Congratulations, Dr. Busl

New faculty chapter member, Dr. Gretchen Busl, is one of 80 awardees of round A of the Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Awards.

Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate studies and/or career development for active Phi Kappa Phi members to include (but not be limited to): Graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development, travel related to teaching/studies, etc. Recipients of the Fellowship award are not eligible to apply. One hundred sixty awards, at $500 each, are distributed each year. PKP now offers two application cycles each year, awarding eighty winners per cycle.

Houston Book & DVD Drive a Success!

We collected the following items and donated them to St. Luke’s Cooley Transplant Center!

218 Books
293 Magazines
20 DVDs

Many thanks to the donors, Dr. Freysteinson’s Integration Senior Nursing Students, and to Student Life Houston for making this drive a success!


Happy Trails to Retiring TWU Faculty & PKP Members

Happy trails and congratulations to retiring PKP faculty members: Dr. Barney Sanborn (kinesiology, chair), Dr. Glen Jennings (family sciences), Dr. Michael Wiebe (teacher education), Dr. Sarah McIntire (biology, chair), Gladys Keeton (dance), and Dr. Dan Miller (psychology, chair).

Congratulations to Outstanding Chapter Members

Dr. Wyona Freysteinson (nursing, Houston) and her research team, which includes Dr. Patricia Bowyer (occupational therapy, Houston) conducted a seminar titled “Facilitating the experience of viewing self in a mirror after limb amputation” during the Caring Compassion in Healthcare: A Global Perspective seminar conducted March 16-17 by Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston Baptist University and the University of Chester, UK.

New member, Dr. Gretchen Busl (English, Speech, and Foreign Languages) presented papers related to her book-in-progress at the International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference, held March 5-8 in Chicago, and at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Convention held March 27-29 in Seattle. She also organized and chaired a seminar stream called “Fictions of Circulation” at the ACLA Convention. Dr. Busl also recently published her first op-ed as part of The OpEd Project. Her work is available at

New member, Meredith Maddox, will receive the TWU Award of Excellence at Honors Convocation on April 16, 2015. PKP Faculty and student members will also be recognized:

• Dr. Anne Simpson, professor of reading and director of the Reading Recovery program at TWU — the Cornaro Award;
• Dr. Alfred Guy Litton, associate professor of English and executive director of TWU honors programs — the Humphries Award.
• TWU student member, Jairus Reddy, doctoral candidate in molecular biology, from McKinney, is a recipient of the Graduate Council Award for Exceptional Original Scholarship. Reddy was also named one of three Outstanding Students.

National Awards: New and Changes

Beginning with the 2014-2016 biennium, Phi Kappa Phi’s award and grant programs will reflect new changes that include two new programs, dual cycles and an increased number of available awards. Learn more about these changes below and visit the Awards & Grants page on the Phi Kappa Phi website for additional details about each program.

New Programs

Dissertation Fellowships
The Dissertation Fellowship Program is new to the Society and is intended to support doctoral candidates who are writing their dissertations. Phi Kappa Phi will award two Dissertation Fellowships at $10,000 each per year. The Dissertation Fellowship program opens October 1, 2014, and the deadline to apply is November 30.

Excellence in Innovation Award
The Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Innovation Award will be given to a college or university each biennium for achievement in innovation. The institution selected for the award will receive $100,000 from the Society. Further details about this award will become available early 2015.

Changes to Existing Programs

Study Abroad
The Study Abroad Grant Program will now be offered in two cycles each year. Twenty-five awards at $1,000 each will be awarded in both sessions. The new cycles will go into effect this year with Session A opening December 15 and closing February 15. Session B will open July 1 and close September 15.

Love of Learning
The Love of Learning Program now offers 160 awards at $500 each. This program also is moving to a two-cycle schedule with 80 awards being granted each session. The new cycles will go into effect this year with Session A opening December 15 and closing April 1. Session B will open July 1 and close October 1.

Scholar and Artist Awards
The deadline to submit a nomination for the Scholar & Artist Awards has been changed to February 1, 2016.

Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award
The deadline to submit a nomination for the Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award has been changed to February 1, 2016.

Chapter of Excellence!

Congratulations to us! PKP Chapter #229 at TWU has been named a Chapter of Excellence for the third consecutive year. We are proud to be among the best of the best.