September 6, 2016


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

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series ~ RSVP Required for Special Friday Session

John Gastil, Professor, Communication Arts and Political Science, and Director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy
“Do We Want Bipartisanship, or Do We Just Want our Party to Win?”
September 16, 12:15–1:00 p.m., 233B HUB

A number of our alumni will be in attendance to see first-hand what Paterno Fellows experience at their weekly lunch sessions.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Kristin Harpster <> by September 9. RSVP required for this session only.

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Festival

September 8, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Pattee Mall
Learn about majors and resources in the college. There will also be a photo booth, games, and free food, including hot dogs, soft pretzels, slushies, popcorn, cotton candy, Creamery ice cream, and more! Full story…

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


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 197 (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 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

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

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.

Career Enrichment Network

Goldman Sachs Inspiring Women: Virtual Series ~ APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 9

At Goldman Sachs, we believe that our success is deeply rooted in the unique backgrounds, experiences and perspectives of our people. The Inspiring Women: Virtual Series will provide participants the unique opportunity to interact with our Firmwide Women’s Network and senior female leaders of the firm. Participants will also receive tips and best practices for successful navigation of the recruiting process. This series will launch in September and continue throughout October.  Read more…

Top 8 Tips to Prepare for Fall Career Days!

Fall Career Days (September 13-15, 2016) is quickly approaching!  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.  The majority of the employers at Fall Career Days represent corporate America.  If you are interested in working for a large corporation, the fair may be a fit for you. There are lots of things you can do to make sure you are prepared for Fall Career Days. Here are our top 8 tips to get you started:  Read more…

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.

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.


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!