Chapter Update – August 2019

Michelle Lowery
Aug 1, 2019

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SVP Leadership Summit 2019 Recap

Summit 2019 leadership teamFifty-one students from across the United States and the Philippines participated in the Student Vice President Leadership Summit hosted by Phi Kappa Phi on July 12-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Students learned about the history of the Society, what Phi Kappa Phi looks like today on a national level, and the role of a student vice president. They also participated in lectures and small group discussions on maximizing social media for personal and organizational use, living a servant-leader lifestyle, and implementing the “Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership” from The Student Leadership Challenge by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner.

Summit Students at Mint MuseumSummit participants also toured the Mint Museum Uptown, which houses the internationally renowned Craft + Design collection, as well as outstanding collections of American, contemporary, and European art.

Participants really enjoyed the experience. “This was by far the best conference/Summit I have attended as a student. I look forward to future ΦKΦ events,” said Atin Suri from Arkansas State University.

Changes to Phi Kappa Phi Events

The Chapter Development staff, in consultation with the Council of Students, have made some changes to the Book Drive and Student Visibility Week that will be implemented during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Fall Service Project

The annual book drive has been changed to a service project and moved to the fall semester to be held some time during the month of October. The change is in part due to declining participation in the book drive and gives chapters the opportunity to decide how they would like to be involved in the community. Since most chapters host a spring initiation ceremony in April, this change also eliminates conflicts with planning two events at the same time and provides an opportunity for more visibility in the fall.

Chapters are encouraged to focus on a community need and establish a partnership with a community organization. The Council of Students also strongly recommends including a literacy component and collaborating with campus departments or organizations. One example for chapters located in Florida coastal areas included hosting a beach literacy workshop to educate the community about hazards in the ocean. Additional examples include adult literacy, computer literacy or financial literacy. For the purposes of this project, literacy can be defined very broadly to address the needs in the community.

Phi Kappa Phi Week

The annual Student Visibility Week has been changed to “Phi Kappa Phi Week” and moved to the first full week of February. The first Phi Kappa Phi Week will be held February 3-7, 2020. Since most chapters host a spring initiation ceremony, this change provides an opportunity to promote the Society one more time right before invitations are sent to students.

Not only will chapters be encouraged to promote Phi Kappa Phi Week, but members can also participate by wearing Phi Kappa Phi gear with a logo, the colors navy and gold, or the pin on specific days of the week. Members are encouraged to take photos and post with the hashtag #PhiKappaPhiWeek. More details on this spirited week will be available later in the fall semester.

Got News?

Please share your chapter news and events with Michelle Lowery, Chapter Development Director, so it can be included in future chapter updates and shared on social media. Pictures are encouraged!

Large group photo by Tommy McCart Photography, LLC – Fifty-one students attended the Student Vice President Leadership Summit.

Small group photo by Tommy McCart Photography, LLC – The Student Leadership Team includes, from left, Drew McAbee, Nicole Matis, Angelica Zamora-Duran, Megan Burns, Tristan Hightower, Emily Scircle, Brett Ranon Nachman, and Anna Gardner.

Museum photo by Michelle Lowery – Summit attendees enjoying an outing to the Mint Museum Uptown include, from left, Omrie Samuels (MCPHS University), Atin Suri (Arkansas State University), and Aly Nguyen (University of South Alabama).

To see all of the photos from the event, visit our Summit Photo Album.