October 24, 2017


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

October 25, W-023 Pattee Library ~ 12:15 lunch, 12:30 Presentation, 12:45 Q&A

Francisco Javier Lopez Frias, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Penn State, presents “Sport Technology: Perils and Promises”

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.

Panel Discussion: “Immigration Now: Bans, Walls, Raids”

October 26, 6:00–8:00 p.m., Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Panelists include: Mariana Ortega, Philosophy and WGSS; Jacob Lee, History; Melissa Wright, WGSS and Geography; Lise Nelson, WGSS and Geography; and Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Penn State Law. Free and Open to the Public.

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…

International Relations and Public Policy Week, October 30–November 3

The University Fellowships Office will be featuring a week of workshops about fellowship opportunities related to the fields of international relations and public policy. Learn about what these fellowships offer, the application processes, and how the University Fellowships Office can support you. Event details and full schedule here.

Summer 2018 Liberal Arts Faculty-Led Programs Information Session

November 2, 6:00–7:30 p.m., 102 Thomas Building

Learn about opportunities to study abroad and earn academic credits on a faculty-led summer program. Hear from study abroad alumni, speak to faculty program leaders, and learn more about the application process and funding. Full story…

Penn State Women: Leaders of Today and Tomorrow, November 8–9

Panel Presentation, November 8, 7:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Join us for a panel presentation and Q&A with distinguished alumnae as they share stories of their successes and the challenges they tackled along the way. All students are invited to attend the session and a networking reception afterward.

One-on-One Mentoring, November 9, 9:00 a.m.–Noon, Bank of America Career Services Center

Meet one-on-one with alumnae to discuss your career and leadership aspirations or to get résumé suggestions and interview tips. Advance sign-up is required.

For details about panelists, and to sign up for One-on-One Mentoring: http://bit.do/LeadersofTodayandTomorrow2017

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.

Spring 18: LA 297 (1 cr) Everyday Diplomacy: Global Encounters at Home ( honors, ethics course) ~ Coming soon to LionPATH

MW 7-8:30, 1/29-2/26, PLUS 2/3

Catherine Wanner, Ph.D., Professor, Department of History, and Director, Paterno Fellows Program

Shannon Telenko, Ph.D., Chair, Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (CORED) Academic Advisor and Climate Committee, College of the Liberal Arts

Is diplomacy exclusively the purview of ambassadors representing sovereign states? Besides the actions of designated diplomats, what makes exchange, encounters, cooperation and conflict possible? Might individuals in the course of living their everyday lives create dialogue, civility and openness, which facilitates basic interaction in their own diplomatic encounters? This course explores how self-perceptions and perceptions of others might facilitate or complicate meaningful encounters and productive cooperation among diverse peoples. This course complements last semester’s course on “Interrogating Prejudice.” Given the various divisions, hierarchies, and biases in societies, we will explore how barriers of difference might be mitigated in such a way that differences can be perceived as a source of interest, richness, and new perspectives. Likewise, we will analyze the dynamics that operate to make difference intimidating and fear generating. Consideration of sites of encounter and exchange based on points in common can open the way to expanding forms of everyday diplomacy.

ENGL 397 (1.5 cr) E-Portfolio Writing and Design—NO LONGER REQUIRED

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.

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.

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

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

November 2, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

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

Interested in a career in publishing? Join Bill Oldsey, former Executive Vice President at McGraw-Hill Education, to learn about the current landscape in publishing, including trends and hiring needs in the industry; skills required to be successful in landing an entry-level position; and tips and advice on how to search for internships and entry-level positions.

RSVP in Network Symplicity: http://bit.ly/netsymp 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.

Enrichment Funds Applications Now Open for Spring 2018

Interested in an internship, study abroad, or research experience this spring? A new online application system will make it easier to apply for enrichment funding. Applications are now being accepted for spring 2018, and the priority deadline is December 1. Full story…

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.

PFP Programming Grants Committee Seeking Members

The PFP Programming Grants Committee is seeking several new members. The committee will meet to make awards on applications for funding in support of events (guest speakers, conferences, film screenings) and discussion/reading groups. Students should reply to PaternoFellows@psu.edu to express their interest in volunteering.

PFP Salon Committee Seeking Members

Paterno Fellows Salon is a new monthly discussion group that features writers, artists, and philosophers who informally meet with students to discuss ideas. The first Salon featured Ukranian Writer and Poet, Andriy Lyubka. Students who are interested in joining the Salon Committee should contact Sam Landmesser <sql5799@psu.edu>. Only a passion about learning and literary art required!

Peer Career Assistant, 2018–2019

Penn State Career Services is seeking current Penn State students interested in serving as Peer Career Assistants for the 2018–19 academic year. Peers provide mock interviews, review resumes and cover letters, assist with career resources, present at workshops for their fellow students, and help promote Career Services at campus events. Selected applicants must successfully complete a one-credit course during the spring semester, as well as training sessions during the week of August 13, 2018. Interested students must apply online. Application review will begin October 21, 2017, and continue until the positions are filled.

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.

In the News

Taylor Bielecki Named Emerging Young Artist

Taylor Bielecki, ’18 PF English and Art, is one of 15 students chosen by the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program. Her artwork will be included in a yearlong nationally touring exhibition, and she will attend an all-expenses-paid professional development workshop in Washington, D.C., at the end of October. Full story…

October 24 Declared “United Nations Day” at Penn State

Penn State, in partnership with the Penn State United Nations Campus Advocates, has issued a joint proclamation declaring Oct. 24 as United Nations Day at the University. Alice Greider ’18 PF International Politics, Global and International Politics, and Master of International Affairs, is founder, past president and current issue awareness chair of the Penn State United Nations Campus Advocates. In order to help raise awareness of the U.N. and United Nations Day, the United Nations Campus Advocates had an information table on the first floor of the HUB-Robeson Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The United Nations Association of Centre County also will host a U.N. Day dinner from 5-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Ramada Inn in State College. The featured speaker will be Neha Gupta, a Schreyer Honors College student who founded a nonprofit called Empower Orphans, an organization designed to support orphaned and abandoned children in India and the United States. More info…


“We Were Eight Years in Power” Reading Group, Call for Members

“We Were Eight Years in Power” is a new reading group sponsored by the Paterno Fellows Program and Penn State’s political science honors society, Pi Sigma Alpha, that examines Ta-Nehisi Coates’ We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. Coates is a prominent columnist at The Atlantic that primarily writes about the intersection between race and politics/culture in the U.S. He recently gave this interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein. For details, schedule, and to join…

State of State, Call for Student Speakers

State of State is currently searching for engaged, intelligent, and passionate students to speak at our conference to be held on February 3rd, 2018. If you know a student who can speak on the impact of technology on student lives, free speech on campus, violence on campus, or the effect of world events on minority community members, please nominate them by clicking here. If you yourself can speak on any of these issues, I encourage you to self-nominate.

If you have any questions about the student speaker application process or State of State in general, feel free to reach out to psustateofstate@gmail.com. You can find more information about our organization on our website, www.psustateofstate.com.

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!