Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Don't Miss Your Chance! Apply for a Graduate Research Grant

Phi Kappa Phi is assessing the need to provide funding to members for graduate research travel. As part of this assessment, the Society is offering graduate research grants of up to $1,500 to eligible members who are enrolled in a graduate program. These grants provide funding for travel in support of career development opportunities, such as conducting or presenting research.

“In the spirit of innovation, Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce the pilot of a new award, the Graduate Research Grant,” said Dr. Mary Todd, Society executive director. “Because graduate research often involves travel, whether for gathering or presenting research, we hope a limited pilot offering will identify member interest in a travel grant program.”

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be an active member of Phi Kappa Phi or have accepted membership by November 30, 2018, and currently be enrolled in a graduate program. In addition, the travel to conduct or present research must take place between January 1, 2019, and August 31, 2019. Current Phi Kappa Phi Fellows or previous Dissertation Fellows are not eligible to apply.

To apply for a graduate research grant, please complete the request form by Friday, November 30. The number of grants to be awarded is contingent upon the availability of funds and the number of applications received.

To learn more about the Graduate Research Grant, click here.

Questions? Contact Kelli Partin, awards manager, at kpartin@phikappaphi.org.

Monday, October 29, 2018

AmazonSmile is Increasing Their Donation Rate 10x From Oct 29 - Nov 2

Calling all Amazon shoppers! AmazonSmile has donated over $100 million to charities around the world and to celebrate, they're launching their biggest bonus donation to date — 5% for 5 days.

From October 29 to November 2, AmazonSmile will donate 5% (ten times the usual amount) on all eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Society when you shop our AmazonSmile website at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-1856406.

You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com. It’s the same Amazon you know and love, and you can even use your existing Amazon account to shop.

Don’t forget, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Phi Kappa Phi year round, which helps support Society award programs. We encourage you to bookmark the AmazonSmile link to make it even easier to support Phi Kappa Phi every time you shop on Amazon.

Click here to shop AmazonSmile today!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Chapter Update – October 2018

By Kay White
Chapter Development Director

Senior Chapter Development Officer Traci Payne and I, along with my fellow director Jami Prince, held a Growing Your Chapter event Oct. 20 in Chicago. This one-day intensive workshop had 16 chapter officers in attendance from chapters all over the United States. Previous workshops of a similar sort have been held over the last few years, but a move to a more condensed workshop on the weekend seems to have helped attendance and ease of travel for faculty and staff with busy schedules. The officers that attended were also a great mix of fairly new and more experienced officers, leading to fruitful conversations and brainstorming that may bring about some exciting developments on their campuses this year and beyond.

After the travel day, activities began with an emphasis on the basics of Phi Kappa Phi history and chapter management for those new to the organization. After lunch at the hotel and a break, presentations on Growing Your Chapter, focusing on chapter visibility and student acceptance, and Leading Your Chapter, focusing on chapter management and leadership growth, were given. A walk-through of the website and online resources was also given, with an emphasis on any new additions to make chapter management a bit easier.

One aspect that chapter officer attendees often find very useful is the small and large group discussions that are encouraged throughout the day. Also new to this workshop was the grouping of chapter officers into their divisions leading to more shareable ideas because of comparable institutional size. This seemed to bring both problems and solutions regarding Phi Kappa Phi on various sized campuses to the forefront, again making the small group conversations more engaging and rewarding.

Lola Norris, chapter president of Texas A&M International University, said, “I liked the walk-through of the website and the sharing by participants. The presenters were also great. This was all in all a very successful event.” California State University, San Bernadino chapter president Dorothy Chen-Maynard enjoyed networking with other officers, as well as hearing ideas for management of the chapter. Diana Elrod, chapter president-elect at Texas Woman’s University, commented on the excellence of the topics presented as well as the presentations.

Our hope is that we can continue to serve chapter officers with the most engaging and easy-to-attend trainings that we can offer. Please follow the lead of these officers and plan to attend our next training event in Baton Rouge, the home of our Society national office, on January 12. After the initial chapter fee of $150, travel and lodging are reimbursed, and meals are provided by the Society on the day of training. Click here for more details and to register.

To share your chapter’s events with the national office, email me at kwhite@phikappaphi.org.

Photo provided by Kay White – Phi Kappa Phi chapter officers gather during a Growing Your Chapter workshop held Oct. 20 in Chicago. Attending the event are, front row from left, Jean Cook, Elaina Koltz, Miranda Terry, Dorothy Chen-Maynard, and Teri Ternes; and back row, Minh Nguyen, Craig Bowe, Keyur Savla, Catie McCorry-Andalis, Romulus Godang, Ann Eisenberg, Brian Powell, Tabata Rodriguez, Diana Elrod, Lola Norris, and Monica Arroyo.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

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Questions? Contact info@diplomaframe.com or call 1.800.477.9005 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. E.T.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Save the Date for Giving Tuesday

On November 27, 2018, Phi Kappa Phi will join thousands of organizations around the globe to celebrate Giving Tuesday. Now in its seventh year, Giving Tuesday is a day of philanthropy dedicated to giving back through the support of nonprofit organizations.

This year after all of your holiday gifts have been purchased on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we ask that you consider making a gift to the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation. All gifts, no matter the size, will open doors of opportunity to members both near and far. Your gifts can help deserving students and members realize their educational and career goals, from study abroad to graduate school to lifelong learning.

Want to see exactly how your contributions can make an impact? Check out these testimonials from Phi Kappa Phi members across the country.

Ready to join the Giving Tuesday movement? Make sure you save the date on your calendar (Outlook, iCal, Google Calendar) and follow us on social media for updates leading up to the big day.

Monday, October 15, 2018

GRE Strategy Webinar October 17

The Weber State University Phi Kappa Phi Chapter will host a free GRE Strategy Webinar presented by The Princeton Review on Wednesday, October 17, at 6 p.m. M.T. A Princeton Review instructor will teach attendees how to maximize their score, and topics will include:

  • GRE misconceptions and truths
  • Exclusive Princeton Review test-taking strategies to achieve a higher score
  • Question types, scoring and structure
  • Ways to dodge "traps"

There will be a question and answer session available to all attendees at the end of the webinar and attendees will have access to a special offer from The Princeton Review.

The webinar is available for anyone to attend online. Students on the Weber State campus can attend in person in the Honors Classroom, Stewart Library #325. Refreshments (pizza) will be provided, and attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early.



Can't attend the webinar live? Click here to sign up to receive a free recording!

Questions? Contact Jamie Chapman at jchapman@phikappaphi.org or 1.800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Executive Director's Blog - What Is Phi Kappa Phi to You?

From the Executive Director
Forum, Fall 2018

Identity is one of those terms often taken for granted. Some say, “I know who I am, so I don’t have to dwell on it.” But let’s do dwell on for a bit. Identity is something we each have individually, but it’s also something organizations have. Identities change; history makes that clear.

It’s not always an easy task to define one’s identity. Much easier is defining who we are not. I often used a simple exercise in my college classrooms to introduce the topic of identity. I handed out a Mr. Coffee filter and gave a simple prompt: divide the circle like a pie and write down the various aspects of yourself that help define who you are. The obvious demographics came first: age, gender, race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, field of study, line of work. Then I asked students to think about how each of those elements becomes a filter through which one views events and developments. Together they contribute to the unique YOU. Those individual identities matter.

How would you describe Phi Kappa Phi’s identity? Our mission helps do that, as do our legal documents such as bylaws. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to recognizing and promoting excellence in higher education. We’ve done that very pointedly in the past four years with the creation of the Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Innovation Award. We decided for the first time to recognize excellence in institutions of higher learning, not only in individuals.

We think the innovation award is an innovation in itself. In fact, the Society was recently awarded a Silver Power of A Award by ASAE, the association of nonprofit executives, through its program to showcase the ways in which nonprofit associations leverage their resources to kickstart innovation.

The innovation award is but one in the suite of awards Phi Kappa Phi bestows each biennium. Our signature Fellowships for graduate study were first awarded eighty-five years ago, in 1933. Since that time nearly 2,400 members have been named Phi Kappa Phi Fellows. A dissertation fellowship was created in 2014 and now supports ten doctoral candidates toward completion of their degrees. In addition, we annually provide literacy grants, study abroad grants, and the ever-popular Love of Learning award.

Significant increases to the awards program were announced at the recent convention. Phi Kappa Phi awards now total nearly $1 million annually.

Central to the management of awards are the selection committees made up of Phi Kappa Phi member volunteers who read and score applications. Each biennium, nearly 100 individuals serve on selection committees, screening committees, and the innovation jury.

When I speak to new initiates, I encourage them to say they are Phi Kappa Phi graduates of their college or university. When I’m asked about Phi Kappa Phi, I like to say we’re the prestigious collegiate honor society for all disciplines, and awards are what we do. What’s your elevator speech when someone asks you about Phi Kappa Phi?

-Mary Todd, Executive Director

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

One Day Brooks Brothers Event! Save 25%

You don’t want to miss this sale! Mark your calendars for the Brooks Brothers Fall Shopping Event on Friday, October 12. Brooks Brothers, the oldest clothing retailer in the U.S., offers classic clothing for men, women, and children, and you can save 25% on full-priced merchandise during this one-day event.

Members can shop in retail stores, online, and by phone and must use their Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card to receive the savings.

To sign up for a complimentary Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card, visit Membership.BrooksBrothers.com or call 1.866.515.4747. Reference organization ID 11755 and pin code 61431.

To receive the discount online, members must create a separate Brooks Brothers Corporate Member profile, even if you already have an existing Brooks Brothers profile. Please allow 20 minutes after you receive your email confirmation before creating your online Corporate Member profile. Register for your separate Corporate Member profile here.

Questions? Contact Jamie Chapman, member engagement Director, at jchapman@phikappphi.org or 1.800.804.9880, ext 217.

*An exclusive offer for enrolled Brooks Brothers Corporate Members.Offer is valid October 12, 2018, until 11:59 p.m. ET online and by phone (for shipments to U.S. or Canada only) and until the close of regular business hours in U.S. and Canadian Brooks Brothers Retail stores. Not valid in Factory stores. Visit BrooksBrothers.com/stores for store listings. Please present your non-transferable Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card, temporary shopping pass or email confirmation at the time of purchase. 25% discount is in lieu of your standard Corporate Membership discount or other promotion or discount, and does not apply to sale merchandise. In order to receive your discount for online purchases, your billing and shipping address must match the address provided when enrolling for a Corporate Membership card. Excludes Red Fleece, Golden Fleece, 200th Anniversary and charitable items, made to measure and special order clothing purchases, and applies to select accessories and Brooks Brothers shoe styles. Discount may not be applied toward taxes, shipping and handling, monogramming and engraving, alterations or personalization. Not valid on previous purchases of on the purchase of gift cards. If you return some or all merchandise, the dollar value of this promotion will not be refunded or credited to your account. Void where prohibited by law. No cash value except where prohibited, then the cash value is 1/100 cent.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Phi Kappa Phi Member Named 2018 MacArthur Fellow

Phi Kappa Phi member Ken Ward Jr., investigative journalist, has been named as a 2018 MacArthur Fellow. He is one of 25 fellows named to the 2018 class.

A staff writer at the Charleston Gazette-Mail for more than 25 years, Ward received the fellowship for his reporting and in-depth coverage of the coal, chemical and natural gas industries in West Virginia. Ward’s investigative journalism was commended for “revealing the human and environmental toll of natural resource extraction in West Virginia and spurring greater accountability among public and private stakeholders,” according to the MacArthur Foundation.

Throughout his career, Ward has boldly reported on the economic, social and health impacts of worker safety violations, environmental hazards and corporate malfeasance within West Virginia’s natural resource and chemical industries. He has covered several incidents in the state including the 2006 Sago Mine disaster and 2014 Elk River chemical spill. His reporting on the decades-long government inaction around black lung disease eventually led to new regulations being implemented by the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

“Part of the job of a journalist, and the kind of journalism that I want to do, is to expose those kinds of difficult truths so that people can try to confront them and deal with them,” he said in a video by the MacArthur Foundation.

Ward received his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University where he was initiated as a Phi Kappa Phi member. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists and, in 2017, was named a member of the newly launched ProPublica Local Reporting Network.

Also known as the Genius Grant, the MacArthur Fellowship celebrates individuals who have shown “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” The fellows, who span the disciplines, receive a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000 over five years.

Photo Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Last Chance to Win Your Favorite Piece of Phi Kappa Phi Gear


Have you had your eye on a certain piece of Phi Kappa Phi merchandise? Participate in our Pin to Win contest for your chance to win the item of your choice!

Between September 14 and October 7, simply follow Phi Kappa Phi on Pinterest and pin your favorite merchandise item from our "Grab the Gear" board. One winner—selected at random—will receive the item they have pinned.

How to Enter:

1. Follow Phi Kappa Phi on Pinterest.
2. Select your favorite item on our "Grab the Gear" board.
3. Repin the item.

Only one entry per user will be accepted, and you must be an active Phi Kappa Phi member to enter.

Click here for official rules and details. Happy pinning!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Member Benefits Highlights – October 2018

No bones about it, you’ll want to sink your fangs into these great deals available throughout October!

Brooks Brothers
Mark your calendars for the Brooks Brothers Fall Shopping Event on Friday, October 12. Save 25% on full-priced merchandise in retail stores, online, and by phone when using your Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card.

To sign up for a complimentary Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card, visit Membership.BrooksBrothers.com and reference organization ID 11755 and pin code 61431. To receive the discount online, members must create a separate Brooks Brothers Corporate Member profile, even if you already have an existing Brooks Brothers profile. Please allow 20 minutes after you receive your email confirmation before creating your online Corporate Member profile. Register for your separate Corporate Member profile here.

Church Hill
Showcase, preserve and safeguard your initiation certificate in a handcrafted Phi Kappa Phi frame from Church Hill Classics. Customize your frame with cutting-edge designs, mouldings, and matting styles to complement your home or office decor. Enjoy free domestic ground shipping on all orders placed October 25-31. Apply promo code GHOST18 to your order to access the savings. Click here to browse and start designing your custom frame today!

Dell
Take advantage of exclusive discounts on select laptops and desktops, plus hundreds of electronics and accessories when you shop Dell's secure Member Purchase Store at www.Dell.com/PhiKappaPhi. The discount is automatically calculated in the purchase price and will appear in red at checkout. You can also place your order by phone. Call 1.800.695.8133 to place your order and be sure to provide Dell Discount ID CS72681359.

LifeLock
LifeLock is the leader in identity theft protection and works to protect members from identity theft so they can live freely with confidence in an always-connected world. As a member, you can save 10% on your first year of LifeLock membership. Click here to sign up today and use promo code PKPOFFER if prompted.

Phi Kappa Phi Worldwide Travel Discount Program
Phi Kappa Phi members, friends, and family have access to a worldwide inventory of hotels and rental cars at exclusive discounted rates that may exceed 50%. Click here to access the Phi Kappa Phi Travel Program today! (Your Phi Kappa Phi login will be required.)

The Princeton Review
Click here to register for the free GRE Strategy Webinar hosted by the Weber State University Phi Kappa Phi Chapter and presented by The Princeton Review on Wednesday, October 17, at 6 p.m. M.T. A Princeton Review instructor will teach attendees how to maximize their score, share exclusive test-taking strategies to achieve a higher score, review question types and structure, and more.

Don’t forget, Phi Kappa Phi members and family can save 15% on The Princeton Review courses and tutoring. Click here to access the appropriate promotional code and enroll online.

Want to access even more savings year round? Visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org/Discounts to view all of the discounts available to active members. Please note, discounts are reserved for active members and your Phi Kappa Phi login will be required to access many of the partnership webpages.

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

Monday, October 1, 2018

Apply for a Graduate Research Grant

Phi Kappa Phi is currently assessing the need to provide funding to members for graduate research travel. As part of this assessment, the Society is offering graduate research grants of up to $1,500 to eligible members who are enrolled in a graduate program. These grants provide funding for travel in support of career development opportunities, such as conducting or presenting research.

“In the spirit of innovation, Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce the pilot of a new award, the Graduate Research Grant,” said Dr. Mary Todd, Society executive director. “Because graduate research often involves travel, whether for gathering or presenting research, we hope a limited pilot offering will identify member interest in a travel grant program.”

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be an active member of Phi Kappa Phi or have accepted membership by November 30, 2018, and currently be enrolled in a graduate program. In addition, the travel to conduct or present research must take place between January 1, 2019, and August 31, 2019. Current Phi Kappa Phi Fellows or previous Dissertation Fellows are not eligible to apply.

To apply for a graduate research grant, please complete the request form by Friday, November 30. The number of grants to be awarded is contingent upon the availability of funds and the number of applications received.

To learn more about the Graduate Research Grant, click here.

Questions? Contact Kelli Partin, awards manager, at kpartin@phikappaphi.org.

Apply for a $10,000 Dissertation Fellowship by November 30

Phi Kappa Phi is now accepting applications for its Dissertation Fellowship Program. Ten fellowships of $10,000 each will be awarded in 2019.

Introduced in 2014, the program is designed to support doctoral candidates who are writing their dissertations. To be eligible, applicants must be an active Phi Kappa Phi member in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study. All pre-dissertation requirements should be met by the November 30 deadline including approval of the dissertation proposal.

“It is an honor to receive the Dissertation Fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi,” said Malinee Neelamegam, a 2018 Dissertation Fellow. “The ABD finish line is challenging, and the fellowship will allow me to work towards completing my doctoral journey successfully. Beyond the financial assistance, the fellowship provides doctoral students like me the motivation and the reassurance of the importance of the work we do.”

The selection process for a dissertation fellowship examines how the fellowship will contribute to the completion of the dissertation, the significance of original research, and endorsement by the dissertation chair. Recipients will receive $10,000 to apply toward 12 months of dissertation writing.

To learn more about the program, including full eligibility requirements and applications instructions, click here. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2018.

If you have questions, contact Kelli Partin, awards manager, at kpartin@phikappaphi.org.