August 29, 2017


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!

*We understand that some students will have scheduling conflicts and will miss Orientation.
If you have class, go to class!  That goes for work, too.
If you can’t make it to the meeting until after 6:00, you can come late.
If you miss the meeting, please stop by 103 Sparks or visit Dr. Wanner’s Office Hours (below) to pick up a copy of the 2017-18 handbook.

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

August 30, W-023 Pattee Library—12:15 Lunch ~ 12:30 Presentation ~ 12:45 Q&A

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”

Lunch is provided, and advance registration is not needed.  Just drop in!

View the Fall 2017 LwH schedule on our events website and download the flyer.

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshop

August 30, 5:00 p.m., 129 Waring
Eric Hayot, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies, will speak to first-year students during the First-Year Lecture, “The Beach and the Cobblestones: Imagination, the Liberal Arts, and the Meaning of a University Education”

View the full FYE schedule…

Teach-In: “Charlottesville: What Happened? What Now?”

September 5, 6:00–8:00 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
This event is designed to help students and the larger Penn State community make sense of the events that unfolded in mid-August in Charlottesville, Virginia, and place them in a broader historical context.  Read more and download the flyer.

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Festival

September 6, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Festival!
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

Penn State Marathon Reading: First Books

September 7 at noon through September 8 at noon, Pattee Mall (times corrected)
During this annual event, volunteers take turns reading over a 24-hour period. This year’s event, First Books, focuses on author’s first published books or the first book in a series by authors from all around the world. Each title will be available in English and the original language in which it was published. Check out the poster for more info.

Questions? Want to sign up to read in advance? Want to read in Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Chinese, Portuguese, or Russian? EMAIL us at

Panel Discussion: “Human Rights Around the Globe: Flourishing or Failing?”

September 13, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Sutliff Auditorium, 118 Lewis Katz Building
Join the Penn State School of International Affairs, Penn State Law, and the Rock Ethics Institute for a panel of distinguished experts on international human rights discussing the current state of human rights across the world, moderated by SIA director Scott Gartner.

The event is free and open to the public, though prior registration is requested. For more information and to RSVP

To the Theatre

Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine ~ Performance and Reception

September 14, 7:30 p.m., Penn State Downtown Theatre (Allen Street below Panera)
An Upper West Side dinner party invitation brings an unlikely group together, spawning a passionate and explosive debate on America’s relationship to race. Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson brings humor and poignancy to one of the most potent conversations in American life. In our shared history, we all sing the blues. But are your blues sweet like mine?

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved the Theatre for this performance! Watch your in-box for info on when and where to pick up your free tickets!

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.

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.

Career Enrichment Network

Apply to be Matched with a Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor

Interested in networking with Liberal Arts alumni? Want to receive assistance on your job and internship searches? Hoping to get advice about the future? Apply to the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program! Students are matched with alumni in a field related to their major and/or their career interests. Mentors work with students to reflect on their experiences and goals, develop new skills, and network for the future.  Read more…

Mark Your Calendars for Fall Career Days: September 12-14

Fall Career Days is a week of career fairs combined with some on-campus interviewing, information sessions, and workshops held by employers who are recruiting students on campus. For 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.


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 Saturdays 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…

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!