January 24, 2017


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Dirk Wentzel, Professor of Economics, Hochschule Pforzheim, Germany
“European Challenges after BREXIT”
January 25, 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 Spring 2017 LwH schedule on our events website and download the flyer.

Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Reception ~ February 1, 2017

All are invited to attend!  The annual Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 1, at 7:00 p.m. 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.  We hope to see you there!

Scholarships for Students from Nontraditional and Diverse Backgrounds Week, January 23–27

The University Fellowships Office is hosting a week of events featuring scholarships and fellowships for students from nontraditional and diverse backgrounds. Please join us for any session that interests you, even if you need to arrive late or leave early.  For more info…

Global Health Minor Information Session, January 31, 7:00 p.m.

Minor Goals and Activities:
• Develop the capacity to think, talk, and write critically about global health issues and challenges.
• Complete a six-week supervised fieldwork experience in Senegal, South Africa, or Tanzania.
• Prepare for occupations and graduate school programs that require interdisciplinary and global perspectives, and applied learning experiences.

Applications due February 15.  For more info…

State of State Conference, February 11, HUB

State of State is an annual conference for the Penn State community. There will be student, administrative, and faculty speakers presenting on a variety of topics, including community responsibility, sustainability and innovation, and the unseen community member. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit psustateofstate.com.

TEDxPSU Conference, “Breach” ~ February 12, Schwab Auditorium

TEDxPSU provides a forum for gifted speakers with the desire and motivation to broadcast their messages to the world. The TEDxPSU conference aims to showcase their world-changing innovation and researches to help amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.  For more information and to register:  http://www.tedxpsu.com/

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.

ENGL 197 Honors (1 cr) Anti-Portraits in Modern Literature and Visual Arts ~ Spring 2017 Special 1 credit honors/ethics course

Seats are still available.  Contact Barb Edwards <bae1@psu.edu> to register.

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.  For details…

LA 297 Sports Ethics ~ Spring 2017 Special 1 credit ethics course

The course gives students the opportunity to explore one of America’s most popular cultural phenomena -”big-time” sports – from a unique critical perspective. Students will read articles before each class and participate in group discussions to practice with taking on different ethical perspectives. Faculty from various disciplines will provide an array of insights and perspectives that allow students to analyze and discuss the impact of sports on society. Some sessions will also include interviews with previous athletes and other sports representatives.

Students interested in registering for the course should visit https://sites.psu.edu/sportsethicssoi/ to submit a statement of interest. Enrollment will be limited to thirty students; those accepted will receive notification via email.

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Career Enrichment Network

Lunch and Learn Employer Series: Deloitte ~ RSVP Required

Thursday, February 2 at 12:15pm to 1:15pm, 124 Sparks Building
Join a recruiter from Deloitte for lunch to discuss how to develop your personal brand in the professional world. The recruiter will also be available to answer specific questions about the organization and upcoming opportunities.  Lunch will be provided.  Space is available for 30 students.  RSVP in Network Symplicity before the event: bit.ly/netsymp

Deloitte recruiters are also hosting a case study workshop on February 1. Log in to Network Symplicity (bit.ly/netsymp) for more details on this separate event.

Summer Study Abroad Deadline: February 1

There’s still time to study abroad this summer!  The Career Enrichment Network has listed out the steps we recommend you take when thinking about going abroad.  More info…

All Liberal Arts students are eligible to apply for enrichment funding. Visit the College of the Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds website for general guidelines, application instructions, and the link to the online application system. Liberal Arts applicants should also make sure to read the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on our website.

Cargill Global Scholars Program: 2016-17 Launch

Cargill and the Institute of International Education (IIE) are pleased to announce the launch of the 2016-2017 Cargill Global Scholars Program application cycle for freshman and sophomore year students with high academic performance and leadership potential.  The application deadline is March 1.  For details…


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.

Fresh START Team Leader ~ Applications due February 10

Do you think your leadership experience can help benefit Penn State? If yes, then consider applying for a Team Leader position with one of the largest days of community service at Penn State – the Fresh START Day of Service! Fresh START provides incoming students at Penn State with an opportunity to connect with one another, the university, and the surrounding communities through direct engagement in service on August 26th, 2017.  Team Leaders manage a small group of new Penn Staters during the Day of Service, and act as a resource to acclimate students to Penn State culture.

Applications due February 10th. To apply, visit: http://tinyurl.com/guf97aw.  For more information, see our website or Facebook page.

No Lost Generation at PSU

We are a student organization tasked by the U.S. Department of State to support the education and wellbeing of children refugees via fundraising, in kind support and building awareness. We meet every Wednesday at 7pm in 207 Sackett starting January 18. New members are always welcome. For more information visit our Facebook page.

Penn State Music Service Club

Do you play an instrument or sing? Do you want to serve your community? Come share the joy & healing properties of music at nursing homes, special education centers, and hospitals with the Penn State Music Service Club. We’re a group of musicians and non-musicians united by the goal of serving the State College community through music. You can reach us at psumusicservice@gmail.com or check our website: psumusicservice.weebly.com. We meet every other week at 8pm in 102 HUB starting on 1/17. Hope to see you there!

Council of Lion Hearts

Do you want to help the State College community but don’t know where to start? Check out our Service Organizations Fair where 10 of the top service student organizations at Penn State will have posters, information, and club members available to help you find what you’re looking for. Come to the HUB main lounge on Monday 1/23 from 10:30-2:30 to learn how you can make an impact in this community! Please contact Michelle Lai at mql5392@psu.edu.

State College Area School District Volunteer Opportunities

The V.I.P.S (Volunteers in Public Schools) Tutoring center serves students in grades k-12 in the State College Area School District. The tutoring center is located at the High School North Cafeteria which is less than 2 miles from campus.  For students without transportation we provide bus tokens. It is held on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30-6:00.

We are looking for dedicated volunteers who would like to give one hour of their time a week to tutor students from the community. We need tutors in all subject areas but have a high demand for all sciences and math subject areas. This is a great way to fill service hours or education hours. Tutor Application Form

Not interested in tutoring but want to volunteer? We are also looking for volunteers to assist in our after school enrichment program at several of our elementary schools. After School Program Volunteer

For more information:  volunteers@scasd.org

Your Blurb Here

Are you involved with a local service group that is open for new members?  Send your blurb to PaternoFellows@psu.edu 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

Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Award – Nomination Deadline January 31

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 StandUpPSU.com. You can also learn about previous honorees and their work on the Stand Up Award website. The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2017.

Meet Briana Blackwell

Briana Blackwell, junior Paterno Fellow in Political Science, Philosophy and African American Studies, shares her passion for social justice and activism with area middle and high school students.  Full story…

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!


Short advising survey, chance to win $50 gift card!

Deadline to complete the survey:  Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Drawing for the $50 gift card prize:  February 1, 2017

We are a group of advisers trying to learn more about our students, in particular how certain programs are helpful. We would like to ask you to please take 6-8 minutes to complete the survey found at the link below.  Please reflect on your thoughts and feelings regarding your worldview and your thoughts on the ways in which your college experience is encouraging you to think both in the classroom and beyond those walls.  Students who complete the survey will be entered to win a $50 gift card!  http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bDhK1TLdyWNcxLL

Thank you for taking the time to help us!
Ashley Dorsey—PL SC & INTPL
Nimisha Thakur—ECON
Suzanne Decker—SOC & CRIM
Katelyn Perry—ANTH & LER

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!