April 23, 2019


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 103 (1 cr) Professional Development for the Liberal Arts Student

Looking for a job or internship? Hoping to explore career paths? There’s a class for all of it! Register for the one credit course LA 103: Professional Development for the Liberal Arts Student for the fall 2019 semester! http://bit.ly/LA103

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.

LA 297-001 (3 cr) Introduction to Public Humanities

This course will introduce students to the ideas and skills that comprise the public humanities, which involves communicating the ideas in humanities fields to diverse audiences outside of academia. Students will gain experience with multimedia platforms (such as documentary film, podcasts, etc.) as mechanisms for public dissemination, and will plan an independent project. Through readings, field trips, group work, and skills training, students will explore how public humanities can address real-world issues, and thereby building bridges between people and fostering empathy within and between communities.

This course is part of the Public Humanities Fellowship (see below under Funding and Research), but students may take this course without also applying for the Fellowship.

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

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Student Competition Now Open

The University Fellowships Office is excited to announce that the 2020-2021 competition for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is now open! The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides an unparalleled opportunity to study, conduct research, and serve as English teaching assistants abroad in order to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program currently awards over 2,000 grants annually and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Opportunities are available for graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, scientists and artists. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Interested applicants are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the University Fellowships Office before the end of the semester to go over their plans to apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

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.

In Fall 2019, enroll in LA 297-001: Introduction to Public Humanities to gain experience with multimedia platforms (such as documentary film, podcasts, etc.) as mechanisms for public dissemination, and plan an independent project (to be completed via Independent Study during Spring 2020). Students will explore how public humanities can address real-world issues through readings, field trips, group work, and skills training, and thereby build bridges between people and foster empathy within and between communities. (Students may enroll in the Fall course even if they are not interested in pursuing the Fellowship requirements.)

All Public Humanities Fellows will receive a $1000 stipend upon successful completion of Fellowship requirements.

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

For details…

Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) Summer Public Service Weekends

PPIA’s mission and overall focus are to increase the participation and inclusion of traditionally underrepresented groups at the highest level of public sector leadership. PPIA is thrilled to announce the Public Service Weekends being planned in 2019 to introduce more students to the broad range of opportunities available in the field of public service.

2019 Summer Conference Hosts

Social Equity and Public Policy Analysis
Virginia Commonwealth University – L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Richmond, VA, June 14-16, 2019
Eligibility: Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Washington DC

Local Action, Global Goals: Service for Sustainable Development – United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Seton Hall University – School of Diplomacy and International Relations, New York, NY and South Orange, NJ, June 21-23, 2019
Eligibility: New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania

NextGen Leadership: Ethics and Practice
George Washington University – Elliott School & Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration, Washington, DC, July 25-28, 2019
Eligibility: Nationwide

Leadership in the Age of Smart Cities: How Data and Technology Impacts Equity in our Communities
Carnegie Mellon University – Heinz College, Washington, DC, July 12-14, 2019
Eligibility: Washington DC

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!

Chapel Executive Internship Program

Have a summer internship in business/the private sector? Apply to be a Chapel Executive Intern and receive $5,000 in funding to support your internship! Deadline is next week – May 1! http://bit.ly/CLAChapel

Get Involved

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

University Libraries’ Undergraduate Research Awards

Two Paterno Fellows are recipients of awards for the 2019 Undergraduate Research Exhibition.

Sarah McKenna, ’19 PF History and Political Science – First Place, Arts and Humanities, for “Analyzing ‘Detrimental Psychological Harm’: Social Science Evidence and Segregation in the Supreme Court Post-1950”

Hannah Griffin, ’19 PF Psychology and Italian – Honorable Mention, Excellence in Information Literacy, for “Influences of Italian Colonial Media on Perceptions of Immigrants Today”

Ryan Insley Recipient of Sukhi and Delania Jolly Thesis Prize

Ryan Insley, ’19 PF Philosophy, Political Science, and English, is recipient of the Sukhi and Delania Jolly Thesis Prize for his thesis, “The Case for Neutrality: A Rhetorical Analysis of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s Opinion for Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.” The awards committee found the honors thesis to be compelling, thoroughly researched, well written, and timely, and in keeping with Phi Beta Kappa’s mission of advancing rigorous research in the liberal arts and sciences and of engaging in an interdisciplinary pursuit of knowledge.

Living in a material world: One student’s quest to reduce his plastic waste

Harrison Brennan, ’22 PF Economics, International Politics, and Philosophy, is taking a plastics challenge, “to completely eliminate single-use plastic indefinitely in an attempt to further my environmentally-conscious lifestyle,” Brennan said. His Rhetoric and Civic Life (RCL) course played a role in his decision. Full story…

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.


Thomas Beeby, ’20 PF Economics and Political Science – Internship, Schreyer Honors College Development and Alumni Relations

Erin Doolin, ’20 PF Criminology and Political Science – Internship, Penn State University Police

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!