September 24, 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. 25, 12:15 – 1:00 p.m., W-013 Pattee Library

Herb Newsome, School of Theatre, and Director of Hooded or Being Black for Dummies

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

W-013 Pattee Library is on the ground floor near the Maps Library. Go through the new West Entrance and turn right, OR use the Central Entrance and go down one floor. W-013 is at the bottom of the double staircase.

Download the flyer…

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 – must register in advance
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

Read the article…

Erickson Discovery Grant Events, by Office of University Fellowships

Saturday, Sept. 28, Collaboration Commons, Pattee Library

 – Erickson Discovery Grant 101, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
A panel of recent recipients will be available to discuss their experiences. The information session will be held 10:30-12pm in Collaboration Commons of Pattee Library. Attendance can be in-person or via zoom. Be sure to RSVP prior to the event and come learn the ins and outs of the grant from your peers.

– Erickson Discovery Grant Writing Workshop, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The workshop will be held from 1-3pm in Collaboration Commons of Pattee Library. Use this opportunity to think through your project and application materials. Don’t forget to RSVP!

Can’t make it to either session? Schedule an appointment through Starfish with one of our advisers and let us know how we can help.

What does it cover? $3,500 to support independent student research and creative work in any field over the summer under the direct supervision of a faculty member.

Where does it apply? Any Penn State campus so long as a Penn State faculty member is available to supervise and consult with the applicant over the summer.

Who should apply? Undergraduates who will return to Penn State for at least one semester of full-time study after the summer.

When should I apply by? The deadline to apply is January 20, 2020.

Etiquette Dinner – RSVP Required

Oct. 16, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Days Inn, 240 South Pugh Street

Ever find yourself in a formal dining situation and realize you’re not sure which bread plate or glass is yours? Or which is the right fork to use? Or with a dining etiquette question? All Liberal Arts students are welcome to join the Career Enrichment Network for a fun and educational dinner that covers basic dining etiquette, so you will be prepared for future interview lunches and/or dinners. More info…

Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network Events

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

– Sept. 25, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., 124 Sparks Building—Teaching and Service Panel
– Sept. 30, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., 410 Boucke Building—Study Abroad and your Career Goals
– Oct. 3, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m., 124 Sparks Building—Lunch and Learn: Careers in Intelligence

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

Courses / Curriculum / PFP Requirements

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

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!

Smithsonian Internship Opportunities Available

Applications are open for paid internships for Spring 2020 with the Smithsonian. Deadline to apply: October 1. More info…

Get Involved

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

Join Liberal Arts Ambassadors

Interested in becoming more involved in the College of the Liberal Arts? The Liberal Arts Ambassadors is a student organization within the College of the Liberal Arts that engages with prospective and current students as well as alumni. We also work closely with the Career Enrichment Network and help staff various College of the Liberal Arts events. We are currently accepting new members. If interested in joining, please complete the following short application: by Tuesday, October 8th at midnight. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact .

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

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.


Aileen McKinstry, ’20 PF English and History – Literary London

Victoria Arnold, ’20 PF Economics and Finance – Morgan Stanley

Cory Steinle, ’20 PF Communication Arts and Sciences, Labor and Employment Relations, and Master of Science in Human Resources and Employment Relations – Deloitte LLC

Chris Abraham, ’20 PF English and Spanish – Cuenca and Loja, Ecuador: Teaching English in Ecuador


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!