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2016 Study Abroad Grant Recipient

Brittany Ladson

Brittany Ladson is a junior pre-medical student in Lyman Briggs College, a teaching assistant for introductory biology, and a research assistant in a cancer lab. She enjoys traveling, volunteering at Sparrow Hospital, and shadowing physicians. She also enjoys spending time with the elderly as a nursing assistant for Senior Helpers. Ladson aspires to be an OB-GYN after attending the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State (class of 2022). She plans on using her Study Abroad grant funds to attend a study abroad program during Spring Semester 2017 in Merida, Mexico. She will be studying Osteopathic Medicine: Special Problems in Third World Countries.

Apply for a Dissertation Fellowship

Are you in the final stages of completing a doctoral program? If you are ABD status and an active (dues current) Phi Kappa Phi member, apply for one of 10 dissertation fellowships worth $10,000 each to help you reach the finish line of your Ph.D. or other doctoral program. All pre-dissertation requirements should be met by the application deadline, including approval of the dissertation proposal. Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2016.

Learn more and apply today

Show Your Phi Kappa Phi Pride!

Did you wear your Phi Kappa Phi stole, medallion or honor cords at your Fall 2015 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 up to $100 and be featured in Society materials.

Submit your favorite commencement photos showing your Phi Kappa Phi pride by January 31. After the submission deadline, Society Headquarters staff will choose the top 10 photos to be voted on by the public. The voting period will be February 12Ė26. The three entrants with the most votes will be notified by Tuesday, February 29. All entries submitted will also be posted to the Phi Kappa Phi Flickr page.

Chapter Recognition Program

Chapter of Merit

Each year The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recognizes its outstanding chapters for their commitment to honor and excellence. It is our distinct pleasure to inform you that the Michigan State University chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has achieved excellence status for 2014-15. The goal of the Chapter Recognition Program is to reward chapters who have exhibited outstanding performance.

Michigan State University Chapter President, Burt Bargerstock, says "The officers and members of the Michigan State University Chapter are humbled by this very special recognition. Since 1927, our Chapter has challenged itself to develop innovative ways of promoting exemplary scholarship. We take pride in the generations of MSU students, faculty, alumni, and leaders who have joined the Society over the years, as well as our many members who have received Phi Kappa Phi fellowships, grants, awards, and other distinctions. On behalf of all Spartan ϕΚϕ members everywhere, I thank the Society for its recognition of Chapter 41 as a Phi Kappa Phi Chapter of Excellence."

2015 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Recipient

Theresa Kaminski is a senior at Michigan State University, majoring in genomics and molecular genetics with a minor in Spanish. Kaminski's desire to pursue medicine originally began when she volunteered for a medical mission trip to Antigua, Guatemala. To further her medical experience she has accumulated over 1,000 direct patient care hours as a nursing assistant, while also studying the progression of metastasis in triple negative breast cancer as a research assistant. Currently she is interning at St. John's Catholic Church and Student Center in East Lansing to educate people about Christianity and to assist them in joining the Church. Kaminski is deciding between multiple medical school acceptances at Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and Loyola University. Her desires for the future involve becoming a medical professor and starting a nonprofit organization focused on implementing sustainable medicine in underserved communities.

2015 Love of Learning Award Recipient

Kassy Fineout graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 with a major in arts and humanities and a specialization in international development. She was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi that same year. Fineout is currently an academic advisor at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. She is also pursuing a master of arts in education in student affairs and higher education through WKU and will graduate in May of 2016. She has an extreme passion for helping students of all ages navigate the complex college environment.

Fineout plans to use the Love of Learning Award to attend the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) national conference. This conference will provide her with a chance to network with other professionals in the southeastern United States, learn more about current practices and theories in the field of student affairs, and present on academic advising.

Call for Nominations and Chapter Election

The Michigan State University Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi depends on the ideas, energy, and efforts of its members. We invite you to participate in the work of the Chapter, by nominating yourself or other members to serve as officers. For more information about the available Executive Committee positions and details about application process.

Deadline for nominations: January 30, 2015
Election Date: February 13, 2015, at 1:00 p.m., Room 6 Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing, MI

Chapter Recognition Program

Chapter of Merit

Michigan State University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, was named a Chapter of Merit for 2013-2014 by the National Office.

2014 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Recipient

James Miller is a senior at Michigan State University majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in agronomy and music. James has also contributed considerably towards building the MSU Solar Car Team; during his involvement and eventual leadership of the team, MSU's team qualified for two solar car competitions for the first time in MSU history and expanded its' design budget from $3,000 to over $75,000. James has also enjoyed participation in the MSU Symphony Orchestra and Concert Orchestra during all 4 years while he was at MSU. James will be continuing on to Stanford University's Mechanical Engineering department for a Masters and PhD, with a desired research focus at the interface of mechanical engineering and biology.

Chapter Recognition Program

Chapter of Merit

Michigan State University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, was named a Chapter of Merit for 2012-2013 by the National Office.

2013 Love of Learning Award Recipient

Alison Chrisler is a second year doctoral student in the Human Development and Family Studies department at Michigan State University where she teaches a parenting course to undergraduate juniors and seniors. She is currently an Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching Fellow, which is a fellowship program offered through the James Madison College at Michigan State University.

After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Child Life and Studies in Education from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, she worked in hospitals where she prepared and supported hospitalized children and their family members in coping with medical stressors. She later obtained a master's degree in Youth Development at Michigan State University in Human Development and Family Studies and most recently worked at Child Trends, a non-profit research center in Washington, DC, as a Research Analyst in the Early Childhood Development area. Ali's research interests focus on identifying ways families can support their youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender during the "coming out" process.

Ms. Chrisler plans to use the Love of Learning Award to attend the 2013 National Council on Family Relations National Conference in San Antonio, Texas. At the conference she will be able to learn about the types of LGBT research that other graduate students and researchers are leading, and she will be able to network with those students and researchers.

Call for Nominations and Chapter Election

The Michigan State University Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi depends on the ideas, energy, and efforts of its members. We invite you to participate in the work of the Chapter, by nominating yourself or other members to serve as officers. For more information about the available Executive Committee positions and details about application process please click here.

Deadline for nominations: January 31, 2013
Election Date: February 8, 2013, at 2:00pm, Room 6 Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing, MI

From left to right: Julie Crowgey (Chapter Administrator, MSU Chapter), Diane Smathers (Society President), William Bloodworth (Society Past President), and Mary Todd (Society Executive Director) - click to enlarge - opens in new window[Make picture larger]

Julie Crowgey, Chapter Administrator of the MSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, joined more than 250 participants as a chapter delegate at the Biennial Convention of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in St. Louis, Missouri, August 9-11, 2012. The three days focused on learning and networking opportunities, shaping the future of the Society, recognizing accomplishments, and electing new leaders. Inducted in 2010 as an Alumni member, Crowgey has served on the chapterís Executive Committee since 2008.

2012 Study Abroad Grant Recipient

Clara Balliet
Clara Balliet is a senior majoring in Arts & Humanities and Chinese. This fall, she plans to continue her Chinese language studies at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou province. In China, she will immerse herself in the culture, work towards fluency, and have a more authentic connection with the global Chinese community. This knowledge of Chinese language and culture will allow her to be more sensitive to the needs of the Chinese-speaking community and, in turn, support her professional goals of supporting financial empowerment. She will enter the workforce fluent in Spanish, Chinese, and English. This will enable her to apply her professional skills to several ethnic communities, including the growing Chinese and Latino population in the United States.

2012 National Graduate Fellowship Award Recipient

Erika Vivyan
Erika Vivyan has attended Michigan State University since 2009, earning a bachelorís degree at the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities with a secondary major in psychology and a minor in educational studies. She is a member of the Honors College and maintains a 4.0 GPA. Ms. Vivyan has been employed as a resident mentor in Snyder-Phillips Hall for two years, and she serves as a leader both on campus and in the community. She plans on starting a Ph.D. program in school psychology in the fall, where she will be pursuing a career as a psychologist and university professor. She hopes to focus her research and practice on high-risk student populations. Ms. Vivyan plans to use the fellowship money to pay for tuition and expenses in her graduate studies.

2011 Literacy Grant Recipient

Angelika Kraemer, Ph.D.
Michigan State University

Angelika Kraemer is the outreach and co-curricular coordinator in the Center for Language Teaching Advancement at Michigan State University, where she also directs the Community Language School. Dr. Kraemer has taught German, EFL/ESL, teaching methods, and general education courses at all levels for over 10 years. Her research focuses on early language learning, program administration, online and blended learning, and second language acquisition. She was inducted into MSU's Phi Kappa Phi chapter in 2004.

The Community Language School at MSU specializes in teaching languages to children and involving college students in community outreach and service learning. With Phi Kappa Phi funds a special program at public libraries in mid- and southeast Michigan will expose young children to different cultures through reading the book "One World, One Day." Participating children will receive a free copy of the book and additional copies will be donated to participating libraries.

Events

"One World, One Day" (March 16 - May 12, 2012)

"One World, One Day" (April 7, 2012)


2011 Love of Learning Award Recipient

Marisa Rinkus
Ph.D. Candidate, Michigan State University

Marisa Rinkus earned a Master of Science degree in MSUís Department of Fisheries and Wildlife with a specialization in gender, justice, and environmental change in 2008. In 2011, she was awarded the Fulbright International Educational Exchange Program scholarship from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This scholarship is helping her to complete her doctoral research exploring the role of social capital and gender on perceptions and participation in sea turtle conservation in Brazil. Ms. Rinkus plans to use the Love of Learning Award to support the community mapping exercises and focus groups needed to complete her research.


Marshall Scholar

Rebecca Farnum
James Madison College, Michigan State University

Rebecca Farnum is a senior Honors College member majoring in interdisciplinary humanities in the College of Arts and Letters, international relations in James Madison College, and anthropology and global and area studies in the College of Social Science. Ms. Farnum is a 2009 recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad grant.

As a Marshall Scholar, Farnum will study geographic realities in the Middle East and North Africa, and the intricate connections between political economy and political ecology at the University of East Anglia. Then she will pursue the master's program in global governance and diplomacy at Oxford University.


Video Contest

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is looking for smart, creative, and exciting videos to educate the public about Phi Kappa Phi and inspire prospective students to join!

The first place winner will receive an iPad; second place will receive a $100 Amazon gift card; and third place will receive a $50 iTunes gift card.

Deadline for submission is December 15. Please following this 3-step process to participate:

  1. STEP 1: CREATE a compelling 60 second or less video about the benefits and opportunities gained from membership in Phi Kappa Phi.
  2. STEP 2: SUBMIT your video by posting it to YouTube, tagged with "PKPcontest," by December 15, 2011.
  3. STEP 3: VOTE for your favorite video Janauary 4-18, 2012.

Review the full contest guidelines.




Phi Kappa Phi Forum Seeking Poetry for Spring '12 Edition

Phi Kappa Phi Forum seeks original, previously unpublished poetry from active members for its spring 2012 edition that will be devoted to the theme of "Accountability."

The poetry contest is open only to active Society members, published or unpublished. Submissions—one per entrant per issue—should be up to 40 lines long and must reflect the theme of the edition: "Accountability."

Entry deadline is midnight, December. 4, only by e-mail.

Learn more.




Phi Kappa Phi Forum Seeks Poetry

Phi Kappa Phi Forum seeks original, previously unpublished poetry from active Society members for its fall 2011 edition that will be devoted to the theme of "the 10th anniversary of 9/11."

Potential topics for articles and columns include an analysis of terrorism; the challenge of public commemoration without politics; 9/11 and public mourning; the economic impact of 9/11; health problems caused by dust at Ground Zero; civil liberties versus national security; 9/11 in literature; first-personal accounts from members who were at Ground Zero.

For more information on entry details, please visit http://www.phikappaphi.org/monthlymentions/.




Help Us Identify a National Service Initiative for the Society

As you know, part of the mission of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is "to engage the community of scholars in service to others." In the past, this broader service objective has been met primarily through the funding of literacy projects.

Presently we are seeking ideas for a service project which would be national in scope and which provides an avenue for all members of the Society to directly participate. There has been some beginning discussion of various approaches (e.g., keep the focus on literacy; join forces with some other existing institutions or programs), but we realize the wisdom of seeking input from the members who might be directly engaged in whatever project we undertake.

Please send us your thoughts regarding such a project. Email your ideas to tnavarre@phikappaphi.org and we will analyze the responses to identify a service project that may be ongoing and will become identified with The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Let's make our mission statement live.




Invited speaker Dana Brazil, Associate Director of Michigan State University Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts and Creativity - click to enlarge - opens in new window[Make picture larger]

The 2011 MSU Chapter 041 Annual Initiation Ceremony and Banquet was held on April 16, honoring 84 years at MSU. A total of 86 new members were initiated. Erik Byker and Lori Hoisington were awarded the Love of Learning Award, while Jillian Stewart was this yearís National Graduate Fellowship Nominee.




Love of Learning Award Recipients

Erik Byker
Ph.D. Candidate, Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy Program
Michigan State University

Erik Byker specializes in educational technology. He earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Virginia and a dual degree in elementary education and political science from Dordt College. In addition to pursuing his research interests in educational technology, Mr. Byker teaches online courses for the Master of Education program at Michigan State. In 2010, he was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and applied for the Love of Learning Award. As an honored recipient of the award, Byker plans on using the scholarship to assist in the cost of collecting data for his dissertation research in Bangalore, India. Upon completion of the doctoral program, he plans to seek out an academic position in the field of teacher education and educational technology.

Lori Hoisington
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Senior MRI Technologist and Instructor, MRI in the Department of Radiology/MRI
Michigan State University

Lori Hoisington earned a Master in Family Studies at MSU in 2006. In 2010, her research in MRI breast cancer detection was accepted for presentation by the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine in Stockholm, Sweden. Ms. Hoisington applied for the Love of Learning Award to offset the expenses incurred while attending the conference. As she remains actively involved in her current research, Ms. Hoisington intends to expand her research in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on youth development.




From left to right: Past Phi Kappa Phi President Robert B. Rogow, MSU Chapter President Burton A. Bargerstock, and Current Phi Kappa Phi President William A. Bloodworth, Jr. - click to enlarge - opens in new window[Make picture larger]

Burton Bargerstock, president of the MSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, joined more than 250 participants as a chapter delegate to the Biennial Convention of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in Kansas City, Missouri, August 5-7, 2010. The three days focused on learning and networking opportunities, shaping the future of the Society, recognizing accomplishments, and electing new leaders. Inducted in 1993, Bargerstock has served on The Society's Bylaws and Credentials Committees since the last convention in 2007.




Invited speaker, Gary J. Morgan, director of the Michigan State University Museum and faculty initiate of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. - click to enlarge - opens in new window[Make picture larger]

The 2010 MSU Chapter 041 Annual Initiation Ceremony and Banquet was held on April 24, honoring 83 years at MSU. A total of 86 new members were initiated.




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The 2009 MSU Chapter 041 Annual Initiation Ceremony and Banquet was held on April 25, honoring 82 years at MSU. A total of 77 new members were initiated.




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The 2008 MSU Chapter 041 Annual Initiation Ceremony and Banquet was held on April 19, honoring 81 years at MSU. A total of 123 new members were initiated.

More details about the Annual Initiation Ceremony and Banquet




Lawrence M. Sommers, professor of Geography and past president of both The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the MSU Chapter.  - click to enlarge - opens in new window[Make picture larger]

Phi Kappa Phi Forum Vol. 87, No. 4, Fall 2008: Member News

In Memoriam: Lawrence Sommers, Former National Phi Kappa Phi President
Former National President Lawrence Sommers, PhD (Michigan State University), passed away August 2, 3007, at age eighty-eight. A long-time Phi Kappa Phi Member, Dr. Sommers served on the Board of Directors of the Society for twelve years, including as National President from 1992 to 1995 and National past President from 1995-1998. [Read more...]




From left to right: Past Phi Kappa Phi President Paul J. Ferlazzo, MSU Chapter President Burton A. Bargerstock, and Current Phi Kappa Phi President Robert B. Rogow. - click to enlarge - opens in new window[Make picture larger]

MSU News Bulletin Vol. 39, No. 6, Nov. 8, 2007: Notables

Burton Bargerstock, director of Communication and Information Technology, Office of University Outreach and Engagement, was among 323 participants in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi's 2007 Triennial Convention. Bargerstock, president of the MSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, attended as a delegate. He was inducted into The Society in 1993.