8 PHI KAPPA PHI FORUM
The theme of this year’s Convention, Educate. Innovate. Elevate., is proudly advanced
at chapters every day.
This is not just something faculty and staff do daily on campuses everywhere, but
something officers strive to accomplish through service initiatives for Phi Kappa Phi.
University of Texas at San Antonio (317) holds a series called “The Last Lecture,”
modeled after the popular book by Randy Plausch. This year’s lecture was presented
by Dr. John Bartkowski, from the department of sociology. His lecture, “The Power
of Listening,” given on Oct. 22, extolled the values of affective listening and its
capacity to encourage empathy. “Affective listening is the hard work of sharing our
emotional lives with others. It also entails remaining open to others sharing their
emotional lives with us,” he said. “Affective listening will not alone change the world.
But, in my view, it is a vital step toward cultivating and sustaining meaningful
emotional ties within a world in which these are all too rare.”
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi established its Excellence in Innovation award to
recognize colleges and universities for finding answers to important challenges, as well
as to raise awareness of the importance of encouraging innovation in higher education.
Beginning at the 2016 Convention, Phi Kappa Phi will biennially present an award
of $100,000 to an institution that demonstrates best practice in implementing and
assessing innovative programs or services, irrespective of resources invested.
Chapters advance Society
ideals through programs,
awards, and outreach.
Photo by Rebecca Luther — Dr. John Bartkowski delivers “The Last Lecture” at the University of Texas at San Antonio.