September 10, 2019

To the Theatre

Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies – Performance and Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Penn State Downtown Theatre (Allen Street below Panera)

Ticket Info: The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved the Downtown Theatre for the September 25 performance of Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies. Tickets are required for entry, but are free of charge. Students may pick up one or two tickets in 103 Sparks between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. while supplies last. If you want two tickets, the second person does not have to be in PFP or RCL.

Please only take a ticket if you plan to use it! Although you are not paying for your ticket, PFP is, and we want to fill every seat, and make sure we aren’t turning anybody away who wants to attend!

About the Show: Marquis and Tru are both 14-year-old black boys, but they exist in two totally different worlds. Marquis is a book smart prep-schooler living in the affluent suburb of Achievement Heights, while Tru is a street savvy kid from deep within the inner city of Baltimore. Their worlds overlap one day in a holding cell. Tru decides that Marquis has lost his “blackness” and pens a how-to manual titled “Being Black for Dummies.” He assumes the role of professor, but Marquis proves to be a reluctant pupil. They butt heads, debate, wrestle, and ultimately prove that Nietzsche and 2pac were basically saying the same thing.

All are invited to stay for a reception with cast and crew in the Theatre lobby following the performance.

Hooded is Penn State Centre Stage event, part of Penn State School of Theatre’s 2019-20 season. Director Herb Newsome will join us on September 25 for Lunch with Honors.


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 12:15 – 1:00 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

Jonathan Marks, Associate Professor of Bioethics, Humanities, Law, and Philosophy; and Director of the Bioethics Program

“Corporate Influence and Public Health: Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic”

Lunch is provided; no advance registration. Just drop in!

Download the flyer…

Yoga for Paterno Fellows

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Old Main Lawn

PFP director Jeremy Engels and his wife Anna Sunderland Engels will be teaching a special outdoor yoga class to welcome PFs to a new semester. Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat if you have one. We will reschedule if it rains! See you all there!

Fellowships Week, Sept. 9-12

The Penn State University Fellowships Office is hosting information sessions focused on a variety of fellowship opportunities, including the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Peace Corps, Erickson Discovery Grants, Critical Language Scholarships, Boren Awards, Gilman Scholarships, and more. View the flyer…

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Festival

Thursday, Sept. 12, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Pattee Mall

Come learn about the majors and resources in the College of the Liberal Arts! The festival will include more than 50 departmental and informational tables. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about scholarships, undergraduate research, the Paterno Fellows Program, and more. The Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council, Liberal Arts Ambassadors, and additional Liberal Arts student organizations will be on site to talk to students about getting more involved in the college community. Learn more…

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. 11, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., 410 Boucke Building: Marketing your Study Abroad
– Sept. 24, 4:30– 5:30 p.m., 124 Sparks Building: D.C. Internship Panel
– Sept. 25, 4:30– 5:30 p.m., 124 Sparks Building: Teaching and Service Panel

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.

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

City Semester Philadelphia Internship

City Semester Philadelphia is a semester-long program in Philadelphia for students who are interested in working with communities and getting hands on field placement experience in an Urban setting. Students can take a full credit load and complete their internship credits. Applications for Spring 2020 due October 10. More info…

Undergraduate Coder Application

The McCourtney Institute for Democracy is hiring undergraduate coders for the Mood of the Nation Poll. Unlike traditional public opinion polls, the Mood of the Nation Poll allows respondents to answer open-ended in their own words. This is a wage payroll job for 5-10 hours per week. Students from any Liberal Arts major are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to sophomores, but we will consider applications from freshmen and juniors. Visit for more information on the position and how to apply.

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

Fall Career Days Volunteers Needed

Hundreds of volunteers help make Fall Career Days (FCD) a success each year. Help FCD happen during each fair and interviewing date during the week of Sept. 16. Make sure to visit the Fall Career Days website to research employers attending, get information about how to prepare, and more. Learn more…

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

Award-winning young alumna’s play ready for its off-Broadway debut

“The Only Coffee Shop in the City,” written, directed, and produced by Ellis Stump, ’19 PF English and Media Studies, debuts on Oct. 1 as part of the Summerfest Theatre Festival in New York City. Read the 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.


Aimee Pizarchik, ’20 PF Chinese, and Security and Risk Analysis – Security Risk Advisors
Carly Snyder, ’21 PF English and Secondary Education – Literary London
Sophia Wertz, ’20 PF Economics and International Politics – Bank of America
Nora Van Horn, ’22 PF Chinese and Philosophy – CET: Beijing


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!