November 8, 2016

Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest

Submission deadline: December 19

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 up to $500.

Prompt #2
Large pharmaceutical companies have recently received criticism for their decision to dramatically increase the price of certain life-saving products. What are the ethical concerns and economic motivations behind such decisions, and what role, if any, should the government play in regard to regulating the issue?

To view additional prompts and details, please visit:


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Tanya Furman, Professor of Geosciences, Associate VP and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, and Interim Director, University Fellowships Office
“After Graduation: Considering Fellowship Opportunities”
November 9, 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.

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshops

“How to Read a Degree Audit” ~ November 8, 5:00–6:00 p.m., 129 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.

“The Taliban Shuffle: Lessons from Afghanistan for Foreign Policy”

November 10, 4:00 PM  to 5:30 PM, Katz Auditorium (University Park)
Kim Barker, journalist and author, was the South Asia bureau chief for The Chicago Tribune from 2004 to 2009, directing coverage of Pakistan and Afghanistan. She wrote a darkly comic book about her time there, The Taliban Shuffle:  Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, released in 2011 and adapted this year into the movie Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, starring Tina Fey. Barker, now an investigative reporter at The New York Times, will discuss her experiences in South Asia and Hollywood, and what lessons can be learned from both. Reception and book signing will follow immediately after the lecture. Books will be available to purchase on site.  More info…

Law Careers Events, November 10 and 11

Planning to go to law school or maybe thinking about a career in law? Meet professionals to get your questions answered.  Penn State alumni share the ups and downs of law school; the pros and cons of working in private firms, corporations, and the government; and the implications of the contraction in the law field.

Panel Presentation and Q&A—The Contraction in the Law Field and its Implications
Thursday, November 10, 7:30 pm, 101 Chambers Building

One-on-one Appointments (advanced sign-up required—space is limited)
Friday, November 11, 9:00 a.m. to noon, Bank of America Career Services Building
….to ask any questions you’d like, in a no-pressure setting, about law school, what it’s like in the courtroom, balancing work and family. Get résumé suggestions and interview tips.

For lawyer bios and appointment sign-up, visit:

Special Living Option / First Year Event: Alumni Mentor Program

November 15, 6:30 p.m., Piano Lounge, Simmons Hall
Heather Baruch-Bueter will join us to discuss the Career Enrichment Network Alumni Mentor Program. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with a professional in a field you are planning to join.

Paterno Fellows Special Living Option Program ~ all PFs are welcome to attend!

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 397 (1.5 cr) E-Portfolio Writing and Design ~ E-Portfolio Requirement

This is a web-based course for 5th semester students and above to develop and refine their college e-portfolios. This course includes considerations of platform selection, audience analysis, arrangement strategies, and portfolio writing style.

All students who aspired or were admitted in 2014-15 are required to complete this e-Portfolio course as a Paterno Fellows graduation requirement.  ENGL 397 builds on the e-Portfolio you started in RCL (ENGL/CAS 137/138), enhancing it for practical use for graduate school or job applications upon graduation.  Your RCL e-Portfolio does not meet the PFP requirement without the addition of ENGL 397.

Students who aspired or were admitted prior to 2014-15 may take ENGL 397, and may use it as an option for the Global Awareness requirement if it will not be met through foreign language or International Cultures credits.

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

LA 401: Professional Development for the Liberal Arts Student

Looking for a job or internship? Want to improve your interviewing skills? Hoping to succeed at the career fair? There’s a one credit class for all of it! LA 401: Professional Development for the Liberal Arts Student assists students in the College of the Liberal Arts with the job and internship process; resume, cover letter, and interview development and improvement; and networking.  More info…

Spring 2017 Embedded Courses

Consider taking part in an embedded course next semester. These courses have an international travel component, and are a great opportunity to experience another culture and country with Penn State students and faculty. Trips are planned for Nanjing, Israel, Scotland, Poland, and Greece. For more information contact the faculty leader, or Jackie Smith (, Global Experiences Coordinator.

Career Enrichment Network

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…


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!

Research / Study Abroad

International Education Week, November 14–18

University Fellowships Office Info Sessions:
November 14, 1:00–2:00 – Fellowships for Languages & Culture – 106 HUB
November 17, 2:30–3:30 – Fellowships for Study & Research  – 106 Boucke
Full IEW schedule available here.

Faculty Led Study Abroad Information Session

November 15, 6:00 p.m., 104 Thomas Building
Attend this session to learn more about Liberal Arts Faculty Led study abroad programs this summer!  Learn about the benefits of study abroad and answer your questions about enrichment funding, financial aid and the application process.  Study abroad alumni will also share their experience and tell you why studying abroad on a Penn State faculty led program is a once in a lifetime experience! With thirteen amazing programs to choose from, you will also have the chance to speak with faculty leaders and learn which program is best for you. 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!


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!