April 17, 2018


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

April 18, W-023 Pattee Library ~ 12:15 lunch, 12:30 Presentation, 12:45 Q&A

Joshua Inwood, Associate Professor of Geography and African Studies, Penn State
“Reconciling the Past: U.S. Based Truth Commissions and the Struggle for Racial Justice”

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

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…

Free 1968 movie night: The Graduate

April 18, 6:30 p.m., State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue

Join us at 6:30 p.m. at the State Theatre for a free college-sponsored movie night to watch the student-voted choice from the 1968 Oscar nominees of that year. In The Graduate, a disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. A brief panel discussion will follow after featuring our faculty discussing the significance of the film today. View the trailer…

“Living in the World House: Martin Luther King and Understanding Our Place in an Interconnected World”

April 23, 4:00 p.m., 112 Chambers Building

Join Associate Professor of Geography and core faculty member of the Rock Ethics Institute Josh Inwood as he delivers the Liberal Arts First Year Valedictory Address. He will talk about how we connect with each other on campus, in our community, and in the larger world.

Who Counts? How Lives are Remembered and Erased in Public Discourse

April 23, 4:00 p.m., 101 Chambers Building

As part of the discussion and lecture series The Truth Project, the Penn State Humanities Institute is organizing a panel discussion about the ways that lives get represented (or not) in public life in the contemporary U.S. How does the “truth” get constructed in the symbolic, historical, and institutional record of our society? Panelists include Cynthia Young (Associate Professor of African American Studies and English and Department Head, Department of African American Studies), Nan Woodruff (Professor of African American Studies and Modern U.S. History) and Ebony Coletu (Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies). For more info…

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.

In the News

Fisher named 2018 Hetzel Award recipient for leadership

Congratulations to Brenna Fisher, ’18 PF Criminology and Sociology, for being named recipient of the 2018 Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award in recognition of high scholastic attainment together with good citizenship, and participation and leadership in student activities. Read the story…

Recent Liberal Arts graduate reflects on impact of Chapel Internship

Ben Berkman, ’17 PF Economics and French and Francophone Studies, received $5,000 as a Chapel Executive Intern for his time with Allee King Rosen & Fleming (AKRF), an environmental planning, engineering and consulting firm based in New York City. The experience helped to ease the transition from university life into professional life. Read the story…

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.

PFP Criminology Additional Entry Requirements Modified

Are you aspiring for Paterno Fellows as a Criminology major? Please note that the additional department entry requirements have been modified! Previously, aspirants had to “complete CRIM 012, CRIM 100, CRIM 250, and STAT 200, with an average of at least 3.7 GPA in these courses.” Students must still take these courses in addition to meeting general PFP entry requirements to be eligible for entry in CRIM, but the 3.7 GPA has been dropped.

Service / Leadership

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.

From volunteer.psu.edu

Trash To Treasure
We need your help! We’re looking for volunteers to help us prepare for the sale—and to assist us on sale day. It’s a great way to help out a good cause. There will be many opportunities to help! The dates will range from May 3rd to June 2nd. Sign up for a shift and get all the details you will need for this volunteer opportunity at http://sites.psu.edu/trash2treasure/about-us.

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.

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!