December 20, 2016


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.  Among the speakers will be PFP students and alumni, and winners of the Collegiate Laws of Life Essay contest will read their essays.  More information to come!

Faculty Led Study Abroad Info Session, January 12

Interested in studying abroad this summer? Attend this session on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6:00 p.m. in 104 Thomas 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. Full story…

PFP Spring 2017 Events Calendar

Visit the PFP events website to see how our calendar is shaping up for spring!

ONCE Performance January 31 ~ Discounted tickets available for PFs

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a block of seats to the Broadway musical ONCE.  Our allotted tickets sold out in less than a day, and unfortunately, we had to turn students away.  While we can no longer offer seats for our $10 price, you may purchase tickets for ONCE directly from the Box Office at a 15% discount if you mention that you’re part of the Paterno Fellows group.  Watch the show preview…

Courses / Curriculum

PFP 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.

COMM 419H World Media Systems ~ embedded travel to South Africa

This course is designed to comparatively assess media systems in two different political and economic contexts. In the spring of 2017, the course will appraise the media systems of the U.S. and South Africa. Each context will be viewed as a political, economic and communication system.  The class will travel to South Africa during Spring Break.  See 2015 student experience:

Students who have a legitimate interest in international mass communications but who do not meet prerequisites as listed on LionPATH may email Dr. Olorunnisola <> to set up a meeting, as prereqs may be waived.

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.  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.

All students who aspired or were admitted in 2014-15 are required to complete this e-Portfolio course as a Paterno Fellows graduation requirement.  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…


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

PFP Service / Leadership Requirement

Fellows are expected to take on a leadership role or offer volunteer services to a community of their choice totaling at least 50 hours during their college career. Participants in the Presidential Leadership Academy automatically meet this requirement. To document a leadership or service experience, download the Leadership or Service Documentation Form; complete and submit it using the contact information on the form.  Hours may be reported as they are completed for short-term projects, or after the minimum time is met for long-term experiences.

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.

MLK Jr., Day of Service

Give back to Happy Valley and join us for the MLK, Jr. Day of Service in Alumni Hall on January 16th, 8:30am-4:30pm! Free food, t-shirt, and water bottle provided! Join us as we honor Dr. King’s legacy by giving back here in the State College/Centre County communities! Now accepting volunteers! Sign up today at

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

Meet Paterno Fellow Brenna Fisher

Brenna Fisher, senior PF in Criminology and Sociology, is featured in this video.

PFP Student Profiles

Have you checked out the Paterno Fellows Student Profiles?  Read about experiences written by PFs about their internships, study abroad, research, mentoring, and more!


PFP Student Programming Grants

Paterno Fellows are encouraged to apply for Programming Grants for One-Time Events or Sustained Discussion / Reading Groups.  Successful applications will enhance students’ education, ignite an interest, or make students consider a topic more deeply.  For details, see: pfp-student-programming-grants/

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!