September 20, 2016


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Nichola Gutgold, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State Lehigh Valley
“Women in the National Political Arena”
September 21, 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 LwH schedule on our events website and download the flyer.


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 through noon on September 21, or at this week’s Lunch with Honors in W-023 Pattee.  Unused tickets must be returned to the Box Office after LwH on September 21.  More info…

Panel Discussion: Mapping the Field of African Feminism

September 23, 9:30–11:30 a.m., Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library
Panelist include:  Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Professor at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana (Legon); Mary Hames, Director of the Gender Equity Unit, University of the Western Cape; and Margo Okazawa-Rey, Faculty at the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA, and Elihu Root Peach Fund Chair in Women’s Studies at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

Free and Open to the Public ~ 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.

To register for this course, please complete the Registration Drop/Add Form (Activity: Late Add, Class #32490, RLST 197, section 001, 1.0 cr), and print the form using the button at the bottom of the page. Sign the form and deliver it Professor Brockopp’s mailbox in 105 Weaver Building. He will sign it and forward it for processing.

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

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. Students who have completed at least one semester at a university are eligible for the program.

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

Lunch & Learn with Employers Series

Workshop Topic: The Importance of Having a Professional Mentor
Monday, September 26, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

Please join recruiters from Qualtrics to learn more about networking and the importance of a professional mentor. Recruiters will also share current opportunities with their companies and the application process. This is a great opportunity to network and gain great experience. Staff from the Career Enrichment Network will also be present to answer any questions you may have. Lunch will be provided.

Space is available to for 30 students.  Please RSVP before the event in Network Symplicity.


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:

  • Summer Internship Program, U.S. Department of State (Summer 2017)
  • Executive Team Leader Intern, Target (Summer 2017)
  • Sustainability Advocate, Clean Water Action (Summer 2017)
  • Marketing Internship, Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (Spring 2017)
  • Civil Liberties, Counterintelligence, HR, & Communications Internships, National Security Agency (Summer 2017)
  • Political & Human Capital, Marketing, & Business Internships, Comcast (Summer 2017)
  • Human Resources Internship, Polaris Industries, Inc. (Summer 2017)
  • Reporting Internship – Editorial Team, TheStreet (Spring 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.

Africana Research Center, Call for Proposals

The Africana Research Center (ARC) provides monetary support (up to $1,500 for students) for scholars whose primary research centers on the African Diaspora. Our mission is to encourage and support research and scholarship that (a) enhances the lives of African people across the Diaspora, and (b) serves as a catalyst for promoting an enabling environment where cultural production and discourse on diversity can be nurtured to advance the research, teaching, and outreach mission of Penn State. We strongly encourage the development of interdisciplinary work.

Specific application guidelines and submission instructions are available at: COMPLETE APPLICATIONS DUE BY OCTOBER 15, 2016


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?

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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!