February 6, 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 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”

Restrict Speech, Restrict Thought, by Britney Forsyth

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. Britney Forsyth, ’21, Biomedical Engineering, won Second Place for her essay, “Restrict Speech, Restrict Thought.” Read her essay here.


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

2/7/18 UPDATE: Lunch with Honors is cancelled due to weather-related closure for University Park classes and activities.

February 7, 102 Weaver Building ~ 12:15 lunch, 12:30 Presentation, 12:45 Q&A


On-Cho Ng, Professor of History, Asian Studies, and Philosophy, and Director of the Department of Asian Studies, Penn State

“Revival of Confucianism: Culture and Politics in Today’s China”

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

Discovery Grants Workshop

February 8, 5:30 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

Students are encouraged to attend a workshop on applying for Erickson Discovery Grants and other funding opportunities to support summer research. The deadline to apply for the Discovery Grant is February 11. All junior honors students should consider applying for grants.

All students are invited to participate, but this workshop will be most useful to juniors. Advance registration is not necessary.

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshop: Building a Relationship with your Adviser

February 13, 4:00 p.m., East Private Dining Room, Findlay Commons (East Halls)

Your adviser plays an important role in your academic success. In this session, you’ll learn about the advising structure, how to identify your assigned adviser, what to bring to an advising appointment, and how to schedule an appointment. You’ll also go over appropriate questions to ask when meeting with your adviser to get the most out of your 30-minute appointment. Additionally, you’ll learn how to get a copy of your degree audit and the importance of referring to the audit when scheduling courses. View the full FYE schedule…

FaceAge: Empathy Rising Across Generations, with Andrew Belser, 2017-18 Penn State Laureate

February 14, 5:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

Andrew Belser is professor of movement, voice and acting in the School of Theatre, and director of the Art and Design Research Incubator (ADRI) at Penn State. He is the producer/director of FaceAge, a multimedia installation and documentary film, exploring issues of identity, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity through the lens of aging.

All are invited to stay for a reception in Mann Assembly Room immediately following the presentation.

Love in Hate Nation: A New Musical ~ Tickets available while supplies last

February 21, 7:30 p.m., Playhouse Theatre

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a small block of tickets for Love in Hate Nation. You may purchase one or two tickets for only $2 each (cash only!) instead of the usual student price of $12.50. These tickets are for Penn State students only, but if you purchase two, the second person does not have to be in PFP. Tickets may be purchased while supplies last from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. in 103 Sparks Building through February 12, when unsold tickets must be returned to the Box Office.

Students in LA 297 Everyday Diplomacy will be provided with one free ticket, and do not have to purchase theirs from the PFP Office.

Center for Global Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 6 ~ Call for Papers due March 2

The Center for Global Studies at Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center and the will host an undergraduate research symposium on April 6, 2018 at The Nittany Lion Inn in State College, PA. The symposium will include a keynote lecture, student presentations and student networking. We invite students from various disciplines within humanities, sciences, social sciences, and professional schools to submit papers that address the theme of interconnectedness. Submissions that employ diverse theories, genres, and methodologies of research in a plurality of historical and geographical contexts are encouraged.

Students must submit an application and abstract by March 2nd. For more information on this event, please visit our website. Questions can be directed to Sarah Lyall-Combs at cgsinfo@psu.edu

Undergraduate Spring Research Conference Hosted by PSI CHI, April 12 ~ Call for Papers due March 23

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

EPPIC: English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center Events

Students interested in improving their speaking skills are welcome to attend any or all of our Speak UP sessions, which meet every Thursday in 258 Willard. Register here…

For personalized assistance with specific writing or speaking tasks, students may register for a one-on-one session with one of our experienced language instructors. EICs will be offered throughout the semester. EIC registration is available here.

EPPIC will offer workshops for students and scholars. Highlights include: Writing Clearly and Concisely; Organizing and Managing Sources for Academic Writing; and Focus on Pronunciation: Strategies for Clarity. View the workshops schedule and register here..

A detailed description of all current services is available on our website.

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

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 297.002 (1 cr) Democratic Dissent (honors, ethics course) ~ apply by February 15

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…

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

Peer Health Educators Wanted for the 2018–2019 Academic Year

Application Deadline March 2, 2018

HealthWorks peer educators work to address college health issues at Penn State, including stress, nutrition, physical activity, high-risk alcohol use, and sexual health. Students have two different opportunities for promoting health among their peers: 1. One-on-one wellness services for students; and 2. Outreach and promotion through workshops and initiatives. The one-on-one peer educators will meet individually with students to provide free wellness services. The topics include stress and time management, physical activity, nutrition, sleep, sexual health and healthy relationships and financial literacy. The outreach and promotion peer educators plan and implement various health promotion initiatives and efforts to encourage healthy lifestyle choices among Penn State students. Examples of HealthWorks initiatives include writing for the Healthy Penn State blog, developing health messages for print and digital formats, creating healthy cooking videos, conducting Safer Spring Break outreach, facilitating workshops on different health topics and providing HIV test counseling.

Students can learn more about HealthWorks and apply online at http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/wellness/healthWorks.shtml.

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.

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!