October 11, 2016


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Stephanie Scott, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Department of English, and students from the Department’s study abroad program to Ireland
“Representing the Irish Landscape”
October 12, 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.

First Year / Special Living Option Program, “How to Study Abroad”

October 11, 6:30 p.m., Piano Lounge, Simmons Hall
Jackie Smith from the Career Enrichment Network will join us to discuss how to study abroad, how to research opportunities, and support available.

Information Sessions for Courses with Embedded Trips

History Department Courses with Trips to Poland and Israel
October 13, 5:00 p.m., 303 Willard Building

HIST 197 Israel-Palestine Conflict – This is an embedded program to Israel over Spring Break to study the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
HIST/JST 426 Holocaust – Students registered in HIST/JST426 in the spring of 2017 will have the opportunity to receive credit for spending spring break in Poland.

International Course Fair
October 17, 11:00–1:00, Life Sciences Bridge

Learn about courses with an embedded travel component, how to apply, funding resources, and more!  More info…

Liberal Arts LionPATH Registration Open House Events

  • 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.  More info…

Meet and Greet with Ian Johnstone, October 20 ~ RSVP required

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.

Model United Nations Event, October 22, noon–6:00 p.m.

The Penn State International Affairs and Debate Association is hosting a Model United Nations crisis simulations, open to the entire Penn State community to participate. The 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 president@psiada.org or visit www.psiada.org 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.

Penn State Women: Leaders of Today and Tomorrow, October 25–26

Thinking about life after Penn State? Looking for career leads and networking opportunities? Penn State Women—Leaders of Today and Tomorrow—brings distinguished alumnae to campus to share how they forged successful careers in a variety of fields. All students are invited to leverage the expertise and wisdom of these high-ranking women who have distinguished careers in HR, business, government, law enforcement, and IT.

  • Panel Presentation and Q&A—Tuesday, October 25, 7:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium
  • One-on-one appointments—Wednesday, October 26, 9–noon, Career Services Center (advanced sign-ups required and space is limited, so don’t delay)

See the event website for alumni bios and appointment sign-up.

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.

FALL 16 – seats still available:  RLST 197 (1 cr) Ethics of Climate Change

Special 1 credit honors/ethics course ~ starting soon!
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.

ENGL 197 Honors (1 cr) Anti-Portraits in Modern Literature and Visual Arts

Spring 2017 Special 1 credit honors/ethics course
Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar Kamilla Pawlikowska, Seikei University, Tokyo
The course will introduce students to debates from the 19th and 20th centuries over the connection between the human face and human character in modern art and literature. In particular, it will examine differences between representations of the face in realism, the fantastic and modernism. It will give students insights into the work of major figures from different cultures (for example, Nikolai Gogol, Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Woolf, Charles Baudelaire) who challenged the connection and devised ‘anti-portraits’ of faces with blurred, fragmented or abstract features. Finally, this course will help the students understand why some critics considered modernist portraits (both textual and visual) to be dangerously subversive. Class meetings Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 4:00-6:00 p.m.; and Thursday, March 2 5:00-10:00 p.m.

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.

IT/CMLIT 297H Artistic Patronage in Europe: Cultural Sponsorship and Social Networks before Facebook

This three-credit course, conducted in English, surveys the institutions and “social networks” in which European fine arts were created, circulated, and critiqued. From the medieval period through the early 20th century, a variety of communities where public and private intersected sponsored innovations in the arts: convents and cathedrals, royal academies and courts, coffee houses, salons, and theaters.  More info…

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!

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

NYC Trek: Careers in Business, Law, and More! ~ RSVP by October 17

October 28, 6:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., New York City
Join the Schreyer Honors College and College of the Liberal Arts for a day trip to NYC to learn more about how business and government interact in the world’s financial capital. If you are interested in working in finance, economics, political science, law, or math, this is a great opportunity to learn from and network with those within the banking and regulatory industries.  More info…

Research / Study Abroad

Applications Open for Spring 2017 Enrichment Funds

Are you participating in an internship, study abroad, or research experience during the spring 2017 semester? Looking for funds to support your enrichment experience? Apply for Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds! Full consideration given to applications received by December 1, 2016. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so apply ASAP! Applications will be considered after this priority deadline on a funds-available basis.  More info…

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.

Service / Leadership Opportunities

Model United Nations Event, October 22, Noon–6:00 p.m.

The Penn State International Affairs and Debate Association is hosting a Model United Nations crisis simulations, open to the entire Penn State community to participate. A 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 president@psiada.org or visit www.psiada.org 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.

Lead-In-Action: Columbus Chapel/Boal Mansion

Lead-in-Action aims to promote service, personal growth, and education on prominent social issues. Students will travel to Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum to engage in various projects such as assisting with maintenance of public nature trails and gardens, setting up new exhibits, and/or maintaining old exhibits. Participants will meet in 103 HUB on October 15th at 9am and return by 5pm. Transportation, light breakfast, and lunch is provided. Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion promotes history, music, and arts education by giving tours of the Columbus Chapel, the most important Christopher Columbus collection in North America. Participants will also engage in a Lead-in-Action “Kick-Off” event on October 12th at 6:30 pm in 129 HUB where participants will learn more about the trip and engage in meaningful discussions on the impact of their service. To sign up please go to http://volunteer.psu.edu/.


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!