March 1, 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.

Kim Jurczyk, ’16, Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar in English, and Communication Arts and Sciences, won Third Place in the Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest. Read her essay, “A Persistent, Patient, and Resilient Mistake,” on Voices.


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Khanjan Mehta, Director, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program, Penn State
“Social Innovation and Global Sustainable Development”
March 2 ~ 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 through March 4
(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/

Sexual Violence Awareness Week, March 28–April 1

Read the article, and download the flyer for the schedule of events.

Eve Ensler, 6:30 p.m. March 28, Alumni Hall, HUB
Ensler is the creator of The Vagina Monologues, V-Day, One Billion Rising, and various other movements across the globe. She will speak about violence against women both in the United States and around the world. This event, which is co-sponsored by the Paterno Fellows Program, is free and open to the public.

Meet Eve Ensler, March 28, by RSVP only

Following Eve Ensler’s public talk (see above), twenty Paterno Fellows—admitted or aspiring—will have the opportunity to meet with her. Interested students must RSVP to Barb Edwards <> to register.

Career Enrichment Network

Summer 2016 Acquisitions Editorial Internship, Penn State Press

Provide support for two editorial assistants and three editors as they guide manuscripts through the acquisitions process, including in-house review, revision, peer review, and final acceptance or rejection. Please apply online at by March 7, 2016. For more information, please see:

Chapel Executive Internship Job Postings ~ 2/29/16

The Chapel Executive Internship program awards $5,000 to students securing internships in the private sector. To see and apply for these positions, sign in to your Network Symplicity Account. Visit the Career Enrichment Network website for eligibility requirements, deadlines, and application instructions. Liberal Arts students who are not selected for the Chapel Executive Internship Program will automatically be considered for general Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds. There is no need to submit a separate application.

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: If you have any questions, contact Monica Hunter at


IT / WMNST 297H (3 cr) The Spaces of Art: Cultural Sponsorship and Social Networks before Facebook

This course surveys the institutions and “social networks” in which European fine arts were conceived, created, consumed, and critiqued. The course focuses on the significant roles women played in the production and reception of culture. For students in the College of Liberal Arts, this honors course may be applied toward GH requirements. For more info, see the course flyer.

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

This 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. 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.

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

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:

Research / Study Abroad

Schreyer Honors College India Program

Limited space is available for the India Program, July 5–August 5, 2016. The program is open to all Schreyer Scholars, and Paterno Fellows aspirants. For more information, see, or contact Dr. Richard Stoller<> before March 5.

Presenting Your Research at the Undergraduate Research Exhibition

Information Session:  March 2, 12:15-1:30 p.m., GFC; Atherton Hall
Do you want to engage in the Undergraduate Research Exhibition but don’t know how? Join Dr. Mary Beth Crowe, Dr. Nichola Gutgold, and Ms. Rebecca Miller for this informative luncheon session as they share details about presenting your research, and learn how to make an academic poster, tips for success, see lots of samples, and learn why YOU should do it.

Call for Abstracts: PSU Exhibition in Hispanic and General Linguistics

We invite undergraduate students to submit up to one single-authored and one jointly authored abstract for consideration. Abstracts should be between 350 and 500 words long, not including references, and are due by August 15, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be sent out in early July.  For more information:

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.  More info…

Research Funding Opportunities

For descriptions and links for Research Funding for Undergraduate Students, please go to  Please note that this list is not all-inclusive, but offers some suggestions for students to pursue.

In the News

Student Spotlight: Alice Greider, Rabat, Morocco

Alice Greider, ’17 PF, double majoring in International Politics, and Global and International Studies with a minor in French, spent last summer in Rabat, Morocco. Read more about Alice’s experience!

Penn State produces 10 U.S. Fulbright students for 2015-16

Paterno Fellows Laura Shupp, ’13 International Politics and Economics, and Coral Flanagan, ’15 English, are among the Penn State students who received Fulbright awards this year. Read more…


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.

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