February 19, 2019

Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest

Essay Contest Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest. First, second, and third place winners read their essays at the PFP Recognition Ceremony on February 6. We will publish them, as well as Honorable Mention essays, in the coming weeks. Watch this space for links to their essays!

First Place
Steven Schneible, ’21 PF English and Psychology

Second Place
James Davidson, ’20 PF History and English

Third Place
Brian Loane, ’19 PF English and Comparative Literature

Honorable Mention
Grace DePaull, ’22 PF Global and International Studies
Faith Gongaware, ’21 PF Global and International Studies, and Supply Chain and Information Systems
Cecilia Mabilais-Estevez, ’19 PF English and Italian

Honorable Mention: “An Observance of Humanity,” by Grace DePaull

The Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest asked Penn State students to explore ethical values and intercultural issues, and their talent for expressing their views in writing. Grace DePaull, ’22 Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar, Global and International Studies, won Honorable Mention for her essay, “An Observance of Humanity.” Read her essay here.

Notable Essay: “Ars longa, vita brevis,” by Jacob Iwinski

While not a traditional essay, this entry by Jacob Iwinski, ’21 PF Communication Arts and Sciences, caught our attention. See Jake’s entry, “Ars longa, vita brevis” in response to the prompt, “Does Art Matter?”


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

February 20, 12:15-1:00 p.m., 133 Sparks Building

Christopher Witko, Associate Director, School of Public Policy

“How the States are Responding to Economic Inequality”

Lunch is provided; no advance registration.

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

Impact Career Fair

February 20, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., HUB-Robeson Cultural Center

The Impact Career Fair is for any student who is seeking a full-time, internship, or research opportunity in a field that makes a difference. Organizations that attend are focused on education, services, policy, or community. More info…

Jonathan Haidt Lecture: “Three Terrible Ideas Weakening Gen Z and Damaging Universities and Democracies”

February 21, 5:00 p.m., 100 Thomas Building

Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business and one of the country’s leading scholars on free speech, morality, and political life. His latest book, The Coddling of the American Mind, is a New York Times bestseller. More info…

Sponsored by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy ~ Free and Open to the Public

Herman Bennett Lecture: “Before the Human: Africans, Sovereigns & Slaves”

February 21, 6:00 p.m., 160 Willard Building

How might the focus on eighteenth-century race and commodification obscure earlier and equally expansive ideas about difference and dispossession? In taking up this question as a conceptual starting point, the talk charts a different, if not lost, genealogies of difference and dispossession that defined how Europeans in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries registered their encounter with Africans and subsequently classified some as subjects of sovereigns and other as sovereign-less subjects who could be enslaved. More info…

Part of the Racial Disposability and Cultures of Resistance Sawyer Seminar Series sponsored by the Department of African American Studies ~ Free and Open to the Public

Deliberation Nation

February 18-28, various locations

Deliberation Nation is a ten-day series of over 50 deliberative discussions hosted by the students of Rhetoric and Civic Life, a first-year, year-long honors rhetoric and communication course. As part of their course requirements, students work in groups to devise and frame a deliberative discussion that addresses issues important to the community in which they live and learn. They learn the differences between debate, conversation, and deliberative discussion. They also discover the importance (and difficulty!) of framing issues fairly to promote understanding and to help participants to reflect meaningfully on community values and the choices they face.

The result of this learning? Ten days of over 50 deliberations on topics that span spectrums of social, political, educational, and ethical significance. And YOU are invited. Check out the list of days, times, and titles and join with your friends, neighbors, and community leaders for a rich exploration of the values that drive our decision making on the urgent topics of our day.

“Laughtivism–the Power of Humor in Nonviolent Struggle”

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

Srdja Popovic 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 Workshop: Getting Started with Research

February 21, 5:30 p.m., W315 Pattee Library

The goal of this session, hosted by University Libraries, is for attendees to learn what undergraduate research looks like and how to own their own role in these projects. Attendees will leave this session with clarity regarding the steps needed to enter a scholarly conversation of their choosing: how to navigate undergraduate research basics; how to use the Libraries for research assistance; and how to connect with a librarian at a point of need. Appropriate for first to third-year undergraduates interested in learning more about how the University Libraries can support them in their research.

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

Penn State’s Master of Public Policy Program Accepting Applications

Interested in earning a graduate degree? Consider one that prepares you for a career in public service and community leadership! The Penn State School of Public Policy is accepting applications the master’s program. The curriculum is designed to focus on developing essential analytic skills and practical policy knowledge. Current concentrations include data science/analytics, criminal justice, health policy, labor and employment relations, children and family policy, information technology, and international public policy. The program is also flexible enough to allow students to design a personalized specialization that meets specific career goals. It’s a great program for students who want to pursue careers in all levels of government, non-profit leadership, lobbying firms, think tanks, policy consultants, and more. Learn more at publicpolicy.psu.edu.

CED 375H: Community, Local Knowledge, and Democracy ~ Honors / Ethics Course

Instructor: Professor Ted Alter
Meeting Times: Tuesday/Thursday, 10:35-11:50

In CED 375H students will critically engage the principles, concepts and skills essential to understanding processes of community decision-making, community development, and everyday democracy. Readings will be unpacked through essays and seminar dialogues to cover framing, tensions between indigenous/local/situated and expert knowledge, methods for resolving seemingly intractable conflicts, and the nature or role of participatory processes in debate, deliberation, and doing public work. As these concepts are transcendent across all disciplines, students from all majors are welcome to enroll in this course. The listed prerequisite can be waived or substituted. Please contact Ted Alter with any questions about the course.

View a past course syllabus here: https://psu.app.box.com/s/tpsr5u3g791bidbgtzqekqexwguw1a6t

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…

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

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…

Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Graduate students Hyun Yang and Ruosi Shao from the Bellisario College of Communications are looking for undergraduates to help conduct research this semester. They are conducting an experiment to examine the effects of virtual reality on human perceptions and behaviors and need undergraduate researchers to help with data collection in the experiment. You can learn more about the project and how to apply on the Undergraduate Research website.

University Fellowships Office Deadlines

– 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!

Get Involved

Penn State Leadership Institute – Apply by March 18

The Penn State Leadership Institute, scheduled for the week of May 6-11, is an innovative leadership retreat designed for undergraduate students at University Park to build meaningful connections with their peers. This six-day leadership development experience fosters a collaborative and engaging environment for students to grow as an individual, a professional, and a community member. The Leadership Institute views leadership as a process, not a position, so leaders of any level of experience are encouraged to apply. More info…

UPUA Elections Info Sessions

The undergraduate student government at University Park (UPUA) will soon enter its election season. Any undergraduate student, regardless of prior experience with student government, is invited to run for an at-large representative seat, academic college seat (including one for Schreyer and Liberal Arts), or student body president/vice president. You are only eligible to run for a representative seat or for student body president/vice president if you attend one of the information sessions.

The information dates, times, and locations are as follows:
– Tuesday, February 19th at 9:00pm in 216 Boucke
– Monday, February 25th at 11:00am in 016 Paul Robeson Cultural Center
– Thursday, February 28th at 5:00pm in 330 HUB

You may email any questions you have to psuelectioncommission@gmail.com.

F.O.R.M. Consulting Seeking Communications Director

F.O.R.M. Consulting is seeking someone to serve as Communications Director. Applicants should fill out this form. F.O.R.M. Consulting (Future Opportunities Reached by Mentorship), a student-run mentorship organization founded in 2016 at Penn State by Paterno Fellows, provides free, individualized post-secondary counseling to high school students seeking a variety of educational paths. This position is focused on developing and solidifying F.O.R.M.’s national brand. Responsibilities include implementing and strategizing communication efforts with a focus on media, and overseeing all marketing efforts from the chapters, including but not limited to social media and website development. This position will be an unpaid commitment for the year of 2019. Applicants should have an interest in non-profit work, display interpersonal and leadership skills, and demonstrate ambition to complete independent projects. Experience within the fields of Communications, Marketing and/or Public Relations is highly encouraged. You can apply at this link. If you have any questions, please email formatpsu@gmail.com.

P.H.R.E.E. (Peers Helping Reaffirm Educate and Empower)

Join PHREE! We are a PHREE is a student-facilitated, educational program designed to educate and promote awareness about some of the most critical issues facing college students, such as sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, healthy relationships, and body image. The program involves students conducting workshops and participating in other events that promote a healthy and safe campus community.

We meet Mondays! 2/25 HUB 229 at 12:00 pm! If you are interested in joining find us on Facebook at Penn State Gender Equity Center or email our advisor Shannon at sed264@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

Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony

On February 6, 2019, the Paterno Fellows Program recognized 142 students who were admitted to PFP and Schreyer Honors College over the past year. Read the story and view photos from this annual event.

Five Liberal Arts students serve as THON 2019 directors

Five Liberal Arts students served as THON Directors this year, including Emily Purnell, ‘19 PF Spanish and Accounting. Read their stories…

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!