December 6, 2016

Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest

Submission deadline: December 19

First Place $500 ~ Second Place $400 ~ Third Place $300

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.

To view prompts and to enter, please visit:


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

All members of the Paterno Fellows community are welcome.

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.  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.

ONCE Performance January 31 ~ Discounted tickets available for PFs

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a block of seats to the Broadway musical ONCE.  You may purchase one or two tickets for only $10 each (cash only!) instead of the usual student price of $47. These tickets are for Penn State students only, but if you purchase two, the second person does not have to be in PFP.  Ticket vouchers will be available (while supplies last) in 103 Sparks from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, December 6, and ending at noon on Thursday, December 15, when unused seats must be surrendered to the Box Office.  For more info and to watch the show preview…

Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Reception ~ February 1, 2017

Save the date!  The annual Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 1, at 7:30 in the Hintz Family Alumni Center.  This event celebrates the achievements of students who have been admitted to the Paterno Fellows Program and Schreyer Honors College this year. More information to come!

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.

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

Please do not wait until the last minute to register for this course!  Even though it does not begin until February 7, LionPATH follows the regular registration schedule and students have to go through the Late Add process after the Drop/Add period ends.

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.  For details…

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.

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…

BIOET 502 Macro-Perspectives in Bioethics: Systemic Issues in Public Health Ethics ~ ethics course

Weds. 2:30 – 5:30 pm; 107 Willard Building, University Park
Instructor: Jonathan H. Marks; Director, Bioethics Program, Penn State

What are public health ethics, population health ethics, and macro-bioethics?  In this course, we explore a variety of topics, with an emphasis on systemic ethical issues.  For a detailed description, see the course flyer.

Interested students should contact the instructor.  If you have a time conflict, please email Professor Marks, as this is a small class and it may be possible to change the time slot!

Career Enrichment Network

Liberal Arts Career Week, January 16–20

Liberal Arts Career Week is a week-long event from January 16-20, 2017 and is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop professional skills and provide networking opportunities that will support their future career paths. By participating in this week’s employer and alumni panels, workshops, and alumni networking events, students can learn skills needed to embark on their career journey and achieve success in their professional lives.  More info…

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…

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


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

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.

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!