January 8, 2019

Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest

Sixth Annual Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest ~ DEADLINE JAN. 11

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: https://sites.psu.edu/paternofellows/essay-contest/


Lunch with Honors

Lunch with Honors will resume next week on Wednesday, January 16. See the schedule of speakers here.

Research Coffee and Exhibit Tour at Special Collections Library

January 9, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library

Have you ever wondered what the libraries’ Special Collections holdings might say about food? Are you thinking about using archives or Special Collections in your historical research about food and drink? Do you love food and obscure recipes? Yes? Excellent! Join us for our next Research Coffee Hour!

Over coffee, we’ll get things rolling with a brief lightning talk to give you the highlights of the Special Collections’ holdings related to the study of food and drink. Continue the discussion as you share your research challenges and gain ideas from others and learn more about the collections and research assistance available in the Special Collections Library. We’ll end with an in-depth tour of our current Special Collections exhibit, “A Full Course: Encounters with Food,” with our curator and exhibitions coordinator, Clara Drummond.

This event is open to all Penn State students, faculty, staff, and community members. We look forward to seeing you there!

Liberal Arts Summer Study Abroad Info Session

January 10, 6:00 p.m., 104 Thomas Building

Make the most of your summer by studying abroad and earning academic credits on a Liberal Arts faculty-led summer study abroad program. Global experiences can help you gain valuable intercultural skills that will enhance your future career. Join the Summer Study Abroad Information Session to learn about the incredible opportunities that await you! Learn more…

Study Abroad Week

January 14-21, Various Locations

Join Penn State Global Programs and campus partners during Study Abroad Week 2019 to learn all of the ways you can take your education overseas! View the flyer for events or visit the website for details.

Info Sessions include these titles and more!

– Education Abroad Advising on the Fly
– Study Abroad and Your #CareerGoals
– Internships Abroad Information Session & Internship Program Fair
– Study Abroad 101
– Summer Study Abroad: New Zealand and Australia Session
– Summer Study Abroad Information Session
– Paying the Way Workshop

Liberal Arts Career Week
January 21-25, Various Locations
Liberal Arts Career Week is approaching! Take advantage of all the great events and networking opportunities! Learn how to market your degree, figure out if law or grad school is right for you, step out of your comfort zone and practice networking with Happy Valley Improv! You can also hear from career professionals and Penn State alumni in business, government, and non-profit fields. Make sure to RSVP for the Networking Etiquette Reception, One-on-One Alumni Meetings, and Employer Resume Reviews! #LACareerWeek http://bit.ly/lacareerweek

Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Reception

2018 PFP Recognition Ceremony

February 6, 7:00 p.m., Hintz Family Alumni Center

This event celebrates the achievements of students who have been admitted to the Paterno Fellows Program and Schreyer Honors College over the past year. The program will include presentations by several Paterno Fellows, past and present, as well as winners of the Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest. A dessert reception will follow the ceremony.

New admits who are being recognized will receive a separate invitation in January. All aspiring and admitted Fellows are invited to attend, and others are welcome to join in! View photos from last year’s event.

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

LA 297-003 Democratic Erosion Honors / Ethics Course for Spring 19

How do democracies die? This one-credit course will examine the patterns by which such erosion commonly occurs and democracies transition into authoritarianism. The class, taught by McCourtney Institute for Democracy Managing Director Chris Beem, will examine the framework developed in the book “How Democracies Die.” It will be held Thursdays from 4:35-5:50 p.m. from February 7-April 14 (revised end date).

Bioethics Courses, BIOET 490 and 502 ~ PFP Ethics Credits

BMH 490 Hot Topics in Ethics and Health: From Gene Editing to Fracking (Bioethics Capstone)
Spring 2019, 3 credits, Tu/Th 10.35 – 11.50am, Willard 271
An interdisciplinary class that allows students to explore and write a research paper on a topic of their choice related to ethics and health. We will also discuss hot topics in the news from the ethics of gene editing to fracking and public health. We will explore legal and policy developments including recent Supreme Court cases, and their ethical implications. This class is open to students even if they are not enrolled in the Bioethics Minor. For questions about this course, please contact the instructor. Jonathan Marks, Bioethics Program Director, Affiliate Faculty, Philosophy, Law & International Affairs marks@psu.edu

BIOET 502 Public Health Ethics, Policy, and Law (Macro-Perspectives Course)
Spring 2019, 3 credits, Weds, 2.30 – 5.30pm, Henderson 014

This graduate course explores the biggest questions in bioethics: whether health is a human right; the ethics of health care systems; the relationship between food, environment, and health; the impact of racial and gender disparities on health care outcomes; public health emergencies; the influence of corporations on public health agencies; and how to respond to the obesity and opioid epidemics. If you would like permission from the Graduate School to take this course, please contact Jonathan Marks, Bioethics Program Director, Affiliate Faculty, Philosophy, Law & International Affairs marks@psu.edu.

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.

Funding and Research

Monash University Global Leadership and Advanced Research Program (GLARP) in Melbourne, Australia

The Global Leadership and Advanced Research Program (GLARP) is a prestigious, externally-funded, intensive program aimed at high-achieving undergraduate students with an interest in research in both industry and academia that takes place during the North American summer term at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

The 2019 program dates will be June 25 – July 20. The program begins with Orientation Week with events including guest lectures, excursions, and other activities to introduce students to Australian life and culture. The weekend following Orientation Week, students will participate in the Global Engagement and Leadership Experience (GELE) program, two-and-a-half day conference that brings together international students and U.S. students to discuss and learn about aspects of global leadership. Students will spend the final three weeks of the program working in small, multidisciplinary research teams to construct a research grant proposal. During the Program, a variety of experienced professionals from academia and industry provide interactive Masterclasses and workshops, in which students receive support and guidance through the grant writing process. Following the successful completion of the Program, all research grant proposals are reviewed, and a select few receive funding to carry out their projects. Students will earn 4-credits of LA 399 and this program is open to students from all majors. For more information, visit the GLARP website. Applications through the Penn State Global Programs website are due on February 1.

University of Auckland Northern Hemisphere Funded Summer Research Program in Auckland, New Zealand

The Northern Hemisphere Summer Research Scholarship program is open to students from all majors. Summer 2019 projects will be of interest to students in Psychology, History, Economics, Law, Languages, Linguistics, Religious Studies, and Gender Studies. Students will conduct a research project under the supervision of a professor at the University of Auckland for eight weeks between June and August 2019. Students will receive a stipend of up to NZ $4,000 and NZ $2,000 towards the cost of travel. Applications are due by February 4, 2019. See the website for details.

Spark Fellowship Program ~ Applications Due January 18

The Spark Program offers select undergraduate students the opportunity to learn about high impact educational experiences, campus resources, and fellowship opportunities, while providing them with the tools to develop competitive fellowship applications. 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!

Service / Leadership

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 volunteers@scasd.org.

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: http://sites.psu.edu/standuppsu/.

Penn State Lion’s Pantry

The Penn State Lion’s Pantry was created to address the issue of food insecurity at Penn State, University Park. Volunteers are needed at various times throughout the semester to help sort and organize donations. Shifts are available via the volunteer website at various times throughout the semester, to sign up go to: volunteer.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.

In the News

Spring 2019 with Rock Ethics Institute Undergraduate Fellows Named

The Paterno Fellows Program and Rock Ethics Institute are pleased to announce recipients of the inaugural Rock Ethics Institute Undergraduate Fellowships. These fellowships involve working closely with and assisting Rock faculty on interdisciplinary ethics projects. Some projects focus on research, while others focus on developing programming and networks related to ethics at Penn State. Students selected as Rock Fellows will receive $1,000 to support their fellowship.

– Daniel Zahn, ’20 PF Communication Arts and Sciences, English, and Philosohy — Moral Agency and Moral Development Initiative Fellowship, supervised by Professor Daryl Cameron

– Uchenna Nwodim, ’21 PF Political Science — Psychology and Disparities in Criminal Justice Fellowship, supervised by Professor Jose Soto

 -Siena Baker, ’21 PF Economics, and Community, Environment, and Development — FIELDS (Food Innovation, Ethics, Leadership, Development, and Sustainability) Project Fellowship, supervised by Professor Rob Chiles

 -Jason Cherry, ’21 History — Environmental Humanities Research Network Fellowship, supervised by Professor Ted Toadvine

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 Profile:

Kelsey Bell, ’20 PF International Politics, and Advertising/Public Relations — U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Student entrepreneurs look to lock in support for new product

Ezra Gershanok, ’21 PF Economics, along with Aaron Glatter and Jacob Halbert have developed “The Keyper,” a phone wallet designed with a pocket specifically for a room key. 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 Spring 2019

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Wednesday: 1:15-2:30 p.m.
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!