October 17, 2017


Paterno Fellows Salon: Andriy Lyubka, Ukranian Writer and Poet presents “Smuggling Ukraine Westward”

October 17, 7:30 p.m., Grucci Room, 102 Burrowes

Andriy Lyubka , is a writer based in Uzhhorod, a Ukrainian city bordering the European Union. Mr. Lyubka will read excerpts from his novel Carbide, which is a dark comedy about one Ukrainian writer’s romantic attempt to make his people one with the European Union. In order to fulfill this dream, the writer is forced to immerse himself into the dangerous, absurd world of corrupt local politicians and businessmen. Carbide has enjoyed great popularity in Ukraine and has recently been short-listed for the prestigious Angelus Central European Award.

Paterno Fellows Salon is a monthly discussion group that features writers, artists, and philosophers who informally meet with students to discuss ideas. Let’s challenge the way we see the world.

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Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

October 18, W-023 Pattee Library ~ 12:15 lunch, 12:30 Presentation, 12:45 Q&A

Jonathan Abel, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Japanese, Penn State

“Fake News, Disaster Fiction, and Japanese Twitterature”

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.

“Study Smarter, Not Harder” Workshop

October 18, 6:00 p.m., 100 Life Sciences Building

Students interested in improving their study skills and learning new, more effective study strategies are invited to attend an interactive workshop at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 in 100 Life Sciences Building.  Full story…

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.

U.S. Poet Laureate to speak at Penn State

October 19, 7:30 p.m., Nittany Lion Inn

United States Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award finalist Tracy K. Smith will deliver this year’s Emily Dickinson Lecture. The reading is free and open to the public. Full story…

Global Languages Week, October 23–27

Learn about opportunities to apply for fellowships that focus on international experiences and global languages during the University Fellowship Office’s week-long celebration of Global Languages and International Education Week. Each day will feature a workshop with information about a variety of opportunities. For details…

D.C. Social Justice Fellowship Information Session

October 23, 6:00 p.m., 111 Chambers Building

Want to be an advocate for social justice? Want to live, learn, and work in Washington, D.C. this summer? Do you have a passion for working with communities? The D.C. Social Justice Fellowship is for you. In the spring, students participate in civic leadership training in preparation for a social justice teaching experience in Washington, D.C. Students work with faculty and graduate mentors to develop learner-centered, values-based curriculum materials on issues of social justice. The summer fellowship (a Maymester course) is conducted at Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C. Students work with civic leaders, educators, PSU faculty, and Georgetown Law faculty to empower high school youth through the art of advocacy and it pays for the cost of housing and some day-to-day expenses while in D.C. The fellowship is open to all PSU undergraduate students regardless of major.

The program only takes 15 students and had a large application pool last year, so students are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more and apply before seats fill up. If you are interested, please fill out the survey if you are planning to attend the information session: https://goo.gl/hB2RpA

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.

Courses / Curriculum / PFP Requirements

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 English Department Additional Entry Requirements Removed

Are you aspiring for Paterno Fellows as an English major? Please note that the additional department entry requirements have been removed! Previously, aspirants had to “complete at least two English courses (besides ENGL 137 or 138) with grades of A- or higher. At least one of them must be ENGL 200, 201, or 221.” Effective immediately, English aspirants must meet general PFP entry requirements, but no additional requirements for the major.

Paterno Fellows Coaches

Do you have questions about the Paterno Fellows Program, but don’t know where to turn for answers? PFP Coaches are now on duty! Coaches are current PFs who are here to share their experiences, insights, and recommendations with you. Learn more about how Coaches can assist you…

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.

From volunteer.psu.edu

Volunteer at the Lions Pantry
The Penn State Lion’s Pantry was created to address the issue of food insecurity at Penn State, University Park. Volunteers are needed at various times throughout the semester to help sort and organize donations. Shifts are available via the volunteer website at various times throughout the semester, to sign up go to: volunteer.psu.edu. For more information, contact lionspantrypsu.volunteer@gmail.com.

Upcoming Blood Drives
Volunteer with the Penn State Red Cross Club for upcoming blood drives at various locations on campus. Help as a greeter, walker, or canteen volunteer – no training or prior experience necessary! To sign up, please go to volunteer.psu.edu.

“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 <mailto: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!