November 27, 2018

Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest

Sixth Annual Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest

Our purpose is to encourage Penn State undergraduate students to explore ethical values and intercultural issues, and their talent for expressing their views in writing. Essays should be no longer than 800 words and will be judged on originality, relevance, and creativity. The contest is open to all full-time baccalaureate students who are enrolled at any Penn State campus for the Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 semester. Entry deadline: January 11.


1.       A day before the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act celebrated its ninth anniversary, an anti-Semite attacked and killed eleven congregants at the Tree of Life Synagogue. Why is hate so potent, and what can we do about it?

2.       Does art matter?

3.       “Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.” David Foster Wallace
What makes us the same?

Winners will receive up to $500, and will be acknowledged at the annual Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony on February 6, 2019. Winning essays will be published on Liberal Arts Voices.

To download the flyer with prompts, and to submit your essay, go to:


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

November 28, 12:15-1:00 p.m., 7A Sparks Building (ground floor at end of hall)

Paterno Fellows and student leaders Panini Pandya, State of State, and Cory Steinle, Future Opportunities Reached by Mentorship (F.O.R.M.)

“Get Involved! Opportunities for Paterno Fellows”

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

Lunch & Learn: Student Internship Panel ~ RSVP Required

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

Liberal Arts students are invited to join their peers, including PF Daniela Rojas Medina, to learn more about their internship experiences and how they got them. Receive advice on networking and tips for the application system. RSVP in Nittany Lion Careers to reserve a seat. For details…

University Fellowships Office Information Sessions

The University Fellowships Office is now offering information sessions on the following opportunities. Interested and relevant students and faculty are encouraged to attend or contact the office to set up an appointment.

Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes

November 28, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 151 Willard BuildingRegister
December 6, 11:00 a.m.-Noon, 319 Sackett BuildingRegister

The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes fund three to four week summer courses in the UK and promote UK higher education. Applicants must be U.S. citizens in their first or second year of undergraduate study, have a GPA of 3.7 or greater, and little to no prior international experience. Join us to learn more about the program including what participating universities and available topics, as well as how to apply. More info…

Penn State’s Erickson Discovery Grant

November 29, 6:00- 7:00 p.m., 107 Sackett BuildingRegister

The Erickson Discovery Grant offers funding for summer undergraduate student engagement in original research, scholarship, and creative work. Attend this information session to learn more about the program, its application process, and how to prepare strong application. More info…

Udall Scholarship

December 4, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 271 Willard BuildingRegister

The Udall Scholarship seeks sophomores and juniors who will be future leaders in environmental fields as well as Native Americans and Alaska Natives who will be leaders in Native American health care and Tribal public policy. It offers up to $7,000 to support ongoing educational expenses and offers a summer orientation for recipients to network and learn new skills. Attend this info session to learn more about what type of applicants Udall is looking for and how to get started on your own application. More info…

Courses / Curriculum / PFP Requirements

LA 197-002 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 Scholar 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 Meetings: 5-6:30pm Thursday, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28 PLUS Tuesday, Feb 19, and an all-day trip to Washington, D.C, on Saturday, Feb 23. Class attendance is mandatory. If you must miss class or this trip, do not enroll in this course.

LA 197-003 Taking the Humanities Public: Work and Workers in Our World (1 cr) Honors / Ethics Course for Spring 19

This course will explore the role of work and workers in our contemporary world through the lens of public humanities. Students will learn how philosophy, history, law and politics, religion, anthropology, archaeology, literature, and visual and performing arts approach work as an object of study. The course will also survey the methods humanities scholars, activists, museum curators, historic site interpreters, artists, and writers use to bring examinations of work to public audiences. Finally, students will apply their own humanities skills to a modest collaborative project of their own that engages some aspect of work in Centre County.

Why work? Whether paid or unpaid, occurring inside or outside the home, performed for an employer or for one’s self, carried out alone or with others, the experience of having work to do links people from vastly different backgrounds and perspectives. Work roots us in space, shapes individual and group identities, and helps determine economic security and quality of life. Furthermore, in ways that are often hidden, questions about work lie at or near the heart of many of today’s most pressing issues: poverty and income inequality, climate change, immigration, globalization, mass incarceration, and sexual harassment and violence. The study of work and workers offers a way to build bridges between people and foster empathy within communities. Yet, the multi-faceted nature of work requires a variety of tools to capture its multitude of forms and meanings.

Class Meetings: MoWe 5:00-6:00 p.m., March 11-April 25

Teaching ESL with Immersion in Ecuador ~ Applications Due November 28

Does living and teaching abroad interest you? Do you value international experience? Do you want to learn some Spanish and collaborate with university students from another continent? Learn to Teach English Language Learners and Explore Ecuador!

This program is open to all university students and no Spanish proficiency is required. The program begins with an online course in the Spring semester and continues through the summer session. Application deadline is November 28, 2018. More info…

International Affairs (INTAF) Courses of Interest

Senior undergraduate students who are interested in taking an INTAF course should complete the following form and obtain the signatures of the SIA faculty member as well as their undergraduate academic adviser. Completed forms can then be submitted to the Graduate School in 114 Kern for processing.

Each course below links to a promotional flyer with the course description and contact information for the respective faculty member. Interested students are welcome to contact the faculty member directly for more information about the course.

INTAF 501 Water and Sustainable Development (Sarr)
INTAF 502 Science, Technology and International Policy (Peng)
INTAF 597 Property, Poverty and Development (Brown)
INTAF 597 Climate Security and Policy (Titley)
INTAF 597 International Development and the Ethics of Development Assistance (Ransom)
INTAF 597 Gender and the Food System (Ransom)
INTAF 812 The Role of Intelligence in International Relations (Jett)
INTAF 815 Dynamics of International Economic Order: Law, Politics and Power (Leverett)
INTAF 816 War and Peace (Jett)

For questions or registration issues, please contact Claudia Prieto at

LA 103: Professional Development for Liberal Arts Students (formerly LA 401)

Looking for a job or internship? Want to improve your interviewing skills? Hoping to explore career paths? There’s a class for all of it! Register for the one credit LA 103: Professional Development for the Liberal Arts Student this spring. (Please note LA 103 is the new course listing for our previous professional development course, LA 401.) More info…

Spring 2019 Short-Term Study Abroad Programs

Want to go abroad during spring break or Maymester? Register for a Liberal Arts international embedded course for the spring. Embedded courses are Penn State courses taken at University Park that include a short-term international travel component. Note: Some embedded courses may require permission to enroll in the course. Please visit to learn more about participating in these programs.

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

Nominees Sought for Rock Ethics Institute’s 2019 Stand Up Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Awards. Any faculty, staff, student or community member may nominate a student through January 25, 2019.

Stand Up Awards recognize Penn State undergraduate students who have demonstrated ethical leadership by “standing up” for a cause, idea or belief. By honoring and celebrating their courageous examples, the awards aim to inspire others at Penn State to become ethical leaders. Each awardee will receive a $1,000 cash prize and be honored during an awards ceremony at the Nittany Lion Inn in April 2019.

For more info, and to view videos of 2018 awardees, including Paterno Fellows Alice Greider and Brendan Bernicker, go to:

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 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

Student Engagement Network Grants

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. Deadline: January 31, 2019

Walk-in Wednesdays at the Career Enrichment Network

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

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!

In the News

Paterno Fellow finds passion for philanthropy through summer internship

Thomas Beeby, ’20 PF Economics and Political Science, interned with the Penn State Division of Development and Alumni Relations in the Volunteer Programs office. “The skills learned in this internship apply to almost every field and are not limited to just careers in development,” said Beeby. Full story…

Penn State Deliberates series explores dialogue on campus

Ryan Insley, ’19 PF English, Philosophy, and Political Science, is one of the interns in the Center for Democratic Deliberation who is producing Penn State Deliberates, a series of interviews about the role of dialogue on campus. Read more…

Liberal Arts student establishes Youth Enterprise Program in South Africa

William Okrafo-Smart, ’20 PF Psychology, and Global and International Studies, spent the past summer interning with IKhaya Le Langa, a nonprofit organization in Cape Town, South Africa. Okrafo-Smart credits his liberal arts education with not only helping him succeed with his project but with landing the opportunity to work on it in the first place. Read more…

Paterno Fellow completes language research in Africa

Daniel Zahn, ’20 PF English, Philosophy, and Communication Arts and Sciences, participated in a linguistics research project in Bassila, Benin, focusing on everyday language use. The enrichment experience made him realize the value of exploring the world beyond school. Full 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!