Lunch with Honors Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Paterno Fellows Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Wednesdays, 12:15-1:00 p.m.

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Our popular Lunch with Honors Speaker Series will continue this year, virtually! Bring your lunch and check in at 12:15 for some friendly conversation, followed by a brief presentation with Q & A at 12:30. View the weekly schedule (in progress) at

Summer 2020 LEAP Prides for Paterno Fellows

Liberal Arts students are invited to take the “Paterno Fellows challenge” to earn admission to Schreyer Honors College. As an aspiring Paterno Fellow, you will complete 21 honors credits in your first two years and maintain a 3.4 GPA—just as Schreyer Scholars are expected to do! Once admitted, you will work to graduate with strong academic credentials in at least two fields; develop ethical reasoning and leadership abilities; gain the ability to think critically, do independent research, and communicate effectively; and demonstrate global and intercultural sophistication. While all Liberal Arts students gain such an education at Penn State, Paterno Fellows pursue an education of exceptional ambition, depth, and distinction. You can learn more about the Paterno Fellows Program on our website.

Why become a Paterno Fellow? Because it’s a way for you to get the most out of your experience here in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State. Paterno Fellows are a unique community of smart, highly motivated, intellectually curious individuals who hope to change the world—and alumni often have! Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming events, including our fall “Lunch with Honors” program and our fall Forum.

Paterno Fellows Program LEAP Prides

Because summer 2020 classes will all be online, all first-year students at Penn State University Park are required to register through the Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP). Each student enrolls in two linked courses that make up a LEAP Pride and each pride is assigned an upper-class mentor who plans programming and helps support LEAP students throughout the summer program.

Many of the prides include either ENGL 15 or CAS 100. Paterno Fellows do not need these courses since they will meet the same requirements through the honors series Rhetoric and Civic Life (CAS/ENGL 137H/138T) in the fall and spring semesters. For this reason, we have developed four LEAP Prides especially for Paterno Fellows that do not include these courses.

Are you eager to take honors courses and strive for success as a Schreyer Scholar and Paterno Fellow? If so, you can register for a Paterno Fellows Program LEAP Pride or ask questions by sending an email to Barb Edwards, including your name, Penn State ID, and title of your pride choice. If you have previously registered for LEAP, we will drop your original courses when we add you the the Paterno Fellows Program Pride.

Arguing About the World

SOC 5 Social Problems—GenEd Domain:  Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)
CAS 215 Argumentation—GenEd Domain: Humanities (GH)

This pride is reserved for Paterno Fellow Aspirants who wish to become better, more capable participants in arguments about some of the most challenging and intractable social problems facing humanity. SOC 5 will examine current social problems such as economic, racial, and gender inequalities; social deviance and crime; population, environmental, energy, and health problems. CAS 215 provides an in-depth examination of argumentation in both public and private contexts. The course requires students to investigate the process of researching sound evidence, constructing legitimate argumentative claims, and participating in live debates. Fundamental to this endeavor is a strong attention to research, ethics, and strategy.

Ethics and Politics

PHIL 119 Ethical Leadership—GenEd Domain: Humanities (GH)
PLSC 197 Public Opinion and Political Attitudes

This pride explores the intersection of ethical leadership and how people perceive political information and form opinions about their political surroundings. In PHIL 119, students will explore philosophically as well as practically the ways leaders might identify ethical challenges, analyze them, imagine possible solutions, and be motivated to do the right thing. In PLSC 197, student will learn about the factors that influence public attitudes on political issues in the United States.

Ethics of Intercultural Communication

CAS 271N Intercultural Communication
PHIL 103 Ethics—GenEd Domain: Humanities (GH)

This pride is reserved for Paterno Fellow Aspirants who will be introduced to the ethics of intercultural communication, a vital topic in our increasingly interconnected world. CAS 271N is designed to give undergraduate students an introduction to the various issues, trends, and historical perspectives pertaining to communication within U.S. domestic and international cultures. PHIL 103 provices an introduction to the basic questions of ethics, the major currents in traditional ethical theory (virtue, ethics, deontology, consequentialism), and more recent developments (e.g. care ethics).

Pop Culture

SOC 19 Sociology of Popular Culture—GenEd Domain: Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)
WMNST 106N Representing Women and Gender in Literature, Art and Popular Cultures—GenEd Domain: Humanities (GH), Integrative Studies (IS), Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)

This pride is reserved for Paterno Fellow Aspirants who will be introduced to the academic study of pop culture. In SOC 19, students will be introduced to the theories, concepts, and research techniques sociologists use by applying them to study popular culture. WMNST 106N is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with an emphasis on the experiences, achievements, and status of women in the arts and humanities in the U.S. and global context.

2020 Paterno Fellows Best Thesis Awards

Call for Nominations: Due April 27 Extended to May 1

The Paterno Fellows Program will present two Best Thesis Awards: one for a thesis in the social sciences and the other for a thesis in any field of the humanities. Each prize carries a $500 award. A faculty panel will make the selections based on the originality of the project, the rigor of the research, and the clarity of presentation. Students must have met all PFP graduation requirements to be eligible. (If you are not sure of your student’s PFP status, please inquire at

To nominate a thesis, or to self-nominate, we must receive the following by Monday, April 27 Friday, May 1:

Students who self-nominate are responsible for requesting input from the faculty adviser.

Please direct questions to

To the Theatre: Spring 20 Performances

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a block of seats to four upcoming shows on campus. You may enter the lottery for a chance to purchase one or two tickets to each of these shows for only $2 each (normally $15). These tickets are for Penn State students only, but if you purchase two, the second person does not have to be in PFP.

PFP has offered discounted tickets in the past which sold out before the end of the first day, so we had to turn students away. In anticipation of a similar demand for these tickets, we are holding a drawing to be fair to students whose schedules do not allow an immediate in-person visit to Sparks to be first to claim the seats. If you would like to be considered for tickets, please fill out this Google form prior to the drawing dates.

January 31, 7:30 p.m.

Step Afrika!

Drawing: January 13, 9:00 a.m.

February 18, 7:30 p.m.

Kronos Quartet and Mahsa Vahdat
Music for Change: The Banned Countries

Drawing: January 29, 9:00 a.m.

February 27, 7:30 p.m.

Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Rediscovered

Drawing: February 5, 9:00 a.m.

April 2, 7:30 p.m.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Masters of Form: From Mingus to Monk

Drawing: March 4, 9:00 a.m.

Please only enter if you plan to use the tickets. Although you are only paying a few dollars, PFP is paying the balance, and we want to be sure the seats are filled!

Names will be drawn approximately three weeks before each show. All students who entered will be notified of whether or not they have been selected to purchase the discounted tickets. If additional tickets remain after the drawing date, we will sell them on a first come basis.