April 24, 2018


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

April 25, W-023 Pattee Library ~ 12:15 lunch, 12:30 Presentation, 12:45 Q&A

Join us for the final Lunch with Honors this year as Paterno Fellow Seniors Katie Belonus and Amanda Yarson discuss “The Ins and Outs of Writing a Thesis: What Every Student Needs to Know.” Lunch is provided; advance registration not necessary.

1968: Student Activism at Penn State and Beyond

April 25, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Franklin Atrium, Pattee Library

Join us for an opening reception for the student-curated exhibit “1968: Student Activism at Penn State and Beyond.” Additional materials from the Special Collections library will be on view. At 1pm, there will be brief remarks by Athena Jackson, Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and Head of Special Collections, Kathryn Salzer, Associate Professor of History, and Paterno Fellow Lauren Nogay, Stelts-Filippeli Intern and Curator of the exhibit. Read the story…

Paterno Fellows Graduation Ceremony and Reception

May 5, Noon – 1:00 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…

Students will receive Paterno Fellows stoles at the PFP ceremony which they should wear to the commencement ceremony at the Jordan Center. Students who are unable to attend the noon ceremony due to conflicts with other events will have an opportunity to pick up their stoles in advance of May 5. Watch your email for more info!

Are you “walking” at Spring 2018 commencement? Contact Barb Edwards if you wish to participate in the PFP ceremony as well.

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

Bernicker and Greider Named Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Awardees

Brendan Bernicker, ’19 PF Philosophy and Political Science, received the Stand Up Award for his direct service to incarcerated individuals facing harsh sentences and ethical leadership in advocating for changes to the criminal justice system.

Alice Greider, ’18 PF International Politics, Global and International Studies, and Masters in International Affairs, received the Stand Up Award for her advocacy of refugee rights and ethical leadership in raising awareness at Penn State about global issues and for teaching her peers how to become active in protecting human rights.

Watch the video and read the Penn State News article about Alice, Brendan, and the third Stand Up Awardee, Liberal Arts student Fanta Conde.

2018 Paterno Fellows / Student Marshals / #PSUgrad

Jayme Rhoads has been chosen as student marshal representing Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese for Spring 2018 commencement. Rhoads will receive four degrees: French and Francophone Studies, Global and International Studies, Italian, and Comparative Literature.

Candice Crutchfield will represent Criminology as student marshal at commencement on May 5. She will also earn a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to study human rights.

Isabella Teti has been chosen as Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Student Marshal. Also majoring in Political Science, Isabella has completed more than 350 hours of community service and is a social justice activist.

Erin Ferris will represent Labor and Employment Relations as Student Marshal at Spring 2018 commencement. She gained valuable experience while at Penn State through her many internships and student organization leadership roles.

More to come next week!

Discovery Grants Awardees Announced

Five Paterno Fellows are among the recipients of the 2018 Erickson Discovery Grants. They will receive $3,500 to cover living expenses and project costs related to their undergraduate work, including supplies, materials, books, software and travel. Each project is completed under the direct supervision of a faculty member.

Rebecca Anne Barnes, College of the Liberal Arts, “Switching between languages that share the same vocabulary: What keeps them apart?”

Darcy Chia Calabria, College of the Liberal Arts, “The Relationship between Cult and Iron Smithing at Phoenician Tel Akko, Israel”

Lauren Echols, College of the Liberal Arts, “Syntactic ambiguity resolution in Spanish speakers and Spanish-English bilinguals”

Nakul Grover, College of the Liberal Arts, “Impact of immigration in South Asia: Burmese immigrants in Bangladesh and migration to India”

Kathryn Lynn Mayberry, College of the Liberal Arts, “Reclaiming Disabled Poetry; William Carlos Williams’ Late Work”

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Awards

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures recognized three Senior Paterno Fellows at their recent reception:

Alice Greider: William and Anna Naydan Award for Excellence in Ukrainian Studies

Bradley Morabito: Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship

Emily Kohlman: Fulbright Teaching Award

Career Enrichment Network / Funding Opportunities

Summer 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 ~ Summer Deadline: May 1

Chapel Executive Internship Program recipients receive $5,000 in funding to support internships in business or the private sector. Applications are open for summer! See http://goo.gl/dpy44R

Spring 2019 Study Abroad Applications

Students interested in studying abroad in the spring should apply as early as possible to ensure their best chance of acceptance into their first choice program. Decisions will be given approximately one month after the early decision deadlines of May 1 and July 15. The final deadline will be September 15. More info…

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!