September 27, 2016


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Sphinx Virtuosi
“Mosaic of Sounds”
Sphinx Virtuosi, one of the nation’s most dynamic professional orchestras, consists of eighteen classical soloists. The musicians are alumni of Detroit’s internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition, which provides educational and performance opportunities to Black and Latino musicians.

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.

Meet and Greet with Vijay Prashad, October 5

The Center for Global Studies invites you to meet renowned journalist and author Vijay Prashad on Wednesday, October 5 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. in 463 Burrowes Building. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Mary Price at

Vijay Prashad will also present a public lecture, “Western Bombs, Eastern Societies: The Destruction of Nations and Responsibility to Protect,” on October 5 from 5:00–6:30 p.m. in the Katz Building Auditorium.  No RSVP required.

Tickets Available for A Conversation with Author Dave Eggers

October 10, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Tickets are available for A Conversation with Author Dave Eggers, author of this year’s Penn State Reads book, The Circle.  The evening will see Eggers joined on stage by Dan Moulthrop, CEO of The City Club of Cleveland, one of the nation’s prominent free speech forums. Moulthrop is also co-founder of The Civic Commons, an initiative to design a social media environment explicitly for civil, civic dialogue. Eggers and Moulthrop will discuss key themes outlined in The Circle, including issues around privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

RCL and PFP students may pick a free ticket for the October 10 event in 103 Sparks while supplies last.  Tickets are also available at any Center for the Performing Arts ticket outlet.

Liberal Arts LionPATH Registration Open House Events

  • Thursday, Oct. 6 – 8:30-10:30 a.m. (E302 Paterno Library)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19 – 12-2 p.m. (1 Sparks)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1 – 6-8 p.m. (2 Sparks)

Registration got you stressed?  The College of the Liberal Arts will be holding three Open House events to help Liberal Arts students become more familiar with the registration process in LionPATH. These events will be hands-on, guided technology sessions with liberal arts advisers and peers to help you understand how to efficiently register for classes using features such as the Class Search, Schedule Builder, and Shopping Cart. Stop by the assigned computer lab any time during the Open House event and be prepared with a few courses that you want to add to your Spring 2017 Schedule.

Please Note: This is not an opportunity to discuss what courses you should take; come with a few classes in mind, ready to review the Class Search, Schedule Builder, and Enrollment process on LionPATH.  To discuss potential courses for your Spring 2017 schedule please meet with you adviser during Drop-ins or make an appointment 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

Monday, October 3, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., 124 Sparks Building
Workshop Topic: Resume Reviews

Please join recruiters from Vanguard to learn more about what recruiters are looking for in resumes. Resume reviews will also be available. Vanguard will also share more information on current opportunities and the application process.

This is a great opportunity to network and gain valuable 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:

  • Business and Data Analyst Internships, Comcast (Summer 2017)
  • Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship, PPIA Program
  • PA and DC Press, Legislative, and Operations Internships, Office of Senator Robert P. Casey (Spring 2017)
  • Human Resources Internship, Oshkosh Corporation (Summer 2017)
  • General Internship, Erie Insurance (Summer 2017)
  • The Heritage Foundation Internship Program, The Heritage Foundation (Spring 2017)
  • Reporting Internship, DOW Jones (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.

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

Service / Leadership Opportunities

Lion Ambassadors Recruitment Session, September 27

Want to become a Penn State expert? Attend our Info Session!  Penn State’s Lion Ambassadors is a group of ordinary students with extraordinary pride. We exhibit tradition, pride, service, and excellence through events such as the S-Zone at football games, Homecoming Week’s Guard the Lion Shrine, and many more! We foster leadership and service while representing the largest dues paying alumni association in the world by touring the glory and keeping tradition alive. Learn more at our upcoming information session this Tuesday (9/27) at the Hintz Alumni Center from 7-9 pm. For the Glory!

In the News

Paterno Fellows Present at ARC Undergraduate Research Exhibition

Saturday, October 1, 11:00–Noon, Nittany Lion Inn Faculty Staff Club Room
The Africana Research Center will host an Undergraduate Research Exhibition in recognition of undergraduate students who have conducted outstanding research on issues affecting the African Diaspora. Please join us for these presentations!

Two Paterno Fellows are participating:

  • Emma Behr, “Hurricane Katrina Victims: Citizens or Aliens?”
  • Elizabeth Catchmark, “Kindred Spirits: Reading Interracial Love Relationships Through Embodied White Supremacy”


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!