2019-20 Events

Spring 2020 Events

Date/LocationEvent

January 15
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Jeremy Engels, Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, and Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program

"The Art of Gratitude"

January 21
5:30 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Presidential Leadership Academy Information Session for First-Year Paterno Fellows

The Paterno Fellows Program has invited Melissa Doberstein, Director of the Presidential Leadership Academy, to present an information session for first-year students. You do not have to be in PFP to attend, so bring a friend!

The Presidential Leadership Academy is a three-year leadership development opportunity for a select group of 30 students. As Academy participants, students will develop leadership fundamentals to thrive in an environment in which multiple dimensions of an issue are explored, diverse viewpoints are welcomed and heard, and a fully informed and respectful discourse ensues, leading to sound action. A highlight of the Academy is a two-credit introductory seminar led by the President of the University.

Interested students may apply for membership in the Academy or may be nominated by members of the university community. Applications will close on February 14, 2020. More info...

January 22
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Catherine Wanner, Professor of History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies

"Soft Power and Hybrid Wars"

January 29
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Step Afrika! Visiting Performing Artists

"Drumfolk"

January 31
7:30 p.m.

Eisenhower Auditorium

To the Theatre: Step Afrika! / Drumfolk

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a small block of tickets for this show. You may purchase one or two tickets for only $2 each (cash only!) instead of the usual student price of $15. These tickets are for Penn State students only, but if you purchase two, the second person does not have to be in PFP.

About the show...   |   About ticket sales...

February 5
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Joseph DeThomas, Professor of Practice, School of International Affairs

"Iran and North Korea Policy in 2020: The Law of Holes"

February 12
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Tracy Rutler, Assistant Professor of French and Women's Studies

"Queering the Enlightenment"

February 12
7:00 p.m.

Hintz Family Alumni Center

Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Reception

This event celebrates the achievements of students who have been admitted to the Paterno Fellows Program and Schreyer Honors College over the past year. The program will include presentations by several Paterno Fellows, past and present, as well as winners of the Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest. A dessert reception will follow the ceremony.

This event is free and open to the public. New admits who are being recognized will receive a separate invitation. All aspiring and admitted Fellows are invited to attend, and others are welcome to join in! Dress is casual. Please dress for the weather!

View photos from the 2019 event.

February 18
7:30 p.m.

Eisenhower Auditorium

To the Theatre: Kronos Quartet and Mahsa Vahdat / Music for Change: The Banned Countries

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a small block of tickets for this show. You may purchase one or two tickets for only $2 each (cash only!) instead of the usual student price of $15. These tickets are for Penn State students only, but if you purchase two, the second person does not have to be in PFP.

About the show...   |   About ticket sales...

February 19
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Bradford Vivian, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences

"The Deliberative Project Toolkit: Democracy Beyond Binaries"

February 26
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Michele Mekel, Assistant Director, Bioethics Program

"Patient-Provider Communications: An Introduction to Legal and Ethical Considerations"

February 27
7:30 p.m.

Schwab Auditorium

To the Theatre: Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Rediscovered

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a small block of tickets for this show. You may purchase one or two tickets for only $2 each (cash only!) instead of the usual student price of $15. These tickets are for Penn State students only, but if you purchase two, the second person does not have to be in PFP.

About the show...   |   About ticket sales...

March 4
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Lauren Kooistra, Assistant Research Professor of Humanities, and Assistant Director, Humanities Institute

"Public Humanities at Work"

March 18
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

7A Sparks Building

CANCELLED: Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Claire Bourne, Assistant Professor of English

"Milton's Shakespeare: Social Media and Literary 'Discovery'"

March 22
3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue

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Hintz Family Alumni Center

CANCELLED: State of State Conference: State of Change

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. Join us for presentations by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members, and engage in a meaningful dialogue about our community. 

The presentations will be followed by hors d'oeuvres and facilitated dialogue in the Hintz Family Alumni Center.

March 25

12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

7A Sparks Building

CANCELLED: Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Talley Kayser, Assistant Teaching Professor of English, and Director, Adventure Literature Series

"The Quest to Tell 'A Story that Helps': Adventure Writing and Environmental Ethics"

March 26-27

Panel: March 26, 7:00 p.m., Flex Theatre, HUB

Meetings: March 27 by appointment only

 

CANCELLED: Alumni in Business Panel Presentation and One-on-One Meetings

Join us for a panel presentation and question-and-answer discussion with Liberal Arts alumni with business-related career experience, as they share stories of their successes and the challenges they tackled along the way. Panelist Jake Plevelich graduated in 2013 as a Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar in history and political science.

Meet one-on-one with Liberal Arts alumni to ask any questions you’d like in a no-pressure setting and discuss your business career and leadership aspirations. Receive feedback on your résumé and helpful advice for future interviews. Advance sign-ups are required.

View the flyer...

April 1

12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

CANCELLED: Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Louis Castonguay, Liberal Arts Professor of Psychology

"Let's talk about students' mental health care: Difficulties, growth and the leadership of Penn State"

April 2
7:30 p.m.

Eisenhower Auditorium

*CANCELLED: To the Theatre: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis / Masters of Form: From Mingus to Monk

*We will make arrangements for students who have paid their $2 per ticket to receive a refund.

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a small block of tickets for this show. You may purchase one or two tickets for only $2 each (cash only!) instead of the usual student price of $15. These tickets are for Penn State students only, but if you purchase two, the second person does not have to be in PFP.

About the show...   |   About ticket sales...

April 8

12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

CANCELLED: Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Simon Haeder, Assistant Professor of Public Policy

"Of Politics and Dogs: Partisanship, Policy, and the Value of a Dog's Life"

April 15

12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

CANCELLED: Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Paterno Fellows Seniors

"The Ins and Outs of Writing a Thesis: What Every Student Needs to Know"

April 22

12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

CANCELLED: Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Kathlene Baldanza, Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies

Title TBD

May 9
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Pattee Mall

CANCELLED: Paterno Fellows Graduation Ceremony and Reception

Today's ceremony recognizes Paterno Fellows who are graduating with honors with two or more areas of academic study, with study abroad and/or internship credentials, and with leadership or service accomplishments. We look forward to seeing all graduating Fellows and their families!

The Paterno Fellows reception will be followed by department receptions on the Pattee Mall. Download the full reception schedule here, and find more info about commencement here.

Fall 2019 Events

Date/LocationEvent

September 3
5:45 - 6:30 p.m.

121 Sparks Building / Sparks Lobby and Patio

Paterno Fellows First-Year Orientation and Social

All first-year students are required to attend.

After some words from the director, we'll have pizza and get to know one another!

September 4
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Jeremy Engels, Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, and Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program

"My Honors Journey"

September 11
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

124 Sparks Building

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

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"

September 12
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Pattee Mall

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Festival

Come learn about the majors and resources in the College of the Liberal Arts! Free food, games, and prizes.

September 15
7:30 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Paterno Fellows Student Advisory Board Meeting

September 18
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Lilliard Richardson, Director of the School of Public Policy

"Weed Policy in the States"

September 19
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Pattee Mall

Penn State Marathon Read: Myths, Legends, and Songs from around the World

During this annual event, volunteers take turns reading over a 12-hour period. This year's event, Myths, Legends, and Songs from around the World will incorporate short stories and songs from a number of languages taught and spoken on (our) campus at Penn State!

Anyone may volunteer for two to five minutes of reading. Groups -- classes, teams, social organizations -- are encouraged to participate by volunteering for larger blocks of time.

There will be donuts, pizza, t-shirts, and other surprises.

Questions? Want to sign up to read in advance? Want to read in Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Chinese, Portuguese or Russian? EMAIL us at .

September 19
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Pattee Mall

Pattee Palooza

Join the Lion Ambassadors in showcasing resources in the Carnegie Building, Pattee and Paterno Libraries, Schwab Auditorium, and College of the Liberal Arts offices housed in the Sparks Building, including the Paterno Fellows Program. Come check out new resources in the library, student services, and a variety of student organizations.

More info...

September 25
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Herb Newsome, Director of Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies

September 25
7:30 p.m.

Penn State Downtown Theatre
(Allen Street below Panera)

To the Theatre: Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies

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 in the Theatre lobby following the performance.

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!

October 2
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

AnneMarie Mingo, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

"The Message is in the Music: Black Women, Faith, and Moral Resistance"

October 9
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Erica Nikolaisen, Education Abroad Adviser, Global Programs

"Study Abroad 101 and Unique Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Internships Abroad"

October 16
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Steven Rubin, Associate Professor of Art

"Imaging Incidence: The Rise of Diabetes in Senegal"

October 23
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

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

"On Trees and Rhetorical Abundance"

October 30
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Christopher Witko, Associate Director, School of Public Policy

"Government Responses to Income Inequality in the U.S."

November 6
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Scott Gartner, Director, School of International Affairs

"International Security: Policies, Challenges, and Opportunities"

November 13
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Julia Buyskykh, Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Institute for Research on Ukrainian Studies; NGO, The Centre for Applied Anthropology

"Anthropologists from the Grassroot: How Cultural Anthropology is Understood, Practiced and Developed in Ukraine"

November 20
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Jack Selzer, Paterno Family Liberal Arts Professor Emeritus of Literature

"The Beginnings of the Paterno Fellows Program"

December 4
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-013 Pattee Library

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Hailley Fargo, Student Engagement Coordinator, Penn State University Libraries

"Librarianship and the Student Engagement Journey"

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