March 13, 2018


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

March 14, W-023 Pattee Library ~ 12:15 lunch, 12:30 Presentation, 12:45 Q&A

Robert Chiles, Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Penn State

“How to Reach your Own Conclusions about the Ethics of Raising Animals for Food: A Roadmap”

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

Download the flyer…

“The U.S., the UN, and the Abdication of American Leadership”

March 13, 6:00 p.m., 254 Health and Human Development Building

The United Nations Association – USA of Centre County and the Penn State United Nations Campus Advocates will be co-sponsoring a talk with School of International Affairs professor, Ambassador Dennis Jett. The talk is free and open to the public. More info…

“What’s Wrong with Law School and the Law? Discussion with a Radical 2L”

March 15, 4:30 p.m., 118 Willard Building (change of location from room listed on flyer)

Meet Michael Banerjee, ’16 PF Criminology and African American Studies, now a student at Harvard Law School.

Rock Ethics Institute Robotics Events

“Lethal Autonomous Robots and the Plight of the Noncombatant”

March 15, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

Ronald C. Arkin, Regents’ Professor and Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory, Georgia Tech University, on: What is the role of lethal autonomous robotic systems and warfare? Can we develop systems appropriately to have the ability to significantly reduce civilian casualties in the battlespace? Arkin will discuss ways to approach the issues of restraining lethal autonomous systems from illegal or immoral actions in the context of both International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law, whether through technology or legislation. Join event…

Panel Discussion: “Considering the Implications of Creating Ethical Robots”

March 17, 10:30 a.m., 101 Chambers Building

What are the implications of creating ethical robotic systems? Join us for a public panel discussion as experts debate the issues. Join event…

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshop: How to Read a Degree Audit

March 19, 4:00 p.m., East Private Dining Room, Findlay Commons (East Halls)

Not sure how to read a degree audit, or what it even is? Degree audits help you come up with an academic plan and are important to understand. That’s why there’s a whole session devoted to it. You’ll learn how to interpret degree audits to identify remaining degree requirements and formulate an academic plan. This session will also go over how to navigate the university bulletin to find course descriptions and prerequisites. View the full FYE schedule…

Nittany Consulting Group: Path to Partner

March 22, 6:00­8:30 p.m., Forest Resources and Business Buildings

The panel includes partners and directors from Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC, and Grant Thornton. The networking night includes the panelists and additional consultants from all of the Big Four and Grant Thornton.

For details and to register:

“What is the Common Good, and Should We Always Promote It?”

Paterno Fellows Forum: A Discussion Place of Ideas

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

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


Brendan Bernicker, ’19 PF Philosophy and Political Science
Jeremy Engels, Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics Institute, and Associate Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences
Michele Kennerly, Assistant Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences, and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Emily Kohlman, ’18 PF Russian and Journalism
Jonathan Marks, Associate Professor, Bioethics, Humanities, and Law, and Philosophy
Mark Sentesy, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Daniel Zahn, ’20 PF English, Philosophy, and Communication Arts and Sciences
Moderated by Christopher Moore, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

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

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Moments of Change Movie Night: Detroit – Free admission

March 29, 6:00 p.m., State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue

Join us for the College of the Liberal Arts sponsored free move night to watch the recent release. We will hold a brief panel discussion after the film featuring our faculty exploring the real life events that inspired the movie.

About the movie:
R | 2h 23min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 4 August 2017 (USA)
From the Academy Award winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Detroit tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ’67. View the trailer…

Paterno Fellows Graduation Ceremony and Reception

May 5, Noon – 1:30 p.m., Pattee Mall

This ceremony recognizes Paterno Fellows who are graduating with honors with two or more areas of academic study, with study abroad and/or internship credentials, and with leadership or service accomplishments. We look forward to seeing all graduating Fellows and their families! ~ View photos from the May 2017 event…

Other LA Graduation Events: The College of the Liberal Arts Commencement Ceremony is on Saturday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center. The College holds separate ceremonies and receptions throughout the day on Saturday for departments to celebrate their students’ achievements. View the schedule for Distinguished Students, Paterno Fellows, and Department ceremonies here.

Research Presentation Opportunities

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: Submissions are due by Friday March 23, 2018 by 6 pm. If you have any questions please send a message to

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…

Africana Research Center Undergraduate Research Exhibition


We are seeking nominations for our Undergraduate Research Exhibition, which will be held on October 20, 2018, at the Nittany Lion Inn. Prizes will include research funding in the amounts of $1,000, $750, and $500, plus the opportunity to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in spring 2019. Download the flyer…

Department of History Undergraduate Conference ~ Save the Date: April 21


Penn State’s Department of History will hold their annual undergraduate conference on Saturday, April 21, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in 102 Weaver Building. Students who are interested in presenting their work should email Dr. Kathryn Salzer by April 10. More details coming soon!

Courses / Curriculum / PFP Requirements

Ethics Courses

Check our website for courses you can take to meet the PFP Ethics requirement. New courses are added as departments alert us of their offerings, or as students bring them to our attention. Students must complete 3 credits in ethics (one 3-credit course, or a series of 1- or 2-credit courses) before graduation.

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.

University Fellowships Office Updates

Please attend one of our informational sessions or writing workshops this month or schedule an appointment to discuss applying:

3/13 – Crafting the Curriculum Vitae (CV), 3:00 – 4:00 in 309 Boucke
3/15 – CV Writing Workshop, 3:00 – 4:00 in 309 Boucke
3/15 – National Science Foundation Info Session, 5:30-7:30 p.m., C-9 Atherton Hall
3/21 – National Science Foundation Info Session, 2:00-2:00 p.m., C-9 Atherton Hall
4/10 – Writing a Personal Statement—STEM Graduate Funding, 5:00-6:00 p.m., 311 Boucke Building
4/16 – Writing a Research Statement—STEM Graduate Funding, 5:00-6:00 p.m., 312 Boucke Building

In addition, please take note of the upcoming deadlines:

3/15 – Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarship
3/15 – National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program
3/18 – Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Churchill

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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…

Service / Leadership

Volunteer for Beaver Stadium Run

The Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run is a 5K run and family fun walk that supports Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Each year, Paterno Fellows volunteer in many different ways to help this event succeed. Some people aid in preparations in the months leading up to the events while others offer their services for race day only. Lauren Halberstadt ’12 PF Spanish and Italian, is the Volunteer Coordinator and she would love your help! Sign up here, or email Lauren if you have questions.

Straight Talks: Peer Educator ~ Applications due April 2

Straight Talks, the LGBTQA Student Resource Center’s Peer Education Program, is currently recruiting student volunteers to become peer educators. The Straight Talks Peer Education Program is designed to uplift students and to provide them with an opportunity to challenge our communities to grow in their understanding and recognition of sexual and gender diversity. Peer educators assist in educating students and the Penn State community about LGBTQA+ identities, experiences, and challenges through the delivery of Straight Talks presentations and Ally 101 Workshops. Through participation as peer educators, students will develop personal and leadership skills, including but not limited to peer education, group facilitation, outreach and advocacy. For more info and to apply…

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 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

Where in the World is PFP?

PFP is everywhere!

Students and alumni: Send a photo of yourself to wearing your Paterno Fellows 1/4-zip fleece or hoodie, and tell us where in the world you are, near or far, and we’ll share it here! Let us know if you’re studying abroad, completing an internship, on vacation, home for the summer, or enjoying a sunny day on campus. Let’s find out where We Are…

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!