March 22, 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.

Brian Loane, ’19, aspiring Paterno Fellow in English and Comparative Literature, won First Place in the Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest. Read his essay, “The University: A Crucible of Ideas,” on Voices.


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky)
Composer, Author, Musician, and 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer
March 23 ~ W-023 Pattee Library
12:15 Lunch ~ 12:30 Presentation ~ 12:45 Q&A
Lunch is provided.  No advance registration is necessary.

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.

The McCourtney Institute/WPSU Debate – Early Registration

April 9, 7:00 p.m., WPSU Studios
The McCourtney Institute for Democracy and WPSU will host candidates for the Pennsylvania democratic party nomination in the 2016 U.S. Senate race. The debate will focus on the concerns of young voters and college students. Penn State students, and students from other universities are encouraged to attend, and to submit questions for the candidates.

Paterno Fellows are invited to register for this event before it opens to others on March 28. For more info and to register:

Career Enrichment Network

Morgan Stanley 2016 Spring Into Infrastructure Day

This event will provide current sophomores an opportunity to learn more about the ‘Infrastructure’ Divisions of Morgan Stanley, gain valuable resume tips and interviewing techniques, and allow for numerous networking points throughout the day. Participation will be limited and students will be notified directly if they have been selected.  For more info and to apply: morgan-stanley-2016.pdf

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

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.


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 202B.012 Honors (3 cr) Writing in the Humanities: Adult Literacy

ENGL 202B.012 Honors (formerly ENGL 202H) is a 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

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.

Learn, Teach, and Explore in Ecuador Info Session

March 29, 6:00 p.m., 111 Chambers Building
Teach English language learners in Ecuador as you embark on an international experience with Penn State’s Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate Program. The application process for the 2017 program will begin in the Fall semester, but come to this meeting to hear about the program from previous student participants. Visit our website: Teaching ESL with Immersion in Ecuador

Service / Leadership Opportunities

Become a Welcome Week Leader

Leaders are responsible for helping the newest members of the Penn State family adjust to life at University Park and learn more about what campus has to offer.  Programs held during Welcome Week include Be a Part from the Start, President’s New Student Convocation, Friday Night Lights with the Women’s Soccer Team, and Nittany Block Party.  To apply please complete the application found here.  Questions?  Contact Molly Nulty (


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!