April 10, 2018


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

April 11, W-023 Pattee Library ~ 12:15 lunch, 12:30 Presentation, 12:45 Q&A

Abraham Khan, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, and Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State
“What Athletes Can Teach Us about Politics”

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

Careers in Diplomacy, with American Diplomat Usha Pitts

April 10, 5:00-6:30 p.m., 258 Willard Building

Few employers will pay you to live and work abroad, but the U.S. Department of State is one of them. We hire Americans over the age of 20 from all walks of life and backgrounds. If you are attracted to public service and want to live abroad, come hear more about this unique lifestyle from career diplomat Usha Pitts. Learn more at careers.state.gov.

Rock Ethics Institute / Paterno Fellows Colloquium ~ Requires RSVP

April 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m., 133 Sparks Building

The April 11 Rock Ethics Institute Colloquium will feature our 2017-2018 Honors Thesis Fellows, who are all students in the Paterno Fellows Program. The students will share the research they completed during their fellowship, and we hope you can join us. RSVP here…

Learn more about the fellows and their research:
Briana Blackwell (Majors: Political Science, African American Studies, and Philosophy)
Brenna Fisher (Majors: Criminology and Sociology)
Tessa Sontheimer (Majors: Global and International Studies and Community, Environment, and Development)

Liberal Arts Graduation Open House

April 17-19, 7 Sparks Building

Graduating seniors must attend Graduation Open House to obtain their nomenclature (name reader) card that is necessary for commencement. Other activities will take place during the open house, including free cookies, free head shots, and information sessions about life after graduation. For more info on the events and what to bring, click here.

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…

Research Presentation Opportunities

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…

Career Enrichment Network / Funding Opportunities

Enrichment Funds Applications ~ Priority Deadline May 1

Are you participating in an internship, study abroad, or research experience this summer? Looking for funds to support your enrichment experience? Apply for Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds!

Full consideration given to applications received by May 1, 2018. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so apply ASAP! Applications will be considered after this priority deadline on a funds-available basis. Final deadline for summer applications: June 1, 2018. Applications received after this date will not be considered for funding.

Visit the College of the Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds website for general guidelines, application instructions and requirements, and the link to the online application system. Liberal Arts applicants should also make sure to read the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on our website.

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! Summer Semester Deadline: May 1. See http://goo.gl/dpy44R

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…

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…

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.

Service / Leadership

Welcome Week Leaders

We are looking for current students to serve as Welcome Week Leaders for Fall Welcome Week. This is a volunteer position that will help to implement Welcome Week programming during the first two weeks of the fall semester and welcome new and returning students to University Park for the new academic year. Volunteers will have the chance to work with new and returning students through events such as President’s New Student Convocation, Information Stations, Nittany Block Party, and LION (Living In One Neighborhood) Bash.

Volunteers will be asked to attend two training sessions, one at the end of the spring semester and a second at the start of the fall 2018 semester. Volunteers should be enrolled at University Park for the fall semester and be available for at least 10 volunteer hours between Friday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 29.

Questions can be directed to orientation@psu.edu

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 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!