February 20, 2018


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

February 21, W-023 Pattee Library ~ 12:15 lunch, 12:30 Presentation, 12:45 Q&A

J.D. Daw, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Demography, Penn State
“Finding a Donor: The Social Origins of Living Donor Kidney Transplant Underutilization and Racial/Ethnic Disparities”

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

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Deliberation Nation 2018

February 19-­March 2, Various Downtown State College Locations

Join first year Paterno Fellows and Schreyer Honors Scholars representing all Penn State Colleges in deliberative discussions of local, national, and global significance and urgency.

As part of the Rhetoric and Civic Life course offered as a first-year seminar through the College of the Liberal Arts, students host more than 50 opportunities for town and gown to engage together in serious conversations that challenge participants to reflect on the values that shape their decision-making on important topics of the day. Different in goals and structure from debate, deliberation is group conversation that seeks to find common ground. It invites participants to think through problems and weigh the costs and benefits of various approaches to addressing those problems and invites reflection about the values that drive our choices.

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Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshop: Time Management

February 20, 4:00 p.m., East Private Dining Room, Findlay Commons (East Halls)

Ever feel like you are busy all-day-long, yet nothing is fully accomplished? Do you miss appointments, exams, and deadlines? Give yourself a break from this confusion and carve out time on Tuesday, February 20th at 4pm to learn how managing your time can help you feel more accomplished and prepared. At this hands-on workshop, you will identify how you spend your time (really) and how you should spend your time. Participants will identify strengths and best practices, weaknesses and barriers, and share this with others. We will also work to identify the best time of day you are most energized and ready to tackle those larger tasks and commitments. Take-aways will include tips, strategies and additional resources. This time management workshop is beneficial to all – from those who feel they are already good time managers to others who don’t know where to start! View the full FYE schedule…

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…

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshop: Study Smarter Not Harder

February 28, 4:00 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

Join us for an interactive workshop in which you will learn from engaging professors:

*How to create good learning habits
*Effective strategies for processing information
*How to break down course material into manageable concepts
*The most important factor in successful learning.

View the full FYE schedule…

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

Paterno Fellows Forum: A Discussion Place of Ideas

March 27, 7:00 p.m., Foster Auditorium 102 Paterno Library

What is the Common Good? Should we promote it?

Audience members will vote on their position before, during, and after the discussion.

Brendan Bernicker, 19 PF Philosophy and Political Science
Jeremy Engels, Associate Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences
Michele Kennerly, Assistant Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences
Emily Kohlman,18 PF Russian and Journalism
Jonathan Marks, Associate Professor, Bioethics, Humanities, and Law
Mark Sentesy, Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Daniel Zahn, 20 PF English, Philosophy, and Communication Arts and Sciences
Moderated by Christopher Moore, Assistant Professor, Philosophy

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

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.

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

Call for Applications: Rock Ethics Institute Thesis and Research Awards

Proposal Deadline: March 30, 2018

The Rock Ethics Institute is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2018-2019 Thesis and Research Awards offered in conjunction with the Paterno Fellows Program. These awards are for undergraduate students in the Paterno Fellows Program who are working on ethics-related topics and research either within or in preparation for their honors theses. The Rock Ethics Institute Award will provide a range of financial support (from $500 to $2,000) for thesis research and related activities. For more information and to apply, please visit this link.

Sustainability Institute Internships

Sustainability Coordinator (https://psu.jobs/job/76869):
The Sustainability Institute is looking for a goal/results orientated candidate to increase the impact of the Sustainability Institutes outreach and engagement strategy. A successful candidate must have a basic understanding of current sustainability issues/concepts, outstanding written and in-person communication skills, and experience with campus entities such as UPUA, UPAC, and ASA. Candidates with a background working with senior-level stakeholders, commonwealth campuses, or on social justice issues are encouraged to apply. More info…

Sustainability Coordinator: Intercollegiate Athletics (https://psu.jobs/job/76871):
The Sustainability Institute and Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) are looking for a goal/results orientated candidate to coordinate waste reduction efforts during athletic events. A successful candidate must have a basic understanding of current sustainability issues/concepts, a passion for Penn State’s athletic traditions, and exceptional written and in-person communication skills. Candidates with a background doing psycho-social research on a diverse population are encouraged to apply. More info…

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. Read more…

Study Abroad Application Deadline for Fall 2018 and Academic Year: March 1

Attend one of Education Abroad’s Study Abroad 101 sessions for an overview of the study abroad opportunities that we have and advice on the next steps to take. These sessions are held every Wednesday, and you can find a list of our upcoming dates and times under the Steps to Study Abroad.

You can also 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.

Service / Leadership

From volunteer.psu.edu

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.

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.

Paterno Fellows Student Profiles

Catch up with Paterno Fellows past and present as they tell us about their internships, study abroad experiences, research, and more! Student profiles are updated on a regular basis, so check back often!


Updating your Information in the Paterno Fellows Database

Check out the new 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 for Spring 2018

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00 a.m.-noon, 302 Weaver Building

Catherine Wanner, Professor of History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies, and Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program

Feel free to stop by if you have questions, or just to say hello!

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!