May 14, 2019 – Graduation Edition

Here is a recap of Paterno Fellows graduation day events and stories.
Congratulations, Class of 2019!

Paterno Fellows Graduation Ceremony and Reception

May 4, Noon – 1:30 p.m., Pattee Mall

– Photo album: http://bit.ly/2HhKqMY

– Brian Loane’s address: http://bit.ly/2Jkoovm

College of the Liberal Arts Commencement

May 4, 6:30 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center

– Recording of full live stream: https://youtu.be/-GhL5G2d3eQ

– Skip to address by College Marshal and Paterno Fellow Brendan Bernicker: https://youtu.be/-GhL5G2d3eQ?t=1655

College of the Liberal Arts selects spring 2019 student marshals

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

COLLEGE OF THE LIBERAL ARTS: Brendan Bernicker
CLASSICS AND ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES: Kyle Cornman
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE: Madeline Portzline
ECONOMICS: George Saleeby
FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES: Maria Fleck
GLOBAL AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: William Okrafo-Smart
GERMANIC AND SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES: Celeste Belknap
HISTORY: Melanie Kovacs
LETTERS, ARTS, AND SCIENCES: Nicholas Babich
PHILOSOPHY: Hope Wilson
PSYCHOLOGY: Sophie Paolizzi
SOCIOLOGY: Mi Ni Tzou
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 are sharing Paterno Fellows features here.

2019 Paterno Fellows Best Thesis Awards

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Paterno Fellows Best Thesis Awards. Each awardee received a $500 prize, and was recognized at the Paterno Fellows Graduation Ceremony.

PATERNO FELLOWS HUMANITIES HONORS THESIS AWARD

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”

PATERNO FELLOWS SOCIAL SCIENCES HONORS THESIS AWARD

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”

University Libraries Research Prizes

Three Paterno Fellows were recognized by University Libraries and Schreyer Honors College for their outstanding theses and research. Full story…

UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE THESIS AWARDS

FIRST PLACE: Erika Pugh, ’19 PF Russian and Finance, for “The Rise, Fall, and Renaissance of Schostakovich’s Third Ballet: Reconciling the Bright Stream with Post-Soviet Culture”

SECOND PLACE: Sarah McKenna, ’19 PF History and Political Science, for “Analyzing ‘Detrimental Psychological Harm’: Social Sciences Evidence and Segregation in the Supreme Court Post-1950”

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AWARD: EXCELLENCE IN INFORMATION LITERACY

HONORABLE MENTION: Hannah Griffin, ’19 PF Psychology and Italian, for “Influences of Italian Colonial Media on Perceptions of Immigrants Today”


Center for Global Studies Undergraduate Thesis Awards

The CGS awarded a total of $2,000 to four undergraduates who have completed commendable thesis projects that advance a global perspective. These awards are intended not only to recognize the excellent work of students who combine studies in the liberal arts with a concern for global issues, but also to encourage these students in continuing their contributions to the field of global studies.

This award was presented to Paterno Fellows Katherine Bartuska (international politics and economics), Zachary Adams (political science and master’s in international affairs), Nakul Grover (English and chemical engineering), and Mi Ni Tzou (sociology and communication arts and sciences).