August 22, 2017


Welcome New and Returning Students!

The PFP Weekly News will be sent every Tuesday afternoon.  Make sure you read through it every week for important Program updates, as well as events and opportunities that will be of interest to Paterno Fellows.  Some entries are repeated from one week to the next, and new items are added every week.  If you have questions and there is not a specific contact given, feel free to ask at

We hope your semester is off to a great start, and we look forward to seeing you at our events!


Dessert with the Director: Special Living Option / First Year Event

August 24, 6:30 p.m., Simmons Hall, Piano Lounge
Get to know PFP Director, Catherine Wanner, and meet your fellow Fellows while enjoying some refreshments!

Paterno Fellows Special Living Option Program ~ all PFs are welcome to attend!

Paterno Fellows First-Year Orientation and Social

August 29, 6:00 p.m., 121 Sparks Building / Sparks Lobby and Patio
All first-year students are required to attend.  After some words from the Director, we’ll have pizza and get to know one another!

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Catherine Wanner, Professor of History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies, and Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program
“What the Hybrid War between Russia and Ukraine Can Teach Us about Contemporary American Politics”

August 30, 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 Fall 2017 LwH schedule on our events website.

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Festival

Save the date for the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Festival!  We’re looking forward to seeing you on September 6, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Learn about the different majors and resources in the College of the Liberal Arts, and enjoy free food, games, raffles, prizes, music and more! #LiberalArtsFest

Courses / Curriculum

NO LONGER REQUIRED:  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.

Effective immediately, the Paterno Fellows Program will no longer include ENGL 397 or the e-Portfolio as a graduation requirement.  While students are welcome and encouraged to take this course to enhance their e-portfolios, completion or non-completion of ENGL 397 will have no effect on Paterno Fellows status.

Fall 2017 Special 1 credit honors/ethics course ~ PLSC 197: Political Changes in Post-Soviet Russia

Instructor:  Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar Vladimir Gel’man, European University at St. Petersburg, and Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
This course is focused on political changes in post-Soviet Russia within the context of regime dynamics and state building. Starting with the Soviet system and collapse of the Soviet Union as a point of departure, the course traces the making and unmaking of major political institutions and practices in Russia by examining the impact of various legacies of the past and the role of domestic and international political and economic actors. Students will gain an understanding of the challenges facing post-Soviet Russia, and an analytical perspective on sources of its stability and instability. The course will include six two-hour classes (each as a combination of lectures and discussion sessions), and one class will take longer and include students’ presentations (up to 7 minutes long) addressing one of the key questions of the subjects of class topics.  Class meetings:  Wednesdays September 13, 20, and 27, and October 4 and 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; and October 18, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

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, Catherine Wanner. Please include a syllabus if you have one.

First Year PFP Requirement:  CAS/ENGL 137 Rhetoric and Civic Life

All aspiring and admitted Paterno Fellows are required to take the two semester series Rhetoric and Civic Life.  Make sure you have CAS 137 or ENGL 137 on your Fall schedule!  These are identical courses, so it does not matter which designation choose.  You wil complete the series in the spring with CAS/ENGL 138.  You’ll earn six honors credits by the end of the year.

Career Enrichment Network

7 Tips for the Start of the School Year

We hope you had a great summer and that you’re looking forward to a great fall semester. While it’s hard to imagine kicking off an internship or full-time job search as you’re just getting settled into your classes for the semester, well…you need to get working on those searches as soon as possible. With that in mind, here’s an easy checklist of 7 things to do as soon as possible:  read more…

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.


Fresh START Day of Service – Saturday, Aug. 26th, 10:45am – 5pm ~ Volunteer around Happy Valley! Meet in Alumni Hall and don’t forget closed-toed shoes and some sunscreen! We will provide a free t-shirt, water bottle, and FREE FOOD before and after service. There will also be a Service Fair beginning at 4pm to help get you connected to service organizations on campus. Sign up today at and tell your friends! #GetRootedPSU

Trail Project at The Penn State Arboretum ~ The Penn State Arboretum is looking for volunteers for the Hartley Wood Wildflower Trail Project. All of the projects are on Saturday’s from 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm throughout the fall semester. Volunteer projects may include planing native plants, removing invasive plants, and/or general trail maintenance. Please contact Colin Grube – – if you would like to volunteer and bring your student org or friends along with you!

Volunteer at the Lions Pantry ~ The Penn State Lion’s Pantry was created to address the issue of food insecurity at Penn State, University Park.  Volunteers are needed at various times throughout the semester to help sort and organize donations.  Shifts are available via the volunteer website at various times throughout the semester, to sign up go to:  For more information, contact

Upcoming Blood Drives ~ Volunteer with the Penn State Red Cross Club for upcoming blood drives at various locations on campus.  Help as a greeter, walker, or canteen volunteer – no training or prior experience necessary!  To sign up, please go to:

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

Check out the new and improved PFP database!  As you complete your Paterno Fellows requirements, you are responsible for marking them “Claimed Satisfied” or turning in the appropriate documentation forms.  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. Wanner’s Drop-in Hours for Paterno Fellows:  Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m.-noon; and 1:30-3:30 p.m. in 302 Weaver Building

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…

Advisers are available by drop-in only during the first week of classes.

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!