February 26, 2019

Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest

Honorable Mention: “Closer Than You Think,” by Faith Gongaware

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. Faith Gongaware, ’21 Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar, Global and International Studies, and Supply Chain and Information Systems, won Honorable Mention for her essay, “Closer Than You Think.” Read her essay here.

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


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

February 27, 12:15-1:00 p.m., 133 Sparks Building

John Horne, Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar, Professor Emeritus, Trinity College, Ireland
“Monuments and Memory: Commemorating World War I in Washington, DC”

Lunch is provided; no advance registration.

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

“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…

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.

Undergraduate Research Workshop: Getting Started with Research

Webinar: February 27, 3:00 p.m.

Any undergraduate student who is interested in learning more about attending or presenting at the Undergraduate Exhibition is encouraged to RSVP for a Webinar that will explain how to prepare an abstract and apply to participate. (More info about the Exhibition is below, under the “Funding and Research” heading.)

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…

First Year Experience presents “Seize your Summer: Preparing for your Sophomore Year”

March 13, 3:35 p.m., Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library

Seize the summer before your sophomore year by taking advantage of opportunities to build your resume, expand your network and prepare for your future at Penn State. Gain practical and beneficial strategies for making the most of your summer from Career Enrichment Network career coach Chelsea Keen.

Lunch & Learn: Careers in Non-Profit ~ RSVP Required

March 14, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

Join an expert in the field of non-profits to learn more about this career path. Where do you start and what can you be doing now to start your journey? Sophie Penney joins us to present on careers in non-profits. With her vast experience in a variety of industries and philanthropy, she will help you guide your career journey with resources and information.

Space is limited. Please RSVP through Nittany Lion Careers as soon as possible. If you are unable to attend, please remove your registration to make room for other students. More info…

Conference: Orthodoxy, Politics, and the Split between the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches

March 14-15, 102 Weaver Building

After more than 300 years of unification, the Ukrainian Orthodox churches have split from their Russian counterparts to form the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Some have called this the most significant event in church history since the Great Schism. Others liken the split to the Protestant Reformation to signal that they see two very different Churches developing. As both countries engage in armed combat in eastern Ukraine, changes in the religious sphere take on new motivations and meanings. From multiple disciplinary perspectives, this conference considers what the recognition of Ukrainian autocephaly means for Eastern Christianity, for Europe, and for geopolitics more broadly. More info…

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.

Penn State Capital Day

March 20, Harrisburg, PA

Capital Day is a free, day long advocacy trip to Harrisburg where students are given the ability to meet with their local legislators, and share why Penn State matters to them.

Set for March 20th, this year’s Capital Day includes long standing traditions like Creamery Ice Cream in the Capital’s Rotunda, as well as some new ones, such as opening the floor during the Rally for a wide variety of speakers to share their own Penn State stories. And you’re invited.

Whether you’re going as an individual, with a group of friends or with an organization, Advocate Penn State wants to see you at capital day. There is no background knowledge required to register, and it’s absolutely free (lunch and transportation included). All you have to do is sign up here, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Additionally, if you think your Penn State story is one worth sharing, and would like the opportunity to share it with legislators, alumni and fellow students on Capital Day, email advocate@psu.edu for more information on how to apply.

State of State 2019: State of Change

March 31, State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue, Doors Open at 2:30

State of State is an organization dedicated to facilitating dialogue about topics important to the Penn State community. Our annual conference provides a platform for Penn Staters to discuss topics such as mental health, town and gown relationships, the arts, and other topics concerning the Penn State community. Join us for presentations by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members, and engage in a meaningful dialogue about our community.

The presentations will be followed by hors d’oeuvres and facilitated dialogue in the Hintz Family Alumni Center.

2019 Speakers
– Catherine Okafor – Mental Health in Marginalized Communities
– John Lord – Change in the Greek Community
– Amanda Nelson – Overcoming Addiction
– Divine Lipscomb – Importance of Education
– Bhavin Shah – Bettering Student Life for International Students
– Dani Marks – The Privilege and Burden of the Penn State Brand
– Katie Schrekengast – Non-traditional Families
– Marissa Works – How the Arts drive Social Change
– Nick Pazuchanics – The Role of Tradition
– Jackson Fitzgerald – The Student Conduct Process

To the Theatre

Tickets Available for To Kill a Mockingbird, and Kinky Boots

Sign up by March 11 to be eligible

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a block of seats to two upcoming shows on campus: To Kill a Mockingbird on Tuesday, April 2, and Kinky Boots on Tuesday, April 9. (Correction: this was previously listed incorrectly as April 10.) You may enter the lottery for a chance to purchase one or two tickets to each of these shows for a great discount. These tickets are for Penn State students only, but if you purchase two, the second person does not have to be in PFP.

PFP has offered discounted tickets in the past which sold out before the end of the first day, so we had to turn many students away. In anticipation of a similar high demand for these tickets, we are holding a lottery to be fair to students whose schedules do not allow an immediate in-person visit to Sparks to be first to claim the seats. If you would like to be considered for tickets, please fill out the Google form. Names will be drawn at noon on Monday, March 11. All students who entered will be notified of whether or not they have been selected to purchase the discounted tickets. If additional tickets remain after March 11, we will announce how sales will continue.Tickets for To Kill a Mockingbird will be sold for $2 each (usually $12.50), and Kinky Boots will be $10 each (usually $50).

Please only enter if you plan to use the tickets. Although you are only paying a few dollars, PFP is paying the balance, and we want to be sure the seats are filled!

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…

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 Applications: Rock Ethics Institute Thesis and Research Awards

Proposal Deadline: March 29, 2019

The Rock Ethics Institute is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2019-2020 Thesis and Research Awards offered in conjunction with the Paterno Fellows Program. These awards are for undergraduate students in the Paterno Fellows Program who are working on ethics-related topics and research either within or in preparation for their honors theses. The Rock Ethics Institute Award will provide a range of financial support (from $500 to $2,000) for thesis research and related activities. For more info and to apply…

Call for Proposals: Africana Research Center Grants

Applications due March 8

The Africana Research Center (ARC) provides monetary support for scholars whose primary research centers on the African Diaspora. Undergraduate students enrolled in a program of study at Penn State with a minimum GPA of 3.0 may apply for grants up to $1,000. Students must have formal project approval from a tenure-line faculty advisor or the head of their major or minor department who can attest to the significance of their research project and confirm that the student has achieved the requisite GPA. For more info and to apply…

Applications Now Open for Summer 2019 Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds

Participating in an internship or study abroad opportunity this summer? Apply for Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds. Applications are now open for the summer. Please visit our website for application instructions, eligibility requirements, and frequently asked questions. Priority Deadline: May 1, 2019. Final Deadline: June 1, 2019.

Student Engagement Network Grants – Apps Open for Summer 2019

Looking for funding to support a study abroad or internship experience beyond the classroom this summer? Apply for a grant through the Student Engagement Network. Application deadline: March 15, 2019.

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, an engagement experience poster. More info…

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.

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.

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!