February 14, 2017

Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest

“…In Which We Discuss EMPs, Burning iPads, Grandpa’s USB Library, and Cat Videos,” by Jason Waltersdorff

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.  Jason Waltersdorff, sophomore in Political Science at World Campus, won Second Place for his essay, “…in Which We Discuss EMPs, Burning iPads, Grandpa’s USB Library, and Cat Videos.”  Read his essay here.


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Please note change of location to 102 Weaver Building for this week only!

Kamilla Pawlikowska, Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar
“Beauty and Goodness Today”
February 15, 102 Weaver Building
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 at noon, when unsold tickets must be returned to the Box Office.

For more info…

Photos from Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony

Enjoy our photo album from the Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony at the Hintz Family Alumni Center.  This annual ceremony recognizes students who have met all requirements this year for admission to the Paterno Fellows Program and Schreyer Honors College.

“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.

School of International Affairs IUG Program Info Session, February 22

The Penn State School of International Affairs’ Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate program combines both your baccalaureate and master’s degrees into a five-year program. Students in the Schreyer Honors College, as well as students in Political Science, International Politics, German, Asian Studies, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian, are eligible to earn a Master of International Affairs alongside your bachelor’s!  Attend the information session on Wednesday, February 22, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in 302 Pond Building to learn more.

For more info and to RSVP, see the flyer…

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.

Career Enrichment Network

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…

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.


Updating your Information in the Paterno Fellows Database

As you complete your Paterno Fellows requirements, you are responsible for marking them “Claimed Satisfied” in the PFP database.  You should update the requirements you’ve met as you complete them. Please do not wait until your graduation semester. We need time to approve your submissions and mark them “Satisfied.

For further instructions, see the PFP website.

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!