March 7, 2017

Spring Break Edition


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

We’re taking this week off for Spring Break, but looking forward to next Wednesday’s lunch!
En Garde Arts, Visiting Performing Artists
March 15, 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.

“Sustainability” ~ March 14, 5:00 p.m., 360 Willard

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshop
This session and discussion will focus on ethical questions of why we will save a growing child right in front of us but continue to live an unsustainable lifestyle effecting a similar child a half a world away, an introduction to sustainability efforts on campus, and ways students can engage to make campus a more sustainable place.

United Kingdom Fellowships Week March 20-24

The University Fellowships Office is hosting a week of events featuring scholarships and fellowships offering research and/or study opportunities in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Please join us for any session that interests you, even if you need to arrive late or leave early. If you would like to know more about any opportunity mentioned below you can find them on our scholarships page (  Full schedule of events…

Liberal Arts Etiquette Dinner March 29, RSVP Required

Ever find yourself in a formal dining situation and realize you’re not sure which bread plate or glass is yours? Or which is the right fork to use? Join us for a fun and educational dinner on Wednesday, March 29, at 6:00 p.m. in The Atherton Hotel that covers dining etiquette so you will be prepared for future interview lunches and/or dinners. This event is FREE for Liberal Arts students thanks to the generous sponsorship of Altria.  RSVPs accepted on a first-come basis until March 23.  Priority given to juniors and seniors.   Full story…

To the Theatre

RENT Ticket Lottery, Closes March 16

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a block of seats to the Broadway musical RENT, coming to Eisenhower Auditorium on April 6.  We recently offered discounted tickets for the musical ONCE, and we sold out before the end of the first day and had to turn many students away. In anticipation of a similar high demand for RENT tickets, we are holding a lottery to be fair to students whose schedules do not allow an immediate in-person visit to Sparks.  You may enter the lottery for a chance to purchase one or two tickets for only $10 each (cash only!) instead of the usual student price of $47.  These tickets are for Penn State students only, but if you purchase two, the second person does not have to be in PFP.  For details…

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.

PFP Requirement:  ENGL 397 (1.5 cr) E-Portfolio Writing and Design

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.

All students who aspired or were admitted in 2014-15 or after are required to complete this e-Portfolio course in order to graduate as a Paterno Fellow.  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.

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 (previously “Communication”) if it will not be met through foreign language or International Cultures credits.

Cuba 2017 Field Course Applications Due April 1

BIOL 496/SUST 495 Environmental Protection, Conservation, and the Sustainability of Cuban Ecosystems; with a Field Practicum in Cuba

Spring semester, April–May 2017; Summer practicum with travel to Cuba, July 7–15, 2017

Applications are due April 1!  Please visit the course website for more details. Email Dr. McLaughlin at with any questions!

Career Enrichment Network


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…

Thesis Awards

Paterno Fellow Best Thesis Awards, Due April 12

The Paterno Fellows Program will present two Best Thesis Awards:  one for a thesis in the social sciences and the other for a thesis in any field of the humanities.  Each prize carries a $500 award and the students will be recognized at the PFP Graduation Ceremony at noon on May 6.  A faculty panel will make the selections based on the originality of the project, the rigor of the research, and the clarity of presentation.  Students must have met all PFP graduation requirements to be eligible.  (If you are not sure of your student’s PFP status, please inquire!)

To nominate a thesis, or to self-nominate, please send the following in an email to by Wednesday, April 12:

*the senior thesis in pdf format
*two faculty recommendation forms, with memos
*one from an honors adviser
*one from the thesis adviser

These documents may come in one email or in separate emails from the student and faculty reviewers.  Students who self-nominate are responsible for requesting input from the two faculty advisers.

Please direct questions to

Center for Global Studies Thesis Prize Award, Due April 4

Penn State’s Center for Global Studies will award four prizes of $500 each year to students who have completed commendable thesis projects that advance a global perspective. These awards are intended not only to recognize the excellent work of students who combine studies in the Liberal Arts with a concern for global issues, but also to encourage these students in continuing their contributions to the field of global studies.

For more information and to apply visit the CGS website.  Questions can be directed to Sarah Lyall-Combs, at

Penn State Libraries Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award, Due April 10

Undergraduate students are eligible to submit their thesis for the spring 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award. The winner receives $1,250, with awards of $750 and $500 presented to the second- and third-place recipients, respectively.  For details…

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.

Volunteer for Beaver Stadium Run

The Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run is a 5K run and family fun walk that supports Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Each year, Paterno Fellows volunteer in many different ways to help this event succeed. Some people aid in preparations in the months leading up to the events while others offer their services for race day only. Lauren Halberstadt (Paterno Fellow ’12) is the Volunteer Coordinator and she would love your help! Please email her at to get involved or to learn more.

Leadership Education and Development Certificate

Students interested in learning valuable leadership skills can now enroll in “Leadership Education and Development” or LEAD, an online leadership development program offered through Penn State Student Affairs. In this program, students work through online modules on key leadership concepts, personal leadership styles and strategies to become better leaders. As part of the program, students will also be paired with a faculty or staff mentor.  Students interested in receiving the certificate must complete all four modules by April 14.  Paterno Fellows may present the certificate to earn four hours toward the Leadership requirement.   Full story…

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.


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!