February 7, 2017

Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest

Essay Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the Fourth Annual Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest!  Winning essays will be published in the coming weeks and shared here.  Read the story… 

First Place
Abdulla Naouf, ‘20
“Special Treatment Is Only Fair”

Second Place
Jason Waltersdorff, ‘19
“…in Which We Discuss EMPs, Burning iPads, Grandpa’s USB Library, and Cat Videos”

Third Place
Nakul Grover, PF ‘19
“The Colonist, the Environment, and a Billion Dreams”

The Colonist, the Environment, and a Billion Dreams, by Nakul Grover

The Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest asked Penn State students to explore ethical values and intercultural issues, and their talent for expressing their views in writing.  Nakul Grover, ‘19, Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar in English and Chemical Engineering, won Third Place for his essay, “The Colonist, the Environment, and a Billion Dreams.”  Read his essay here.


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Kevin J.A. Thomas, Associate Professor of Sociology, Demography, and African Studies
“What Explains the Increasing Trend in Foreign Student Migration to the U.S.?”
February 8, 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.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra presents J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation ~ March 2, Schwab Auditorium

Discounted Tickets Available through February 17
The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a small block of tickets for the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. You may purchase one or two tickets for only $5 each (cash only!) instead of the usual student price of $15. These tickets are for Penn State students only, but if you purchase two, the second person does not have to be in PFP. Tickets may be purchased from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. in 103 Sparks Building through February 17, when unsold tickets must be returned to the Box Office. 

For a preview and 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/

“Intro to Study Abroad” ~ February 15, 5:00 p.m., 360 Willard

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshop
It’s never too early to start thinking about studying abroad! Attend this session to learn how to navigate the website and search for programs, how to make an appointment with an adviser and start an application, how to evaluate cost and financial aid opportunities and many other important considerations. Hear from Penn State students who have studied abroad and who will share their experiences.

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.  (Late Add in effect)  If you plan to add this course, please attend the first session and check in with the instructor, as attendance is mandatory.

PLEASE NOTE CORRECTION TO TUESDAY MEETING TIMES – The class meets from 6:00–8:00 p.m., NOT 4:00–6:00 as previously advertised!

The course meets in Keller 112, on the following Tuesdays:  February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; and Thursday, March 2, 5:00-10:00 p.m. 

Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar Kamilla Pawlikowska
Can a person’s character or intelligence be determined by looking at his/her face?  English 197 (H) will explore how different thinkers have answered this question, from the mid-19th century to modern times.  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.  For details…

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

Enrollment will be limited to thirty students; those accepted will receive notification via email by February 7.  If seats are still available after February 7, additional applications will continue to be considered.

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.  For more information…

Career Enrichment Network

Spring Career Days Prep Workshops this Week

Spring Career Days is right around the corner on Tuesday, February 14!  If you are still looking for a summer internship of full-time position, make sure to participate in the career fair.  In preparation for the fair, consider attending one or several of these workshops this week.  For details…

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.

$3,500 Erickson Discovery Grant Applications Due February 17

Students who are interested in performing original research, scholarship, or creative work over the summer are encouraged to apply for an Erickson Discovery Grant by Friday, Feb. 17.  The purpose of the $3, grant is to enable students to immerse themselves in their projects by using the grant to cover living expenses and project costs including supplies, materials, books, specialized software, and travel for the purpose of data collection.  More info…

Africana Research Center Undergraduate Research Exhibition ~ Call for Spring Nominations (for Penn State students only)

PSU STUDENTS—If you have written an outstanding paper or conducted research related to Africa and its Diasporas, please request a nomination from your professor.  Faculty members should submit the student’s name, email address, and electronic 8–10 page paper to africanacenter@la.psu.eduNOMINATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH APRIL 28, 2017.

*Note:  Nominated seniors who will be graduating prior to the URE are still eligible to participate and receive funding for travel to NCUR.  More info…

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.

HealthWorks Peer Health Educators ~ Applications due March 3

HealthWorks, a peer health education outreach program in University Health Services, is currently recruiting student volunteers to become Peer Health Educators for the 2017—2018 academic year. HealthWorks peer educators work to address college health issues at Penn State, including stress, nutrition, physical activity, high-risk alcohol use, and sexual health. The deadline for applications is March 3, 2017. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.  For details…

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.

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.


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!