August 28, 2018


Paterno Fellows First Year Orientation and Social

August 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 121 Sparks Building / Sparks Lobby and Patio

All first-year students are *required to attend. After some words from the Director, we’ll have pizza and get to know one another!

*We understand that some students will have scheduling conflicts and will miss Orientation.

If you have class, go to class! That goes for work, too.

If you can’t make it to the meeting until after 5:30, you can come late.

If you miss the meeting, please stop by 103 Sparks or visit Dr. Wanner’s Office Hours (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00 a.m.-noon, 302 Weaver Building) to pick up a copy of the 2018-19 handbook.

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

August 29, 12:15-1:00 p.m., 7A Sparks Building

Catherine Wanner, Professor of History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies, and Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program
“Russia, Collusion, and Politics in the Post-Truth Era”

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

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Faculty Lecture: “Live, Learn, Share – Diving Into the Liberal Arts”

August 29, 4:00 p.m., Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Those that choose the Liberal Arts are inquisitive, curious, and have a burning desire to find out more about how the world works. The Liberal Arts delivers the knowledge necessary to achieve a rewarding career while simultaneously providing the tools for becoming a compassionate, informed, and productive citizen. This lecture, delivered by Associate Teaching Professor of Anthropology Kirk French, will highlight the value and opportunities of being a member of the Liberal Arts community at Penn State.

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Festival

September 5, Noon-4:00 p.m., Pattee Mall

All Penn State students, including current Liberal Arts students and those considering a major in Liberal Arts, are invited to learn about the majors and resources in the College of the Liberal Arts. Talk with faculty and advisers from our 49 majors and learn about scholarship opportunities, undergraduate research, technology resources, and more.

If you bring along your résumé, the Career Enrichment Network will have employers available to review it. There will also be free food, raffles, music and more!

Facebook event:

City of Ghosts Film Screening, Discussion, and Reception

September 5, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Lewis Katz Auditorium

The Center for Global Studies presents a screening of the award-winning film, City of Ghosts, followed by a discussion with Abdalaziz Alhamza, journalist and co-founder of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. Reception to follow screening and discussion. The Paterno Fellows Program is pleased to co-sponsor this event.

Abdalaziz Alhamza is an award-winning Syrian journalist, human rights defender, and activist. He is the co-founder and spokesperson of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), a non-partisan, independent organization that banded together following the ISIS takeover of Raqqa in 2014. RBSS exposes the atrocities committed by the Bashar Al-Assad regime and ISIS in Syria.

City of Ghosts film follows the journey of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalits as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.

View the trailer and join the Facebook Event.

Penn State Marathon Read: Pages from 1968

September 13, 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Pattee Mall

During this annual event, volunteers take turns reading over a 12-hour period. This year the Marathon Read joins in the commemoration of 50 years since the watershed year of 1968. The Marathon Read will feature texts written or published in 1968, including Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and works from Joan Didion, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Munro, Jorge Luis Borges, Susan Sontag, Galway Kinnell, and others.

Stop by for special guest readers, food, and to hear great writing from 1968.

All are welcome to read and listen. If you are interested in reading, sign up at

Career Enrichment Network / Funding Opportunities

Resume Reviews this Week

To prepare for Fall Career Days, bring your resume to 101 Sparks this week for a 15 minute review with Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network staff!

Lunch & Learn: Marketing Your Liberal Arts Degree ~ RSVP Required

September 6, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

Join us to learn more about how to brand your education! What transferable skills do you have to share with employers at Fall Career Days? Learn more to make yourself more marketable! Workshop presented by Teach for America.

Lunch & Learns are limited to Liberal Arts students who RSVP. RSVP early in Nittany Lion Careers because space is limited.

If you have any questions, please contact the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network, or 814-865-1070.

Liberal Arts Workforce of the Future presented by Deloitte

September 6, 4:00-6:00 p.m., 210 Chambers Building

Join Deloitte representatives to learn more about what the future holds for Liberal Arts majors. Understand how the skills you learn now in the classroom will prepare you for a variety of industries and jobs in your future.

This event is co-sponsored with the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network. If you have questions, please contact or 814-865-1070.

For more employer info sessions, log into Nittany Lion Careers.

Fall 2018 Enrichment Funds Applications ~ Priority Deadline September 1

Are you participating in an internship or study abroad experience this fall? Looking for funds to support your enrichment experience? Apply for Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds! Visit the College of the Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds website for eligibility, requirements, general guidelines, application instructions and requirements, and more. Full consideration given to applications received by the September 1 priority deadline. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications will be considered after this priority deadline on a funds-available basis.

Teach for America 2019 Cohort Applications Open

Teach for America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunities for children facing the challenges of poverty. The organization recruits and develops a diverse corps of top college graduates and professionals who make a two-year commitment to teach in low-income urban and rural public schools. Teach for America seeks seniors and graduates from all academic majors and backgrounds who have demonstrated achievement, perseverance, leadership, commitment to educational equity, and a deep respect for diverse experiences and backgrounds.

Student Engagement Network Grants ~ Apply by August 31

The Student Engagement Network is offering grants to students who want to expand their experience beyond the classroom. Individual awards of up to $3,000 are available to cover unpaid internships, research opportunities, travel costs, event fees, supplies and materials, books, software needed for projects and presentations, and more. To apply:

Internship Opportunities

Nittany Lion Careers is Penn State’s new single-system recruiting platform. You will be able to use Nittany Lion Careers to: search and apply to internship and job opportunities; upload your resume for review, schedule an appointment with a Career Enrichment Network staff member to help with your career development; view upcoming events; and more!

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.

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

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.

Liberal Arts Envoys

Liberal Arts Envoys are accepting new members for the 2018-2019 academic year! As a student leader in the College of the Liberal Arts, Envoys are responsible for giving tours to alumni and potential students, hosting Liberal Arts Career Week, recruiting students for the incoming Liberal Arts Class of 2023, and being the go-to students for the College of the Liberal Arts!

If interested in applying or receiving more information, please email Applications will be due Sunday, September 16 and can be obtained via email.

State College Area School District Volunteer Opportunities

The V.I.P.S (Volunteers in Public Schools) Tutoring center serves students in grades K-12 in the State College Area School District. The tutoring center is located at the High School Cafeteria which is less than 2 miles from campus. For students without transportation we provide bus tokens. It is held on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:00-6:00.

We are looking for dedicated volunteers who would like to give one hour of their time a week to tutor students from the community. We need tutors in all subject areas but have a high demand for all sciences and math subject areas. This is a great way to fill service hours or education hours.

Not interested in tutoring but want to volunteer? We are also looking for volunteers to assist in our after school enrichment program at several of our elementary schools.

Interested students may fill out a volunteer form: Tutor Application Form or After School Program Volunteer. For more information contact

Palmer Museum of Art Student Ambassadors

Volunteer with the Palmer Museum of Art as one of our new Palmer Student Ambassadors (PSAs) for the fall semester! We are starting a program that will allow students from all academic disciplines to work closely with museum staff to develop public programs for the Palmer’s new after-hours Third Thursday events. Students will work with museum staff to create relevant, fun, and engaging activities for visitors in the galleries. PSAs will also have the opportunity to learn about museum practice, see behind-the-scenes, and participate in other museum events. We will have weekly meetings on Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. and student ambassadors will need to be available once a month for the Third Thursday event from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Join us on Thursday, August 30, at 3:00 p.m. in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium at the Palmer Museum of Art for an informational meeting about the program and application process. Please contact Megan Wanttie at with any questions.

Lion’s Pantry Volunteers

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 For more information, contact

Altria Leadership Development Program (ALDP)

ALDP is a professional development series designed and taught by Penn State alumni and current Altria professionals. Meetings are from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., and topics include:
9/18/18 What’s Your Why
10/16/18 Art of Negotiation
11/13/18 Effective Communication
If you have questions or are interested in joining the class, please contact and

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

Update the 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 Fall 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!