November 14, 2017

Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest

Fifth Annual Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest

Our purpose is to encourage Penn State undergraduate students to explore ethical values and intercultural issues, and their talent for expressing their views in writing. Essays should be no longer than 800 words and will be judged on originality, relevance, and creativity. The contest is open to all full-time baccalaureate students who are enrolled at any Penn State campus for the Fall 2017 semester.

Winners will receive: 1st place: $500  ~  2nd place: $400  ~  3rd place: $300

All winners will be acknowledged at the annual Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony on January 24, 2018. Winning essays will be published on Liberal Arts Voices.

Submission deadline: December 18, 2017

Sponsored by the Paterno Fellows Program and the College of the Liberal Arts.

To view and download the flyer with prompts, and to submit your essay, go to:


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

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

Shannon Telenko, Academic Adviser, Department of Psychology; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Liaison; and Co-Chair, Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (CORED)

“Displacement and Disinvestment: Understanding Systemic Inequality across City and Country”

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.

PFP Salon: Seamus McGraw

November 14, 3:00–4:00 p.m., Ihlseng Cottage (beside Pattee Library)

Seamus McGraw is an author and great story teller. He has written two remarkable books on energy and climate, The End of Country and Betting the Farm on a Drought, which inspired the film Climate Stories, produced by WPSU and Penn State’s Sustainability Institute. (Read about the film here.) McGraw is currently working on a book on water in Texas. Come by to meet Seamus!

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.

This workshop is appropriate for credit- and non-credit travel. Students who are traveling internationally on non-credit travel (e.g., international internships, research abroad, etc.) are required to complete a workshop every two years. Students going on Education Abroad programs for credit may attend this workshop to enhance the information from their required online module.

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshop: Self-Care and Stress Management

November 14, 5:00 p.m., East Private Dining Room, Findlay Commons (East Halls)

It’s important to take care of yourself and develop strategies for managing the multiple demands and pressures of college in order to succeed and enjoy your Penn State experience. This program will focus on general stress management issues and strategies such as body awareness & relaxation, lifestyle issues, self-talk, and communication/support. Participants will discuss stressors, be guided through a relaxation activity, and will be encouraged to develop their own stress management contract. View the full FYE schedule…

Panel Presentation: “Being African/of African-Descent in Today’s America”

November 16, 5:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

Join the Center for Education and Civil Rights and the Pan-African Professional Alliance for a panel discussion on Race, Immigration, and. The panel of scholars will frame the dialogue using a critical and historical lens, highlight the major challenges of families of color in today’s America, and engage in an evidence-based discussion around what should be done moving forward. Panelists include: Eleanor Brown, Professor of Law and International Affairs, Senior Scientist at the Rock Ethics Institute; Kevin Thomas, Associate Professor of Sociology, Demography, and African Studies; and Zachary Morgan, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies.

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshop: Campus Involvement 101

November 29, 5:00 p.m., East Private Dining Room, Findlay Commons (East Halls)

Penn State has more than 1,100 student organizations. This session will help you figure out how to find and utilize the student organization search engine. You will learn how student organizations and para-professional experiences (such as Residence Assistant or Peer Health Educator) can supplement what you’re learning in the classroom and can be used on your résumé. This session will also go over the importance of finding a balance between campus involvement and academics. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to learn about student organizations within the College of the Liberal Arts.

View the full FYE schedule…

Conference: Lemkin Summit to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities

February 10 – 12, 2018, Washington, D.C.

This 3-day conference will bring students and community leaders at the forefront of the anti-atrocity movement to D.C. for a weekend of learning and action. Together, attendees will hear from expert panels and guest speakers on topics including:

* U.S. government tools for preventing and responding to genocide and mass atrocities
* Financial tools to counter the nexus of conflict and corruption
* The current dynamics in various conflicts areas
* Strategies for making a difference when you return home

Participants will network with one another, receive advocacy training, and learn how to leverage their networks to engage their communities and policymakers in taking action. The conference will culminate in a lobby day on Capitol Hill.

The student registration rate is $50, due by November 30. For details and to apply…

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.

HIST 197 / LA 197 The World of 1968 (ethics course)

The newest course in the Liberal Arts Edge series, The World of 1968, will be offered in the spring 2018 semester. The course will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:35-5:50 p.m. On Tuesdays students will participate in a lecture in the Ag Sciences and Industries Building (right next to the Creamery), and Thursdays will consist of small-group discussions in Willard Building. The course is open to students in all majors, and students enrolled in the College of the Liberal Arts may request through their adviser to substitute it as a GH or GS. More info…

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 / Funding Opportunities

Study Abroad Applications Open for Summer and Fall 2018

It’s time to begin the process of applying for your Summer or Fall Study Abroad! If you are unsure where to start, you can begin by attending one of Education Abroad’s Study Abroad 101 sessions, which are held every Wednesday; and take a look at Education Abroad for some more research on programs that you might be interested in and funding for certain programs. You are also welcome to set up an appointment through Network Symplicity with the Liberal Arts Global Experiences Coordinator, Chelsea Keen, to discuss any initial questions you may have about the process. More details…

Enrichment Funds Applications 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…

Critical Language Scholarship Deadline: November 15

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

Languages include: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels; Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels; and Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels. More info…

First Year Students: Apply for the Spark Program

The Spark Program is a seven-week course that offers select students the opportunity to learn about fellowship opportunities and provides them with the tools to develop a competitive profile. The program is modeled after the program developed at University of Buffalo. Applications due 1/12/18. More info…

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.

Your Blurb Here

Are you involved with a local service group that is open for new members? Send your blurb to 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 280 characters or less!