March 29, 2016


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Ann Killebrew, Associate Professor, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Jewish Studies, and Anthropology, Penn State

“Why the Past Matters: The Contribution of Archaeology at Tel Akko (Israel) to the Present and Future”

March 30 ~ W-023 Pattee Library
12:15 Lunch ~ 12:30 Presentation ~ 12:45 Q&A
Lunch is provided.  No advance registration is necessary.  

Public Lecture in Ethics

Harry Brighouse, Professor of Philosophy, Dickson Bascom Professor of the Humanities, and Director of the Center for Ethics and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

“How should we distribute educational goods?: some thoughts about theory and practice”

April 21, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Garden Room, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
For more information: brighouse.pdf

Thesis Awards

Paterno Fellows Thesis Award ~ Deadline April 12

The Paterno Fellows Program will present two Best Thesis Awards, one for a thesis in the social sciences and the other for a thesis in any field of the humanities.  Each prize carries a $500 award and the students will be recognized at the PFP Graduation Ceremony at noon on May 7.  A faculty panel will make the selections based on the originality of the project, the rigor of the research, and the clarity of presentation.  Students must have met all PFP graduation requirements to be eligible, with graduation in SU15, FA15, or SP16.  (If you are not sure of your student’s PFP status, please inquire!)

To nominate a thesis, or to self-nominate, please send a brief statement and the thesis in an email to by Monday, April 12.

University Libraries Thesis Award ~ Deadline April 11

The Penn State University Libraries are partnering with the Schreyer Honor’s College to create an exciting opportunity for undergraduates: the Annual Competition for the Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis.  First place is awarded $1,250, second place is awarded $750 and third place is awarded $500.  For details, see:

Center for Global Studies Thesis Award ~ Deadline April 4

Penn State’s Center for Global Studies will award two prizes of $500 to students who have completed commendable thesis projects that advance a global perspective.  For more information:

In the News

David Stack Named Junior Fellow of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

David Stack, ’16 Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar majoring in Economics, International Politics, and Chinese, is recipient of two prestigious awards:  he has been accepted into the Critical Language Scholarship Program, and has been named a Junior Fellow of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Read the story.

Career Enrichment Network

Summer Work Study at the Pennsylvania Military Museum

Open to all majors, the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg has Summer Work Study positions for front desk, research, and cataloging artifacts.  Interested students should contact Joe Horvath <>.

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 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

ENGL 300M  Writing the End of “the World” in English: Critical Literature Beyond “Man” ~ honors/ethics course

This course will involve the close interrogation of several literary works of the 20th and 21st centuries, all of which are composed in English, in different parts of the world. Offered Fall 16  ~ See the description: engl-300m.pdf

ENGL 303M  Disability and Chaos ~ honors/ethics course

We’ll read relevant fiction/poetry/plays and watch it all unfold across textual surfaces and right through capsizing assumptions about “the normal.”
Offered Fall 16  ~ See the description: engl-303m.pdf

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.

FR 197 Work and Globalization in Africa ~ ethics course

This course (taught in English by Isaie Dougnon) will examine how work and career paths have transformed in contemporary Africa in the context of globalization. We will look at how Africans are finding new solutions to career crises, from political mobilization to migration to involvement with growing secret societies. The course will focus on francophone Africa and consider comparative cases from France and the United States.  More info: fr-197.pdf

PHIL 497A.002 Philosophy of Education ~ ethics course

This course will examine the aims and purposes of education from diverse perspectives, including (but not limited to) the history of education, prominent philosophies of education, and moral, political, and epistemic values informing educational practice. See schedule of courses for full description.

Research / Study Abroad

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.


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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