September 13, 2016


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

James Piazza, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science; and Caitlin Ting, Graduate Intern, University Fellowships Office
“Considering Graduate School?”
September 14, W-023 Pattee Library
12:15 Lunch ~ 12:30 Presentation ~ 12:45 Q&A

Lunch is provided, and advance registration is not needed.  Just drop in!

View the Fall 2016 schedule on our events website and download the flyer.

Penn State Marathon Reading: “The Political Imagination”

Thursday, September 15 @ 1:00pm – Friday, September 16 @ 1:00pm, Pattee Mall
During this annual event, volunteers take turns reading over a 24-hour period. This year’s event, The Political Imagination, focuses on literature surrounding various political themes, by authors from around the world. Each title will be available in English and the original language in which it was published.

Anyone may volunteer for two to five minutes of reading. Groups — classes, teams, social organizations — are encouraged to participate by volunteering for larger blocks of time. Remember, it gets really fun in the wee hours of the morning. There will be pizza, t-shirts, and other surprises.

Questions? Want to sign up to read in advance? Want to read in Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Chinese, Portuguese, or Russian? EMAIL us at

BE MORE CHILL with PFP on October 4

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a block of seats to the musical Be More Chill, presented by the School of Theatre.  Tickets are required, but are free of charge if you are a part of our group.  After the show, we’ll have a Meet-and-Greet Reception with the director and actors. Refreshments will be served!

PF students may pick up one or two tickets for the October 4 performance.  These tickets are for Penn State students only, and the second person does not have to be in PFP.  Tickets will be available in 102 Sparks from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. through noon on September 21, when unused tickets must be returned to the Box Office.  More info…

Model United Nations Events

The Penn State International Affairs and Debate Association is hosting two afternoon Model United Nations crisis simulations, open to the entire Penn State community to participate. On Saturday September 24th from 12:00pm to 6:00pm delegates may participate in our Solar System Security Council, Antarctica Treaty 2038, or Nigeria: Restructuring a Fractured World committees. On October 22nd from 12:00pm to 6:00pm a second simulation will be run with our Scramble for Africa, Libya Unity Government 2015, and Blue and Gray: A Nation Divided (American Civil War) committees. Interested students should contact or visit to register or for more information on each committee. No experience is necessary, and there is the chance to win awards. Food will be provided.

ArtOut and We Are ~ Center for the Performing Arts Events

ArtOut, designed for students of all academic disciplines and interests, is aimed at helping participants explore a variety of creative endeavors, including an open-mic session, an instrument “petting zoo” and dance lessons. Light refreshments will be served at all but one session.

We Art sessions will reveal ways for students to participate in the arts by highlighting art-related career possibilities, including how to build a business out of the love of art or how to balance creative capacities with divergent employment. Attendees may bring a lunch, and light refreshments will be served.

For students of all levels of interest or ability in the all areas of the arts.  Free, and one hour on a weekly and monthly basis.  See details and schedule here!

Courses / Curriculum

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 Course

RLST 197 (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

Business and the Liberal Arts Minor

If you are thinking about a business-related career, you might be interested in the Business and the Liberal Arts Minor.  (See the details here.) The minor requires 24 to 25 credit hours to complete, and thus meets the Paterno Fellows Program requirement for an enhanced minor.  Up to 19 of the required credits can be in business courses, and 6 more hours can be in economics, labor and employment relations (LER), or a variety of areas in the Liberal Arts.  For more information, please contact Business and the Liberal Arts advisers by visiting 202 Pond Lab or emailing

Service / Leadership Opportunities

State College Area School District Volunteer Opportunity

The V.I.P.S (Volunteers in Public Schools) Tutoring center serves students in grades k­12 in the State College Area School District. The tutoring center is located at the High School North Cafeteria which is less than 2 miles from campus.  For students without transportation we provide bus tokens. It is held on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30-6:00. We are looking for dedicated volunteers who would like to give one hour of their time a week to tutor students from the community. We need tutors in all subject areas but have a high demand for all sciences and math subject areas. This is a great way to fill service hours or education hours.

Not interested in tutoring but want to volunteer? We are also looking for volunteers to assist in our after school enrichment program at several of our elementary schools. Interested students may fill out a volunteer form by following the link below.

For more information contact  Links:  Tutor Application form or After School Program Volunteer

Knowlton’s Rangers

Are you interested in a career in national security?  Consider joining Knowlton’s Rangers, a national security honor society with the mission of identifying, developing, and supporting students with a commitment for service to the United States.  We participate in intelligence simulations, discussions, and site visits.  If you are interested or have questions, please email your resume to Caroline Briselli at

Career Enrichment Network

Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program, Fall 2016

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 career goals. Mentors work with students to reflect on their experiences and goals, develop new skills, and network for the future.

Applications are available here. The application deadline is September 30.

Hear what other students say about being in the program here.

Direct any questions to Heather Baruch-Bueter at

Bates White Information Session, September 13

Do you have an interest in applying creativity and analytical skills to solve real world problems? Would you be excited to conduct detailed research, analyze large data sets, and contribute to expert reports that detail your findings? Bates White, an economic consulting firm providing expert analytical support to attorneys, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, will be hosting an examination of economic consulting and a case study workshop.  See SHC website for details.

Fall Career Days, September 13–15

Fall Career Days is a week of career fairs combined with some on-campus interviewing, information sessions, and workshops held by employers who are recruiting students on campus. Visit the Fall Career Days website for important information about the events.

Behind the Scenes at Fall Career Days Tour for First Year Students: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Bryce Jordan Center, Gate A. This event will allow first-year students the opportunity to meet with Career Services staff to get an overview of Fall Career Days, tour the Bryce Jordan Center so you can navigate the fair with ease, and meet with employers who are recruiting for Penn State talent. Go to this post to find out how to reserve your spot.


Liberal Arts majors should make sure to check Network Symplicity on a regular basis for internship opportunities. We have a wide variety of positions posted. Access Network Symplicity or register for an account if you do not already have one! Here are a few recent postings in Network Symplicity, featuring employers at Fall Career Days:

  • Intelligence & Language Analysis Internships, National Security Agency (Summer 2017)
  • College to Corporate Business Internship, Vanguard (Summer 2017)
  • Summer Consultant, Bates White Economic Consulting (Summer 2017)
  • Finance, Intelligence, HR, Security  Internships, Defense Intelligence Agency (Summer 2017)
  • Assistant Buyer & Merchandise Planning Internships, Ross Stores (Summer 2017)
  • Store Management Internship, Kohl’s (Summer 2017)
  • Marketing Leadership & Operations Leadership Development Programs, Cigna (Summer 2017)
  • College Financial Representative Internship, Northwestern Mutual (Summer 2017)
  • Sales Internship, Altria (Summer 2017)

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 the PFP website.  Please note that this list is not all-inclusive, but offers some suggestions for students to pursue.

University College Freiburg- Spring 2017 extended deadline

The Schreyer Honors College spring 2017 English-language interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences program at University College Freiburg, part of the University of Freiburg, is open to Paterno Fellows and aspirants. The application deadline has been extended to September 15.  Please see here for more information, or contact Richard Stoller in the SHC office.

In the News

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Festival

Check out the Photo Gallery and Photo Booth from #LiberalArtsFest, held on Pattee Mall on September 8! Can you find yourself in any of the pictures?


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

Want to Schedule an Academic Advising Appointment?

If you need help scheduling an appointment with your adviser on Starfish, click the link for instructions. View instructions…

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!