November 28, 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. Submission deadline: December 18, 2017

Winners will receive up to $500, and will be acknowledged at the annual Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony on January 24, 2018. Winning essays will be published on Liberal Arts Voices

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


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

November 29, W-023 Pattee Library ~ 12:15 lunch, 12:30 Presentation, 12:45 Q&A

Paul C. Taylor, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, and Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, Penn State

“Facing Ferguson: Ethics in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter”

Lunch is provided, and advance registration is not needed. Just drop in!

Teach for America Application Workshop

November 29, 3:30­5:30 p.m., Irving’s, 110 East College Avenue

Are you interested in challenging yourself in an impact-driven career? Putting your talents to work to disrupt inequity and create opportunity? Joining a powerful network of more than 50,000 leaders from all backgrounds and sectors? By joining Teach For America, you will become part of a network of leaders shaping the political, economic, and social future of our country. Check out some of the inspiring ways our alumni are leading across education, business, policy, law, medicine, and more. Deadline to apply: December 1. More info…

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…

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

December 7, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 133 Sparks Building

Join CAPS Staff Psychologist John Mitchell to learn more about the various career paths in counseling. Q&A will follow presentation. Lunch is provided.

RSVP in Network Symplicity: 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.

Conference: Lemkin Summit to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities

February 10 – 12, 2018, Washington, D.C. ~ Student registration $50, due by November 30

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. 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.

BIOET 502 (3 cr) Public Health Ethics, Policy, and Law (honors, ethics course)

What are public health ethics, population health ethics, and macro-bioethics? In this course, we explore a variety of topics, with an emphasis on systemic ethical issues. We will address theories of justice and health; the relationship between public health ethics, health policy, and health law; the framing of public health problems and their solutions (from “personal responsibility” to “social and environmental determinants”); the ethical obligations of institutional actors—including the WHO; comparative health care systems; the global burden of disease—including NCDs—and the distribution of health care resources; access to essential medicines; the ethics of vaccination policy; the ethics of stigma, “nudging,” and other forms of health promotion; the ethics of pandemics, public health emergencies, and disaster response; the ethics of humanitarian intervention; health disparities and inequalities; systemic issues in empirical public health research; food systems, food security, food sovereignty, and health; the relationship between human rights, human security, and public health; the built environment, occupational environments, and health; environmental toxins, “fracking,” and health; climate change and health. More info/download the flyer…

HIST 197 / LA 197 (3 cr) The World of 1968 (honors, 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…

RLST 197 / PHIL 197 (3 cr) Ethics of Climate Change (ethics course)

Climate change is not only a political, economic, and social crisis; it presents one of the great moral problems of our time. This course will cover the science, policy, and ethics of climate change. It will give an overview of the role played by such diverse scientific disciplines as chemistry, earth systems, ecology, and geology in understanding our changing climate while also exploring mitigation and adaptation strategies being developed in the fields of engineering, forestry, agriculture, and others. It will also delve into the ethical dimensions of climate change, including religious and humanistic theories of human flourishing, deontological and teleological theories of ethics, and analysis of specific choices addressed by international negotiators. Download the flyer…

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

Liberal Arts Career Week ~ January 22–26, 2018

Liberal Arts Career Week is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop professional skills and provide networking opportunities that will support their future career paths. By participating in this week’s employer and alumni panels, workshops, and alumni networking events, students can learn skills needed to embark on their career journey and achieve success in their professional lives. More info…

Enrichment Funds Applications Open for Spring 2018 ~ Priority Deadline December 1

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. Full story…

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…

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

Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Award Nominations Open

The Rock Ethics Institute is proud to announce that nominations are now open for the 2018 Stand Up Awards. Any faculty, staff, student or community member may nominate a student through January 31, 2018.

This award honors Penn State undergraduate students who have demonstrated courage, fortitude, and ethical leadership by taking a stand for a person, cause, or belief. The goal of the award is to honor courageous individuals and to inform the entire Penn State community how an extraordinary act is possible in ordinary circumstances.

Award winners receive a $1,000 prize and are honored at the 2018 Stand Up ceremony on April 22. To view the profiles of previous Stand Up honorees, visit

UPUA’s Student Conduct Advisors Seeking Members

Are you interested in helping your fellow students in a unique way while building your resume by becoming part of the University Park Undergraduate Association? Apply to become a Student Conduct Advisor. UPUA’s SCA is run by students for students, assisting those who have issues regarding a code of conduct violation. Examples of violations include those related to drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, and academic integrity. All majors and grade levels welcome. SCA can be a great way to prepare for law school or just to step up and help your peers through tough times! There will be opportunities to take on leadership positions; applications are open to anyone who becomes an advisor this year.

Advisors complete office hours with students and may attend conferences. Training will occur in the first two weeks of Spring semester. Email us with any questions at Apply here and we will schedule an interview with you based on your application.

Spring Break Service Trips

Alternative Spring Break – Apply by December 15

Interested in doing something over spring break that you’ll actually remember? Apply for Alternative Spring Break to do something meaningful! There are 8 different trips this year focusing on many different social justice topics and communities including Urban Revival in Detroit, Michigan, Environmental work in Ashville, North Carolina, Race and Education Access in Baltimore, MD, Community Development in Cleveland, Ohio, Food Security in Wilmington, N.C., Refugee Resettlement in Atlanta, GA, LGBTQ Youth Outreach in Allentown, PA, and Rural Poverty in Appalachia. Apply now until December 15th at The cost of ASB is $100 per person and covers transportation, food and lodging throughout the week. Any questions, please contact

Texas Disaster Relief Trip – Apply by December 1

With all of the natural disasters that have occurred this year, Penn State is bringing together 100 students from throughout the Commonwealth to go to Beaumont, Texas during spring break to work together with the community towards recovery. Only $100 to participate and there are 24 spots for University Park students. Applications are open now until December 1st at Contact Kelli Dowd for more information.

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.

In the News

Alumni Association Announces Inaugural Class of Young Alumni Ambassadors

Caroline Briselli ’17 PF History, and Jaden Rankin-Wahlers ’17 PF Political Science and Criminology, have been selected for the inaugural class of Penn State’s Young Alumni Ambassador Program. They will be matched with an alumni volunteer leader and an affiliate group of the Penn State Alumni Association, as well as a professional mentor to provide a year-long learning experience. Full story…


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.

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 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!