March 15, 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.

Marissa Kandziolka, ’18, Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar in Economics and Finance, won Second Place in the Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest. Read her essay, “Want the Truth? Look in the Mirror,” on Voices.


Public Reading and Lecture

Yuri Andrukhovych, Eminent Ukrainian Author
Reading in English and Ukrainian from Vitaly Chernetsky’s recently published translation of his novel Twelve Circles
March 15, 4:00 p.m., 157 Burrowes Building
More info: andrukhovych.pdf

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Sergio Rodriguez Avila, ‘11 Economics and International Business, Documentary Filmmaker, and President, Medio Lleno, San Salvador, El Salvador
“El Salvador: The War in Film”
March 16 ~ W-023 Pattee Library
12:15 Lunch ~ 12:30 Presentation ~ 12:45 Q&A
Lunch is provided.  No advance registration is necessary.  

“El Salvador: Lost Archives of the Conflict”

March 16, 2:00 p.m., The State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue
The College Town Film Festival (March 16–19) opens on March 16 with “El Salvador: Lost Archives of the Conflict” a documentary feature that tells the story of the armed conflict during the 1980s in El Salvador. Thirty years after the halt of the conflict, its protagonists share their living memories and lend depth to our understanding of the history. Following the film is a discussion with the film’s Director, Gerardo Muyshondt, and Executive Producer Sergio Rodriguez Avila, ‘11 Economics and International Business, moderated by PFP Director Cathy Wanner.

All Festival events are free with Student ID.

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 Enrichment Funds—Applications Open

Are you participating in an internship, study abroad, or research experience this summer? Looking for funds to support your enrichment experience? Apply for Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds!  Priority deadline: May 1; Final Deadline June 1

Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program- Applications Available

Interested in networking with Liberal Arts alumni? Want to receive assistance on your job and internship searches? Hoping to get advice about the future? Apply to the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program! Students are matched with alumni in a field related to their major and/or their career interests. Mentors work with students to reflect on their experiences and goals, develop new skills, and network for the future. Application deadline: April 15

Chapel Executive Internship Job Postings ~ 3/14/16

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.


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

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

Students tackle political and social issues in Deliberation Nation

First-year honors students and aspiring Paterno Fellows enrolled in CAS/ENGL 138T Rhetoric and Civic Life held more than 50 deliberations for students and community members over a two week period.  Topics addressed as part of “Deliberation Nation” included privacy in modern technology, labeling of GMOs, and mental health awareness.  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

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