September 18, 2018

To the Theatre – last call for free tickets!

Polaroid Stories Performance and Reception ~ Ticket Required (Free)

September 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. Ultimately, the audience feels in part responsible for the tragic nature of the fate of the characters as we ignore the ugly side of surviving homelessness.

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

Read the story and view photos on Penn State News: Behind the Scenes at Polaroid Stories

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. 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

September 19, 12:15-1:00 p.m., 7A Sparks Building

Erik Johnson, Acting and Movement, School of Theatre, and Director, Polaroid Stories
“Come on Baby, What’s your Story?”

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

Download the flyer…

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…

Film Screening and Discussion: Night Call and Junior

September 21, 4:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

As part of the Rock Ethics Institute’s conference on the Ethics of Policing, the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications Department of Film-Video and Media Studies and the School of Theatre invite you to a film screening of Amanda Renee Knox’s Night Call (2017) and Pearl Gluck’s Junior (2017), with a discussion on how arts (in particular film) can encourage awareness, activism, and change.

Moderated by Professor Aquila Kikora Franklin (Theatre/Dance)

In conversation with:
Pearl Gluck, Department of Film-Video and director of Junior
Elle Jae Stewart, actress and writer of Junior (and PSU Theatre graduate)
Amanda Renee Knox, director of Night Call

Both films are award-winning, made by and/or with students, and Night Call is qualified for consideration for the Academy Award for Short Films. Come see the films and join in the conversation!

U.S. State Department Information Session

September 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 69 Willard Building

Liberal Arts students are invited to learn more about the internship opportunities through the U.S. State Department. Students who have recently completed their own experience will share helpful application tips and suggestions as the deadline for applications approaches. Please join Paterno Fellows Miranda Pierce and Zachary Adams, and Liberal Arts student Djibril Cherif, to learn more about the internship program and application process. More info…

Teaching and Service Panel

September 26, 4:30-6:00 p.m., 69 Willard Building

Please join representatives from Teach for America, City Year, Peace Corps, Americorps, and Fulbright to learn more about their individual experiences and current opportunities.

Info Tables: Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Penn State Police

September 27, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Sparks Building Lobby

Please join representatives from the above three state agencies to learn more about their internship and full-time opportunities. Representatives will be open to all your questions about pursuing a career in these criminal justice industries. Bring a resume with you to share.

Penn State Women: Leaders of Today and Tomorrow

Panel: October 3, 7:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

One-on-One Meetings: October 4, 9:00-Noon (Appointment Required)

Career success requires preparation, hard work, and perseverance. At the third annual Penn State Women: Leaders of Today and Tomorrow, current students will have the opportunity to connect with successful Penn State alumnae. In a panel discussion, which will be followed by a reception for all in attendance, alumnae will talk about the challenges facing women in leadership positions, help students think through career options, and offer guidance to Penn State students who hope to become the next generation of leaders.

Panelists include a Google executive, the founder of a strategic communications company, a CEO of a social services organization, and Marissa Reynolds, ’13 PF Psychology, Project Coordinator, The Metabolic Kitchen and Children’s Eating Behavior Lab, Department of Nutritional Sciences, and Project Coordinator, Child Attention and Behavior Lab, Department of Psychology, Penn State.

In addition to the panel and reception on Wednesday evening, students can sign up for one-on-one meetings with the panelists on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 4. Learn more at

Smeal Information Session for Aspiring ECON PFs

September 24, 5:00 p.m., 108 Business Building

If you are a Paterno Fellow Aspirant in Economics and are interested in a concurrent major in the Smeal College of Business, please attend this information session to learn about the opportunities available to you. Questions? Please contact Janet Spearly at

David Frum: The Guardrails of Democracy

September 26, 4:30 p.m., Sutliff Auditorium, Lewis Katz Building

David Frum is a senior editor at The Atlantic. From 2014 through 2017, he served as chairman of the board of trustees of the leading UK center-right think tank, Policy Exchange. In 2001-2002, he served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush; in 2007-2008, as senior adviser to the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaigns. More info…

Lunch & Learn: Careers in Public Affairs in a Global Economy ~ RSVP Required

October 4, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

Join Penn State alumnus Dennis Jackman to learn more about his career in Public Relations. Mr. Jackman brings a global perspective from his current career as Sr. Vice President of CSL Behring. Q&A will also be available. For more information on Mr. Jackman, please visit here:

Lunch is provided to all students attending. Please RSVP via your Nittany Lion Careers account early as space is limited. If you have questions concerning this particular event, please contact the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network at or 814-865-1070.

“Global is Everywhere: Essentials for Career Success”

October 18, 4:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Stacie Berdan, international career expert and award-winning author, will discuss how you can develop a global mindset to advance your future career in the U.S. or abroad.

Berdan has served as strategist, coach and counselor to CEOs, politicians and senior executives around the world having worked in more than 50 countries. Her extensive global leadership experience in corporate communications and marketing, public affairs, organizational communication, and cross-cultural consulting extends across four continents. She currently serves as marketing consultant to globally-focused organizations in the U.S. and around the world and has authored six books on the intersection of globalization and careers.

Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Global Programs, the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network, the Paterno Fellows Program, Penn State Career Services, the School of International Affairs, and the University Libraries.

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

Walk-in Wednesdays Now Available at the Career Enrichment Network

We are excited to announce walk-in hours will be available for all Liberal Arts majors every Wednesday. Stop by the Career Enrichment Network in 101 Sparks Building from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays to get your resume reviewed, talk to a staff member about your internship/job search, get answers to your questions, and more! Bring a copy of your resume with you for your 15 minute session.

Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program – Apps Open!

Network with Penn State Alumni! Apply to the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program. Students are matched with alumni working in their field of interest; mentors help with networking, interview prep, and more. Applications are open year-round. More information can be found here.

Enrichment Funds Applications

Are you participating in an internship or study abroad experience? 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. Applications are reviewed on a rolling 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!

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.

CAS/PLSC 209: Democratic Leadership

One-credit course on democracy begins September 27. Only a few seats left!

This is a special invitation to Paterno Fellows students who are concerned about American democracy and want to learn how they can help. Penn State is fortunate to host the Nevins Fellows paid internship program. Each summer, a dozen Nevins Fellows work with innovative nonprofits and government officials who are seeking to strengthen democracy. Students from previous years have found these jobs meaningful, satisfying, and challenging.

To qualify for one of these internships, students must complete a one-credit course in Democratic Leadership offered only in the fall. That course begins September 27 and ends October 21. It includes two day-long Sunday workshops where students get to interact directly with the kind of civic leaders they might someday work with. Credit for the course requires attendance at every class meeting, and the days/times of those courses are as follows:

Thursday, September 27, 3-5 p.m.
Thursday, October 4, 3-5 p.m.
Thursday, October 18, 3-5 p.m.
Thursday, October 25, 3-5 p.m.
Sunday, October 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, October 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

If you wish to enroll, contact Dr. John Gastil at Include a note saying why you want to take the course and whether you’d prefer to enroll in the CAS or PLSC section.

ENGL 408M – Honors Seminar in English: West of Everything ~ Ethics Course for Spring 19

Instructor: Carla Conklin; TuTh 3:05PM – 4:20PM

The American West, the scene of desire, the place where imagined exploits and actual exploitation took (and is taking) place – this area (as it was imagined and is lived) is the locus of our concern. Our materials are loosely organized so that a range of different understandings of “The West” will emerge. We’ll study non-fiction, fiction, and poetry by and about both settler peoples and Native peoples. We’ll consider the profound impact of open landscapes on imagination. We’ll come to recognize our participation in the devastating changes in the land caused by rapid environmental degradation during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This class has a component related to environmental ethics. Our goal is not simply to understand how ideas about the West informed the imagined experience of America but to examine the ethical problem underpinning any kind of “national” story that requires the erasure of Native peoples and the desecration and pollution of their lands. See LionPATH for more info.

FR / JST 197 France and the Holocaust in Film and Literature ~ Ethics Course for Spring 19

Instructor: Willa Silverman; TuTh 1:35PM – 2:50PM ~ Includes optional 1 cr Spring Break trip to Paris

This course will examine the French experience of the Holocaust (or ‘Shoah’), defined as the methodical, bureaucratic destruction of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators as a primary act of state during the Second World War. While Jews were the foremost victims of the Holocaust, Gypsies, mentally and physically disabled persons, homosexuals and political and religious dissidents were persecuted and, in many cases, killed. Of the approximately 330,000 Jews living in France in 1940, about one quarter perished, while roughly three quarters survived, despite the high level of cooperation or collaboration of the Vichy government with the policies of the Nazi regime. How can we explain this paradox?

Read the story about the 2016 class trip. ~ See the flyer for more info…

ENGL 50H Introduction to Creative Writing ~ New for Spring 2019!

Instructor: Charlotte Holmes; TuTh 3:05PM – 4:20PM

This honors course provides students with an introduction to, and extensive practice in, creative writing in the three genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The course includes instruction in principles of composition in each genre, as well as techniques of literary composition that cross and interlink those genres.

This course satisfies Bachelor of Arts: Arts; General Education: Arts (GA); and Honors

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.

University Libraries Student Advisory Group Seeking PFP Representative

The Penn State University Libraries Student Advisory Group provides guidance on topics of student interest to library administration. Led by the Student Engagement Librarian and sponsored by the Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies, the group serves as a mechanism for student input on the programs and services offered by Penn State University Libraries. This group will provide feedback on current offerings and suggestions for new programs and services to meet the library-related needs of Penn State students. Additionally, this group will serve as a peer community that can share ideas, make connections, and help leverage the voices of each other to create, improve, and sustain Library programs and services. In the process, we hope that all involved will learn a little more about each other and the various Penn State communities we are a part of. For more information and to apply…

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

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council

LAUC‘s purpose is to act as the representative body of the students in the College of the Liberal Arts to the administration of the College, to establish and maintain programs that further students’ awareness of issues pertinent to the College, and to improve and maintain academic excellence within the College of the Liberal Arts. We often host discussions on pressing issues to students and invite faculty and staff within the College to speak about their programs and studies. We also help connect students to Liberal Arts resources and programs that can help them in their academic pursuits. The council has a yearly THON fundraising effort and it is customary for regular members to apply or run for leadership positions, which can go towards PFP requirements.

We meet regularly on Wednesdays at 5:00 pm in 124 Sparks and our membership is open to all students in the College.

F.O.R.M. (Future Opportunities Reached by Mentorship) Consulting

At F.O.R.M. Consulting, it is our mission to empower scholars from underprivileged communities to pursue an affordable secondary education. We are a free mentoring service provided by scholars at the Pennsylvania State University that service all aspects of the college application process – from application essays to merit-based financial aid, we work with students to help them make the most of their collegiate experience. In the fall, our experienced consultants are matched to high school students with similar interests and experiences. By fostering a mentor-mentee relationship, our organization provides indispensable services often overlooked by guidance counselors, teachers, and parents. Weekly meetings and educational seminars are held every Thursday from 7-8 PM. Those interested can email for more information.

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.

Awards / Recognition

The University Libraries Award for Information Literacy

Of interest to students who are in the process of thesis writing:

The Libraries Information Literacy Award recognizes scholarly work based on a foundation of careful background research and literature review. The award is given to entries that demonstrate excellence in information literacy through the following: showcasing your research process and strategies; selection of sources that contribute to your argument and ideas; social, ethical, or economic considerations in accessing information; and credit and proper citation for any quotes, tables, graphs, images, and other content displayed. For more info…


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!