Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Chapter Update

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Chapter Update

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Phi Kappa Phi chapters throughout the nation have been busy planning activities that are not only creative and informative, but truly showcase the dual-pronged purpose of our mission as a Society. That mission is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.

Youngstown State University (#143) has a Phi Kappa Phi student organization. Officers include two student vice presidents from the executive board and other officers elected from student members on campus. This spring, Youngstown State University's student organization hosted a Survival Skills Program on campus. They modeled the program after the twelve districts from the popular Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Each district represented a different skill. Stations included: using emergency defibrillators, dealing with dangerous animals, starting a fire, performing the Heimlich maneuver, navigation, emergency first aid and other skill sets. The program was well attended, with approximately 50 people across a two-hour time span participating in these events. Chapter President Ron Shaklee asked Kristi Yazvac, Youngstown's student vice president - the driving force behind the Survival Skills Program - to provide her own observations about why they decided to put together the program. She responded, "I feel that every student should have a basic understanding of survival skills. You never know what situation you could end up in, so it is imperative to be prepared for anything. The point of this event was to give students a taste of different skills that they could improve upon in the future. This event was meant to show students that they are not helpless; with the right preparation and knowledge, they can handle anything."

California State University, Stanislaus (#282) demonstrated its commitment to these ideals in a recent weeklong schedule of activities that encouraged interdisciplinary collaboration. The campus and community were invited to attend these educational and thought-provoking presentations, panels and performances during Phi Kappa Phi Week, April 27 to May 6.

As part of Phi Kappa Phi Week, Dr. Ahmed Afzal presented a lecture based on his book, Lone Star Muslims, published by New York University Press this year. Dr. Afzal's research on Islam and transnational citizenship captures the unique story of Pakistani immigrants in Houston, Texas, and demonstrates how transnational identities are shaped through class, gender, sexuality, citizenship status and Islamic sectarian affiliation. There were 45 attendees who enjoyed this spirited presentation and ensuing question and answer forum.

"Dr. Afzal is passionate about the ethnographic study which revealed interesting insights into a culture often stereotyped and misunderstood," Chapter President Janice Herring said.

The next day, a presentation from Blue Zone trainer and consultant Luann Alemao inspired audience members to establish habits that could help them to live longer and healthier lives. The best-selling book, The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People by Dr. Dan Buettner, was the basis for this training that attracted a group of more than 65 people.

Theater professor Dan Gately facilitated an open forum with the cast of King Lear, presented at the campus through the beginning of May. …

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