October 22, 2019


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 12:15 – 1:00 p.m., W-013 Pattee Library

Michele Kennerly, Associate Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences, and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

“On Trees and Rhetorical Abundance”

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

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Scholarship Info Sessions – RSVP Required

Beinecke Scholarship
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., 121 Thomas Building
The Beinecke Scholarship provides up to $34,000 to support research-based graduate study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Juniors who are U.S. citizens or nationals and have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid are eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence, scholastic achievement, and personal promise. Deadline to apply: December 12, 2019. RSVP here…

Udall Scholarship
Wednesday, October 30, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., 106 Sackett Building

The Udall Scholarship supports sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to the environment. Participation is in person only. Email RSVP here…

D.C. Social Justice Fellowship Info Session

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6:00 p.m., 108 Chambers Building

Want to be an advocate for social justice? Want to live, learn and work in Washington, D.C. this summer? Do you have a passion for working with communities?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the D.C. Social Justice Fellowship may be for you. The fellowship is a 2-semester program exploring social justice concepts in the spring and working with high school students and civic leaders in Washington, D.C. in the summer. In the spring, students participate in civic leadership training in preparation for a social justice teaching experience in Washington. Students work with faculty and graduate mentors to develop learner-centered, values-based curriculum materials on self-selected issues of social justice. The summer fellowship (a Maymester course) is conducted at Georgetown Law in Washington, where students work with accomplished civic leaders, educators, PSU faculty, and Georgetown Law faculty to empower youth through the art of advocacy. The fellowship covers the cost of housing and some day-to-day expenses while in D.C. and is open to all PSU undergraduate students regardless of major.

If you are interested, please fill out the survey if you are planning to attend the information session: https://goo.gl/hB2RpA

If you have any questions about the fellowship, please contact Efraín Marimón at marimon@psu.edu. The program only takes 15 fellows and had a large application pool last year, so students are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more and apply before seats fill up!

Liberal Arts Law Careers Panel Discussion and One-on-One Meetings

Panel Discussion
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Flex Theater, HUB-Robeson Center

One-on-One Meetings – Appointment Only
Thursday, Oct. 24, 9:00 a.m. – Noon, Bank of America Career Services Center

Planning to go to law school or thinking about pursuing a legal career? Meet with alumni who can answer your questions! Learn more about this year’s alumni participants and sign up for a one-on-one meeting at http://bit.ly/Law-Careers-2019.

Courses / Curriculum / PFP Requirements

PLSC 297: Democratic Erosion (1 cr) – Honors / Ethics Course

Many have argued that the world has entered a time of democratic erosion. This course will examine the patterns by which such erosion commonly occurs: how do democracies transition into authoritarianism? The course will examine the framework developed in the book How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. It will also review circumstances in a few select countries (including the United States) in which democratic erosion has been alleged to have occurred or to be occurring.

Class Meetings: Tuesdays, 4:35-5:50 p.m., January 14-March 3, 218 Hosler
Instructor: Christopher Beem, McCourtney Institute for Democracy Managing Director

Teaching ESL with Immersion in Ecuador

Deadline: December 4

– Learn instructional practices for teaching English to language learners as you embark on an international experience with Penn State’s Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate Program with Immersion in Ecuador.
– Explore the cultures and languages of Ecuador while developing teaching skills within a university setting in Ecuador.
– Live with a local family and explore Ecuador’s environmental “hotspots” — the cloud forest and Ecuador’s Andean peaks and highlands.

The program is open to all university students (and in-service teachers) and no Spanish proficiency is required. The program begins with an online course in the Spring semester and continues through the summer session. More info…

Education Abroad: Literary London

The English Department’s popular “Literary London” summer study abroad program has been extended to five weeks, May 17 to June 19, 2020, in order to better accommodate Paterno Fellows. This year, “Literary London” offers 6 credits in English, divided between two courses: “Virginia Woolf’s London” and “What is Shakespeare? Renaissance Drama on Stage and Page.” Students live in shared apartments in London’s historic Bloomsbury neighborhood, and the courses integrate field trips and performances in and around London. For more information, please contact Professor Chris Reed, Honors advisor in English, at creed@psu.edu.

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

Undergraduate Summer Internships at Gettysburg National Military Park and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Deadline: Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

Do you have an interest in preserving our nation’s history and sharing it with the public? Do you want to put your knowledge of history to good use this summer?

The Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State invites applications from qualified Penn State undergraduate students for four paid positions at National Park Service historic sites during the summer of 2020: two at Gettysburg National Military Park and two at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The internships provide students hands-on experience in the work of public history. These non-credit internships come with a $3,500 stipend and free housing at the national parks. More info…

Apply for Spring 2020 Enrichment Funds

Are you participating in an internship, study abroad, or research experience in spring 2020? Apply for enrichment funding from the College of the Liberal Arts! Make sure to visit our website for important information, including eligibility requirements, details on the application steps, frequently asked questions, and more. Priority Deadline: Dec. 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

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 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.


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!