August 27, 2019

From the Director

Hello All!

Welcome back to a new year in Happy Valley! I love the first days of a new academic year—it’s a time of new beginnings, and there is nothing quite like the buzzing humming frenetic energy in the air as new students arrive and returning students come back to our beautiful campus. I’m especially jazzed about this particular fall, since I am stepping into the role of the Director of the Paterno Fellows Program. I’m excited to continue the great initiatives of past years and, with your help and advice, to try out a few new things, too. I will have regular office hours under the multicolored flags in 215 Sparks on Wednesday mornings for Paterno Fellows, so feel free to stop by and introduce yourself! And please remember to check these very important messages every Tuesday for details about upcoming events and deadlines.

Best of luck for a great semester!


Jeremy Engels
Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program
Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
Affiliate Faculty Member, Rock Ethics Institute
Co-Organizer of the “Ready, Set, Pause” Initiative


Paterno Fellows First Year Orientation and Social

Tuesday, September 3, 5:45-6:30 p.m., 121 Sparks Building / Sparks Lobby and Patio

All first-year students are required to attend. After some words from the Director, we’ll have pizza and get to know one another!

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Wednesday, September 4, 12:15 – 1:00 p.m., W-013 Pattee Library

Jeremy Engels, Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program, and Associate Professor of Rhetoric

“My Honors Journey”

Lunch is provided, and advance registration is not needed. Just drop in!

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Festival

Thursday, September 12, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Pattee Mall

Come learn about the majors and resources in the College of the Liberal Arts! Free food, games, and prizes!

Penn State Women: Leaders of Today and Tomorrow

Panel and Networking Reception
Wednesday, September 25, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

One-on-One Meetings
Thursday, September 26, 9:00 a.m. – Noon, Bank of America Building, 2nd Floor

Focused on the theme of empowering young women to aspire to leadership roles, the event gives current students a unique opportunity to network with successful Penn State alumnae and other student attendees. Students of all majors are invited to attend.

Additional details, including alumnae bios and registration information, can be found at

Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network Events

Don’t miss these events sponsored by the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network!

– Sept. 3-6, 9:00 – 4:00, 101 Sparks Building: Welcome Back Walk-Ins
– Sept. 4, Noon – 1:00, 124 Sparks Building: Jump-Start your Job and Internship Search
– Sept. 4, 1:00 – 3:00, Sparks Building Lobby: ALKU Employer Information Table
– Sept. 11, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., 410 Boucke Building: Marketing your Study Abroad
– Sept. 12, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m., 124 Sparks Building: Lunch and Learn – Careers in Foreign Affairs and Policy

For more info, download the flyers: Fall Semester Events and Lunch and Learn

Courses / Curriculum / PFP Requirements

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

Thursdays, September 19-October 17, 3:05-5:05 p.m., 109 Boucke Building

This one-credit course introduces students to deliberative democratic theory and offers them the chance to reflect on and practice effective dialogic strategies for changing governance and society. The class is a necessary prerequisite for participating in the McCourtney Institute for Democracy’s Nevins Fellows summer internship program.

ENGL 202B-012 Honors: Adult Literacy

Fall 2019: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:35 to 2:50, 324 Sackett

– 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 or honors status, are welcome
– Prerequisites: English 015, English 030, or English/CAS 137/8H and the successful completion of 27.1 credits

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

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: 2019–2020 Undergraduate Fellowships with Rock Ethics Institute

Students in the Paterno Fellows Program are invited to apply for a fellowship with the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State for fall 2019, spring 2020, or the entire 2019–2020 academic year. These fellowships involve working closely with and assisting Rock faculty on interdisciplinary ethics projects. Some projects focus on research, while others focus on developing programming and networks related to ethics at Penn State. There are five different projects described below for which students can apply. Students selected for a semester-long fellowship will receive a $1,000 award and those selected for a yearlong fellowship will receive a $2,000 award.

All current Paterno Fellows are eligible to apply. Applicants must select one project to apply to and submit a cover letter and Résumé. The deadline to apply is 5:00pm EDT on Friday, September 6, 2019. Applicants will be notified on whether they were selected by September 13, 2019. If you have questions about the fellowship or application process, please contact Ben Jones at

1. Moral Agency and Moral Development Fellowship (Fall 2019)
2. Ethics in the Built Environment Fellowship (Fall 2019)
3. Children, Youth, and Media in Int’l and Global Conflict Zones Fellowship (Spring 2020)
4. Ethics, Security, and Critical Network Project Fellowship (2019–2020 Academic Year)
5. Health in a Digital Environment Fellowship (2019–2020 Academic Year)

For details and to apply…

Perreault Fellows Program – Apply by September 10

The Perreault Fellows program supports international internships and global leadership development for students pursuing careers in health-related fields. Perreault Fellows will receive up to $7,500 for their summer international internship experience. For more info and to apply…

The DEPENd Lab in the Department of Psychology is Recruiting Undergrad RAs!

Our laboratory synthesizes personality science, developmental psychopathology, and cognitive neuroscience to better understand the normative and dysfunctional development of personality and self-regulation in adolescents. We use a variety of techniques including behavioral experiments, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), physiological recording, and eye-tracking. Undergraduate research assistants will have the opportunity to learn more about these techniques and gain valuable clinical and research experience for graduate school! Interested applicants should apply here!

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

Fresh START Day of Service – September 8th

Fresh START Day of Service is one of Penn State’s largest days of service, designed for incoming first-year, change-of-campus, transfer students, and world campus students who are new to the University Park campus.

Typical Fresh START Schedule:

– 10:00am -11:00am ~ Check in outside of Alumni Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center
– 11:00am – 11:45am ~ Lunch & Team Building Activities
– 11:45am ~ Begin Dismissing to Community Partner Sites
– 12:30pm – 4:00pm ~ Volunteering with Community Partners
– 4:00pm – 5:00pm ~ Treats & Service Organization Fair to learn more about how to get involved

Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes as well as clothing that you are not worried about getting dirty! For Participating you will receive FREE Lunch, FREE Snacks, a FREE T-shirt, and a FREE Water Bottle. Sign up at

State College Area School District Volunteer Opportunities

The V.I.P.S (Volunteers in Public Schools) Tutoring center serves students in grades k-12 in the State College Area School District. The tutoring center is located at the High School North Cafeteria which is less than 2 miles from campus. For students without transportation we provide bus tokens. It is held on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:00-6:00.

We are looking for dedicated volunteers who would like to give one hour of their time a week to tutor students from the community. We need tutors in all subject areas but have a high demand for all sciences and math subject areas. This is a great way to fill service hours or education hours. Apply here to tutor…

Not interested in tutoring but want to volunteer? We are also looking for volunteers to assist in our after school enrichment program at several of our elementary schools. Apply here to volunteer…

For more info, contact:

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council (LAUC) is open to all undergraduate students of Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts, so please feel free to come represent yourself as well as all of the undergraduate students of the College at our meetings: Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

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 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

Samantha Scherrer selected as liberal arts student marshal

Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar Samantha Scherrer will serve as the student marshal for the College of the Liberal Arts at commencement on August 10. Samantha is graduating with bachelor of science degrees in economics and marketing and a minor in English. Read the story…

IBM internship brings student to the forefront of technology

Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar Anthony Colucci is completing his internship requirement this summer with IBM’s corporate communications team. A public relations and psychology major, he is “specifically interested in the way psychology fits into crafting messages and reaching audiences.” Read the story…


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.

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 Fall 2019

Wednesday mornings in 215 Sparks Building
Jeremy Engels, Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program, and Associate Professor of Rhetoric
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!