Thursday, June 27, 2019

Phi Kappa Phi Wins Two Top AM&P EXCEL Awards

Phi Kappa Phi recently garnered two top EXCEL Awards from Association Media & Publishing (AM&P) for its publication and marketing efforts. The Society was recognized at the association’s 39th Annual EXCEL Awards Gala on Monday, June 24, in Washington, D.C. The EXCEL Awards recognize excellence and leadership in nonprofit association media, publishing, marketing and communications.

Phi Kappa Phi received the Silver Award in Journals-Design Excellence for the Society’s quarterly magazine, The Phi Kappa Phi Forum. For more than 100 years, the Forum has provided members with coverage of the Society and the world at large through a distribution of over 100,000 readers. Click here to learn more about the Forum and see the latest issue.

In addition, the Forum, garnered a second Silver Award in Journals-Feature Articles for Beyond Austen and Shelley, by Devoney Looser. The article celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Click here to read the full article.

“We’re honored to have our work recognized by our peers at Association Media & Publishing,” said Beth Colvin, editor of the Forum. “We are grateful for the hard work of our design partners at STUN Design & Interactive and of our contributor and Phi Kappa Phi member Dr. Devoney Looser, who won for feature article.”

This year’s EXCEL competition saw more than 750 entries in seven categories ranging from magazines and journals to digital and promotional content. From all entries, 252 were selected as finalists to receive gold, silver or bronze in each category. Click here to see the full list of finalists.

Learn more about AM&P and the EXCEL Awards at

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Chapter Update - June 2019

By Michelle Lowery
Chapter Development Director

Bonjour, Ciao, Hola!

This is my first chapter update since I started working at the Phi Kappa Phi national office on May 1. Prior to that, I was with Louisiana State University as a Student Affairs professional for over 19 years. I received two degrees from the University of Mississippi, including a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts-journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a master’s degree in higher education-student personnel.

I will primarily be serving as a liaison for student members on the Board of Directors, the Council of Students, and faculty and staff officers at chapters in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and chapters to the northeast of these states. My role also includes coordinating the annual Book Drive and Chapter Visibility Week, writing Chapter Updates on the website, and facilitating the Student Vice President Leadership Summit.

This month I am highlighting initiatives completed recently by chapters in Florida, Louisiana, and Missouri. Please share your chapter news and events with me, Michelle Lowery, Chapter Development Director, at or 800.804.9880, ext. 212. Pictures are encouraged!

An Evening with Great Authors

Chapter 43 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, co-hosted the 9thannual “An Evening with Great Authors” with the Adult Literacy Advocates (ALA) of Greater Baton Rouge on April 24 with a celebration of the work published by Dima Ghawi, author of Breaking Vases. Ghawi’s journey is one of escaping confinement, crossing continents, and transforming her life’s purpose. She uses her personal and professional experiences to inspire, educate, and empower individuals to attain personal and professional growth. All proceeds from the event benefitted ALA’s students, programs, and educational outreach services. The event has raised more than $25,000 for ALA since its inception in 2011.

Photo by William Boyd Lee, II – Keynote speaker Dima Ghawi, center, green dress, is joined by, from left, Gary Robertson, ALA Executive Director; Dave Harris, ALA Board Member; Tenika James, ALA Board Secretary and Event Chair; Todd Pourciau, ALA Board Member; Sarah Rosemann, ALA Board Member; John Hightower, ALA Board Member; Chris Martin, ALA Board Chair; Anita Gregoire, ALA Board Member; Richard Vlosky, President, LSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi; Regina Leingang, Executive Secretary, LSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi; Nicole Hobson-Morris, ALA Board Member; and Mittie Bolton, ALA Board Vice-Chair.

Born to Read

Chapter 260 at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, recently completed their literacy project “Born to Read.” The project, which was started in 2001 and earned a 2018 Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant, has become their signature activity in which an early reader book is given to newborn babies at three hospitals in the area. Each book contains a message to the family about the importance and enjoyment of reading and encourages the family members to read the book to the baby many times in order to plant the seed that will grow into a love of reading and learning. Approximately 3,000 babies are born in these three hospitals every year.

Photo by Marge Phillips – Dr. Mary Elizabeth Ambery, left, leads Southeast Phi Kappa Phi chapter members in the Born to Read project.

Scholar & Artist Visit

Chapter 308 at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, hosted a reception for Dr. Morton Ann Gernsbacher, one of Phi Kappa Phi’s Scholar & Artist Award recipients for 2018-2020. During the visit on March 28-29, she met with student members of Psi Chi (the psychology honorary), visited classes in the School of Psychology, and toured the Scott Center for Autism Treatment. Gernsbacher also presented a public lecture on Diverse Brains that focused on brain research and how individuals and society can accommodate brain differences. This is the fourth time the chapter has arranged visits from the Phi Kappa Phi Scholar or Artist.

Photo by Heidi Hatfield Edwards – Phi Kappa Phi Scholar Dr. Morton Ann Gernsbacher, right, is joined by, from left, Gary Grant, Florida Tech’s Sr. Vice President of Development; Alyann Grant; and Mary Bonnhomme, Florida Tech’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter co-secretary.

Monday, June 24, 2019

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Save up to $300 when registering for all four parts of the Becker CPA Review Course at the same time. Click here to create an online Becker account and select The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in the society drop-down menu on the Affiliations tab.

When you are ready to make your purchase, the discount will be automatically applied. Members can also take advantage of Becker's 0% Student Financing for CPA Exam Review! Click here for details.

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 promo codes for each course and enroll online, click here.

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

Thursday, June 20, 2019

New Member Benefit: BonusDrive

The Society is excited to announce our partnership with BonusDrive. Delivering world class automotive benefits, BonusDrive now offers Phi Kappa Phi members rebates up to $500 off the purchase or lease of a new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM, Hyundai or FIAT. This offer is in addition to any offer or discounts offered from the manufacturer and dealer!

Receiving your rebate is as easy as 1, 2, 3:
  1. Visit any dealership to make a new vehicle purchase or lease. You do not need to mention the BonusDrive program to the dealer, as it does not go through the dealership.

  2. Visit to complete the short online application within 60 days of your purchase or lease of a qualifying vehicle. Any paperwork or details needed to proceed with the rebate will be provided through the BonusDrive website.

  3. The rebate check will be mailed within approximately 8-10 weeks. It's that simple!
Questions regarding specifics about the BonusDrive program, including if your recent purchase qualifies, should be directed to BonusDrive directly at or 888.98.BONUS (26687).

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

Monday, June 17, 2019

Deadline Approaching for Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Awards

The deadline to apply for a Love of Learning Award is Sunday, June 30. Phi Kappa Phi will give 200 awards of $500 each to members nationwide.

Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate professional development for active Phi Kappa Phi members including graduate and professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development, travel related to teaching and research, and more. To be eligible, applicants must have completed their baccalaureate studies by the June 30 deadline.

“Getting involved in Phi Kappa Phi has allowed me to build relationships with faculty, staff and students who share the same passion that I have for learning and for helping others,” said Mollie Hartup, recipient of a 2018 Love of Learning Award. “I am so appreciative that Phi Kappa Phi is choosing to invest in me and my continued studies by granting me this award.”

The Love of Learning Program gives 200 awards annually to Society members pursuing post-baccalaureate development. Since its inception in 2007, the program has awarded more than $650,000.

The Love of Learning Awards are part of the Society’s robust award programs, which give nearly $1 million each year to qualifying students and members through graduate and dissertation fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

The application period to apply for a $500 Love of Learning Award is currently open until June 30. For full eligibility requirements and application instructions, click here.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Submit Your Graduation Photo for a Chance to 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 Alyssa Perez at

Monday, June 10, 2019

Career Resources to Help You Succeed

Phi Kappa Phi provides career resources to help you succeed. From internship scholarships worth up to $2,500 to the Phi Kappa Phi Career Center, you have access to resources that will assist in jump-starting or advancing your career.

Résumé Resources
Write a winning résumé with the help of Seeking Success and save $75 on any Seeking Success résumé writing package. Click here to learn how to access the discount, and visit our Career Guidance Resources to find blogs and podcasts on interviewing, writing a winning résumé and much more!

Your membership in the Society is recognized as a stamp of academic excellence and we encourage you to proudly display it on your résumé by including an official Society logo. Download logos in several styles, sizes and colors at

Verify your membership with a letter from Dr. Mary Todd, Executive Director. Email Melissa Eudey at to request your personalized membership verification letter.

Internship Resources
Find the perfect DC-based internship and apply for scholarships worth up to $2,500 through Phi Kappa Phi partners DC Internships and the Washington Internship Institute. Visit to learn more.

Job Search and Interview
The Phi Kappa Phi Career Center allows members to create a profile, post résumés and cover letters, customize email job alerts, search job openings and easily apply for jobs.

Applying to a federal agency? You may be eligible for a GS level upgrade according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s General Schedule Qualification Policies. Keep in mind this is not a Phi Kappa Phi managed benefit—it is a federal policy. Questions regarding specifics of the policy should be directed to the Human Resources department associated with the position being applied for.

Join other Phi Kappa Phi members to share job search strategies, interview tips and all-around career advice in our exclusive Link community. Click here to sign in using your member login and start participating today!

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

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Executive Director's Blog - Give Peace a Chance

From the Executive Director
Forum, Summer 2019

When she was twelve, I took my oldest granddaughter to Washington, D.C., to see the Fourth of July fireworks. The next day, we were sitting on a bench in Arlington National Cemetery looking out over acres of white crosses that marked the graves of American lives lost in combat. As we talked about how many wars were represented there, Dana’s comment stopped the conversation: “There’s been war my whole life.” She was right, of course, there had been. Still is. Her haunting words brought to mind a poster from the Vietnam era: “War is not healthy for children or other living things.”

Conflict has been a feature of the human experience from its beginnings. In the fourth century BCE Herodotus, a Greek writer considered to be the father of history as we know it, recounted the Greco-Persian wars in “The Histories.” Ancient texts that predate his, many of those religious, are replete with what seems incessant conflict among humans. This acknowledgement, however, is incomplete without a parallel account of efforts at reconciliation and reduction of conflict.

One of the most intriguing developments of the early twentieth century was an international peace movement that began during World War I, which came to be known as “the war to end all wars.” The movement culminated in a multinational conference in Paris in 1928 where fifteen nations signed the Kellogg-Briand Pact, a treaty that outlawed war as a means of resolving “disputes or conflicts of whatever nature or whatever origin” between states. The treaty was easily the most idealistic ever signed, and many historians agree the most foolish, as it would be only a decade before the world was again engulfed in war.

But the principle behind the pact, that conflict need not be inevitable between those who disagree, speaks to an optimism in the human spirit, a sense of possibility that there is a higher road to be taken.

Conflict is a red thread drawn through the history of the church body I study, as is true of most religious groups, indeed, most communities, most organizations, and the history of almost every nation. Look sometime at the section in your local bookstore marked war, which is often larger than the entire section on history. You won’t find an equivalent section on peace.

Daily news across the globe is consumed with stories of tensions and discord on a scale from global to interpersonal as well as looming threats of conflict should a disagreement escalate. But if, as sociologist Lewis Coser writes in his classic, The Functions of Social Conflict, “a certain degree of conflict is an essential element in group function and the persistence of group life,” might we learn to become less conflict avoidant even as we search for resolution?

After all, the heart of democracy is rooted in healthy debate among citizens holding strong differences of opinion, all while seeking the common good.

-Mary Todd, Executive Director

Monday, June 3, 2019

Member Benefits Highlights – June 2019

What do you have planned this summer? Whether it’s upgrading your technology, traveling or updating your résumé, Phi Kappa Phi has you covered. Don’t miss these exclusive discounts available to members throughout June, including a new discount available from UPS!

UPS *New Benefit
The Society is excited to announce that members can now save up to 34% on a broad portfolio of shipping services offered by UPS, including air, international, ground and freight services. Visit to create a UPS account. If you are an existing UPS account holder, you will have the option to login with your existing UPS credentials.

Budget Truck Rental
Big move? Big savings! 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 from Budget Truck Rental. Members can save 20% on rental and mileage. Visit to make your reservation.

Take a break from the heat with cool tech savings up to 46%. Save on award-winning Lenovo systems, tablets, devices, accessories and much more. Click here to access exclusive monthly offers and visit to shop online today!

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Phi Kappa Phi Travel Discount Program
Traveling this summer? Members can access a worldwide inventory of hotels and rental cars at exclusive discounted rates up to 50%. Plus, book a hotel or car rental before September 30, 2019, and you will be entered to win your booking for free! Click here to book today.

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Discounts and promotions are reserved for active members and your member login will be required to access many of the webpages listed above. For login assistance, email

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