your favorite Phi Kappa Phi items. In addition, members can take advantage of free shipping on orders of $50 or more.

Don’t forget, shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Phi Kappa Phi, which helps support Phi Kappa Phi award programs. You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience that 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!

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

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Chapter Update – January 2018

By Kay White
Chapter Development Director

Welcome to the newest incarnation of the Chapter Update! This feature will highlight chapters, officers, members, and activities in the hopes that this will inspire and encourage others. Also, since this will be updated monthly, there will be more of an up-to-date sense, rather than reading about it months afterwards in the quarterly Forum.

The fall semester ended with quite a number of initiations with many chapters opening their online enrollment early to beat the spring rush. If you are interested in doing the same, please contact Kam Lubben to help you get started.

Phi Kappa Phi's newest chapter, Nova Southeastern University, was installed on January 9 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They are chapter 345, and we wish them success in all endeavors.

The national office's chapter development department held two workshops in early January in Phoenix, Arizona, and Dallas, Texas. These Growing Your Chapter workshops were attended by chapter officers from all over the United States and a lot was shared regarding chapter visibility and event planning on campus, as well as leadership succession. One participant from Brigham Young University said of the event, “I got many good ideas that I hope to be able to parlay into not only a higher acceptance rate by those invited to join ΦΚΦ but into an even healthier chapter and more meaningful ΦΚΦ experience for those who do join.” Thank you to all of the chapter officers who were able to attend!

Lastly, this month we would like to highlight a chapter officer from San José State University who has received an award from a weekly jazz publication for his outstanding jazz programming skills. One would expect that he works in the school of music or drama, but this is only his hobby. Bradley Stone’s career is as a Professor of Chemistry within the department of science at San José State. Read more here.

If you have an activity from your chapter or a chapter member that you would like to highlight, please email Kay White. It would be great to feature that in this monthly column.

Photo provided by Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 345, Nova Southeastern University — Jeff Michelman, left, presents a membership certificate to George Hanbury at Nova Southeastern University’s recent installation.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Nominations Being Accepted for Scholar, Artist, and Distinguished Service Awards

Phi Kappa Phi is currently seeking nominations for its Scholar, Artist, and Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Awards. The deadline to submit a nomination is February 1, 2018.

Given once a biennium, the awards honor individuals who have demonstrated the ideals of the Society through their lifelong activities, achievements and scholarship. Each award highlights the academic and professional accomplishments of Phi Kappa Phi members who are renowned in their field.

First presented in 1974, the Scholar Award recognizes excellence in teaching, research and public service. In 1983, the Artist Award was established to recognize the achievements of those who, in addition to their outstanding scholarship, have displayed talents in the broad realm of the arts—creative, graphic, performing, visual, and fine arts.

Named in memory of Dr. H. Ray Sylvester, who at the time of his death served as president-elect, the Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who has provided sustained, non-compensated volunteer service to others beyond the realm of academia. The Distinguished Service Award was established in 2013.

Recipients of each award will receive a $1,000 honorarium, life membership and a recognition citation. The three honorees will be recognized at the Society’s 2018 Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 2-4.

The deadline to submit a nomination for each award is February 1, 2018. Self-nominations are accepted. To learn more about each program including nomination criteria and requirements or to view past recipients, click here. If you have additional questions, please contact Kelli Partin at

Friday, January 19, 2018

Share Your Stories of Mentorship Success

“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 grateful for the chance to mentor because the experience is more rewarding than they imagined. Are you a mentor? Tell us in the comments below about your experience. Your story may inspire others to get involved.

Maybe you were the one who benefited from having a great mentor. As part of National Mentoring Month, we will celebrate national Thank Your Mentor Day™ on January 25. On this day, we encourage you to thank those individuals who had a lasting impact on your life. Here are a few ideas:
  • Contact your mentor directly to express your appreciation.
  • Show your gratitude on social media.
  • Pass on the lessons you have learned by becoming a mentor to someone in your community.
  • Make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program in your mentor’s honor.
Learn how to become a mentor today.

And don’t forget to join the conversation with us on social media throughout the month by using #PKPMentors and #MentoringWorks.

Apply for a Phi Kappa Phi Award

Phi Kappa Phi is currently accepting applications for its 2018 award programs. The award programs provide funding 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 through programs that last year recognized over 350 individuals.

“The best part of Phi Kappa Phi to me, is how it continues its mission—for so many years—to recognize and award students in higher education for excellence in academic achievement,” said Audrey Alleyne, a 2017 award recipient. “This is such a great motivation for students who love learning to continue striving for greater achievements.”

Programs currently 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 active 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 each Phi Kappa Phi chapter. Contact your local chapter for deadline information.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Scholar & Artist: Once per biennium, Phi Kappa Phi honors two individuals who have demonstrated the ideals of the Society through their lifelong activities, achievements and scholarship. Nominations will be accepted until February 1.
  • Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award: Once per biennium, Phi Kappa Phi honors an individual who has provided sustained, non-compensated volunteer service to others beyond the realm of academia. Nominations will be accepted until February 1.
Click here to learn more about the Society’s award programs. If you have questions, contact Kelli Partin, awards manager, at

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Learn How You Can Save With Office Depot/Office Max

Restock your home and office supplies, and get organized in the new year. Register for a free 30-minute webinar on Tuesday, January 23 to learn how you can save up to 80% on supplies and get free next-day delivery through Phi Kappa Phi’s partnership with Office Depot/Office Max. The live webinar will begin at 1 p.m. CT, and you will learn more about the advantages of buying your supplies through the Phi Kappa Phi Office Depot/OfficeMax Member Values Program and how to access the savings.

 Register now

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

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Don't Miss Your Chance to Show Your Pride and Win!

Did you wear your Phi Kappa Phi stole, medallion or honor cords at your recent graduation? Don't miss your chance to send in your 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 January 31. 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

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Internship Board Now Available

We are excited to announce the new Phi Kappa Phi Internship Board—a resource to connect members looking to expand their knowledge and hands-on experience with internship opportunities.

The Phi Kappa Phi Internship Board allows you to:
  • Search and apply to the best internships at organizations that want to help you grow.
  • Post multiple résumés and cover letters, or choose an anonymous profile to maintain control of your information and choose to whom your information is shared.
  • Set up efficient alerts to deliver the latest internships right to your inbox. You can receive an alert every time an internship that matches your personal profile, skills, interests, and preferred location becomes available.
  • Access valuable resources to find the perfect internship. You can even ask experts for advice, get résumé writing tips, utilize career assessment test services, and more.
Employers, you can also use the board to recruit the most qualified Phi Kappa Phi members for open internships at your organization. The board allows you to place your internship postings where top talent can find them and apply, search the résumé database, contact eager candidates, and fill your internships quickly.

Visit to access the Internship Board and create your profile today!

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

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Phi Kappa Phi Installs Chapter 345 at Nova Southeastern University

Phi Kappa Phi will install its 345th chapter at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, today, January 9. 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 Nova Southeastern 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 Nova Southeastern University to its community of scholars,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “NSU’s core values—academic excellence, student centered, integrity, innovation, opportunity, scholarship/research, diversity and community—fit nicely with the Society’s mission of excellence and engagement.”

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President Dr. Maria Petrescu, President-elect Dr. Patricia C. Rose, Primary Contact Dr. Don Rosenblum, Secretary Dr. Sonia F. Kay, Treasurer Dr. Rachelle Dorne and Administrative Assistant Vanessa Mezquia.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Member Benefit Highlights – January 2018

Start your new year off right with exclusive savings and discounts available to Phi Kappa Phi members.

Avis Preferred
Traveling in the new year? Plan your next trip with Avis Preferred and save up to 25% off Avis base rates when making a reservation with Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number W980400. Visit to complete your reservation and receive instant online and email confirmation of your travel plans.

Budget Truck
Moving soon? Make your next move a smooth ride with reliable and easy-to-drive trucks, a variety of sizes up to 26’, and 24/7 roadside assistance. Plus, take advantage of the Budget Truck Rental discount offered exclusively to Phi Kappa Phi members and save 15% on rental and mileage. To book your rental, call 1.800.566.8422 and mention Phi Kappa Phi account number 56000134543 or visit to book online.

Church Hill Classics
Are you a new Phi Kappa Phi member? Show off your Phi Kappa Phi pride with a customizable initiation certificate frame from Church Hill Classics. Choose from a variety of frame mouldings, mat colors and materials to create a frame that complements your home or office decor. In addition, you can find a frame to showcase your medallion, stole or Phi Kappa Phi photos. Click here to start designing 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 and use promo code PKPMEMBER to start planning today!

Looking to save money in 2018? Find out if GEICO can help with your New Year’s resolution. Qualifying members can get a special discount of up to 8%, and existing GEICO customers may also be eligible for the discount. Visit or call 1.800.368.2734 and reference The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for a free quote today. Each time you request a quote, GEICO makes a contribution to the Society, helping to support the Society’s award programs.

Office Depot
Stock up on all of your school and office supplies at Office Depot/OfficeMax and save! 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 use at any Office Depot/OfficeMax store.

Phi Kappa Phi Gear
Return to campus in style with Society-branded gear. From dressy polos to hooded jackets and everything in between, the easy-to-navigate Phi Kappa Phi online store makes it simple to shop for your favorite Phi Kappa Phi items. Visit to shop today. Plus, free ground shipping is available for orders of $50 or more!

Visit to access all of the discounts available to active members year-round. Please note, discounts are reserved for active members, and you will be required to log in to access many of the partnership pages within the website.

Questions? Contact Jamie Chapman, member engagement director, at

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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 17th 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 in students’ lives each day.

To share your unique mentoring story, email, and join the conversation on social media by using #PKPMentors and #MentoringMonth.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight – January 2018

Pankaj Jaiswal
Oregon State University

Chapter Position: President

University Position: Associate Professor, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology

Years of Service to the Chapter: 3

Degree(s)/Discipline: B.Sc., Botany and Chemistry; M.Sc., Biochemistry; Ph.D., Botany

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? I was invited by my chapter president to join the Chapter Executive Committee. Since I was an Emerging Scholar Awardee the prior year, it was an excellent way to introduce scholars and faculty who are interested in supporting the ΦΚΦ mission. During the first two years, I was a member of the committee as faculty vice president where I learned about the Phi Kappa Phi mission and chapter activities in addition to being part of them.

What has your chapter done that has made you proud? The chapter has always stood for bringing success and motivation to our student members and faculty. Our student vice presidents make extra efforts to organize events such as textbook drives, blood donations, and Phi Kappa Phi informational nights which take great efforts on motivating new members to join. I am also proud of our faculty vice presidents and scholars for mentoring and networking with the student members and their motivation to increase and support diversity. The chapter encourages members to come up with innovative ideas to help support student success. For example, starting in 2018, two new OSU-ΦΚΦ Impact awards will be awarded to two junior students who are Phi Kappa Phi members. The awardees will present their impact projects at the annual initiation banquet night.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Motivation and support for students to succeed and be recognized for their scholarly achievements. The same goes for faculty member scholars.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? Participating in ΦΚΦ activities brings me closer to students and faculty from diverse programs and provides me an opportunity to interact and learn new things from them.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? Be innovative in engaging student members in chapter activities and their success.

What are your hobbies? Photography and soccer.

Where are you from? India

Click here to see Pankaj's bio.