February 21, 2017

Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest

“Special Treatment is Only Fair,” by Abdulla Naouf

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.  Abdulla Naouf, freshman in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, won First Place for his essay, “Special Treatment is Only Fair.”  Read his essay here.


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Finckel Han Setzer Trio, Visiting Performing Artists
“A Conversation with Wu Han, Philip Setzer, and David Finckel”
February 22, 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.

Presidential Leadership Academy Information Session

February 21, 5:00–6:00 p.m., W-023 Pattee Library (behind MacKinnon’s Café)

Several senior Paterno Fellows / Presidential Leadership Academy members will provide an overview of PLA and answer your questions. Open to all first-year Liberal Arts students; no RSVP required.

The PLA application deadline is Friday, February 24, at 5:00 p.m. Selection is based on a student’s academic achievements, leadership potential and commitment to critical thinking exhibited during the applicant’s first year at Penn State. A select group of applicants will be contacted for personal interviews with the Academy Selection Committee.  Paterno Fellows who participate in PLA automatically meet the Service/Leadership and Ethics requirements.

For more information including FAQs about PLA, and to apply, visit the website. For a related story, read “Alumni inspire Presidential Leadership Academy students to find their own ways“ on the Penn State News.

C.A.R.E. Fair, February 22, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., HUB Alumni Hall

The C.A.R.E. (Community, Agency, Recreation, and Education) Fair will feature employers from a range of fields, including community service organizations, state and federal agencies, recreation and camp opportunities, and educational experiences. The Career Enrichment Network will also be hosting resume review walk in hours on Tuesday, February 21 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in 101 Sparks Building to help get your resume in shape for the C.A.R.E. Fair!

Please visit the event website for a complete listing of attending organizations to determine if they match your career interests.

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…

Deliberation Nation, February 20–March 2

Deliberation Nation is a ten-day series of over 50 deliberative discussions hosted by the students of Rhetoric and Civic Life, a first-year, year-long honors rhetoric and communication course which is required for all Paterno Fellows.  View the list of days, times, and titles and plan to attend!

“How to Read a Degree Audit” ~ February 28, 5:00 p.m., 360 Willard

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshop
Not sure how to read a degree audit, or what it even is? Degree audits help you come up with an academic plan and are important to understand. That’s why there’s a whole session devoted to it. You’ll learn how to interpret degree audits to identify remaining degree requirements and formulate an academic plan. This session will also go over how to navigate the university bulletin to find course descriptions and prerequisites.

Photos from Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony

Enjoy our photo album from the February 1 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.

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.

Rock Ethics Institute Thesis and Research Awards

The Rock Ethics Institute is pleased to announce the Rock Ethics Institute Thesis and Research Awards offered in conjunction with the Paterno Fellows Program. These awards are for undergraduate students in the Paterno Fellows Program who are working on ethics-related topics and research either within or in preparation for their honors theses.

The Rock Ethics Institute Award will provide a range of financial support (from $500 to $2,000) for thesis research and related activities. Awardees will be asked to present their research at an Institute event. Awardees will also be asked to contribute a blog post or to participate in a podcast on their research for the Everyday Ethics page.  Awardees will be informed of all Rock Ethics Institute events, and will be invited to participate in any events that are of interest to them or which would benefit their research.

For more information and the application process, visit the Rock Ethics Institute Thesis and Research Award website.

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.

Applications for the 2017 LeaderShape Institute Due March 1

LeaderShape is an intensive, energizing, and unique six day educational experience from May 8–13 at Camp Blue Diamond designed to improve society by inspiring, developing, and supporting students to lead and live with integrity. We are talking about getting out of your comfort zone and becoming the tipping point that changes everything. Any meaningful accomplishment, idea, business, or cause began with one person saying, “I can do this better.” We are talking about leading—we don’t care about your title. We care about the results.

All returning Penn State students are invited to apply for this exciting opportunity! Applications for LeaderShape are now available online until March 1st: tinyurl.com/leadershape2017

For additional information, contact Kerri Musick, LeaderShape program coordinator, at kmm6967@psu.edu or visit the website.

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!