February 23, 2016

Essay Contest

Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest

The Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest asked Penn State students to explore ethical values and intercultural issues, and their talent for expressing their views in writing.

Katherine Cioffi, ’19, aspiring Paterno Fellow in Biological Anthropology, won Honorable Mention in the Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest. Read her essay, “Tragedy and the Media,” on Voices.


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Kate Miffitt, Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives, eLearning Institute, College of Arts and Architecture; and Casey Fenton, Director of Strategic Communications, College of the Liberal Arts
“Crafting a Digital Presence”
February 24 ~ W-023 Pattee Library
12:15 Lunch ~ 12:30 Presentation ~ 12:45 Q&A
Lunch is provided.  No advance registration is necessary.

Arctic Rhythms Tickets Available (March 23 Performance)

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a small block of tickets for Arctic Rhythms. You may purchase one or two tickets for only $5 each (cash only!) instead of the usual student price of $12. These tickets are for Penn State students only, but if you purchase two, the second person does not have to be in PFP. Tickets may be purchased from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. in 005 Sparks through March 4, when unsold tickets must be returned to the Box Office.

More info: arctic-rhythms-tickets-available/

Collegetown Film Festival, March 16-29

For a complete schedule of screenings and events, see http://collegetownfilmfestival.com/screenings_2016/.

Paterno Fellows who are interested in volunteering to help with the festival, or to be involved in the planning of the festival for 2017, should contact Professor Matthew Jordan <mfj3@psu.edu>.

Career Enrichment Network

Penn State C.A.R.E. Fair

February 24, 11:00–2:00, HUB Robeson Center
The C.A.R.E. (Community, Agency, Recreation, and Education) Fair will feature employers from a range of fields, including community service organizations, state and federal agencies, recreation and camp opportunities, and educational experiences. For more info: http://voices.la.psu.edu/2016/02/19/penn-state-c-a-r-e-fair-february-24/

Service / Leadership Opportunities

Malini Global Fellows Summer Program in Sri Lanka

Interested in interning in Sri Lanka this summer? Join the Malini Foundation for a six-week summer internship and career development program. Apply now at: http://goo.gl/forms/IX7cyKRDUV. If you have any questions, contact Monica Hunter at mzh5261@psu.edu.

2017 MLK, Jr. Commemoration Week

Are you interested in helping plan the 2017 MLK, Jr. Commemoration Week? There are lots of great leadership opportunities for students to get involved in the planning process. Applications are due in 103 HUB-Robeson Center by 5pm February 12th for the Executive Director and the 19th for all other Directors. APPLY TODAY! http://mlk.psu.edu/get-involved/


ENGL 397 (1.5 cr) E-Portfolio Writing and Design (previously offered as L A 397A)

E-portfolio Writing and Design is a web-based course for 5th semester students and above to develop and refine their college e-portfolios. This course includes considerations of platform selection, audience analysis, arrangement strategies, and portfolio writing style. Instructor conferences and peer review are the primary course activities. This course is required for Paterno Fellows beginning with the 2014-15 cohort, in order to complete the e-Portfolio. The e-Portfolio is an option for previous classes of PFs. Whether required for PFP or not, having a polished e-Portfolio is to your benefit as you apply for jobs or graduate school.

ENGL 202H (3 cr) Writing in the Humanities: Adult Literacy

English 202H is an honors-level writing course that engages students in an active and in-depth examination of literacy, focusing on areas such as history, social movements, politics, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, theories of learning and teaching, and the future of literacy. In addition, the course provides students with the opportunity to work with adult learners, supporting them as they strive to improve their own literacy skills. Students will also receive 3 credits for L A 495, which may be used to fulfill either the Paterno Fellows Internship or Service requirement.

For additional information, visit the course website or contact Lorena Waselinko at law17@psu.edu.

CAS/PL SC 297 (1 cr) Democratic Leadership for Deliberative Government and Social Change

The Nevins Fellows program offers students a unique opportunity to be become leaders in democratic innovation.  The program begins with a one-credit course which provides a broad background to deliberative approaches to politics and public life. Students compete for the chance to develop and apply these deliberative skills through an internship with some of the most innovative democratic institutions in the nation, spending two months over the summer with these organizations, learning practical skills that will serve them as future leaders and citizens.  The Fellows receive a stipend for room and board during their internship, as well as funding for travel. For more info: http://democracyinstitute.la.psu.edu/projects

Research / Study Abroad

Rock Ethics Institute Honors Thesis Research Award ~ Call for Applications

Proposal Deadline: March 28, 2016
Rock Ethics Institute Honors Thesis Research Awards are for undergraduate students in the Paterno Fellows Program who are working on ethics-related topics in their theses.  The Rock Ethics Institute Award will provide a range of financial support (from $500 to $2,000) for thesis research and related activities.  For more info and to apply: http://rockethics.psu.edu/this-is-the-rock/funding-opportunities/honors-thesis-research-award

Research Funding Opportunities

For descriptions and links for Research Funding for Undergraduate Students, please go to http://www.la.psu.edu/current-students/undergraduate-students/paterno-fellows/research-support.  Please note that this list is not all-inclusive, but offers some suggestions for students to pursue.


PFP Student Programming Grants

Paterno Fellows are encouraged to apply for Programming Grants for One-Time Events or Sustained Discussion / Reading Groups.  Successful applications will enhance students’ education, ignite an interest, or make students consider a topic more deeply.  For details, see: pfp-student-programming-grants/

How can I describe the Paterno Fellows Program on my resume?

Paterno Fellows Program, College of the Liberal Arts
Honors Program including advanced academic coursework, thesis, study abroad and/or internship, ethics study, and leadership/service commitment

Director’s Office Hours

Feel free to stop by if you have questions, or just to say hello!
Dr. Wanner’s Drop-in Hours for Paterno Fellows
Wednesdays from 9:00–noon and 1:15–2:15 p.m.
217 Weaver Building

Social Media

Check out items of interest for all LA students on Liberal Arts Voices.  Be sure to like the Paterno Fellows Facebook Page, and feel free to post on the Paterno Fellows Facebook Group.

Join the Career Enrichment Network @PSULAjobs on Twitter to keep up-to-date on internships, education abroad, deadlines, and other opportunities in 140 characters or less!