October 4, 2016


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

John Simpkins, Head of Musical Theatre, and Actors from Penn State School of Theatre
“Be More Chill”
October 5, 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.

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 from 9:00 a.m.­4:00 p.m. in 103 Sparks today and tomorrow, while supplies lastUnused tickets will be returned to the Ticket Center at 4:00 p.m. on October 5.  Tickets are also available at any Center for the Performing Arts ticket outlet.

RSVP deadline TODAY ~ 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 TODAY to Mary Price at meo12@psu.edu.

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.

Meet and Greet with Ian Johnstone, October 20

The Center for Global Studies invites you to meet Ian Johnstone, Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University). The meet and greet will take place on Thursday, October 20, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 104 Katz. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Mary Price at meo12@psu.edu.

Professor Johnstone will also present a public lecture, “The UN in crisis: priorities for the next Secretary-General,” on October 20 from 5:00–6:30 p.m. in the Katz Building Auditorium.  No RSVP required. For lecture details, join our Facebook event page.

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: http://www.la.psu.edu/advising-appt/)

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.

ENGL 202B.012 Honors (3 cr) Writing in the Humanities: Adult Literacy

ENGL 202B.012 Honors (formerly ENGL 202H) engages students in an active and in-depth examination of literacy, focusing on areas such as history, social movements, politics, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, theories of learning and teaching, and the future of literacy. In addition, the course provides students with the opportunity to work with adult learners, supporting them as they strive to improve their own literacy skills. (English 202B.012 Honors will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:35 until 2:50 in Spring 2017.)  Students will also receive 3 credits for L A 495, which may be used to fulfill either the Paterno Fellows Internship or Service requirement. For additional information, visit the course website or contact Lorena Waselinko at law17@psu.edu.

Special 1-credit Honors/Ethics Course ~ starting soon!

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 amr25@psu.edu.

Career Enrichment Network


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:

  • Communication, Development, & Education Internships, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts (Spring 2017)
  • Economic Consulting Internship, Mercer (Summer 2017)
  • Tax & Accounting Sales Internship, Thomson Reuters (Summer 2017)
  • Susquehanna Valley Internship, Make A Wish Foundation (Spring 2017)
  • Human Resources Internship, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (Summer 2017)
  • Business Reporting, Data Journalism, Digital Media, Interactive News Editing, Advertising Sales, & More Internships, DOW Jones (Summer 2017)
  • Student Internship Program, U.S. Department of State (Summer 2017)

Civil War Era Center, Summer 2017 Internships

Gettysburg National Military Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Do you have an interest in preserving our nation’s history and sharing it with the public? Do you want to put your knowledge of history to good use this summer? The Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State invites applications from qualified Penn State undergraduate students for four paid positions at historic sites during the summer of 2017: two at Gettysburg National Military Park and two at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The internships immerse students in a hands-on experience in public history. These non-credit, paid internships come with a $3,500 stipend and housing.  More information…

Boren Scholarship Information Session: October 5

Please join the University Fellowships Office, and Craig Fredrickson, Boren Awards Program Officer at the Institute of International Education to learn all about the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships.  The scholarship is for undergraduate students and the fellowship is for graduate students, however, please attend whichever session you are able to, we will be able to answer questions about both at either. It is not a problem if you need to arrive late or leave early.  More information…

Networking Etiquette Reception

October 17, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Hintz Alumni Center
Want to learn how to build your Penn State alumni network? Liberal Arts students are invited to join us for hors d’oeuvres at the Hintz Alumni Center, where Penn State Alumni Career Services Director Cheryl Bonner will share networking tips and tricks, and you’ll have the chance to meet and network with Penn State Liberal Arts alumni.  For more information and to RSVP, go to http://voices.la.psu.edu/2016/09/28/youre-invited-networking-etiquette-reception/.

C.A.R.E. Fair ~ Community * Agency * Recreation * Education

October 26, HUB-Robeson Student Center
Through full-time positions, internships, summer jobs, and volunteering get experience to impact the wellbeing and development of others.  For more info: careerfairs.psu.edu/CARE

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: http://arc.psu.edu/research/submission-guidelines. 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?

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!