February 13, 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”

For Dust Thou Art, by Steven Schneible

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. Steven Schneible, ’21 PF English, won First Place for his essay, “For Dust Thou Art.” Read his essay here.


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

February 14, W-023 Pattee Library ~ 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!

Download the flyer…

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 Artand 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.

Rethink Plastics“ with Dianna Cohen, artist and CEO, Plastic Pollution Coalition

February 15, 5:30 p.m., Palmer Museum of Art

Los Angeles-based visual artist and curator Dianna Cohen is best known for her two- and three-dimensional works using upcycled plastic bags. She is also the CEO and co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of more than 600 organizations, businesses, research institutes, and thought leaders working together to stop plastic pollution. Cohen asks us to rethink our relationship with plastic at a time when sustainability is an international concern—and when artists have become major communicators of science to the general public.

Cohen’s talk will be followed by a Campus-Wide Party at the Palmer, celebrating the opening of the Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials Exhibit.

C.A.R.E. Fair

February 22, 11:00 a.m.­2:00 p.m., Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

C.A.R.E. is a career fair that focuses on themes of community, agency, recreation, and education. Find a job that puts your education to work or an internship to gain valuable experience for your future, and meet employers looking for your major and talent. Full story…

Lunch & Learn: Careers in Libraries ~ RSVP required

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

Interested in learning more about careers in libraries? Join Hailley Fargo, Student Engagement Librarian for Penn State University Libraries, to learn about the ins and outs of careers in libraries. Lunch will be provided. RSVP through Network Symplicity

EPPIC: English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center Events (ongoing)

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.

Research Presentation Opportunities

Center for Global Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 6


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


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

2018 Undergraduate Research Exhibition, April 18, 5:00-8:00 p.m., HUB-Robeson Center


Penn State’s annual Undergraduate Exhibition communicates and celebrates the participation of undergraduate students from across the University in scholarly inquiry, research and creative endeavors. Students from all Penn State campuses are eligible to enter one of three formats for sharing research and creative inquiry in the Undergraduate Exhibition. All sessions of the Undergraduate Exhibition are open to the public. More info…

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) – SEATS ADDED

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

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 ~ Priority deadline February 15

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…

Study Abroad Applications Open for 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…

Service / Leadership

From volunteer.psu.edu

Fresh START Day Of Service

Looking for a low-commitment leadership opportunity? Join us as a Team Leader for Fresh START Day of Service! Applications available now till February 14th. Team Leaders will be required to attend 3 meetings and then take volunteers around to do service on August 25th 2018. It’s a great opportunity to share your wisdom with incoming students, introduce them to resources on campus, and help them GET ROOTED in service here at Penn State! Applications can be found at http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/service/FreshStart.shtml

Knit-A-THON ~ February 24, 158 Willard Building

Come help knit hats, scarves and more for the needy! No knitting skills required, everyone is welcome! Please contact Tyler Russell from Alpha Phi Omega (aposervicepsu@gmail.com) if you have any questions. Sign up here…

Upcoming Blood Drives

Volunteer with the Penn State Red Cross Club for upcoming blood drives at various locations on campus. Help as a greeter, walker, or canteen volunteer – no training or prior experience necessary! To sign up, please go to: volunteer.psu.edu.

Volunteer at the Lions Pantry

The Penn State Lion’s Pantry was created to address the issue of food insecurity at Penn State, University Park. Volunteers are needed at various times throughout the semester to help sort and organize donations. Shifts are available via the volunteer website at various times throughout the semester. To sign up go to: volunteer.psu.edu. For more information, contact lionspantrypsu.volunteer@gmail.com.

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council

Want to be more involved in the Liberal Arts Community? Join LAUC! The Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council is the student government of the College of the Liberal Arts. LAUC is open to all undergraduate students of Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts, so please feel free to come represent yourself as well as all of the undergraduate students of the College at our meetings, Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in 124 Sparks Building.

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.

In the News

Congratulations to New Paterno Fellows!

The annual Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony was held on January 24, 2018, at the Hintz Family Alumni Center. This event celebrates the achievements of students who have been admitted to the Paterno Fellows Program and Schreyer Honors College over the past year. This year’s program included presentations by several Paterno Fellows, past and present, as well as winners of the Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest. Newly admitted students received their PFP shirts. A dessert reception followed the ceremony.

Read the story and view photos from the event.

Political science student wins scholarship to study in China

Ethan Paul, ‘18 PF Political Science, has earned a scholarship to study politics and international relations at Yenching Academy of Peking University in Beijing for 2018-19. Read the 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!