October 3, 2017


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

October 4, W-023 Pattee Library ~ 12:15 lunch, 12:30 Presentation, 12:45 Q&A

Nina Safran, Associate Professor of History, and Director of the Middle East Studies Minor

“Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Islamic Spain”

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.

Local Foods Night, Dinner, Film, and Workshop

October 3, 5:00 p.m., Redifer Dining Commons and HUB ($15 fee)

The Student Farm Club invites you to come to Local Foods Night at Redifer Dining Commons from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to taste Pennsylvania’s finest foods! After dinner, travel to the HUB to watch a screening of the documentary, Urban Roots, in the Freeman Auditorium. Following the screening there will be a short presentation about urban farming and a DIY workshop on how to create an indoor garden for your dorm room or apartment using recycled materials. Free plants will be available for all who attend! We hope to see you soon! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Geoff Merz at gqm5159@psu.edu.

Graduate and Professional School Week, October 3–5

Interested in graduate or professional school? The University Fellowships Office’s Grad School & STEM Week began Monday. For the complete schedule of events, click here. For information on graduate, medical, and law school, be sure to check out the Graduate and Professional School week career fair in the HUB. To view the schedule, click here. 

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 atimetoheal.wpsu.org and Penn State News for more info.

UPDATED SCHEDULE: Free bus transportation from campus to Innovation Park will be provided on Friday, October 6 (not on Saturday as previously announced). 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. Students who wish to stay at Innovation Park for the Essence of Joy Concert at 7:00 p.m. may return to campus on the Red Link which runs until 12:30 a.m.

Law Careers Panel, October 5; Appointments October 6

Planning to go to law school or maybe thinking about a career in law? Meet professionals to get your questions answered. Penn State alumni share the ups and downs of law school; the pros and cons of working in private firms, corporations, and the government; and the implications of the contraction in the law field. For details and to schedule an appointment…

Public Lecture: “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America”

October 11, 6:00 p.m., Lewis Katz Building

Join us for a lecture and discussion led by Richard Rothstein on his recently published book, which details how local, state, and federal policies led to a segregated America. Mr. Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California. Free and open to the public. More info…

Parents and Family Weekend, October 13–15

Save the Date! The College of the Liberal Arts is hosting an event called “Back to School” on Saturday, October 14, from 10-12 noon in 121 Sparks.  Stay tuned for additional details!

Schreyer Honors College Thesis Boot Camps

Now open to both Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 graduates, our remaining fall boot camps will be held on Oct. 15 and Nov. 5. Register via SRS.

Courses / Curriculum

Spring 18: ENGL 197 (1 cr) Exit Time: On Futurity, Revolutionary Time, and the Crisis of the Contemporary in Recent Visual Arts, Literature, and Film ( honors, ethics course)

Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar Edgar Schmitz, Goldsmiths, University of London

Each week, a group of students will lead discussion of the assigned reading. Collectively and over the first five sessions, the whole group will compile an expanded index of film- and art-works concerned with temporalities of exit. Students will present the compiled material in the last session in the form of an open screening with discussion. Some representative readings for the course: Giorgio Agamben: What is the Contemporary, 2009; Walter Benjamin: On the Notion of History, 1940; Don de Lillo: Point Omega, 2010; and Hito Steyerl: In Defense of the Poor Image, 2009. Class Meetings: Tuesdays, March 13, 20, 27, and April 3 and 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; and April 17, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Fall 17: LA 297 (1 cr) Interrogating Prejudice (ethics course) ~ applications extended through today!

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…

Fall 17: CAS / PLSC 209 (1 cr) Democratic Leadership for Deliberative Government and Social Change ~ (honors, ethics course) ~ begins October 5, must register by October 4

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 <cxb518@psu.edu>, by October 4.

Explore SIA Day, October 17, 2:00–5:30 p.m., Lewis Katz Building

Interested in getting a master’s degree with Penn State’s School of International Affairs (SIA)? Consider a Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.) degree!

·         Explore international issues at the graduate level in a challenging and supportive environment

·         Study with an internationally recognized faculty of former ambassadors, well-known industry professionals, and respected scholars

·         Network with SIA’s culturally diverse graduate student body, as well as SIA faculty, to cultivate international internship and career opportunities

·         Excellent internship and career placement support through SIA’s Office of Career Services

·         Participate in experiential learning opportunities such as war simulations, case studies, education abroad, or hands-on experiences

·         Flexibility is an option with nine concentrations, including international security, human rights and humanitarian response, dispute resolution, environment and resources, international development and more – or create your own.

·         Study with internationally renowned faculty with expertise in Middle East policy, international law and human rights, cultural and media studies, wartime strategic assessment, and conflict resolution

RSVP here…

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 / Study Abroad

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: http://arc.la.psu.edu/research/call-for-proposals-submission-guidelines

Learn, Teach, and Explore in Ecuador: Teaching ESL Certificate with Immersion

Info Session: October 5, 6:00 p.m., 116 Chambers Building

Teach English language learners in Ecuador as you embark on an international experience with Penn State’s Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate Program. Learn about the cultures and languages of Ecuador while developing your teaching skills within a university setting in Ecuador. Live with a local family and explore Ecuador’s environmental ‘hotspots’ — the cloud forest and Ecuador’s Andean peaks and highlands.

This Pennsylvania state-approved certificate program offers: online and weekend courses so that both current teachers and students can participate; a five-week international learning experience in Ecuador in June and July; and an intensive format so you can complete the ESL certificate program in eight months.

The application process for the 2018 program is now open. Please come to this meeting to hear about the program from previous student participants. Visit our website: Teaching ESL with Immersion in Ecuador

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.

New Student Orientation Team

Penn State is seeking diverse, dedicated, enthusiastic, resourceful, and motivated students to join the 2018 Orientation Team (OTeam). New Student Orientation begins the transition to Penn State and the OTeam makes the difference for new students and their families. Members of the OTeam will serve as group facilitators, resource persons, role models, and ambassadors for Penn State during NSO. You can learn more about the Orientation Team by visiting oteam.psu.edu. Applications to join the OTeam are available at psu.jobs,! job listing #74712. Apply now!

LEAP Mentor

Become a Mentor for the LEAP Program! LEAP is an academic program designed to give first-year students an academic and personal edge at Penn State. Approximately 1,300 students will have a small college experience while taking classes and living as a community in the same residence hall during the second six-week summer session every year, from late June to early August. A LEAP Mentor is an upper-class student who works with a group of 24 new, first-year students. LEAP Mentors help to ease the transition for first-year students and get them started on their Penn State journey in a small, supportive environment. For details and schedule of Info Sessions…

“For the Service” Club

We are a relatively new project based service club which takes pride in welcoming members who want to participate in service projects they have the option of both developing and leading. Of course you could just participate if that suits you!! The environment we strive to maintain is community driven, so that we can use it to best support each other’s projects and ideas. Travel is a strong focus of ours, as we have officer positions dedicated to planning service trips which require us to get on the road/hop on a flight. Some of our current projects are: Hurricane Irma Relief Project (We are going to Florida); Halloween door decorating at the pediatric hospital; Holiday Toy Shop; and Tie Blanket Benefit for National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Please contact Sierra Hicks <smh6237@psu.edu> for more info including volunteer and/or leadership opportunities, and the time, date, and location of the next information session.

Your Blurb Here

Are you involved with a local service group that is open for new members? Send your blurb to PaternoFellows@psu.edu 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

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 (or 280!) characters or less!