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.

Love of Learning application deadline June 30

Need funding to attend a conference, support dissertation research, or pay for textbooks? Apply for a Love of Learning Award!

Available for only active Phi Kappa Phi members, Love of Learning Awards help fund postbaccalaureate studies or career development including graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career enrichment activities, and travel related to teaching/studies. One hundred forty-seven awards, valued at $500 each, will be distributed this year. The deadline to apply is June 30.
The competition is open to all active (dues-current) Phi Kappa Phi members who:
• Have completed their baccalaureate studies by application submission deadline
• Have not yet received a Fellowship or Award of Excellence grant

TWU PKP Chapter Among the Best: Winner of Little Free Library

On behalf of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, it is my pleasure to announce the winners and results of its inaugural Book Drive Competition held between February 1 and April 30, 2014.  The competition, which was developed and managed by the Society’s Council of Students, saw participation from 19 chapters across the nation with a total of more than 6,800 donated books. [Between our Houston & Denton book donations, we were 22% of this total!]

The winning chapters—the five that collected the most books—include Texas Woman’s University, North Dakota State University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Florida Atlantic University, and Youngstown State University. These chapters will receive a “Little Free Library” ( to place at a location of their choice. In addition, the chapters will receive $150 to cover the design cost of personalizing the library. [Our 2014-15 student VPs will select the location and design]

During the drive, participating chapters were tasked with collecting as many books as possible to donate to an organization of their choice. Beneficiary organizations chosen by the chapters range from schools to libraries to hospitals to a tribal college to a correctional center to other non-profit organizations like shelters, tutoring and mentoring programs, and even an overseas beneficiary. 

The project served as a great way to promote Phi Kappa Phi on campus and in the community.  Other chapters that hosted a book drive include Brenau University, California State University, Sacramento, Campbell University, East Carolina University, Eastern Kentucky University, Elmhurst College, Idaho State University, Kennesaw State University, Louisiana State University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, University of Memphis, University of South Carolina-Upstate, and Western Washington University.

The Council of Students would like to thank all the chapters for participating in this book drive, you have helped encourage a love of learning and enable access to opportunities that can last a lifetime!


Jim Carlson, Ed.D.

Chapter Development Director
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

What has most i…

What has most impressed me about our students, particularly over the last week, is their composed, articulate ability to communicate to large groups. On Monday, our students led part of the Phi Kappa Phi induction ceremony…During those presentations, Chancellor Stuart leaned over and jovially asked if we had ever been that young. Frankly, I am pretty sure I was once that young, but I know I did not have the composure and presence of mind on display by those students.

-Provost, Robert Neely, Texas Woman’s University, Academic Digest, April 2014