November 5, 2019


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 12:15 – 1:00 p.m., W-013 Pattee Library

Scott Gartner, Director of the School of International Affairs, presents “International Security: Policies, Challenges, and Opportunities”

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

Download the flyer…

University Fellowships Office Information Sessions

Thursday, Nov. 7Exploring Undergraduate Research options at Penn State: Looking to get started with undergraduate research? Learn how to identify projects and mentors at Penn State and navigate your options.

Wednesday, Nov. 13Fulbright UK Summer Institutes – In your first or second year of college? Never travel abroad? Earning a 3.7 GPA or above? Come and learn about a funded educational summer experience in the UK.

The Thinkers Global with Rina Patel – RSVP required

Saturday, November 9, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Grandfather Clock Lounge, Atherton Hall

* * * Open to all aspiring and admitted Paterno Fellows * * *

The Thinkers Global is holding an all-day discovery program at the Schreyer Honors College. The program consists of experiential and discussion modules encouraging students to utilize their passions and career pursuits for social, political and economic activism. Students will explore concepts that explore professional and personal growth, having long lasting benefits for those who participate. Thinkers Global gives students the tools necessary to facilitate change within their community and themselves.

Lunch will be provided; no charge. RSVP by November 8 at or

Bioethics and Medical Humanities Minor Information Night

Monday, Nov. 11, 5:00 p.m., 133 Sparks Building

Learn about Penn State’s Intercollege Bioethics Program, the BMH minor, and the Undergraduate Bioethics Student Organization. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Lion’s Pantry. More info:

Dance Theatre of Harlem Special Events

Beauty, Identity, and Ballet in the Twenty-first Century: A Talk by Virginia Johnson, Dance Theatre of Harlem artistic director

Tuesday, Nov. 12, Noon, Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Refreshments will be served before the talk, beginning at 11:30 a.m., in 103 Paterno Library (Mann Assembly Room)

America is at a crossroads. We are a plural nation holding on to distinctions of difference. Can the art form of ballet enable us to build a common future? Beauty is at the center of ballet as an art form, but is beauty a reflection of culture, or is there an elemental truth that transcends culture? This 45-minute talk includes a history of Dance Theatre of Harlem and is accompanied by PowerPoint slides. Free and Open to the Public

Night at the Theater

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6:15 – 7:15 p.m., Eisenhower Conference Room

Ticket to the 7:30 performance required for entry to this student engagement event. Appetizers and activities provided. RSVP required…

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Info Sessions

Tuesday, Nov. 12, Noon-1:30 p.m., 463 Burrowes Building
Monday, Nov. 18, 1:00-2:30 p.m., 463 Burrowes Building

FLAS Fellowships assist undergraduate and graduate students in achieving competency in selected foreign languages and conducting research in related international and area studies. Applications for Summer 2020 and Academic year 2020-21 are now being accepted. Application deadline is February 1, 2020. More info…

Info Session: Maymester in Mexico / Teaching ESL in Ecuador

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:00 p.m., 119 Chambers Building

Does living and/or teaching abroad interest you? Do you value international experience? Do you want to learn another language and collaborate with university students from another continent? Come to hear from students who have been there!

Option # 1: Maymester in Mexico: Language, Culture and Community-Based Learning, a new faculty led program to Oaxaca, Mexico, offers global experience, multilingual learning and partnerships with Mexican students. Visit:

Option # 2: Teaching ESL Certificate program with an Ecuador Immersion Experience: Complete a teaching certificate during Spring and Summer sessions including 5 weeks of practice teaching in Ecuador! Visit:

Both programs are open to university students in all fields (and in-service teachers). No prior Spanish proficiency required. Spring semester start date with an online course in the Spring semester and continuing with abroad experience in Summer Sessions.

Scholarships available to support access to both programs from Equal Opportunity Planning Committee (EOPC) & Education Abroad!

We are reviewing applications as they are received. You will be contacted once your application is complete and we will begin accepting students soon thereafter.

Final deadline for application is December 11, 2019.

Liberal Arts Summer Study Abroad Information Session

Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., 104 Thomas Building

Make the most of your summer by studying abroad and earning academic credits on a Liberal Arts faculty-led summer study abroad program. Global experiences can help you gain valuable intercultural skills that will enhance your future career. Join the Summer Study Abroad Information Session to learn about the incredible opportunities that await you!

*Get information about Liberal Arts enrichment funding, financial aid and the application process
*Learn about the career benefits of studying abroad
*Speak with faculty leaders from more than a dozen Liberal Arts summer study abroad programs around the world and learn which program is best for you

For details…

Internships Abroad Fair

Tuesday, Nov. 19, Kunkle Lounge, Hammond Building

– Presentation and panel: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
– Internships Fair: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Stop by to speak with program providers, Education Abroad staff, and returned student interns!

Courses / Curriculum / PFP Requirements

LA 197: Juvenile Justice Law and Policy (1 cr) – Ethics Course

This seminar focuses on the criminal justice system as it pertains to juveniles, often referred to as the “juvenile justice system.” The course sits at the intersection of psychology, behavioral health, sociology, political science, and law.

Juveniles exist in a unique role in our society. Their bodies and minds are still developing; hormonal changes, peer pressure and influences, as well as mental development all impact their behavior and responses to stressful situations. This has resulted in courts viewing juveniles as unique and therefore aiming to treat juveniles different and apart from adults. Therefore, this seminar aims to be holistic in the short class time we have together. It will give you a small sampling of juvenile justice issues ranging from developmental, educational, intersectional, and racial issues that may impact youth who have system contact. A brief history of the juvenile justice system will be provided on the first class to provide context to our work. We will also discuss a few seminal cases in juvenile law that will provide experience for the skills needed for law school.

Class Meetings: Mondays, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., January 27 – March 2
Class attendance is mandatory. There are only six classes. If you do not believe you can come to every class, then you should not sign up for the course.

Instructor: Joshua Branch, J.D., Paterno Fellow Guest Lecturer
– Zubrow Fellow in Children’s Law, Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia, PA
– ’13 Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar, Political Science

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. Read the story…

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

ENGL 140H.001 (26224), Contemporary Literature

21st Century fiction and poetry in English—exploring society, technology, globality, identity, history, and the possibilities of literary language. To enroll for this course, you must contact the department at 814-863-0258.

Class Meetings: MWF 10:10A-11:00A in 010 Business Bldg.
Instructor: Matthew Tierney

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

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

Seeking First and Second Year Representatives to the PFP Student Advisory Board

We are looking for several representatives in the first and second year to serve on the Paterno Fellows Program Student Advisory Board. Students can be aspiring or admitted. The Board meets with the Director several times every year to discuss ideas and concerns for the Program. If you are interested in participating on this committee, please contact the Director, Jeremy Engels <>.

Family Ambassador Program Applications Due Nov. 11

The Parents Program is seeking passionate student leaders for its Family Ambassador Program. Family Ambassadors serve as liaisons between the Parents Program office and Penn State parents and families, assist in routine office tasks, and are crucial in the execution of Parents & Families Weekend, Fall Arrival, and other events. For more info and to apply…

State of State 2020: Student Speaker Nominations Due November 11

State of State is an organization dedicated to facilitating dialogue about topics important to the Penn State community. Our annual conference provides a platform for Penn Staters to discuss topics such as mental health, town and gown relationships, the arts, and other topics concerning the Penn State community. This year’s conference will be on March 22, 2020, at the State Theatre and Hintz Family Alumni Center.

We are seeking nominations for 2020 conference student speakers. If you’d like to speak, or know a student who would be an excellent speaker, please nominate them using our official nomination form. And, plan to join us on March 22nd for presentations by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members, and engage in a meaningful dialogue about our community.

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

Paterno Fellow selected as student representative to Liberal Arts alumni board

Steven Schneible, ’21 PF English and psychology, will bring the student perspective to the Liberal Arts Alumni Society Board of Directors in his new role as Student Representative. Read the story…

Student entrepreneur creates product to help his fellow students

Ezra Gershanok, ’21 PF Economics, and Letters, Arts, and Sciences, came up with the idea for the “Keyper,” a silicone phone wallet that can hold credit cards and a student ID, as well as a key, during his first year at Penn State. After watching many students around him lose their room keys, Gershanok wanted a product that would hold all of the “essentials” that a college student needs. 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.


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!