January 30, 2018

Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest

Essay Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the Fifth Annual Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest! Winning essays will be published in the coming weeks and shared here.

First Place: Steven Schneible, PF ’21 — “For Dust Thou Art”
Second Place: Britney Forsyth, ’21 — “Restrict Speech, Restrict Thought”
Third Place: Nakul Grover, PF ’19 — “A Trail of Photographs”

A Trail of Photographs, by Nakul Grover

The Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest asked Penn State students to explore ethical values and intercultural issues, and their talent for expressing their views in writing. Nakul Grover, 19, Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar in English and Chemical Engineering, won Third Place for his essay, “A Trail of Photographs.” Read his essay hereGrover also won third place in last year’s CLoL Essay Contest for “The Colonist, the Environment, and a Billion Dreams.” 


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

January 31, W-023 Pattee Library ~ 12:15 lunch, 12:30 Presentation, 12:45 Q&A

Alicia Grandey, Professor of Psychology, Penn State

“The Dark Side of ‘Service with a Smile’”

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

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshop: Campus Involvement 101

January 31, 4:00 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…

Presidential Leadership Academy Information Session for Liberal Arts

January 31, 5:30­6:30 p.m., 133 Sparks Building

Several Paterno Fellows / Presidential Leadership Academy members will provide an overview of PLA and answer your questions. Open to all first-year Liberal Arts students; no RSVP required. (This Liberal Arts session is in addition to the meetings hosted by the PLA on January 30 and February 7.)

The PLA application deadline is February 23. Selection is based on a student’s academic achievements, leadership potential and commitment to critical thinking exhibited during the applicant’s first year at Penn State. A select group of applicants will be contacted for personal interviews with the Academy Selection Committee. Paterno Fellows who participate in PLA automatically meet the Service/Leadership and Ethics requirements. For more information including FAQs about PLA, and to apply, visit the website.

University Fellowships UK Week ~ January 29–February 1

The University Fellowships Office will be discussing funded opportunities for study in the United Kingdom January 29 to February 1. This week’s events will introduce the Churchill, Fulbright, Gates Cambridge, Gilman, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarships, as well as the National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholarship. These prestigious and competitive awards provide funding for graduate study at places like Oxford and Cambridge.These events are most appropriate for sophomores and juniors.

*Monday (1/29): Introduction to Fellowships and UK Week

*Tuesday (1/30): Fellowship Opportunities for Graduate Study

*Wednesday (1/31): Faculty and Student Panel on Collaborating for Success

*Thursday (2/1): Fellowship Opportunities for STEM Graduate Study

Download the flyer or contact UnivFellowships@psu.edu.

Lunch & Learn: Careers in Philanthropy ~ RSVP by 1/31/18

February 1, 12:15–1:15 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

Join Sophie Penney, Senior Program Coordinator and Lecturer for the Certificate Program in Fundraising Leadership for Penn State University, to learn about the ins and outs of a career in philanthropy. Lunch will be provided. RSVP through Network Symplicity

State of State Conference

February 3, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

State of State is an annual gathering of Penn State students, alumni, professors, administrators, and community members to start the conversation about Penn State issues.

We’ll host 17 speakers from all around the Penn State community to talk about issues they’ve been tackling first hand. Throughout the day, our speakers will prompt roundtable facilitated discussions to create a group dialogue unique to State of State. Themes include Free Speech and Political Activism on Campus; Technology at Penn State; The Effect of World Events on Minority Community Members; and Social Stigmas at Penn State.

For details and to register…

Undergraduate Spring Research Conference Hosted by PSI CHI

April 12, 2:00–4:30 p.m.

Want to build your resume while you snack on free food? Want to make yourself look more appealing to employers, grad schools, law schools, med schools, or dental schools without having to travel? Participate in the annual spring research conference. Come and present your thesis, other conceptual work (no data/analysis needed), or empirical work (data/analysis required). There will be several awards for top presenters. Any social sciences research is welcomed. Applications are available on the psi chi website: https://sites.psu.edu/psichi/. Submissions are due by Friday March 23, 2018 by 6 pm. If you have any questions please send a message to psichi.honorsociety.psu@gmail.com

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)

Inquire about LionPATH Late Add at PaternoFellows@psu.edu.

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 297.001 (1 cr) Everyday Diplomacy: Global Encounters at Home (honors, ethics course)

Inquire about LionPATH Late Add at PaternoFellows@psu.edu.

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.

Spring 18: LA 297.002 (1 cr) Democratic Dissent (honors, ethics course)

From the women’s marches around the U.S. to anti-government protests in Iran, examples of democratic dissent are all around us. A one-credit course offered this spring will look to the history of dissent to determine how and why dissent is an important part of democratic participation in general. The course will run from March 14 to April 25, and students must apply by submitting a statement of interest by Feb. 15. Full story…

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

International Research Scholarship ~ Applications due February 11

Liberal Arts students are invited to apply for a unique, selective and exciting research scholarship this summer. This scholarship opportunity involves conducting research at the University of Auckland in New Zealand this summer, including a travel and living stipend. Eligibility requirements include being a sophomore or junior with a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Please visit Network Symplicity and search for “International Summer Research Scholarship” to learn more about the Northern Hemisphere Summer Research Scholarship program and the application requirements. Applicants will apply with based on their interest in working on a specific research project with a University of Auckland faculty member. The application is due by February 11th. Specific research projects are listed on their website. Contact Chelsea Keen (cer19@psu.edu), the Liberal Arts Global Experiences Coordinator, with any questions.

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…

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship – Application due Feb 1

Interested in learning a critical language while receiving federal funding to do so? The FLAS Fellowships coordinated by the Center for Global Studies at Penn State assists undergraduate and graduate students in achieving competency in selected foreign languages and conducting research in related international and area studies. Eligible languages of study include Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian. Fellowships will be awarded for language study during Summer 2018. More info…

Study Abroad Applications Open for Summer and Fall 2018 ~ Summer application deadline: 2/1/18

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

Global Connections Volunteer Opportunities

Global Connections is a volunteer-driven and community-based non-profit organization. It is dedicated to serve the local community by enriching the lives of both internationals and natives. Global Connections focuses on helping internationals transition and integrate to Centre County while providing cultural learning opportunities to natives. We are looking for volunteers for our following programs (Please register at gc-cc.org):

The Conversation Partners Program matches native English speakers with international individuals for informal language practice and cultural exchange. The program provides an opportunity for conversational English to take place in one-on-one or small group settings and can be a valuable resource for internationals who are hoping to improve their English language skills.

The International Friendship Program offers the opportunity to extend a friendly welcome to internationals who are new to our community as well as befriending an individual from another country. Volunteers offer guests a personal link to Centre County’s unique culture, places of interest, and warm hospitality.

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

Global Engagement and Leadership Experience (GELE)

Apply to join us for a two and a half day (off-campus) miniconference on February 23rd-25th at the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle. This opportunity provides domestic and international students the opportunity to interact in a small group environment while developing critical global leadership skills. Applications due February 2. For details…

Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Award Nominations Due January 31

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.

In the News

Paterno Fellows, essay winners recognized at recent ceremony

2018 PFP Recognition Ceremony

Congratulations to the 123 students who were honored at the PFP Recognition Ceremony on January 24. We also announced the Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest winners. Watch for their essays to be published in the coming weeks! Read more…

Alumnus continues advocacy with juvenile law fellowship

Joshua Branch, ‘13 PF Political Science, received the Sol and Helen Zubrow Fellowship at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, dedicated to children’s rights in both the child welfare and justice systems. Read his story…

Fellowship Features: Alumna focuses on gravitational wave research in Melbourne

Sylvia Biscoveanu, ‘17 PF Spanish and Physics, is a Fulbright Postgraduate Fellow studying gravitational waves at the LIGO Scientific Collaboration at Monash University in Australia. Read her 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!