May 1, 2018


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. You should wear your stole to the College of the Liberal Arts commencement ceremony at the Jordan Center. Students who are unable to attend the noon ceremony due to conflicts with other events should stop by 103 Sparks between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. this week to pick up your stole. Stoles will also be available during afternoon department ceremonies, if you can find Barb either in Sparks or outside on the lawn! They will not be distributed at the BJC.

Are you “walking” at Spring 2018 commencement? Contact Barb Edwards asap 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.

Remember to use #PSUgrad for your social media posts!

In the News

2017 Paterno Fellows Best Thesis Awardees Announced

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Paterno Fellows Best Thesis Awards. Each Best Thesis first place awardee will each receive a $500 prize, and will be recognized at the Paterno Fellows Graduation Ceremony at noon on May 5.

Alice Greider

Alice Greider, ’18 International Politics, Global and International Studies, and Master of International Affairs, won the Paterno Fellows Social Sciences Honors Thesis Award for “The ‘Not-So-Common’ European Asylum System: Determinants of Asylum Policy in the EU 2008-2016.”

Nicholas Capri

Nicholas Capri, ’18 History and Economics, won the Paterno Fellows Humanities Honors Thesis Award for “Profits and Piety: Merchant Capitalism and the Protestant Ethic in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.”

Benjamin Black

Benjamin Black, ’18 Asian Studies, International Politics, and Master of International Affairs, won Honorable Mention for his thesis in the Social Sciences, “Incidents in the South China Sea: Exploring the Chinese Perspective of the Disputes.”

Full story…

2018 Paterno Fellows / Student Marshals / #PSUgrad

The College of the Liberal Arts is featuring the 2018 Student Marshals on Facebook, Twitter, and in the Penn State News (articles below). Announcements are rolling out throughout the days leading up to graduation, so check back often! Of the 22 marshals, 17 are Paterno Fellows! Congratulations to all!

Penn State News Features

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!

Career Enrichment Network / Funding Opportunities

Summer Enrichment Funds Applications ~ Priority Deadline TODAY 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 TODAY 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

Tell us about your Internship

Did you participate in an internship this school year? Have an internship lined up for the summer? Take a minute to tell us about it! By reporting your internship information and sharing your educational experience, you are helping other Liberal Arts majors explore all available enrichment options. Students who complete the survey by Friday, May 4, will be automatically entered to win one of two Liberal Arts 1/4 zip sweatshirts! Click here to take the survey.

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

Time spent volunteering over the summer may be used for your PFP service 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.

Special Olympics PA Summer Games Seeking Volunteers

May 29-June 2, Various locations on and off campus

Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Summer Games are held each year at Penn State. More than 2,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from across the state participate. The Games feature three days of competition in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis.

Summer Games volunteers are all ages and their time commitments vary. Volunteer at any point from May 29th to June 3rd. Your support will help to bring out the champion in every Special Olympics athlete when you choose to serve as score keepers, timers, athlete escorts, lane monitors, assist with event setup, athlete dormitory prep, direct pedestrian traffic, work registration tables, run stations and activities within the Olympic Village, cheer our athletes on, and so much more!

Volunteers can register online as individuals or as a group at

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.


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!