April 18, 2017


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Join us for the final LwH session this year!

Paterno Fellows Seniors Ben Berkman, Megan Cichocki, and John Miller
“The Ins and Outs of Writing a Thesis: What Every Student Needs to Know”
April 19, 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!

PFP Quiet Study Space for Finals ~ Sunday, April 30, 6:00–10:00 p.m., W-023 Pattee Library

Get ready for finals week!  Stay focused in the PFP Study Space.  Refreshments provided; please bring your own beverage.  Help us to gauge your interest in the Study Space by completing the google doc.

Paterno Fellows Graduation Ceremony and Reception ~ May 6 at Noon

We will be honoring all Class of 2017 Paterno Fellows at a special ceremony and reception at noon on Saturday, May 6, on the Sparks Building Lawn. We look forward to seeing you, your family, and your friends there!

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.

STARTALK Arabic Academy, June 19–July 14

At the STARTALK Arabic Academy you can gain introductory knowledge of the Arabic language and its people, with a scholarship of up to 90% of your course tuition. You will be a part of a lively communication-focused and culture-rich environment. Besides the morning language classes, you will also have the opportunity to experience (twice weekly) immersion in the Arabic language and cultures through participating in different projects and activities such as games, films, and music, as well as live communication and partnership with students in an Arabic speaking country.  Learn more about this opportunity and submit an application.

You may also choose from a dozen other languages at Penn State’s Language Institute this summer! Partial tuition scholarships are available for Arabic (higher levels), Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian.

LA 202 Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Liberal Arts

How many courses provide students with an opportunity to work together to write a book?  Or start an organization?  Students who enroll in LA 202: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Liberal Arts will get the opportunity to do both.  For details…

Career Enrichment Network

Receive $5,000 to Support your Summer Internship

The Virginia Todd Chapel Executive Internship Program supports Liberal Arts students participating in premium internships, particularly in the private sector. This generous endowment makes it possible to provide roughly 20 students each year with $5,000 in enrichment funding. Wondering if you should apply for the summer 2017 semester? Visit the Career Enrichment Network website for eligibility requirements and application instructions. Full story…

Apply for Summer 2017 Enrichment Funding

Submit your application for enrichment funds if you need support for a summer 2017 internship, research, or global experience. Priority deadline for the summer is May 1, 2017. Final applications deadline is June 1, 2017.


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.

Watershed Clean Up Day, Saturday, April 22, 8:00 a.m.–noon (Earth Day!)

On April 22, individuals, families and groups will descend on sites throughout Centre County’s watersheds to clean up trash and litter. Please pitch in alongside your neighbors this year and help keep Centre County beautiful. All volunteers are invited to a picnic at Tussey Mountain Pond after the Cleanup.  For more info and to sign up…  Questions? Contact Us!

Trash to Treasure / United Way Event Seeking Volunteers

The 2017 Trash to Treasure sale will be held Saturday, June 3 at Beaver Stadium. We need your help! We’re looking for volunteers to help us prepare for the Trash to Treasure sale—and to assist us on sale day. It’s a great way to help out a good cause.

Volunteers must be 18 years or older. Some of the items you’ll be handling may be dirty. Please dress accordingly. Please arrive promptly for your shift. Special instructions are provided at the start of each shift. Volunteers will receive confirmation emails with parking and additional information following registration. Sign up here…

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!