August 23, 2016

Welcome Back!

A Message from Donna Bahry, Interim PFP Director

Welcome back!  As this year’s Interim Director of the Paterno Fellows Program, I want to tell you a little about myself and about some upcoming activities for 2016/17. I am a Professor of Political Science, specializing in the politics of democratization, and of former Communist states in Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet region. I am leading the Paterno Fellows Program while the on-going Director, Professor Catherine Wanner, is on sabbatical in Europe this year. (She will be returning in summer 2017.)

I am really looking forward to meeting and working with you all! This is a great program and I am pleased to have the opportunity to help it develop.  Continue reading


Paterno Fellows First-Year Orientation and Social

August 31, 6:00–7:00 p.m., 121 Sparks Building
All first-year students are required to attend. After some words from the Director, we’ll have pizza and get to know one another!

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Join us on Wednesdays for Lunch with Honors.  Lunch is provided, and advance registration is not needed.  Just drop in!  Every week we feature a different speaker from Penn State or a guest to campus.  View the Fall 2016 schedule on our website.  Our first speaker will be:

Donna Bahry, Paterno Fellows Interim Director, and Professor of Political Science
“Cold War 2.0: The View from Moscow”
September 7, W-023 Pattee Library
12:15 Lunch ~ 12:30 Presentation ~ 12:45 Q&A

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Festival

Save the date! The first Liberal Arts Undergraduate Festival will take place on Thursday, September 8, 11:00–2:00, on the Pattee Mall. All students are invited to attend to learn more about our majors and resources while enjoying free food, games, and prizes.

In the News

Bahry Named Interim Director of Paterno Fellows Program

Donna Bahry, professor of political science, has been appointed interim director of the Paterno Fellows Program in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State for the 2016-17 academic year. Cathy Wanner, professor of history, anthropology, and religious studies, will resume the Rick and Sue Barry Directorship when she returns from a one-year sabbatical.  Continue reading


Ethics Course Requirement

Students must complete 3 credits in ethics (one 3-credit course, or a series of 1- or 2-credit courses) from this approved list of University offerings. Students may choose from a variety of courses in several liberal arts disciplines. Students who wish to propose another course for consideration should write to the Director, Donna Bahry. Please include a syllabus if you have one.

Special 1-credit Honors/Ethics Courses

PSYCH 197H (1 cr) Anxiety and Emotion Regulation
Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar Yogev Kivity, Department of Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent class of psychological disorders with twelve-month prevalence estimates of 20%. Recent trends in understanding pathological anxiety have increasingly focused on the role of disruptions in emotion in the etiology, manifestation and treatment of pathological anxiety. 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 emotion regulation. Class meetings Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 26, and November 2, 4:00-6:00 p.m.; Cole Emotion Regulation Lab visit Thursday, October 20, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

RL ST 197H (1 cr) Ethics of Climate Change
Jonathan Brockopp, Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies, Penn State
Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment “Laudato Si’“ has brought attention to the broader ethical issues involved in responding to climate change. This course will introduce students to the central issues of justice and moral culpability as the world begins to grapple with a phenomenon that is rapidly changing the world as we know it. Students will undertake a collaborative project, focused on Penn Staters responding to climate change right now. Class meetings M W 3:00–5:00 p.m. on October 17, 21, 24, 28, 31, and November 4; 3:00–7:00 p.m. on November 14; Participation in climate change conference on October 30 optional but encouraged

Other Courses of Interest

Keep in mind that 400-level courses count as honors credits in your first four semesters!

BIOET 501 Perspectives and Methods in Bioethics
Weds. 2:30 – 5:30 pm, Instructor: Jonathan H. Marks, Director, Bioethics Program, Penn State
What is bioethics, and what is its relationship to biomedical ethics, research ethics, public health ethics, neuroethics, food ethics, and environmental ethics?  How does bioethics intersect with law and policy?  On what tools can we draw to address systemic ethical issues?  This course explores the broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches employed in bioethics today.  Students will learn how to synthesize and apply these theories and methods to case studies—and to do so in a way that recognizes and addresses the institutional and systemic dimensions of ethical problems. We will also examine the intersections of bioethics, law, and policy, as well as the bioethical implications of recent behavioral science and neuroscience research. Since the course is taught in small seminar format, the content will be tailored to the expertise and interests of participating students. Paterno Fellows in their senior year may enroll in this course with the permission of the instructor and the Graduate School if they have a GPA of 3.5 or above.  Paterno seniors who have a GPA of 3.0-3.49 will also need the permission of their advisor.  If you are interested, please email the instructor at

GER 497.001 (Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.) Literatures of Central and Eastern Europe
This course introduces students to the complex mosaic of central and eastern European literatures. We’ll look at fiction and poetry from across the region, including Germany and Austria, the former Yugoslavian countries, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, the Baltic states, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia. These are incredibly rich, delightful literary traditions, each full with counter-traditions, intellectual movements and minority narratives, such as Yiddish and Roma. Course will involve ample reading from these literatures in English translation, and students will be responsible for focusing on one or more of these cultures in greater detail during the semester. The instructor, Andrew Singer, is a lecturer in Germanic and Slavic Literatures and director of Trafika Europe, a free online journal of contemporary European literature in translation. This 400-level course is offered in English and carries no prerequisites. Students from 1st year to senior with an interest in literature are most welcome.

PHIL 497 (T/Th 10:35–11:50) Philosophy of Education
This course will examine the philosophy of education from several perspectives, including (but not limited to) the history of philosophy of education, moral/ethics education, and critical philosophy of education. We will begin the course with discussion of the aims and purposes of education. To set some foundations we will read and discuss central authors in the history of philosophy of education, including Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau, Kant, Dewey, (Alain) Locke, Dubois, and Washington. Next, we will examine the role of education in upbringing and making us “good.” We will consider the place of the school and university in educating for ethics and the impact of education on moral development. This section of the course will include discussion of contemporary education, philosophy, and psychology research on ethics education, moral psychology, and moral development.  Finally, we will consider the critical role of education with a focus on the political, subversive, and deeply ethical components of pedagogy. During this section of the course we will read and discuss educators such as Paulo  Freire, Ivan Illich, bell hooks, Vivan Paley, John Holt, Jonathan Kozol, John Taylor Gatto, and others.

SOC 497 (Tu/Th 10:35am) Global Impact of Education
This course will examine the topic of global impact of education on human rights, health, economic development, political mobilization, religion and environmental sustainability.  It will also focus on the use and misuse of educational programs in social and economic development worldwide through NGOs, national governments, and multinational agencies.

SOC 497 (Tu/Th 10:35am) Social Networks (Honors)
The study of social networks, or “network science,” represents one of the “hottest topics” of general scientific interest across a wide variety of fields of inquiry and is increasingly in demand by employers. Students taking this course will obtain a deeper understanding of societal network processes, and they will develop several new and emerging skills from this area that can be used to visualize and analyze networked information.

Service / Leadership Opportunities

Freshman Representatives ~ Paterno Fellows Program Student Advisory Board

We are looking for several representatives of the freshman class to serve on the Paterno Fellows Program Student Advisory Board.  The Board meets with the Director several times every semester to discuss ideas and concerns for the Program.  First-year students who are interested in participating on this committee should contact the Director, Donna Bahry <>.

State College Area School District Volunteer Opportunity

The State College Area School District offers FREE tutoring for students in grades k­12 provided by local volunteers. The majority of  volunteers are Penn State students from the College of Education, Schreyer Honors College, and various clubs and organizations. Tutoring services are offered in all levels of mathematics, social studies, science, English, World Language (German, Spanish, Latin, French, and Chinese), English as a Second Language, and various electives. For more information and to volunteer:

Career Enrichment Network

Welcome to the fall semester!

The staff in the Career Enrichment Network is excited to work with you semester! If you are interested in participating in career-related, international, or professional development opportunities, the Network is the place for you! Your first step is to register for a Network Symplicity account. Read this post for more tips on connecting with the Network and starting your fall semester off on the right foot!.

Research / Study Abroad

Enrichment Funds Available to Support Your Fall Internship, Study Abroad, or Research

Are you participating in an internship, study abroad, or research experience this fall semester? Looking for funds to support your enrichment experience? Apply for Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds! Priority Deadline for Fall 2016 is September 1. Applications will be accepted after the priority deadline, but it is to your advantage to apply before.

Research Funding Opportunities

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


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. Bahry’s Drop-in Hours for Paterno Fellows
Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00–4:00 p.m.
313 Pond Lab

Social Media

Check out items of interest for all LA students on Liberal Arts Voices and on Twitter @PSULiberalArts. Be sure to like the Paterno Fellows Facebook Page. Join the Career Enrichment Network on Twitter @PSULAjobs to keep up-to-date on internships, education abroad, deadlines, and other opportunities in 140 characters or less!