October 18, 2016

Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest

The College of the Liberal Arts and the Paterno Fellows Program proudly present the Fourth Annual Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest. 

Our purpose is to encourage Penn State undergraduate students to explore ethical values and intercultural issues, and their talent for expressing their views in writing. Essays should be no longer than 800 words and will be judged on originality, relevance, and creativity. The contest is open to all full-time baccalaureate students who are enrolled at any Penn State campus for the Fall 2016 semester.

Winners will receive:  1st place: $500   ~   2nd place: $400   ~   3rd place: $300

All winners will be acknowledged at the annual Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony on February 1, 2017. Winning essays will be published on Liberal Arts Voices.

Submission deadline:  December 19, 2016

To view and download the flyer and prompts, and to submit your essay, go to: voices.la.psu.edu/essay-contest.

Read winning essays from previous years: voices.la.psu.edu/?s=essay


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Yogev Kivity, Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
“Can We Train Individuals with Social Anxiety to Regulate their Emotions?”
October 19, 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

“Service and Leadership Brainstorming” ~ October 25, 6:30 p.m., Piano Lounge, Simmons Hall
PFP students have a service or leadership requirement.  At this meeting we will discuss your ideas for meeting this requirement.  Possibly together, possibly in small groups. Paterno Fellows Special Living Option Program ~ all PFs are welcome to attend!

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshops

“Get to Know the Career Enrichment Network” ~ October 26, 5:00–6:00 p.m., Waring Hall
First year students are invited to attend workshops to assist them during their first year at Penn State and in the College of the Liberal Arts. A calendar of events can be found on the First Year Experience Website. After attending events and workshops, students can earn the First Year Engager Badge.

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.

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! Here are a few recent postings:

*Asia Pacific Internship-2017 Summer Analyst and Associate, Goldman Sachs (Summer 2017)
*Internship, Centre County Youth Service Bureau (Spring 2017)
*Event Planning Assistant Internship, Penn State Career Services (Spring 2017)
*Keystone Internship, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (Summer 2017)
*Human Resources Program Summer Analyst, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Summer 2017)
*Summer Fellowship Program, IRTS Foundation (Summer 2017)
*Reporting and Editing Internship, YES! Magazine (Spring & Summer 2017)
*Internship, Federal Reserve Bank (Summer 2017)
*Writing Internship, Phi Beta Kappa (Spring 2017)

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

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.

In the News

PFP Student Profiles

Have you checked out the Paterno Fellows Student Profiles lately?  Read about experiences written by PFs about their internships, study abroad, research, mentoring, and more! http://la.psu.edu/current-students/cen/studentprofiles/paterno-fellows


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!