September 4, 2018

To the Theatre

Polaroid Stories Performance and Reception

September 19 19, 7:30 p.m., Penn State Downtown Theatre (Allen Street below Panera)

About the Show: Polaroid Stories challenges the audience with a series of vignettes and loosely connected visceral subplots about homeless youth. Inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the play uses Greek mythology to reveal the violence, addiction, relationships, and poor choices of its characters.

Polaroid Stories is an “Off-Centre” event, part of Penn State School of Theatre’s 2018-19 season. Director Erik Raymond Johnson will join us on September 19 for Lunch with Honors.

All are invited to stay for a reception with cast and crew in the Theatre lobby following the performance.

Ticket Info: The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved the Downtown Theatre for the September 19 performance of Polaroid Stories. Tickets are required for entry, but are free of charge. Students may pick up one or two tickets in 103 Sparks between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. while supplies last, and at the PFP table at the Liberal Arts Festival on September 5. If you want two tickets, the second person does not have to be in PFP. Please only take a ticket if you plan to use it! Although you are not paying for your ticket, PFP is, and we want to fill every seat!


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Lunch with Honors will not meet this week, so all may attend the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Festival from noon to 4:00 on the Pattee Mall. Look for us at the PFP table!

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.

Alumni and Recruiters will be available for resume review under the Career Enrichment Network tent. Make sure to bring multiple copies of your resume with you!

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.

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.

The Truth Project: The Truth About Castes

September 11, 4:00 p.m., Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Professor Divya Dwivedi of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, asks if casteism is racism. She will challenge attempts by governments and academics to separate caste as it is still practiced today in South Asia from the broader context of what elsewhere tends to be described in terms of race, ethnicity, and Volk. Sponsored by the Humanities Institute and Rock Ethics Institute.

Fall Career Days

September 11-13, Bryce Jordan Center

Fall Career Days is next week! Make sure to: Attend a prep workshop this week; Research the list of employers attending; Download the “Penn State Career Success” App (this is where you can see employer booth locations ahead of time!); Prepare your resume; and more. All the info you need to prepare is available on the Fall Career Days website:

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

Read the story…

Ethics of Policing Conference

September 20-22, Various campus locations

The “Ethics of Policing” Conference will be held from September 20-22 on the University Park campus. The conference will feature leading scholars on policing from a variety of fields, including African American studies, criminology, law, philosophy, political science, and sociology. All conference events are free and open to the public. Faculty, students, staff, and community members are all welcome to attend. For details and to register…

Ignite Retreat

September 21-23, Krislund Camp and Conference Center

Are you eager to create change in the world? Have ideas for bettering your community? Want to be a part of making an impact? If so – join us for the Ignite Retreat! Over the course of 3 days, a team of facilitators, coaches and conspirators will lead you on a journey to discover how you can change the world in a positive way. From igniting passions to igniting ideas – the weekend is filled with exciting workshops, activities and opportunities to connect you with a tribe of like-minded individuals.

Deadline to apply: September 14. Space is limited! For details and to register…

Shock and Awe ~ RSVP requested

October 18, 6:00 p.m., State Theatre

The Davis Program in Ethical Leadership is happy to announce that it will host a screening of the new Rob Reiner film, Shock and Awe, followed by a panel session with the three journalists depicted in the film.

Shock and Awe, released in mid-July, dramatizes the story of the small Knight-Ridder team in Washington that detailed the faulty intelligence used by the Bush administration to make its argument that an invasion of Iraq was necessary to destroy Saddam Hussein’s stockpile of weapons of mass destruction shortly after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. At the time, other national news outlets were overwhelmingly parroting the Bush administration claims and rationales. Knight-Ridder’s critical reporting proved accurate, and the NYT went so far as to publish an unprecedented apology for its lack of critical coverage on the issue. Watch the trailer…

The event will be free and no tickets are required. Please confirm your interest here so the organizers can estimate crowd size.

Career Enrichment Network / Funding and Research

Research Opportunity Available

We seek an upper-division, Paterno Fellow scholar to provide qualitative research assistance. Under the direct supervision of faculty and graduate student researchers in the department of Health Policy and Administration, the undergraduate student researcher will conduct a document review and content analysis of state Medicaid programs and contracts that fund supportive housing services. The ideal candidate will be proficient in Microsoft Excel. Opportunities to receive training in NVivo 12 may be available. Excellent written and verbal communication, time management, and organizational skills are highly desirable. This is a quarter-time wage payroll position (10 hours @ $11.50/hour). Resume and cover letter are required. For more information, please contact Dr. Selena Ortiz (

Please submit written materials to:
Selena E. Ortiz, PhD, MPH
c/o Ms. Bobbie Johannes, PhD candidate, MPH

Fall 2018 Enrichment Funds Applications

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.

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.

Become a Straight Talks Peer Educator

The LGBTQA Student Resource Center’s Straight Talks Peer Education Program at Penn State encourages students who are passionate about sexual and gender diversity to apply to become peer educators today! Our peer educators assist the LGBTQA SRC and the LGBTQ+ community with providing outreach and education around sexual and gender diversity. We hope that our program will allow both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to become more involved in the campus community through Student Voice Panels (previously known as “Straight Talks presentations”) and Student Ally Workshops.

To learn more about the Straight Talks Peer Education Program and to apply to become a peer educator, please visit our website.

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

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.

In the News

Liberal arts alumna heads to Harvard to pursue passion in mental health

Mary Beth Spang, ’15 PF English, Spanish, and Linguistics, is pursuing a master of education in human development and psychology at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. The one-year program will teach her about the field of mental health and help her hone her skills so she can one day pursue a full-time position within the mental health community.

Her passion and motivation for the field stems from her personal experience. She said no other mission speaks to her heart as clearly as this one. Read the story…

Liberal Arts junior spends summer seeking justice for others

Awaly Diallo, ’20 PF sociology and African American studies, worked for the Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) at Northeastern School of Law in Boston this summer. The CRRJ investigates cold cases involving racially motivated homicides that occurred between 1930 and 1970. The project works to uncover what happened to the victims, tell their stories, and try to provide closure to the affected families and communities through restorative justice. Read the story…


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!