October 10, 2017


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

October 11, W-023 Pattee Library ~ 12:15 lunch, 12:30 Presentation, 12:45 Q&A

Caitlin Ting, Interim Director, University Fellowships Office, and Jessica Hoffman, Director of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration, Penn State

“Beyond Penn State: Considering Graduate School and Fellowship Opportunities”

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.

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…

Public Lecture: “America’s Relations with Russia in the Age of Putin”

October 13, 3:00–4:00 p.m., Sutliff Auditorium, Lewis Katz Building

Join the School of International Affairs in welcoming a distinguished presenter in our SIA Research Seminar Series: former U.S. Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, who will present on “U.S. Policy Toward Russia in the Age of Putin.” More info…

Parents and Families Weekend, October 13–15

Liberal Arts Sessions, October 14, 10:00 a.m.–Noon, 121 Sparks Building

10:00 a.m.: Enjoy refreshments in the Sparks Building lobby while mingling with academic advisers, staff from the Career Enrichment Network, Liberal Arts Envoys and members of the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council. Chat with current Liberal Arts students who have studied abroad, completed an internship or participated in the undergraduate research exhibition.

10:45 a.m.: Let your family experience what it’s like to be in a Liberal Arts class. Dr. Jon Nussbaum, a faculty member in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, will present a short lecture titled “Intergenerational Communication: Why is juggling family relationships so difficult?” in 121 Sparks Building.

Full Penn State schedule… and Liberal Arts Facebook Event…

Education Abroad Fair and Embedded Course Expo, October 17

The Education Abroad Fair (11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., HUB) will provide you with the opportunity to speak with Education Abroad Advisers; representatives from national and international global partners; Career Enrichment Staff members; and representatives from Student Aid.

The Embedded Course Expo (11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., HUB), will offer you the chance to learn about the various Penn State courses with embedded travel components led by faculty during the Spring and Summer 2018 semesters. Information regarding Liberal Arts Enrichment Funding will also be available at the Career Enrichment Network table! For details…

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…

History Alumni Careers Panel

October 19, 6:30–8:30 p.m., 060 Willard Building

Seven Penn State History grads will take about their careers and how their history degree and training has helped them along the way. Panelists are:

Colleen Smith (class of 2012)—Development Manager, Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Alex Spencer (class of 1987)—Curator for Flight Materiel and European Aircraft, National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Abigail Bellafatto (class of 2013)—Assistant District Attorney, Northampton County, PA
Charles Yordy (class of 2005)—Attorney-Adviser, United States Department of Education, Washington, DC
Patrick Miller (class of 2011)—Public Sector Account Manager, Oracle, Washington, DC
Cole Carter (class of 2014)—Social Studies Teacher, Mifflin County High School, Lewistown, PA
Natalie Roberts (class of 2014)—Graduate Student in Penn State University School of Education, formerly Legal Assistant at Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc. of Chambersburg, PA

The Witness: Film Screening and Discussion

October 19, 7:00 p.m., 113 Carnegie

Shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature – The name Kitty Genovese has become synonymous with sexual violence and bystander apathy after The New York Times reported that 38 witnesses watched her being murdered – and did nothing to help. The Witness, which premiered to critical-acclaim at the 2015 New York Film Festival, follows her brother Bill’s search for the truth. In the process, he unravels a myth that transformed his life, condemned a city, and defined an era. The Witness challenges one of America’s most significant stories as a brother reclaims his sister’s forgotten life from her infamous death.

Join us for a discussion following the film, with faculty members Pearl Gluck (Assistant Professor of Film/Video) and Sarah Clark Miller (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies), moderated by Humanities Institute Director, John Christman.

McCourtney Institute for Democracy Speaker Series: Democratic Dissent

October 20, 4:30 p.m., 233AB HUB

Albert Dzur, Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, on “Rebranding Public Institutions Together: Professionals and Citizens in a Participatory Democracy” This event is free and open to the public.

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.

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…

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.

“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!