April 16, 2019


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

April 17, 12:15-1:00 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

Jeremy Engels, Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics Institute, and Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences

“Yoga Philosophy in Practice”

Lunch is provided; no advance registration.

Paterno Fellows Trivia Night

April 17, 7:00-9:00 p.m., 233A HUB

Don’t Let Your Wednesday Night Be Boring… Make It Trivial!

The Paterno Fellows Program prides itself on providing student leaders with a rigorous Liberal Arts education that emphasizes global awareness, interdisciplinary study, and scholarship… and what better way to use that education than at trivia night?

Come join your fellow Fellows for an evening of food, fun, and a chance for trivial glory! Attendees will compete in randomized teams for prizes and, much more importantly, PFP-sanctioned bragging rights.

Don’t miss out on the Paterno Fellows event already being hailed as “the Penn State trivia event of the year” — even if we do say so ourselves!

Study Away Pittsburgh Info Session

April 16, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Online (RSVP here)

The Penn State Pittsburgh Study Away Program is a semester-long, affordable, transformative, urban, educational experience for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year Penn State students. Modeled after the Study Abroad Program, students will be placed with community partners, and participate in an in-depth, community-based learning experience in sustainability while residing in Pittsburgh for the entire semester.

Peace Corps Info Session

April 16, 5:00-7:00 p.m., C-9 Atherton Hall

Interested in international career paths and learning more about @PeaceCorps? Join Penn State alumna Amanda Reese to learn more about her role as a Community Health Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Paraguay.

Liberal Arts Graduation Open House

April 16-18, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 7 Sparks Building

Attention Liberal Arts Seniors graduating this May: Don’t miss the Graduation Open House! Stop by 007 Sparks to pick up your nomenclature card and graduation packet. Bring your ID and complete your Senior Survey before coming.

Paterno Fellows Graduation Ceremony and Reception

May 4, Noon – 1:30 p.m., Pattee Mall

This ceremony recognizes Paterno Fellows who are graduating with honors with two or more areas of academic study, with study abroad and/or internship credentials, and with leadership or service accomplishments. We look forward to seeing all graduating Fellows and their families! ~ View photos from the May 2018 event…

Other LA Graduation Events: The College of the Liberal Arts Commencement Ceremony is on Saturday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center. The College holds separate ceremonies and receptions throughout the day on Saturday for departments to celebrate their students’ achievements. View the schedule for full LA schedule here.

Courses / Curriculum / PFP Requirements

CAS/PL SC 209: Democratic Leadership (1 cr) ~ Honors / Ethics Course

Thursdays, 3:05-5:05 p.m., 109 Boucke

This course introduces students to deliberative democratic theory and encourages them to reflect on effective strategies for changing governance and society, with an eye toward participating in the McCourtney Institute for Democracy’s Nevins Fellows program. Internships will be arranged by the McCourtney Institute and can be taken at any time they’re available, but most students will choose to take one in the summer following the course. For more info…

LA 197 (3 cr) Interrogating Bias in Ourselves and Society ~ Honors / Ethics Course for Summer 2019

Interrogating Bias is a 3-credit, online course that will be offered by the College of the Liberal Arts in Summer 2019. This course was offered as one credit under the title “Interrogating Prejudice” in Fall 2017 as a way to help students talk about prejudice and how it was impacting the campus climate in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. In Summer 2019 we will delve deeper into various forms of bias (personal, racialized, gendered, structural, implicit, religious, weight, societal, etc.), how to notice and observe bias (through ethnography, mindfulness, and keeping a notebook), and how to think about and respond to bias (letter writing and in-the-moment). Students should leave the course with greater awareness and tools for addressing bias in social settings, the workplace, activist settings, and with family.

ENGL 202B-012 Honors — A unique, service-focused English 202

Paterno Fellows can earn either internship or service hours for taking this course.

– Learn about literacy through exciting texts and invigorating class discussions
– Participate in community-based literacy service projects
– Tutor adults who are striving to improve their own literacy skills
– Satisfy your English 202 requirement while earning community-focused internship credits
– All students, regardless of major, are welcome
– Prerequisites: English 015, English 030, or English/CAS 137H/138T and the successful completion of 27.1 credits

The course is offered every fall and spring semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:35 p.m. until 2:50 p.m.

For more information, visit the course website or contact Lorena Waselinko.

ENGL 464M Japanism/Occidentalism ~ Honors / Ethics Course

Course # 26339 | Professor Christopher Reed | MoWe 6:00PM – 7:15PM

This class examines the reciprocal relationship between Japan and the West, focusing on texts and images produced between the 1860s and the 1960s. This changing relationship was important to both Western and Japanese history during this period as both cultures (and subcultures within them) shaped themselves through their perceptions of the other. This course emphasizes how cross-cultural perceptions are shaped by the desires and needs of the perceivers, how misrecognitions become meaningful, how cultures can come to understand themselves through the gaze of an outsider. Topics include theories and literatures of exoticism, the conflation of modernism with western values (in both Japan and Europe/North America), the construction of “tradition,” the relationship of gender and sexualities to all of these ideas, and the specific history of Japan’s distinctive relationship to westernness.

Language Institute and STARTALK Arabic Academy Summer Programs

The Language Institute at Penn State offers summer language programs designed for persons seeking to develop proficiency in a foreign language, including English as a second language. You can earn up to 12 credits in just eight weeks of intensive learning.

We encourage you to apply for a scholarship worth up to 90% of your tuition for the STARTALK Arabic Academy or a partial scholarship for other available languages.

More info…

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 Ethics-Related Funding for Research

Proposal Deadline: April 22, 2019

Open to all students at any level

The Rock Ethics Institute is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2019-2020 research funding 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 either as part of their thesis or in preparation for their honors theses. The Rock Ethics Institute Award will provide a range of financial support (up to $2,000) for research and related activities. For more information and to apply, please visit this link.

Public Humanities Fellowship

Are you an undergraduate student with an interest in the humanities who cares about social issues? A Public Humanities Fellowship at the Humanities Institute will provide you with experience relating your study of history, philosophy, literature, or other humanities subjects to the world.

Fellows will:
– Take two courses specifically designed for real-world application post-graduation
– Participate in outreach events in the local community
– Gather with humanities scholars actively working in the field
– Receive a $1000 stipend upon completion of Fellowship requirements

To enroll for fall, see application requirements here and find course information for LA 297-001: Introduction to Public Humanities in LionPath.

This program is generously funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation.

Applications 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.

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

ClearWater Conservancy Watershed Cleanup Day

April 20, 8:00 a.m.-Noon

Join us for our Annual Watershed Cleanup Day! We need your help in making this year’s event a success. The big cleanup will be followed by a volunteer picnic at Circleville Park, with games and live music, making it a perfect way to spend your Earth Day Weekend! Cleanup areas are identified by local municipalities, concerned citizens, and Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority. Volunteers interested in helping on cleanup day can sign up as a group, family, or individual. We then match volunteers to the sites based on a number of factors, such as location and group size. We provide everyone with gloves, bags, and safety vests and coordinate the collection of all the waste from staging areas. Please consider volunteering your time to help us and our Watershed Cleanup Day partners keep Central Pennsylvania beautiful! For more info and to sign up…

Centre County United Way Trash to Treasure, June 1

Trash to Treasure is a one day yard sale to benefit Centre County United Way. We need your help! We’re looking for volunteers to help us prepare for the sale and to assist us on sale day. It’s a great way to help out a good cause. Some of the items you’ll be handling may be dirty. Please dress accordingly. Please arrive promptly for your shift. Special instructions are provided at the start of each shift. Volunteers will receive confirmation emails with parking and additional information following registration. More info…

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

Liberal Arts college marshal will pursue social justice reform at Yale Law

Brendan Bernicker, a Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar, has been selected as the College of the Liberal Arts student marshal and commencement speaker. He is graduating with bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and political science, and a master of arts degree in political science. Congratulations, Brendan! Full story

College of the Liberal Arts selects spring 2019 student marshals

Thirteen Paterno Fellows will represent the College of the Liberal Arts as student marshals at their commencement ceremony on May 4 at the Bryce Jordan Center. Full story…

ECONOMICS: George Saleeby
HISTORY: Melanie Kovacs
PSYCHOLOGY: Sophie Paolizzi
WOMEN’S STUDIES: Azniv Nalbandian

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.


Loren Baseler, ’20 PF English, and French and Francophone Studies – Big 10: Montpellier, Integrated

Gabriella Giotto, ’19 PF Political Science, and French and Francophone Studies – Midwest Political Science Association Conference 2019

Sophia Wertz, ’20 PF Economics and International Politics – Oxford Study Abroad Program

Where in the world is PFP?

Students and Alumni: Send a photo of yourself to PaternoFellows@psu.edu wearing your Paterno Fellows 1/4-zip fleece or hoodie, and tell us where in the world you are, near or far, and we’ll share it online! Let us know if you’re studying abroad, completing an internship, on vacation, home for the summer, or enjoying a sunny day on campus. Let’s find out where We Are…


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!