March 27, 2018


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


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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Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

March 28, W-023 Pattee Library ~ 12:15 lunch, 12:30 Presentation, 12:45 Q&A

Edgar Schmitz, Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar from Goldsmiths, University of London
“Choreographic and Post-Dance”

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

1968: Moments of Change ~ Schedule of Events

Download the flyer for details about these 1968-related events:

March 29: Moments of Change Movie night: Detroit
April 3: 1968 Olympic Panel
April 4: Documentary Screening: At the River I Stand
April 15: 1968 Theme Trip to Washington, DC
April 18: Students’ Choice Movie Night: The Graduate
April 23: First-Year Experience Faculty Lecture

Humanities at a Crossroad: The Humanities Institute Inaugural Event

March 29, 4:00 p.m., Alumni Lounge, Nittany Lion Inn

Michael Roth, President of Wesleyan University
“On the Use and Abuse of the Humanities for Life: Protection or Connection in the Age of Cynical Unreason”

Reception to follow lecture.

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Fulbright Week, April 2-5

The University Fellowships Office will be hosting Fulbright Week from April 2-5 to introduce the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to Penn State students. The Fulbright Student program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students. Seniors, alumni, and current graduate students with U.S. citizenship are encouraged to apply. During the week, the office will also discuss two of the main awards in greater detail and best practice for putting together a Fulbright application. View the schedule…

Gilman Scholarship Information Sessions

April 5, 5:00-6:00 p.m., C9 Atherton Hall

The U.S. State Department’s Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship provides up to $8000 towards study abroad expenses for qualified students. Find out more about the Gilman and the application process from Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar, and Gilman recipient Banan Althowaini. For more info…

Lunch & Learn: Careers in Museums ~ RSVP Required

April 5, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

Interested in learning more about careers in museums? Join Tyler Gum, Museum and Historic Site Administrator for the Pennsylvania Military Museum, to learn about the ins and outs of careers in museums. Lunch will be provided. RSVP through Network Symplicity

The Great Debate: “Should we strengthen or relax immigration laws?”

April 5, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium

The Penn State University Economics Association (PSUEA) is proud to host our annual “Great Debate.” This year two teams led by professors Austin Boyle and Mark McLeod will be debating on the topic “The American Melting Pot vs. Trump’s Wall.” This event is open to anyone who is interested in seeing how economics impacts modern debates. Free tickets can be picked up at the Eisenhower ticket office starting two weeks in advance or on the night of the debate. Download the flyer…

Penn State / Pittsburgh Undergraduate Research Symposium in Global Studies

April 6, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Nittany Lion Inn

The Center for Global Studies is pleased to invite you to the Penn State / Pittsburgh Undergraduate Research Symposium. The symposium provides a platform for students to showcase their research and engage in networking. The theme for this year’s symposium is Global eyes: Critical perspectives of an interconnected world.

Among the student presenters are five Paterno Fellows:
Emily Burke, “An Awareness of Culture in a Commodity-Driven World”
Kylie Doran, The Resilience of Shamanism Among the Buriat and Tuva of Siberia”
Hamsa Fayed, “Twin Tolerations, Democracy, and Terrorism in Africa”
Julia Higson, “Alternative Food Movements and the Development of Urban Agriculture in Japan”
Marta Millar, “More than the Maure: The promotion of the Ideological Conflict of the Cold War through the Reconstruction of East and West Berlin 1945-1961”

RSVP to Shannon Brace <> if you wish to attend. Full program…

New York City Bus Trip ~ April 14

The Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council (LAUC) is planning a free bus trip to New York City on Saturday, April 14th. If you are interested, please sign up here. Limited seating, first come, first serve! If you have any questions, please email LAUC at

SOLD Documentary Screening

April 17, 6:00 p.m., Flex Theatre, HUB

SOLD is a documentary film about a young Nepalese girl who is trafficked into a prison brothel in Kolkata. It follows her struggle for survival and daring chance at escape with the help of an NGO. The film is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a call to action against modern day slavery. The UN Campus Advocates and SPA are offering a free screening of SOLD on April 17th at 6pm in the Flex Theatre. 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.

Thesis Awards

Paterno Fellows Best Thesis Awards in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Nominations Due April 13

The Paterno Fellows Program will present two Best Thesis Awards: one for a thesis in the social sciences and the other for a thesis in any field of the humanities. Each prize carries a $500 award and the students will be recognized at the PFP Graduation Ceremony at noon on May 5. A faculty panel will make the selections based on the originality of the project, the rigor of the research, and the clarity of presentation. Students must have met all PFP graduation requirements to be eligible. (If you are not sure of your student’s PFP status, please inquire!) To nominate or self-nominate a thesis…

Penn State University Libraries Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award

Deadline: April 9

Penn State University Libraries invites submissions for the seventh annual competition for the Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award. The competition aims to find the best thesis by a Penn State undergraduate student in consultation with his or her adviser, with the winner receiving $1,250. Awards of $750 and $500 are presented to the second- and third-place recipients, respectively. For more info…

Center for Global Studies Thesis Prize

Deadline: April 2

The Center for Global Studies awards two prizes of $500 each year to students who have completed commendable thesis projects that advance a global perspective. For more information on this award and on how to apply, visit the website.

Research Presentation Opportunities

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…

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!

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. More info…

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.

Chapel Executive Internship Program

Chapel  Executive Internship Program recipients receive $5,000 in funding to support internships in business or the private sector. Applications are open for summer!

Penn State Summer Language Programs

Cultural awareness and language proficiency are critical skills for the next generation of leaders in our globalized world. The CLA Language Scholarships support students who wish to achieve greater language proficiency in less commonly taught languages and cultural understanding in our changing world. Scholarships of variable amounts are available to support students enrolled in summer Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Hindi, Portuguese, and Russian at the Summer Language Institute at Penn State University Park. For more info…

Enrichment Funds Applications

Interested in an internship, study abroad, or research experience? A new online application system will make it easier to apply for enrichment funding. For 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. Read more…

Service / Leadership

Volunteer for Beaver Stadium Run ~ April 22

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!