April 30, 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.

University Libraries Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award Presentations

May 2, 3:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

Paterno Fellows Sarah McKenna and Erika Pugh are finalists for the University Libraries Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award! Please join them as they present their work and field an open question and answer period about their research. First, second, and third place finishes will be determined after their presentations.


Alexis Gawelko
Civil Engineering, College of Engineering
“Can Meta-Soil Attenuate Seismic Waves?”

Sarah McKenna
History and Political Science, College of the Liberal Arts, Paterno Fellow
“Analyzing ‘Detrimental Psychological Harm’: Social Sciences Evidence and Segregation in the Supreme Court Post-1950”

Erika Pugh
Russian and Finance, College of the Liberal Arts, Paterno Fellow
“The Rise, Fall, and Renaissance of Schostakovich’s Third Ballet: Reconciling The Bright Stream with Post-Soviet Culture”

Resume Review Walk-In Week at the Career Enrichment Network

Monday, April 29-Friday, May 3, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 101 Sparks Building

Hoping to get feedback on your resume before you graduate or leave campus for the summer? Stop by our spring resume review walk-in hours. Sessions will be 15 minutes. Make sure to bring a copy of your resume with you!

Courses / Curriculum / PFP Requirements

BIOET 401Q: Science, Ethics, Policy, and Law ~ Honors / Ethics Course

Fall 2019 Tu/Th 10.35-11.50am Nursing Sciences Building 001

Should scientists use gene “editing” to eliminate a species of mosquito that carries malaria? Should brain imaging (fMRI) evidence be admissible in courts of law? Should scientists be advocates or honest brokers in debates on climate change? What are the ethical and policy challenges of handling “big data”? Does our criminal justice system rely too uncritically on forensic science? Do scientists have an obligation to consider the potential harmful effects of their research? And should some research not be published if it might be used to cause serious harm? How should we regulate commercial activities in the absence of scientific certainty about their harmful effects? Does corporate funding of science undermine public trust in medicine (including vaccines) and in health professionals—and, if so, what should we do about this? We will address these and other issues in this exciting new inter-domain gen ed course that explores the ethical, policy, and legal implications of science. This course satisfies the ethics course requirement of the Paterno Fellows Program. The course is also an elective course for the Bioethics and Medical Humanities Minor (and satisfies both the ethics and 400 level course requirements for the minor). For further information about either the course or the Bioethics and Medical Humanities Minor, please contact the course instructor, Jonathan H. Marks, Bioethics Program Director, at marks@psu.edu.

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.

Read the story…

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

Apply 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. Final Deadline: June 1

Chapel Executive Internship Program

Are you participating in a summer internship in business or the private sector? Looking for funding to support your internship experience? Apply to the Chapel Executive Internship Program! Recipients will receive $5,000 in enrichment funding! Visit our website for eligibility requirements, deadlines, and application instructions. Application deadline: May 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

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

Ten honored during College of the Liberal Arts’ 2019 alumni awards ceremony

A well-deserved honor as Cathy Wanner ends her tenure as director of the Paterno Fellows Program. From Penn State News:

Catherine Wanner, Penn State professor of history, anthropology, and religious studies, received the Welch Alumni Relations Award. In addition to being a prolific scholar, Wanner has served as the Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program — the college’s honors and leadership program — since 2013. In this role, Wanner has introduced some of the program’s signature events, including the Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest, the Paterno Fellows Contemporary Issues Forum, the Paterno Fellows Program Visiting Scholars Series, and the Lunch-with Honors program. She also has created opportunities for students to engage in internships and paid research opportunities throughout the college.

Wanner travels to New York, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and other cities to represent both the Paterno Fellows Program and the college alumni events and one-on-one meetings with alumni. She has made presentations to the college’s volunteer boards and has worked with the alumni task force to help shape the program. Wanner also meets regularly with prospective students to introduce them to the Paterno Fellows Program, the college, and Penn State.

‘I’ve Never Regretted That I Came Here’: Liberal Arts Dean Susan Welch’s Tenure Comes To A Close

Derek Bannister, ’19 PF History and Economics, sat down with Dr. Susan Welch as she prepares to step down as dean of the College of the Liberal Arts as of July 1, a position she has held since 1991. Full story…

2019 Paterno Fellows Best Thesis Awards

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Paterno Fellows Best Thesis Awards. Each awardee will each receive a $500 prize, and will be recognized at the Paterno Fellows Graduation Ceremony at noon on May 4.


Ryan Insley
Philosophy, Political Science, and English; Minor in Rhetoric
“The Case for Neutrality: A Rhetorical Analysis of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s Opinion for Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission”


O’Neill Kennedy
International Politics; Minors in German and Russian
“Russian Interference in Abkhazia and South Ossetia: An Analysis”

Nichole Tesoriero
International Politics and Chinese
“Aid to Women’s Empowerment Efforts as an Approach to Counterterrorism: A Time-Series Analysis”

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

In addition to a series on Penn State News about selected student marshals (linked above), the College is featuring all marshals on social media, including Facebook, and we’ll share Paterno Fellows features here.

Student marshal uses the liberal arts to enhance music training

Celeste Belknap, a Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar, has been selected as German and Slavic languages and literatures student marshal. She will spend her summer conducting archival research in Moscow, and will return to Penn State in the fall to pursue a Master of Arts in Music. Full story…

Liberal arts student leader to represent French department at commencement

Maria Fleck, a Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar, has been selected as French and Francophone Studies student marshal. She has been the “face” of the College in her roles as co-president of Liberal Arts Envoys and as student representative for the Liberal Arts Alumni Society Board of Directors. Full story…

Liberal arts student marshal tackles education inequity abroad and at home

William Okrafo-Smart, a Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar, has been selected as global and international studies student marshal. His internship designing youth workshops in Cape Town, South Africa, will translate well to his future plans with Teach for America. Full story…

Awaly Diallo Receives Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Award

Congratulations to Awaly Diallo, ’20 PF African American Studies and Sociology, recipient of a Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Award. Stand Up Awards recognize Penn State undergraduate students who have demonstrated ethical leadership by “standing up” for a cause, idea or belief. By honoring and celebrating their courageous examples, the awards aim to inspire others at Penn State to become ethical leaders. Awaly received the Stand Up Award for investigating the history of racial violence in the U.S. and promoting healing through education and dialogue.

Scholars plan to add perspective to research at London School of Economics

Ezra Gershanok, ’21 PF Economics, and Letters, Arts, and Sciences, and Charles Ryan, ’21 PF Political Science, have been selected to study at London School of Economics for one year. Gershanok will focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Ryan will work with the LSE’s Migration Studies Unit and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. 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.


Allison Ruman, ’20 PF German, Political Science, and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies – Athens, Greece: History, Culture, and Archaeology of Greece

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!