January 22, 2019


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

January 23, 12:15-1:00 p.m., 133 Sparks Building

Jonathan Brockopp, Professor of History and Religious Studies

“Climate Change and Moral Vision”

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

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

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.

University Fellowships Office Info Sessions

– 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

French Field Study and Internship Programs Info Session

January 29, 6:00 p.m., 165 Willard Building

The Institute for Field Education (IFE) is a new study abroad program with three locations: Paris, Strasbourg, and Brussels. The program is unique in that students pursue a research project in a field that interests them, and this is done in French. More info…

First-Year Experience: Liberal Arts Student Org Fair

January 30, 5:00-7:00 p.m., East Halls, Findlay Commons

Learn about Liberal Arts student organizations! Student representatives will be available to talk about their group and you can learn more about getting involved! View the flyer for a list of participating clubs and organizations.

Spring Career Days

February 5-6, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center

Want an internship or full-time position in the private sector or government agency? Attend Spring Career Days on Feb. 5 and 6 from 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center. Maximize your time at the fair by researching the employers that are attending in advance. Attend the pre-fair workshops to build confidence and prepare for your experience. Learn more…

Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Reception

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

2018 PFP Recognition Ceremony

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.

An Evening with Bryan Stevenson at Penn State

March 20, 7:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium

The Rock Ethics Institute’s 2019 Richard D. Lippin Lecture in Ethics, in partnership with the Student Programming Association Distinguished Speaker Series, will feature award-winning author and lawyer Bryan Stevenson on March 20, 2019, in Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium. Stevenson is author of the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), and one of the leading voices for civil rights and criminal justice reform in America today. His lecture will explore what justice demands, both inside and outside the courtroom, and the need to address the legacy of racial violence and oppression in the U.S. Following his lecture there will be a book signing. The event will be free and open to the public, but a ticket will be required to attend. Tickets will become available in the spring semester.

Courses / Curriculum / PFP Requirements

LA 197-003 Why Work? Exploring Labor through Public Humanities (1 cr) Honors / Ethics Course for Spring 19

Instructor: Richard Anderson, Post-Doctoral Scholar, Humanities Institute
Class Meetings: MoWe 5:00-6:00 p.m., March 11-April 25

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.

This course will examine work through the lens of public humanities, surveying the methods scholars, museum curators, historic site interpreters, journalists, artists, and writers use to bring explorations work to public audiences.

Download the flyer…

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…

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. 30 – Office Deadline: Beinecke Scholarship
– Jan. 31 – National Deadline: Student Engagement Network Grants
– Feb. 3 – National Deadline: NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
– Feb. 7 – National Deadline: Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes

See all UFO events and deadlines here.

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

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/.

State of State Seeking Student Emcee and Student Facilitators

State of State is searching for a student emcee as well as student facilitators for its annual conference on March 31st 2019. State of State is an organization committed to facilitating dialogue about issues on campus. Every year we hold a conference highlighting some of these important issues. After all applications are reviewed, finalists will be contacted to sign up for in-person auditions. Applications will be due by Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 11:59 pm. Auditions will likely be the week after. For more information about State of State and the conference, see our website: http://www.psustateofstate.com. If you have any questions, please reach out to Tom Beeby (content.stateofstate@gmail.com) or Clare McHugh (executive.stateofstate@gmail.com).

If interested in applying to be an emcee, the link is https://goo.gl/forms/F7OjBZdk6RChPEYE3.

State of State is currently looking for facilitators to help guide conversation during the conference. Facilitators will be trained before the conference and be able to listen to the speeches beforehand in order to have a solid understanding on the topics. Sign ups will close in late February. Email internal.stateofstate@gmail.com. If interested in applying to be a facilitator, the link is https://goo.gl/forms/1UAugzNIp8tWra9J2.

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.

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

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:

Mikayla Casey, ’21 PF Spanish – Temple Summer in Sicily, Biology 3380: Biotechnology Applied to Historical Conservation

Erin Doolin, ’20 PF Criminology and Political Science – Penn State Justice and Safety Institute

Alice Lin, ’20 PF French and Francophone Studies, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – Arusha, Tanzania: Biology of Eco-Health


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!