August 30, 2016


Dessert with the Director

August 30, 6:30 p.m., Simmons Hall, Piano Lounge
Get to know our new PFP Interim Director, Donna Bahry, and meet your fellow Fellows while enjoying some refreshments!

Paterno Fellows Special Living Option Program ~ all PFs are welcome to attend!

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 events website and download the flyer.  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. Bring your resume to the Career Enrichment Network tent for a recruiter to review. All students are invited to attend to learn more about our majors and resources while enjoying free food, games, and prizes.


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.

RLST 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.

Service / Leadership Opportunities

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:

Blood Drive Volunteers

Volunteer with the Penn State Red Cross Club for upcoming blood drives, to be held August 29, 30, 31, and beyond at various locations on campus. Help as a greeter, walker or canteen volunteer. No training or prior experience necessary! To sign up please go to


First year, transfer, and change of campus “students day of service” where students will serve all over Centre County and get introduced to the ways they can give back to their new community. Students are encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes and clothes they are not worried about getting dirty for this volunteer experience. Free food, t-shirt and water bottle included. To sign up please go to

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!.

September Events at a Glance

Each semester we schedule a variety of career-related, international, and professional development events for Liberal Arts students. View our list of events current scheduled for September 2016. Events include: Marketing Your Liberal Arts Degree, Resume Review Walk-In Hours, Fall Career Days, Lunch & Learn Employer Series, Employer Sessions, & more! Keep track of all our events with this calendar.

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!