November 29, 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 #4
“We are the forgotten ones, although we suffer every day from climate change.” ~ Diallo Déidia Mahamane Kattra, a Minister from Mali at the 2016 Paris Climate Talks

Is it fair that today, newly developing and still-industrializing countries are being asked to cut their emissions, thus stunting their ability to increase their own wealth and power? Are all states equally responsible for funding solutions to climate change, or are established economies primarily responsible for recouping the damage that they have initiated?

To view additional prompts and details, please visit:


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

John McCarthy, Distinguished Professor of Sociology
“Explaining the Likelihood of Disorderly Public Gatherings in Campus Communities, 1997–2007”
November 30, 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.

Dinner with the Dean ~ December 6, 6:30 p.m., Redifer Special Dining Room

Please join Dr. Paul Taylor, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, and the Paterno Fellows Special Living Option students for dinner in Redifer on Tuesday, December 6.  All members of the Paterno Fellows community are welcome. We will reserve a room for the group.  Please get your meal (use your meal plan, LionCash or other form of payment at the student rate) and join us for a chance to wrap up the semester and get to know each other a little better over a shared meal.  Download the flyer.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Sessions

Wednesday, November 30, 4:30–5:30 PM, 463 Burrowes Bldg
Tuesday, December 6, 4:30–5:30 PM, 463 Burrowes Bldg

The Center for Global Studies is pleased to announce the competition for FLAS Fellowships for the Pennsylvania State University. FLAS Fellowships are authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and are administered by the U.S. Department of Education. They assist students in achieving competency in selected foreign languages and conducting research in related international and area studies.

Students in all fields of study are welcome to apply. Languages eligible for Penn State’s FLAS Fellowships are Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian.   Full story…

Voices of Democracy

November 30, 5:00 p.m., 113 Carnegie Building

Faculty, students, and staff from across the university will come together to read or perform speeches, essays, poems, and songs that offer messages of hope and unity and celebrate the indelible spirit of inclusive democracy. The event takes place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in 113 Carnegie, and pizza will be served in the lobby of the building.  Full story…

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshops

“Campus Involvement 101 Workshop” ~ December 1, 5:00–6:00 p.m., 129 Waring Hall

Penn State has more than 1,100 student organizations. This session will help you figure out how to find and utilize the student organization search engine. You will learn how student organizations and para-professional experiences (such as Residence Assistant or Peer Health Educator) can supplement what you’re learning in the classroom and can be used on your résumé. This session will also go over the importance of finding a balance between campus involvement and academics. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to learn about student organizations within the College of the Liberal Arts.

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.

Spring 2017 Special 1 credit honors/ethics course

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

The Center for Global Studies Undergraduate Internships

Applications will be considered as they are received, so apply early!

Duties and Responsibilities: All students will receive valuable work experience in a global studies environment; duties will be adjusted based on the academic and professional interests of the intern however, all interns will be required to assist with and attend CGS-organized lectures, contribute to the Center’s monthly newsletter and blog.

Required Skills: Attention to detail; ability to meet deadlines; strong organizational skills; basic information technology skills; experience with social media outreach and web development; high level of interest in global issues and/or K-12 curriculum development; and strong written and oral communication skills. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

For more info and to apply:

Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program – Spring 2017

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.

Applications are available here. The application deadline is December 15.
Hear what other students say about being in the program here.
Direct any questions to Heather Baruch-Bueter at

Research / Study Abroad

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

Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Award

The Rock Ethics Institute inaugurated the Stand Up Award to honor Penn State undergraduate students who have demonstrated courage, fortitude, and ethical leadership by taking a stand for a person, a cause, or a belief. This award and the individuals it honors should remind the entire Penn State community of how often the extraordinary act is possible in ordinary circumstances.

We invite you to nominate these students by visiting You can also learn about previous honorees and their work on the Stand Up Award website. The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2017.

UHS, Healthy Penn State Ambassadors ~ application deadline December 5

Healthy Penn State (HPS), an initiative led by University Health Services (UHS), is currently recruiting student volunteers to serve as Healthy Penn State Ambassadors.  Healthy Penn State is a holistic approach to promoting well-being that encourages the development and maintenance of a sound body, mind, and spirit. The aim is to improve the academic success of students by enhancing behaviors that promote health and reduce the incidence of behaviors that negatively impact the welfare of students.  For more info and to apply:

Your Blurb Here

Are you involved with a local service group that is open for new members?  Send your blurb to and we’ll publish it here.  Please include a brief description of your mission, expectations, information sessions/meetings, how to join, etc.

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!