September 12, 2017

To the Theatre ~ Limited Number of Free Tickets Available

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

September 14, 7:30 p.m., Penn State Downtown Theatre (Allen Street below Panera)

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved the Theatre for this performance! Tickets are required, but are free of charge! Paterno Fellows may pick up one or two tickets in 103 Sparks between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. while supplies last. If you want two tickets, the second person does not have to be in PFP. We want to fill the house, so please only take a ticket if you plan to use it! All are invited to stay for a reception in the Theatre lobby following the performance.

About the Show: 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?


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

September 13, W-023 Pattee Library ~ 12:15 lunch, 12:30 Presentation, 12:45 Q&A

Gary Cross, Distinguished Professor of Modern History, Penn State

“Growing Up with Cars: Past and Present”

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.

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

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshop: Building a Relationship with your Adviser

September 19, 5:00 p.m., East Private Dining Room, Findlay Commons (East Halls)

Your adviser plays an important role in your academic success. In this session, you’ll learn about the advising structure, how to identify your assigned adviser, what to bring to an advising appointment, and how to schedule an appointment. You’ll also go over appropriate questions to ask when meeting with your adviser to get the most out of your 30-minute appointment. Additionally, you’ll learn how to get a copy of your degree audit and the importance of referring to the audit when scheduling courses.

View the full FYE schedule…

Liberal Arts 1968 free movie night: Forrest Gump

September 20, 6:00 p.m., The State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue

All liberal arts students are invited to a free movie night at the State Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 20. This is one in a series of events around the liberal arts theme for the year, Remembering ‘68: Moments of Change. Students are encouraged to RSVP ahead of time to guarantee a seat. Full story…

Courses / Curriculum

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

Limited Seats Open ~ Class Begins 9/13/17

To register, students must pick up a signed Drop/Add form in 103 Sparks and bring it to 203 Pond Lab for processing.  Attendance is mandatory at all sessions, so please do this asap!

Instructor:  Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar Vladimir Gel’man, European University at St. Petersburg, and Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

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.  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.

Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program (HESE)

Do you want to apply your skills and expertise to solve problems such as food insecurity, water availability, and sustainable energy?  Do you want to work towards creating a more equitable and fair allocation of knowledge and resources? Do you want the opportunity to travel aboard short-term, and come away with great experience, skills, and publications? Do you want to launch a venture before you graduate that improves the lives of millions in the developing world? Then Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program (HESE) is for you!

ENGR 451 (fulfills CAS requirements) meets Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30-6pm and is your on ramp to HESE. It is open to students of any major and any year. The class discusses challenges and opportunities of creating ventures in developing contexts, and builds the practical skills needed to launch any venture that is designed to accomplish a mission. Students who participate in the course are eligible to travel to Kenya and implement their ventures during Maymester and are eligible for funding. We are willing to pay for and facilitate the late-add costs. Please contact for more info or just show up in class to feel it out. We’d love to work with you!  HESE – GO.DO.CHANGE

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.

ENGL 397 (1.5 cr) E-Portfolio Writing and Design – NO LONGER REQUIRED

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.

Career Enrichment Network

Study Abroad Spring 2018 Applications Due September 15th

Last call for study abroad applications for the Spring 2018 semester!  Submit your application online by September 15th for the opportunity to gain valuable intercultural skills and experiences next semester.

Need more time to consider all of your options? Learn about all of the study abroad possibilities that Penn State has to offer, including summer programs and embedded courses, and start preparing for the Summer 2018 application cycle.

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…

Fall Career Days: September 12-14

Fall Career Days is this week at the Bryce Jordan Center between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Meet employers and learn about full-time positions and internships/co-ops. All majors welcome. 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.

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council

Want to be more involved in the Liberal Arts Community? Join LAUC! The Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council is the student government of the College of the Liberal Arts. LAUC is open to all undergraduate students of Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts, so please feel free to come represent yourself as well as all of the undergraduate students of the College at our meetings, Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in 124 Sparks Building.

Volunteers in Public Schools (V.I.P.S) Tutoring Center

The V.I.P.S (Volunteers in Public Schools) Tutoring center serves students in grades K-12 in the State College Area School District. The tutoring center is located at the High School North Cafeteria which is less than 2 miles from campus.  For students without transportation we provide bus tokens. It is held on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30-6:00. We are looking for dedicated volunteers who would like to give one hour of their time a week to tutor students from the community. We need tutors in all subject areas but have a high demand for all sciences and math subject areas. This is a great way to fill service hours or education hours. Tutor Application Form

Not interested in tutoring but want to volunteer? We are also looking for volunteers to assist in our after school enrichment program at several of our elementary schools. After School Program Volunteer

For more information contact

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!