January 15, 2019


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

January 16, 12:15-1:00 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

Join Catherine Wanner, Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program, for a discussion on “Rethinking the Paterno Fellows Program: What can we do better?”

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

Download the flyer: http://bit.ly/SP19LwH

Study Abroad Week

January 14-21, Various Locations

Join Penn State Global Programs and campus partners during Study Abroad Week 2019 to learn all 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

First Year Experience Events

The First-Year Experience program allows students to learn more about the College of the Liberal Arts and Penn State. Programming and events center around helping students become acclimated to the University, as well as begin to identify with the college, their peers, and their teachers. FYE events are open to all LA students, regardless of year.

– Jan. 15 – Internships Abroad Information Session & Internship Program Fair
– Jan. 21 – Marketing Your Liberal Arts Degree
– Jan. 21, Purposeful Selection: Exploring Majors, Careers, and Directional Decision Making
– Jan. 21 – Networking Etiquette Reception
– Jan. 22 – Is Law School Right for Me?
– Jan. 22 – Translating PhD Training for Non-Academic Careers: From CV to Resume in 75 minutes
– Jan. 22 – Communicating with Employers presented by Kohl’s
– Jan. 22 – Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: Networking and Interviewing

View the full calendar

University Fellowships Office Info Sessions

– Jan. 16 – Udall Scholarship
– Jan. 24 – Udall Scholarship (webinar only)
– Jan. 29 – U.K. Week: Fulbright in the U.K.
– Jan. 30 – U.K. Week: Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Churchill Scholarships
– Jan. 31 – U.K. Week: Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

See All Events and Deadlines

Liberal Arts Career Week

January 21-25, Various Locations

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 & 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 (in Nittany Lion Careers), One-on-One Alumni Meetings* (here), & Employer Resume Reviews (in Nittany Lion Careers),! #LACareerWeek

*One of the Alumni in Business Panel participants is Jake Plevelich, ’13 PF History and Political Science.

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 have received a separate invitation. 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.

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

Gettysburg National Military Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Undergraduate Summer Jobs

Do you have an interest in preserving our nation’s history and sharing it with the public? Do you want to put your knowledge of history to good use this summer? The Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State invites applications from qualified Penn State undergraduate students for four paid positions at historic sites during the summer of 2019: two at Gettysburg National Military Park and two at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The internships provide students hands-on experience in the work of public history. These non-credit internships come with a $3,500 stipend and free housing at the national parks.

Each year, Richards Center interns play a crucial role in the National Park Service’s mission to preserve the nation’s history and help connect Americans to their shared past. If you would like the opportunity to support this mission and gain valuable skills in historical interpretation and public education, we encourage you to apply. Applications due January 28. For details…

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.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships assist undergraduate and graduate students in achieving competency in selected foreign languages and conducting research in related international and area studies. Students in all fields of study are welcome to apply. Languages eligible for Penn State’s FLAS Fellowships are Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian. Application deadline: February 1, 2019 For more info and to apply…

University Fellowships Office Deadlines

– Jan. 11 – Goldwater Scholarship Deadline
– Jan. 15 – Truman Scholarship Deadline
– Jan. 16 – Boren Scholarship and Fellowship Deadline
– Jan. 21 – Erickson Discovery Grant Deadline
– Jan. 30 – Beinecke Scholarship Deadline
– Jan. 31 – Student Engagement Network Grant Deadline

See All Events and Deadlines

Internship Opportunities

Nittany Lion Careers is Penn State’s 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.

CentreHelps Hotline Volunteers

CentreHelps is currently looking to recruit volunteers for our hotline for Spring 2019. This is a great chance for students to learn counseling skills and gain therapeutic experience as an undergrad. For more information, visit www.centrehelps.org. Applications due January 28.

Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity

Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed service fraternity based on leadership, friendship, and service. Founded in 1925 on the principles of Boy Scouts of America, we have become the largest co-ed service fraternity in the country. We have a 0-hazing policy and accept students of all year-standings, including graduate students. We volunteer both around campus and within the Centre County Community, and our members are required to complete 20 hours of service each semester. We have a large philanthropic portion as well and are involved in THON, Relay for Life, and Special Olympics. There are many leadership opportunities available to new members, and we enthusiastically accept new members both in fall and spring semesters. If interested, we can be reached through our contact email at aporecruitmentpsu@gmail.com.

Here is a copy of our recruitment schedule for the rest of the semester:
– January 17: Info Session in 265 Willard @ 6:30 pm
– January 18: Mocktail Party @ 7 pm
– January 21: MLK Day of Service
– January 22: Info Session in 265 Willard @ 6:30 pm

Nominees Sought for Rock Ethics Institute’s 2019 Stand Up Awards ~  Due January 25

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 Philosophy — 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 Profiles:

Raymond Hoy, ’20 PF Economics, and Community, Environment, and Development — CIEE: Cape Town, Arts and Science

Finn Nixdorf, ’20 PF Chinese — CIEE: Summer, Accelerated Chinese Language

Carolyn Stoughton, ’20 PF Spanish, and Elementary & Early Childhood Education — Cuencca and Loja, Ecuador: Teaching English in Ecuador


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.

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/

Liberal Arts 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.

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…

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!