September 25, 2018


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

September 26, 12:15-1:00 p.m., 7A Sparks Building

Kirk French, Associate Teaching Professor of Anthropology

“Evolution and Booze: An Overview of the Human Quest for Alcohol”

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

Download the flyer…

Banned Books Week

September 23-29

Student Conduct Advisors is hosting a banned book giveaway on the first floor of the HUB to celebrate Banned Books Week. If you can guess the book from its genre and reasons it was banned, you get a chance to keep it!

Career Enrichment Network Events


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.

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…

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

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.

Penn State International Affairs and Debate Association (PSIADA) MiniMUN

October 6, Noon-6:00 p.m., Thomas Building

The Penn State International Affairs and Debate Association (PSIADA) is an organization of globally minded students who are dedicated to developing professional skills and fostering community. PSIADA hosts two Model United Nations conferences each year, bringing in over 300 delegates from across the country every academic year. Each semester we hold two MiniMUNS; they are 6 hour simulations of the crisis-style committees we will run at our conferences. We provide pizza for all attendees, and creamery gift cards for our winners! We want YOU to help us with our next MiniMUN by signing up here!

There is no previous experience required—we will show you what to do! MiniMUNs are a great way for globally minded students to practice their public speaking and diplomacy skills, all while being creative in committee! Sign up for MiniMUN, and our training chair will be in touch to see how WE can help YOU!

General Body meetings are held Sundays at 3:00pm in 60 Willard. All current Penn State students and faculty are welcome to attend. You can sign up for our emails here, and reach out to with any questions or concerns.

Stacie Berdan Events: Public Lecture and (New) Private Lunch Opportunity

“Global is Everywhere: Essentials for Career Success” Public Lecture

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.

New: October 18, Noon – Personalized Networking Lunch – Must rsvp to attend!

We’re excited to share that during her visit, Stacie Berdan has offered to have a personalized networking lunch with students to go over the topic of “Pursuing a Global Career Here or Abroad.” Students will be asked to provide their resume by October 3 so that the talk can be tailored to the group.

Space is extremely limited so interested students should apply as soon as possible before all seats are filled! Email to request your seat. (You may send your resume later.)

Shock and Awe ~ RSVP requested

October 18, 6:00 p.m., State Theatre, West College Avenue

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.

LA 197H Mass Death and National Monuments (1 cr) Honors / Ethics Course for Spring 19 (coming soon to LionPATH)

Instructor: John Horne, Paterno Fellow Visiting Professor from Trinity College, Dublin

Extended war with large-scale death is not a modern phenomenon. However, when such wars are fought by the “people” (as opposed to rulers and elites), “the people” are deemed to have made the key sacrifice. Questions of how to commemorate the war dead, given the losses, become central (famously expressed in the case of the American Civil War by Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address). The answers take many forms – political rhetoric, socio-political reforms, public rituals, veterans’ movements – but monuments symbolising the sacrifice are key. How they are proposed and built, who supports or opposes them, what form do they take aesthetically, and how does what is said at their inaugurations (or later) reflect victory or defeat, the scale of the loss and the status of the dead (men, women, soldiers, civilians). We shall examine the US National Memorial to World War One in Washington, DC, scheduled to be inaugurated in November 2018. We shall ask why it took a hundred years for such a memorial to be created when monuments had already been erected in the nation’s capital to honour US involvement in the other major wars of the 20th century. We shall study the creation and meaning of the memorial in its American and international contexts, using multiple disciplines (history, cultural studies, art and architectural history, anthropology, etc.). We shall visit Washington in order to study the monument and compare it to other war memorials in the capital, notably those to World War Two, Korea and Vietnam.

Class Meeting Times: 5-6:30pm Thursday, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28 PLUS Tuesday, Feb 19, and an all-day trip to Washington, DC, on Saturday, Feb 23. Class attendance is mandatory. If you must miss class or this trip, do not enroll in this course.

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

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.

Penn State Alternative Breaks

Are you interested in going on a service trip? The application for Fall Alternative Break trips is now open! Students are able to be in community of like-minded individuals committed to service, social justice, and community engagement while volunteering with organizations across the country. Fall dates are November 16-20 and the cost is $75. For more information and to apply, visit or stop by the Engagement Space on Tuesday, September 25 10:30-3:00 to talk with Alternative Breaks!

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…

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…

In the News

Better Know a Paterno Fellow

Paterno Fellows are participating in internships, study abroad, research, and more! Read about their experiences here. Submit your story for publication here.

Featured Student Profiles:

Hope Bodenschatz, ’20 PF Economics, Political Science, and Geography; Study Abroad in Mang’ula, Tanzania with the Parks and People: Landscape Architecture program.

Sarah McKenna, ’19 PF History and Political Science; Internship with Gettysburg National Military Park

Annaliese Thoet, ’19 PF History and International Politics; Internship with Fidelity Investments


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!