February 5, 2019


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

February 6, 12:15-1:00 p.m., 133 Sparks Building

Joshua Branch, ’13 PF Political Science, Attorney, Juvenile Law Center

“Thoughts on the Law and Juvenile Justice in America Today”

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

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

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.

Peace and Justice Lobbying Information Session

February 5, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 133 Sparks Building

Ben Rowles, a College of the Liberal Arts alumnus, will hold an info session on opportunities with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a public-interest lobbying and advocacy organization focused on peace and social justice. FCNL is recruiting for PAID fellowship and internship positions and for its spring lobby training program. Ben will also be holding drop-in office hours for interested students in 321 Boucke Bldg. Wed. and Thurs. from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Fri. from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Facebook event…

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…

University Fellowships Office Info Sessions

– Feb. 5, 13 – Research and You: Unpacking Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry
– Feb. 6, 12 – Gilman Scholarship
– Feb. 26, 27 – Applying to Participate in the Undergraduate Exhibition

UFO events and deadlines…

Ethnographic Skills Workshop ~ Registration Required

February 9, noon – 5:00 p.m., Arts & Design Research Incubator

This workshop, “Seeing and Asking: The Art of Interviewing for Research,” is led by Anthony Bak Buccitelli, Associate Professor of American Studies and Communications; Ralph Godbolt, Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies; and Raven Haymond and Jaimie Kinsley, Ph.D. Students in American Studies.

Applied widely across the humanities and social sciences, ethnographic approaches to the study of culture encompass a wide variety of qualitative research methods. This workshop will provide introductory training in the requisite skills and concepts that define ethnographic practice, and offer opportunities to apply these skills through hands-on exercises. For more info and to register…

First-Year Experience: Snack and (Get Ready to) Schedule

February 13, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., 134 HUB

Drop in and ask advisers questions about classes and schedules for the Fall semester! Advisers will be available and current students can help walk you through the scheduling process! Snacks will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Liberal Arts Envoys and LAUC.

FYE events are organized for first year students, but open to all. View the FYE calendar…

“Laughtivism–the Power of Humor in Nonviolent Struggle”

February 26, 4:30 p.m., Katz Building Auditorium

Srdja Popovic, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies (CANVAS), will discuss the power of humor in social movements and that through humor, movements gain popularity, thus allowing them to grow exponentially, which is key for success. Popovic ultimately promotes the idea that nonviolent revolutions work and can help make the world a more peaceful and democratic place.

Free and Open to the Public ~ Sponsored by the Center for Global Studies, and co-sponsored by the Paterno Fellows Program. Download the flyer…

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.

Learn and Network in DC, March 29 ~ Apply by Feb. 22

Sign up for a day-long visit to Washington, DC on Friday, March 29! The day will include workshops at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management on how to apply for federal internships and jobs, successfully navigate USAJOBS, and more. The workshops will be followed by a networking event at the General Services Administration with Liberal Arts alumni working in various government agencies such as the Dept. of State, FBI, Dept. of Justice, and more. Transportation to/from DC will be provided, but space is limited. To register…

Undergraduate Research Workshops

February – April, various locations

University Libraries and University Fellowships are holding a series of workshops throughout the spring semester for students who are interested in undergraduate research. Topics include: how to define research and discover opportunities, research ethics and emotional intelligence, designing an effective research poster, and preparing to present at the Undergraduate Exhibition. View the schedule…

Courses / Curriculum / PFP Requirements

One seat has just opened for this course, beginning this Thursday! See description…

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

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 Why Work? Exploring Labor through Public Humanities (1 cr) Honors / Ethics Course for Spring 2019

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…

LA 297-003 Democratic Erosion (1 cr) 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

NEW COURSE for Fall 2019: BIOET 401Q Science, Ethics, Policy, and Law (3 cr) ~ Honors / Ethics Course

This course explores the ethical, policy, and legal implications of science, and the implications of science for ethics, policy, and law. The course provides an introduction to scientific norms and practice; an introduction to the theories and methods employed in ethical analysis; an overview of ethics for scientists (including, but not limited, to falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism, and the protection of human and non-human animal participants); and an introduction to law and policy. In addition, the course will explore the use of science in the courts; the role of scientists in policy debates (whether they should be advocates or “honest brokers”); science education policy; science communication and scientific hype; the roles and responsibilities of professional scientists and citizen scientists; science in regulatory and policy processes; the assessment and management of risk; policymaking in the face of scientific uncertainty; and what ethics, policy, and law might learn from recent developments in social and behavioral science. In its examination of law and policy, the course will explore international and comparative perspectives. The course will also explore a variety of special topics (that may vary according to the expertise of the instructor and the interests of the students). These topics may be drawn from a variety of spheres: medicine and public health, food and nutrition science, neuroscience, agricultural science, climate science, and the social sciences. Special topics may include the ethical and policy implications of “big data”; the ethics of science in war and as a instrument of harm; climate science, climate change denial, and ethical decision-making in the face of scientific uncertainty; the promises and perils of forensic science; the role of food science in nutrition policy; the regulation of environmental toxins; the use of behavioral science and “nudging” in public health policy; gun violence and gun control policy; contemporary challenges related to transparency, reproducibility and replication in science; the commercialization of science, and an ethical and policy assessment of the so-called “Triple Helix” of government-academy-industry relations; and the neuroscience of moral and criminal responsibility.

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

Call for Papers: 10th Annual MadRush Conference

March 16, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

How to Apply: The 10thAnnual MadRush Undergraduate Research Conferenceseeks undergraduate research and/or creative works in written, poster or web-based formats from any Humanities or Social Science discipline. Interested students should submit a 100-150 word email abstract of their project to madrush@jmu.edu no later than 5:00 PM Monday, February 11, 2019. Abstracts should be Word files and should include author, academic major, institution, title of presentation. We welcome submission of panel sessions on related paper topics.

Presentation Format: Students selected for the conference will be notified by email in early March. Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length; there will be time for audience questions at the end of each conference session. Presentations may include PowerPoint slides for visual support. Presenters are responsible for expenses incurred in attending the conference. Poster sessions will be delivered in a session format.

Conference fees: $25 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)

MadRush Best Paper Prizes/Publication in undergraduate journal: Students who have been accepted to present at the conference may submit their completed project for publication consideration in our undergraduate journal. The top three papers will receive best paper prizes-1st place–$100; 2ndplace–$75; 3rdplace–$50. The submission deadline for publication and prize consideration will be in late February. Winners will be announced at the end of the conference.

MadRushUndergraduate Research Journal: Students who submit copies of their papers for the Best Paper Prizes will also have their papers reviewed for publication in our undergraduate research journal. A group of faculty referees will select approximately eight papers for publication.

Applications Open for 2019 Undergraduate Exhibition for Research, Inquiry, or Creative Activity

The 2019 Undergraduate Exhibition for Research, Inquiry, or Creative Activity, open to all Penn State undergrads, will take place on April 17 at the HUB-Robeson Center. Applications are due by March 24. Students may enter a traditional research poster, an oral presentation, or performance; or new this year, and engagement experience poster. More info…

University Fellowships Office Deadlines

– Feb. 6 – National Deadline: Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes
– Feb. 26 – Office Deadline: Udall Scholarship
– Mar. 1 – Office Deadline: Astronaut Scholarship
– Mar. 5 – National Deadline: Gilman Scholarship
– Mar. 18 – Office Deadline: Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Churchill Scholarships
– Mar. 24 – National Deadline: Undergraduate Exhibition

UFO 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

Fresh START Looking for Student Leaders

Fresh START, Penn State’s largest day of service, is looking for student leaders! The Liaison application for 2019 is now open! This role is designed to bridge communication between members of the executive board and Team Leaders. They will also support the executive board throughout the planning process, during events the week before Fresh START, and the Day of Service itself. The application closes on Friday, February 8th at 11:59 PM and can be accessed here.

For more information about the position, please reach out the Brandon Falzon, our Executive Director, at psufreshstart@gmail.com or follow us on Instagram.

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.

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.


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!