May 3, 2016


Paterno Fellows Graduation Ceremony and Reception

Saturday, May 7, Noon–1:00 p.m. on the Sparks Building Lawn
We look forward to seeing all graduating Paterno Fellows and your families!
No RSVP Required ~ Business Casual
Students should arrive and check in by 11:45 so we may begin promptly at noon.

Students will be wearing white stoles for the Paterno Fellows Ceremony on the Sparks Lawn, and for the College of the Liberal Arts Commencement Ceremony at the Jordan Center on May 7. Stoles will be distributed as part of the Paterno Fellows Ceremony.

All graduating PFs should attend our Ceremony. We realize that some students will have conflicts with other events on this busy day, so please contact Barb Edwards if you are unable to participate at noon on May 7 and wish to pick up your stole on May 5 or 6. Stoles will NOT be distributed at the Jordan Center at the College’s Commencement Ceremony.

Students will not wear stoles for the Schreyer Medals Ceremony as was previously announced here.

In the News

Message from the Director

Some year-end words from Dr. Wanner, and a look ahead to next year! Read her message here.

Three Paterno Fellows Receive 2016–17 Fulbright Awards

Three of the ten Fulbright Awardees from Penn State are Paterno Fellows!
Adison Godfrey will be an English Teaching Assistant in Ecuador.
Jennifer Kline will be an English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia.
Elyse Mark will earn a Master of Arts degree in International Studies at National Chengchi University, Taiwan.
Full story…

Spring 2016 Student Marshals

Congratulations to the following Paterno Fellows who have been named 2016 Student Marshals!

Lasanthi Fernando, College Student Marshal, College of the Liberal Arts
Briana Adams, Communication Arts and Sciences
Michael Banerjee, Criminology
Adison Godfrey, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
Teressa Hamsher, International Politics
Timothy Kundro, Psychology
Chenyue Lei, Economics
Elyse Mark, English
Esther Park, Global and International Studies
Olivia Pecora, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Adam Terragnoli, Political Science
Hannah Toombs, Anthropology
Jule Walsh, History
Kelsey Wetzel, Labor Studies and Employment Relations
Megan Wisniewski, Sociology

Commencement Live Web-Stream

The Commencement Ceremony will be available by live web-stream for family and friends who will not be able to attend the ceremony at the Bryce Jordan Center. Those interested can go to at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.

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

Chapel Executive Internship – Summer Priority Deadline May 1

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.


PSYCH 197H (1 cr) Anxiety and Emotion Regulation – ethics course

Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar Yogev Kivity, Department of Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Following a short introduction to anxiety disorders and emotion regulation, the course will explore the various emotion dysregulation models of anxiety disorder, their empirical evidence and their implications for the assessment and treatment of anxiety. Special attention will be given to critical evaluation of the emotion regulation theory of anxiety, and especially of its overemphasis of intra-personal processes of emotion regulation. Students will have an opportunity to visit a research lab that is focused on studying and treating emotion dysregulation and anxiety. Class meetings Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 17, 26, and November 2, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

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

Plenty of spots are open for Fall 16! Please consider taking this course in the Fall instead of waiting until Spring when seats are likely to fill quickly. Current sophomores are required to complete the e-Portfolio, and this is how it’s approved!

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

Service / Leadership Opportunities

Trash to Treasure Sale ~ Beaver Stadium, June 4

We’re looking for volunteers to help us prepare for the sale and to assist on sale day. All proceeds go to the Centre County United Way and its partner agencies.

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.

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!