September 19, 2017


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

September 20, W-023 Pattee Library ~ 12:15 lunch, 12:30 Presentation, 12:45 Q&A

Alan Wagner, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering

“Right from Wrong: Creating Robots Which Learn How to Behave”

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: 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 1960s 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 (but not required) to RSVP ahead of time to guarantee a seat. The first 250 students will receive a free box of chocolates! More info…

Courses / Curriculum

LA 297 (1 cr) Interrogating Prejudice (ethics course) ~ apply by 9/27/17

Meetings: Wednesdays 10/4/17–11/29/17, 6:00–7:30 p.m.

We live in challenging times. For some, fear is used to justify hate. Border walls and travel bans are presented as solutions to international and religious threats—even if they come at the expense of individual rights. This point in history demands reflection on fundamental questions. What does it mean to be American? Who is American? Whose self-interests carry the most weight in our politics? Who should benefit from our systems and institutions?

Drawing on research across disciplines within the liberal arts, this course will empower students to interrogate prejudice from different vantage points and across different levels of analysis (e.g., intrapersonal, interpersonal, intragroup, intergroup, institution, and societal). What do the various disciplines in the liberal arts tell us about the following questions? Can a person see and understand prejudice if they are not the target of that prejudice? Can white Americans see and truly understand the impact of racial biases? Can men see gender biases? Can straight people grapple with biases against the LGBTQ community? Are people who experience prejudice of one form better or less able to empathize with others who experience it in a different form? What can I do to promote inclusivity in divisive times?

For more info… and to apply to register by September 27…

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.

Research / Study Abroad

Parks & People (South Africa)

P&P18 info sheet-10kzkoh Parks & People (South Africa) is a spring semester abroad program that brings together the natural and social sciences in projects that address issues of community development, biodiversity, climate change, sustainability, water, energy and food security. More info…

Career Enrichment Network

Lunch and Learn Employer Series: Careers in Law ~ RSVP Required

October 5, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

Join Penn State Alumni from various careers in law to learn more about job and internship opportunities. Opportunities for Q&A will follow presentation.  Lunch is provided.

RSVP in Network Symplicity:  Attendance is limited to 30. If you are no longer able to attend, please make sure to cancel your attendance to allow for other students to participate.

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…

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.


Teach For America
Join the network of leaders changing the course of our nation. By joining Teach For America, you will become part of a powerful group of changemakers working to expand opportunity for all students. As a corps member, you’ll be challenged to think creatively and lead boldly. You’ll leverage your unique talents to dismantle inequities from the classroom and beyond.
Change starts with you. Apply to the 2018 Teach For America corps today.   All majors accepted. Full salary and benefits. 50,000+ alumni network. To learn more, visit  Interested in scheduling a meeting with Penn State’s on campus recruiter, Melanie Maguire? Sign up for a time here.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall – Volunteers needed
The Traveling Wall– an 80% scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall- is coming to Innovation Park at Penn State on October 5-8, 2017. We are looking for individual and group volunteers to help manage the October 5–8, 2017 event activities, chaperone veteran families, look up memorial name locations at the computer station, event setup and disassembly, and assist with parking and crowd management.   If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form. Feel free to forward this information to any of your colleagues, friends, relatives, etc. who you think would be interested. If you know any Vietnam Veterans, please have them reach out to Bob Booz at so we can honor them at the Opening Ceremony Pinning Recognition.

Apply to go to Selma over winter break with Penn State Alternative Breaks
Penn State Alternative Breaks is now taking applications for Alternative Winter Break December 15th – 22nd! We are going to be travelling to Selma, Alabama to work with the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth, and Reconciliation and focusing on race relations and community development throughout the trip. The cost of the experience is only $100 and covers your housing, food, and transportation. Applications are available now at Applications close September 24th, only 9 spots available!

Affinity Group Dialogues
The Paul Robeson Culture Center (PRCC), in collaboration with the Office of Student Activities, is hosting affinity group discussions that will engage students in conversations around racial identity. Students will engage with peers about how to improve our Penn State community in a learning circle environment.  The conversations will bring together students from similar ethnic or racial backgrounds to discuss personal beliefs, difficult issues, and challenge themselves to grow in their understanding of comprehensive racism. Spots are limited for these discussions, to learn more and apply (deadline is Sept. 17th) 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!