May 2, 2017

In the News

PF Elizabeth Catchmark to Speak at College of the Liberal Arts Commencement

Elizabeth Catchmark, College of the Liberal Arts Student Marshal, will speak at the College’s commencement ceremony. Elizabeth is a Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar, graduating with bachelor of arts degrees in African-American studies, English, philosophy, and women’s studies.  Full story…

College of the Liberal Arts Selects Spring 2017 Student Marshals

Eighteen of the College of the Liberal Arts student marshals are Paterno Fellows.  Read the story and view the photo gallery.. (a work in progress!).

Presidential Leadership Academy Class of 2017

Five aspiring or admitted Paterno Fellows are among the 30 students who have been selected to the 2017 class of the Presidential Leadership Academy. Congratulations to Thomas Beeby, Helia Hosseinpour, Tomas Sanchez, Cory Steinle, and Daniel Zahn!  Full story…

2017 Paterno Fellows Best Thesis Awards Announced

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Paterno Fellows Best Thesis Awards. Each Best Thesis first place awardee will each receive a $500 prize, and will be recognized at the Paterno Fellows Graduation Ceremony at noon on May 6.

Susan Nahvi, ‘17 International Politics, and French and Francophone Studies, won the Paterno Fellows Social Sciences Honors Thesis Award for “The World’s Women: Country Performance on the Gender Millennium Development Goals.”

Mary Siobhan Brier, ‘17 English and Theatre, won the Paterno Fellows Humanities Honors Thesis Award for “The Superlatives–A Play.”

John Miller, ‘17 English, won Honorable Mention for his thesis in the Humanities, “James Lawson’s Speech at Shaw University: Deconstructing Conflicting Ideologies to Help Establish the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.”

Full story…

Events

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!

Students will be given white graduation stoles for the Paterno Fellows Ceremony on the Pattee Mall at noon on May 6, and will wear them for the College of the Liberal Arts Commencement Ceremony at the Jordan Center that evening.  Stoles will be distributed as part of the Paterno Fellows Ceremony, which all graduating PFs should attend.  We realize that some students will have conflicts with other events on this busy day, so please stop by 103 Sparks between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. by Friday to pick up your stole if you are unable to participate at noon on May 6.

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.

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.

Apply for Summer 2017 Enrichment Funding ~ Priority Deadline May 1

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.

Internships

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

Student Engagement Network Grant Program ~ Priority Deadline May 3

The Student Engagement Network is offering grants to students interested in expanding their undergraduate experience beyond the classroom through student engagement or experiential learning opportunities. The number and amount of grants will vary based on the number of applications received; however, there is a maximum allotted amount of $3,000.00 per applicant. Student applications are open for fall, spring, and summer engagement experiences.  More info…

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.

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.

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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!