October 9, 2018


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

October 10, 12:15-1:00 p.m., 7A Sparks Building (ground floor at end of hall)

Caitlin Ting, Interim Director, University Fellowships Office, and Jessica Hoffman, Director, Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration

“Beyond Penn State: Considering Graduate School and Fellowship Opportunities”

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

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Rock Student Fellows Colloquium ~ RSVP Required

October 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m., 133 Sparks Building

The Rock Ethics Institute Colloquium will feature the Institute’s 2018-2019 Honors Thesis Fellows, who are all students in the Paterno Fellows Program. The Fellows will share the research they will be working on throughout the academic year, and this workshop will be an opportunity for them to meet faculty and receive feedback on their projects. Here are the Student Fellows who will be presenting and the titles of their projects:

·         Brendan Bernicker (Majors: Political Science and Philosophy), “Mens Rea: Addiction and Agency in Criminal Law”

·         Melanie Kovacs (Majors: History and Jewish Studies), “The Inanimate Victims of the Holocaust: Art and Its Displacement as a Result of Nazi Germany”

·         Kathryn Mayberry (Majors: English and History), “Reclaiming Disabled Poetry; William Carlos Williams’ Late Work”

All are welcome to attend, but as space is limited, we ask that you RSVP by visiting this link. We hope you can join us for this opportunity to meet the Rock Student Fellows and learn more about their research.

History Alumni Careers Panel

October 11, 6:30-8:15 p.m., 060 Willard Building

Wondering what possible career paths are available to you with a degree in History? Six Penn State History grads, including Paterno Fellow Lucas Sobchack, will share their experiences, their careers, and answer any questions from you. All majors are welcome to attend. For details…

Lunch & Learn: Careers in Investment Management ~ RSVP Required

October 12, 12:15-1:00 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

You’re invited to lunch with alumna Pam Kiernan, Chief Administrative Officer of investment management company Two Sigma and former managing director of Deutsche Bank. Learn about careers in investment management in an informal setting from an industry leader who oversees operations, corporate platform initiatives, and workplace services. Two Sigma is based in New York and known for its use of technology and data to drive its business. Sign-up Required in Nittany Lion Careers. Space limited.

Public Lecture: “Documenting the History of Terrorism: The Destruction and the Revival of Mosul

*October 11, 6:00 p.m., 112 Kern Building (*corrected date)

Omar Mohammed, a native of Mosul, Iraq, was present when the Islamic State (or “ISIS”) forces occupied the city in June 2014. He had been teaching history at the University of Mosul and decided that, for the sake of future historians, he would record the Islamic State’s activities, including the destruction of local monuments, persecution of religious minorities, execution of political dissidents, and other atrocities, at the risk of his own life. These reports were published in English and Arabic in an anonymous monthly blog called “The Mosul Eye.” When ISIS identified Omar as its author and threatened to kill him, he escaped with his hard drive to Turkey and later gained asylum in France, where he became a research associate for the Centre d’Etudes Turques, Ottomanes, Balkaniques, et Centrasiatiques and also a Ph.D. candidate in the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Soon after revealing his identity as the Mosul Eye, he was admitted to Yale University’s Greenberg World Fellows Program for the fall 2018 semester.

Education Abroad Fair

October 17, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Alumni Hall, HUB

Each year, Penn State hosts exhibitors from over 50 different study abroad partners, support offices, scholarship sources, and academic colleges to bring students the information they want about education abroad! Talk with representatives from universities and study centers abroad. Meet advisers from your college that know which courses and locations are best for your major. Talk to the Education Abroad Office staff about the 350+ study abroad programs and how to apply for scholarships. Learn about other support and resources, like going abroad with a disability or how we’re working to increase study abroad participation among students from under-represented populations. Plus, there will be plenty of giveaways and a few fun surprises. Don’t miss it! More info…

Liberal Arts Etiquette Dinner ~ RSVP Required

October 17, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Nittany Lion Inn

Ever find yourself in a formal dining situation and realize you’re not sure which bread plate or glass is yours? Or which is the right fork to use? Or with a dining etiquette question? Join us for a fun and educational dinner that covers basic dining etiquette so you will be prepared for future interview lunches and/or dinners. RSVP required in Nittany Lion Careers.

“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.

Social Media Contest: The first 30 students to notify the Center for Global Studies that they are coming to the Stacie Berdan lecture through private messenger on Facebook will receive a free signed book from Stacie Berdan after the lecture! Books are titled, Go Global, Get Ahead by Going Abroad, and A Student Guide to Going Abroad.

Film Showing and Panel Session: Shock and Awe

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…

Info Session: LATAM 499 Contemporary Colombia Maymester Program

October 25, 5:00 p.m., 104 Biobehavioral Health Building

Colombia has experienced profound economic, social and political change over the last two generations, and is now in a “post-conflict” stage having concluded a peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla group. The Contemporary Colombia Program offered by the Schreyer Honors College examines these changes in different regional settings, and in large cities through small towns and the countryside. We interact with universities, local government offices, and a range of non-governmental organizations to gain an understanding of various aspects of Colombian, and by extension South American, economics, culture, politics, and society. The program, which carries 3 honors credits, will run from May 6 through June 3, 2019, and is open to all Penn State students with at least two semesters of Spanish or equivalent.

For more information, see https://www.shc.psu.edu/academic/abroad/colombia.cfm or contact Dr. Richard Stoller at rjs27@psu.edu.

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:

Reilly Ebbs, ’19 PF Anthropology and History: Internship with Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship, College of the Liberal Arts

Aaron Semach, ’21 PF History and Italian: Reggio Calabria, Italy: Language and Culture

Kiara Smith, ’21 PF Letters, Arts, and Sciences: IES: Berlin, Language and Culture

Daniel Zahn, ’20 PF Communication Arts and Sciences; English; and Philosophy: LING 497/AFR 497: Language in Africa

Penn State News Features

Rebecca Barnes, ’19 PF French; Spanish; and Letters, Arts, and Sciences: Traveled to Palenque to study how code switching between Spanish and Lengua Palenquera, a Creole-based language spoken by only a few thousand people.

Kylie Doran, ’18 PF Anthropology and Russian: First-year teacher with Teach for America in South Dakota. Seniors and graduates of all majors and backgrounds are welcome to apply before the Oct. 17 deadline.

Greg Mitchell, ’19 PF Economics; and Community, Environment, and Development: Chapel Internship with Bates White Economic Consulting. The Chapel Executive Internship Program through the College of the Liberal Arts gives students a $5,000 stipend to support their internship experience.

Courses / Curriculum / PFP Requirements

This course was inadvertently deleted from LionPATH and registered students were dropped in the process. The course is back online, so if you were previously registered but dropped, please add it back to your spring schedule!

LA 197 Mass Death and National Monuments: the 2018 Washington D.C. Memorial to World War One in Comparative Perspective (1 cr) Honors / Ethics Course for Spring 19

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.

RCL Registration for Spring 2019

Please note that Rhetoric and Civic Life (RCL) sections for Spring 19 are designated as CAS 138T or ENGL 138T. A search on LionPATH for 138 without the T will yield no results. Be sure to include the T suffix in your search!

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

Leadership Education and Development Program

Penn State Student Affairs is offering an online program, Leadership Education and Development. Students who complete the modules on leadership concepts, styles, and strategies will earn a certificate. More info…

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 alternativebreaks.psu.edu.

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.

Your Blurb Here

Are you involved with a local service group that is open for new members? Send your blurb to PaternoFellows@psu.edu and we’ll publish it here. Please include a brief description of your mission, expectations, information sessions/meetings, how to join, etc.

Funding and Research

University Fellowships Office

The University Fellowships Office offers written feedback on materials, as well as advice on how to request strong letters of recommendation and more generally navigate the application process. Advising is offered in person, online, and over the phone.

Info Sessions

Oct. 10 – Boren Undergraduate Scholarship & Graduate Fellowship
Oct. 10 – Writing a Personal Statement for Grad School
Oct. 11 – Critical Language Scholarship
Oct. 18 – Getting Started with Research
Oct. 19 – Truman Scholarship

Writing Workshops

Oct. 4, 11, & 18 – NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

For more info and to schedule an appointment: https://ufo.psu.edu/calendar/list

Feminist Majority ~ Pennsylvania Campus Organizers

The Feminist Majority is recruiting hardworking and passionate Pennsylvania community college and university students and recent graduates to be campus organizers for our student-led voter education and mobilization campaign to encourage student turnout for feminist candidates in the elections in November. Organizers will be working through Election Day, November 6th, for 5-20 hours per week, at $15 an hour. Applications will be accepted on a rolling-basis through October. More info…

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 Open for Spring 19

Participating in an internship or study abroad opportunity this spring? Apply for Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds. Applications are now open for the spring semester. Priority deadline: December 1. Learn more…

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!


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!