January 9, 2018



Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Reception

January 24, 7:00 p.m., Hintz Family Alumni Center

The Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the achievements of students who have been admitted to the Paterno Fellows Program and Schreyer Honors College this year. Among the speakers will be PFP students and alumni, and winners of the Collegiate Laws of Life Essay contest will read their essays. Newly admitted students have received an invitation by email. All students are welcome to attend!

Summer Study Abroad Information Session, Liberal Arts Faculty-Led Programs

January 11, 6:00–7:30 p.m., 104 Thomas Building

At the information session, you can get information about Liberal Arts enrichment funding, financial aid and the application process; hear from enthusiastic study abroad alumni about their experiences abroad; and speak with faculty leaders from the 12 Liberal Arts summer study abroad programs around the world and learn which program is best for you! Applications are due February 1.

Liberal Arts Career Week ~ January 22–26

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. Schedule of events…

Global Programs Study Abroad Week ~ January 22–26

Learn all of the ways you can take your education overseas! Study Abroad Week 2018 will be held from January 22-26 and will feature events throughout the week to give you a deeper understanding on all things study abroad. Events include: International Internships and the Career Benefits of Education Abroad, IES Abroad International Internships Information Session, and more! For details…

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshop: Freshmen and Sophomores, Start Your Career Journey Today!

January 25, 3:15 p.m., W-023 Pattee Library

Calling all freshmen and sophomore students! Come learn about how to start your career journey early from Deloitte Consulting. You will hear about how to prepare for your first internship and beyond, including a discussion on opportunities to take advantage of early in college and how to stand out in the workforce as a Liberal Arts student. View the full FYE schedule…

Courses / Curriculum / PFP Requirements

PFP French Department Additional Entry Requirements Removed

Are you aspiring for Paterno Fellows as a French major? Please note that the additional department entry requirements have been removed! Previously, aspirants had to “Complete FR 201 and 202 with an A- or better in both courses.” Effective immediately, French aspirants must meet general PFP entry requirements, but no additional requirements for the major.

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

Edgar Schmitz is an artist and a lecturer in Critical Studies at Goldsmiths. He serves as the co-director of A Conversation in Many Parts, an international discursive platform for contemporary art and concepts. Edgar has also written extensively on contemporary art, with contributions to Kunstforum international, Texte zur Kunst and artforum as well as contemporary, tema celeste and numerous catalogue essays, including texts on Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Phil Collins, on Brian Jungen’s animalities, on humour in Deleuze and Slominski, and on Sarah Morris’ LA. His book on Ambient attitudes is under negotiation with Sternberg Press, Berlin/ NY.

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.

BMH 490 (3 cr) Bioethics and Medical Humanities Capstone Course (ethics course)

This course explores the broad range of disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological approaches employed in bioethics today and their application to a variety of contemporary issues. The course also examines the intellectual, cultural and disciplinary history of bioethics, as well as current debates about the politics and ethics of bioethics. Theories and methods include deontological approaches, consequentialism, virtue ethics, feminist bioethics (including ethics of care), narrative bioethics, principlism, casuistry, and reflective equilibrium. These approaches will be applied to a variety of topics tailored to the interests and primary disciplines of the students enrolled. We will also examine the intersections of bioethics, law and policy, as well as the bioethical implications of recent behavioral science and neuroscience research. Students will develop a capstone essay based on their own interests. Students will become familiar with a variety of theories and methods in bioethics. Students will learn to apply these theories and methods to contemporary issues in their primary disciplines, and to employ these approaches in their writing. Students will explore literature in the humanities and social sciences related to bioethics, and learn to engage with the associated interdisciplinary discourses.

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…

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)

Will be renumbered to RLST / PHIL / METEO 133 after December 15

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. More info…

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

Enrichment Funds Applications

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…

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. Priority deadline for the spring: February 15. Read more…

Service / Leadership

TrailbLAzers Peer Mentor Program

Are you the first person in your family to attend college? Being the first person in your family to attend college can be very exciting, and it is something to be proud of. You are a trailblazer forging your own path.

Sometimes being first can also be a bit scary, and it might feel like you are a pioneer carving a trail without a guide. Would you like to have a peer mentor to guide you on your new adventure as a student?

Are you an upperclassman who knows what it was like to be first in the family in college and a first-year student? Would you like to provide tips, emotional support, and information to incoming students who are also first in their family?

If you are interested in having a mentor or being a mentor then sign up to join the new Liberal Arts peer mentor program, the trailbLAzers.

State College Area School District Volunteer Opportunities

The V.I.P.S (Volunteers in Public Schools) Tutoring center serves students in grades K-12 in the State College Area School District. The tutoring center is located at the new High School South Building which is less than 2 miles from campus.  For students without transportation we provide bus tokens. It is held on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30-6:00. For more information contact volunteers@scasd.org

We are looking for dedicated volunteers who would like to give one hour of their time a week to tutor students from the community. We need tutors in all subject areas but have a high demand for all sciences and math subject areas. This is a great way to fill service hours or education hours. Tutor Application Form

Not interested in tutoring but want to volunteer? We are also looking for volunteers to assist in our after school enrichment program at several of our elementary schools. After School Program Volunteer

State of State Recruiting Facilitators

The 5th Annual State of State Conference is looking for students to serve as Facilitators for our February 3rd conference. State of State Facilitators work as the connection between our 18 speakers and our 300 audience members to conduct a constructive dialogue about the Penn State community. We are happy to work with students to provide the documentation necessary for any service requirements. If you are interested in being a Facilitator for State of State 2018, please sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/thBXo0Ap9KlrPab73. If you have any questions, contact Jessica Malerman at jessicamalerman@gmail.com.

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 www.StandUpPSU.com.

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 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.

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!