September 26, 2017


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

September 27, W-023 Pattee Library ~ 12:15 lunch, 12:30 Presentation, 12:45 Q&A

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

“Russia’s Presidential Election, 2018”

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.

McCourtney Institute for Democracy Speaker Series: Democratic Dissent

September 28, 4:00 p.m., 233AB HUB

Lauren Duca, Columnist and Writer with Teen Vogue, presents “On Journalism, Politics, and Feminism in the Resistance.”  This event is free and open to the public.

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshop: How to Read a Degree Audit

October 4, 5:00 p.m., East Private Dining Room, Findlay Commons (East Halls)

Not sure how to read a degree audit, or what it even is? Degree audits help you come up with an academic plan and are important to understand. That’s why there’s a whole session devoted to it. You’ll learn how to interpret degree audits to identify remaining degree requirements and formulate an academic plan. This session will also go over how to navigate the university bulletin to find course descriptions and prerequisites.  View the full FYE schedule…

Vietnam War Memorial, The Traveling Wall

October 5–8, Penn State Innovation Park

Liberal Arts Students, Faculty and Alumni are encouraged to visit the traveling tribute Friday through Sunday, including opening ceremony with President Barron. This is one in a series of events around the liberal arts theme for the year, Remembering ‘68: Moments of Change. Visit for more info.

Free bus transportation from campus to Innovation Park will be provided on Saturday, October 7.  The shuttle will pick up on the corner of Pollock Road and Fraser Road (near Willard and Carnegie Buildings) at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m.  Return trips will depart from the Outreach Building on Innovation Blvd. at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30 p.m.

UPDATE: Free bus transportation from campus to Innovation Park will be provided on Friday, October 6.  The shuttle will pick up on the corner of Pollock Road and Fraser Road (near Willard and Carnegie Buildings) at 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00 p.m.  Return trips will depart from the Outreach Building on Innovation Blvd. at 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m.

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…

CAS / PLSC 209 (1 cr) Democratic Leadership for Deliberative Government and Social Change ~ (honors, ethics course) ~ begins 10/5/17

Penn State has a special opportunity to create new leaders who learn deliberative approaches to politics and public life. This one-credit course provides a background for this approach to democratic leadership, and it also prepares students for the Nevins Fellows paid internship program. Those who complete this course will have first priority when awarding these internships each year. The centerpiece of this course are day-long workshops that introduce students to effective civic leaders in government or the non-profit sector. Bracketing these workshops are a handful of seminars, which introduce ideas, discuss reading assignments, and reflect on the workshops. In addition to short reaction papers, students will produce a narrative essay at the end of the course that describes how they could see themselves advancing democracy in the United States (or elsewhere) and what kind of internship experience will help them prepare for such a career. For those who opt to seek an internship, this essay will supplement their formal application. Credit for the course requires attendance at every class meeting and workshop, or equivalent makeup assignments, if permitted.  Class meetings: Thursdays, October 5–29, 4:35–5:50 p.m.; and Sundays, October 15 and 29, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

To register, contact the instructor, Christopher Beem <>.

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

Internship Opportunities

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. Register for an account if you do not already have one!

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…

Research Funding

Africana Research Center Call for Proposals ~ Deadline October 16

Funding Opportunities for Penn State Students ~ AWARD LIMIT: $1,500

The Africana Research Center (ARC) provides monetary support for scholars whose primary research centers on the African Diaspora. Our mission is to encourage and support research and scholarship that (a) enhances the lives of African people across the Diaspora, and (b) serves as a catalyst for promoting an enabling environment where cultural production and discourse on diversity can be nurtured to advance the research, teaching, and outreach mission of Penn State. We strongly encourage the development of interdisciplinary work. Specific application guidelines and submission instructions are available at:

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.

Centre County United Way Day of Caring, October 5

The PNC Bank Day of Caring is about service to the community. It is a day when people across Centre County join together to help the non-profit organizations that do so much for our neighbors. It is a day we put the mantra LIVE UNITED into Action! We will have people painting, landscaping, sealing driveways, and more. All the projects take place at local non-profits, historical sites, municipal properties and parks.

The key to the Day of Caring’s success is volunteers. There would be no Day of Caring without the hundreds of volunteers, many of whom participate year after year. Join the fun! Contact Beth Shaha to volunteer. 814-238-8283 or


Buddy Walk & Festival – Saturday, October 14th, Register by September 29th

The Centre Region Down Syndrome Society presents the annual Buddy Walk. This is our largest fundraiser of the year and is an opportunity to celebrate individuals in our community who have Down syndrome. The walk, which will be held on Saturday, October 14, at the Mt Nittany Middle School, is a non-competitive loop around the school grounds. After the walk, there is a small festival featuring food, crafts, and games. We need volunteers both in advance of and on the day of the event. In the weeks leading up to the Walk, we can use creative types to make cheer signs. On the day of the walk, we need help with set-up and break down, as well as during the event (runners, booth attendees, etc.). There is also the opportunity for a group of students to run an on-site bake-sale to benefit the Buddy Walk. Please contact the organizer if your group is interested in this opportunity. Contact Heather House at for more information.

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?

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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!