October 31, 2017


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

*November 1, W-023 Pattee Library ~ 12:15 lunch, 12:30 Presentation, 12:45 Q&A
(*correction to date)

Susan Knell, Director, College of the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network, Penn State, presents “Expanding your Horizons: An Overview of Liberal Arts Enrichment Resources.”

Joining her will be Ben Rowles, ’17 PF English, and Jennifer Heckman, ’18 PF International Politics.

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 by Founding Director of Museum of African American History and Culture

November 1, 7:00 p.m., Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center

Lonnie G. Bunch III, historian, author, curator, educator and founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Washington, D.C., presents “The Challenge of Building a National Museum”

Free and Open to the Public

Lonnie G. Bunch III to talk about the Smithsonian’s 19th museum, race relations and the importance of history. Full story…

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

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

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. Q&A will follow presentation. Lunch is provided.

RSVP by 11:59 p.m. November 1 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.

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.

Study Abroad Info Sessions

Summer 2018 Liberal Arts Faculty-Led Programs
November 2, 6:00–7:30 p.m., 104 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.

Put your Study Abroad Experience to Work
November 7, 3:00–4:00 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

Maximize your upcoming study abroad experience by learning strategies for proactively seeking career development opportunities while abroad and articulating your new skills to employers in the future.

Bassem Youssef, Egyptian Satirist, Events November 3–4

November 3, 4:30–6:30 p.m., Boardroom, Nittany Lion Inn

The Joke is Mightier than the Sword
Lecture and Q&A followed by signing of Youssef’s Revolution for Dummies

November 4, 5:00–7:15 p.m., Katz Building Auditorium and Atrium

Film screening of Tickling Giants followed by discussion
with Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler
Moderated by Sophia McClennen, Professor of Comparative Literature and International Affairs
Book signing and reception to follow

Read the Penn State News story…

Peace Corps Workshops

November 3, 11:30 a.m., 103A Bank of America Career Center

For those currently in the midst of preparing an application to join the Peace Corps in 2018, Penn State Peace Corps Recruiter Richard Garcia will be leading the workshop on how to prepare a successful application. While the formal deadline for 2018 applications is January 1, it is strongly recommended to submit materials no later than December 1. Download the flyer…

November 8, 5:45 p.m., 249 Katz Building

For those interested in a more general discussion of the nature of opportunities with the Peace Corps, how they might fit with a larger career strategy, the avenues it opens for further employment with the federal government, etc.

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 November 5. Register via SRS.

Student Engagement Expo

November 6, HUB-Robeson Center

11:00 – 5:00 p.m., Engagement Space Open House, Engagement Space
5:00 – 6:00 p.m., Poster Session and Light Refreshments, Art Alley
5:00 – 5:20 p.m., Performance, The Singing Lions, Gingher Lounge
5:30 – 5:50 p.m., Performance, N.O.T.A., Gingher Lounge
6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Lightning Round Presentations, Freeman Auditorium
7:00 – 7:30 p.m., Keynote Presentation, Susan Russell, Freeman Auditorium

For more info…

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshop: Why Study Abroad?

November 8, 5:00 p.m., East Private Dining Room, Findlay Commons (East Halls)

It’s never too early to start thinking about studying abroad! Attend this session to learn how to navigate the website and search for programs, how to make an appointment with an adviser and start an application, how to evaluate cost and financial aid opportunities, and many other important considerations. Hear from Penn State students who have studied abroad and who will share their experiences. View the full FYE schedule…

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

PFP Workshop: Preparing to Go Abroad for Study or Internship

November 14, 4:00–5:00 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

Natasha Adams, Global Safety Manager, and Kate Manni, Assistant Director for Embedded Programs, University Office of Global Programs, will present an emergency preparedness workshop and answer your questions as you consider a Study Abroad or International Internship experience. Chelsea Keen, Global Experiences Coordinator with the College of the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network will answer your LA-specific questions. RSVP not required.

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)

Catherine Wanner, Ph.D., Professor, Department of History, and Director, Paterno Fellows Program; and Shannon Telenko, Ph.D., Chair, Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (CORED), Academic Adviser, 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. Class Meetings: 7:00–8:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, January 29 and 31, February 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, and 26; and Saturday, February 3, State of State participation, times TBA, approximately 2:00–5:00 p.m.

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

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!

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

Stella Destephanis Murray, ’18 PF Italian and Architecture, on life as a vegan in Italy

Is it possible to enjoy Italy if you choose not to eat pizza in Naples or cannoli in Sicily? As a vegan studying abroad in Italy I say that you can! Through a series of blog posts I am exploring what Rome can offer to me, a “vvunder vegan.” These blog posts serve vegans, vegetarians and those who love Italy who are either curious or concerned about how to stay true to themselves among the temptations that Italy has to offer. For those who may not have the time to read “vvundervegan,” I have an Instagram feed with photographs that I have taken and edited that link directly to the blog posts. The blog and Instagram posts serve as inspiration to fill each one of us with “power. grace. vvisdom & vvunder” to overcome whatever challenge comes our way – such as pizza and cannoli!

Read Stella’s blog: http://sites.psu.edu/vvundervegan/ and follow her on Instagram: @vvundervegan.


“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 Deadline November 9

State of State is currently searching for engaged, intelligent, and passionate students to speak at our conference to be held on February 3, 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!