Events

Spring 2017 Events

Date / LocationEvent

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

W-023 Pattee Library

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Scott Sigmund Gartner, Director and Professor, Penn State School of International Affairs

“Terrorism Recruitment in the Age of Instant Communications”

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

W-023 Pattee Library

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Dirk Wentzel, Professor of Economics, Hochschule Pforzheim, Germany

“European Challenges after BREXIT”

January 31
7:30 p.m.

Eisenhower Auditorium 

ONCE

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a small block of tickets for this Broadway show. You may purchase one or two tickets for only $10 each (cash only!) instead of the usual student price of $47. These tickets are for Penn State students only, but if you purchase two, the second person does not have to be in PFP.

Ticket sales info here!

Watch a preview of the Tony Award-winning musical ONCE.

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

W-023 Pattee Library

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Elaine Farndale, Associate Professor, Human Resource Management, and Center Director, Center for International Human Resource Studies

“Managing (your) Talent Globally”

February 1
7:30 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 expected to attend, and others are welcome to join in! Dress is casual. Please dress for the weather!

February 8
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

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Kevin J.A. Thomas, Associate Professor of Sociology, Demography, and African Studies

“What Explains the Increasing Trend in Foreign Student Migration to the U.S.?”

February 12

Schwab Auditorium

TEDxPSU Conference

TEDxPSU provides a forum for gifted speakers with the desire and motivation to broadcast their messages to the world. The TEDxPSU conference aims to showcase their world-changing innovation and research to help amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.  For more infomation:  http://www.tedxpsu.com

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

102 Weaver (please note change of venue)

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Kamilla Pawlikowska, Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar

“Beauty and Goodness Today”

February 21
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library 

Presidential Leadership Academy Information Session

Several senior Paterno Fellows/Presidential Leadership Academy members will provide an overview of PLA and answer your questions. Open to all first-year Liberal Arts students; no RSVP required.

The PLA application deadline is Friday, February 24, at 5:00 p.m. Selection is based on a student’s academic achievements, leadership potential and commitment to critical thinking exhibited during the applicant’s first year at Penn State. A select group of applicants will be contacted for personal interviews with the Academy Selection Committee. Paterno Fellows who participate in PLA automatically meet the Service/Leadership and Ethics requirements.

For more information including FAQs about PLA, and to apply, visit the website. For a related story, read “Alumni inspire Presidential Leadership Academy students to find their own ways“ on the Penn State News.

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

W-023 Pattee Library

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Finckel Han Setzer Trio, Visiting Performing Artists

“A Conversation with Wu Han, Philip Setzer, and David Finckel”

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

W-023 Pattee Library

LwH.jpgLunch with Honors Speaker Series

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Visiting Performing Artists

“J. S. Bach: The Circle of Creation”

March 2
7:30 p.m.

Schwab Auditorium 

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a small block of tickets for this artistic performance. You may purchase one or two tickets for only $5 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.

Ticket sales info coming soon!

Watch Tafelmusik perform an excerpt from J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation.

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

W-023 Pattee Library

LwH.jpgLunch with Honors Speaker Series

En Garde Arts, Visiting Performing Artists

“Wilderness”

March 22 - 25

Various venues on and off campus

College Town Film Festival

The College Town Film Festival is a traveling festival with one purpose: to rally around independent film. Some of us are filmmakers, some of us are academics and some of us are Hollywood veterans who think today’s independent filmmakers are getting a raw deal. But we are all dedicated to building an event that can serve as a launching pad for movies that deserve an audience… directors who deserve a voice… actors who deserve a look… and students who deserve a break. The idea is simple… we want to increase communication and collaboration between the academic, creative and business sectors of independent film. And we’re going to do it one college town at a time.

All Festival events are free with Student ID.

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

W-023 Pattee Library 

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Susan Welch, Dean, College of the Liberal Arts, and Professor of Political Science

“Social Science Research and the Holocaust”

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

W-023 Pattee Library 

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Xun Cao, Associate Professor of Political Science

“Environmental Political Business Cycles: the Case of PM2.5 Air Pollution in Chinese Prefectures”

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

W-023 Pattee Library 

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Christopher Zorn, Liberal Arts Research Professor of Political Science and Sociology

“The Federal Courts under Trump”

April 6
7:30 p.m.

Eisenhower Auditorium 

RENT

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a small block of tickets for this Broadway show. You may purchase one or two tickets for only $10 each (cash only!) instead of the usual student price of $47. These tickets are for Penn State students only, but if you purchase two, the second person does not have to be in PFP.

Ticket sales info coming soon!

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

W-023 Pattee Library 

LwH.jpgLunch with Honors Speaker Series

Jessica Lang Dance, Visiting Performing Artists

“Thousand Yard Stare”

 April 12
7:30 p.m.

Eisenhower Auditorium 

Jessica Lang Dance

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a small block of tickets for this musical performance. You may purchase one or two tickets for only $5 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.

Ticket sales info coming soon!

Watch a preview of Tesseracts of Time by Jessica Lang Dance.

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

W-023 Pattee Library 

LwH.jpgLunch with Honors Speaker Series

Paterno Fellows Seniors

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

May 6
Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Pattee Mall

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!

Fall 2016 Events

Date / LocationEvent

August 30
6:30 p.m.

Simmons Hall, Piano Lounge

Special Living Option / First Year Event: Dessert with the Director

Get to know our new PFP Interim Director, Donna Bahry, and meet your fellow Fellows while enjoying some refreshments!

Paterno Fellows Special Living Option Program ~ all PFs are welcome to attend! 

August 31
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

121 Sparks Building 

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 7
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

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Donna Bahry, Paterno Fellows Interim Director, and Professor of Political Science, Penn State

"Cold War 2.0: The View from Moscow"

September 8
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 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 14
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library

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James Piazza, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science, Penn State; and Caitlin Ting, Graduate Intern, University Fellowships Office, Penn State

"Considering Graduate School?"

September 15 at 1:00 p.m. - September 16 at 1:00 p.m.

Pattee Mall

Penn State Marathon Reading: "The Political Imagination"

During this annual event, volunteers take turns reading over a 24-hour period. This year's event, The Political Imagination, focuses on literature surrounding various political themes, by authors from around the world. Each title will be available in English and the original language in which it was published.

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. Remember, it gets really fun in the wee hours of the morning. There will be 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 16
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

233B HUB

LwH.jpgLunch with Honors Speaker Series ~ Special Friday Session

John Gastil, Professor, Communication Arts and Political Science, and Director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy

"Do We Want Bipartisanship, or Do We Just Want our Party to Win?"

RSVP to Kristin Harpster <> by September 9. RSVP required for this session only.

September 21
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library 

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Nichola Gutgold, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State Lehigh Valley

"Women in the National Political Arena"

September 28
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

W-023 Pattee Library 

LwH.jpgLunch with Honors Speaker Series

Sphinx Virtuousi

"Mosaic of Sounds"

October 4
7:30 p.m.

Playhouse Theatre (near Palmer Museum on campus) 

Be More Chill ~ Performance followed by Reception with the Director and Actors

The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a block of seats to the musical Be More Chill, presented by the School of Theatre. The show tells the story of an average high school student who discovers a tiny supercomputer that promises to transform his life. After the show, we’ll have a Meet-and-Greet Reception with the director and actors. Refreshments will be served!

Tickets are required, but are free of charge. PF students may pick up one or two tickets for the October 4 performance. These tickets are for Penn State students only, and the second person does not have to be in PFP. Stop by 102 Sparks from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. by noon on September 21, when unused tickets must be returned to the Box Office.

Listen to the Original Cast Recording playlist.  For more info...

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

W-023 Pattee Library

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John Simpkins, Head of Musical Theatre, and Actors from Penn State School of Theatre

"Be More Chill"

October 11
6:30 p.m.

Simmons Hall, Piano Lounge 

Special Living Option / First Year Event: How to Study Abroad

Jackie Smith from the Career Enrichment Network will join us to discuss how to study abroad, how to research opportunities, and support available.

Paterno Fellows Special Living Option Program ~ all PFs are welcome to attend!

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

W-023 Pattee Library

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Stephanie Scott, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Department of English, and students from the Department’s study abroad program to Ireland

"Representing the Irish Landscape"

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

W-023 Pattee Library

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Yogev Kivity, PFP Visiting Scholar from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

"Can We Train Individuals with Social Anxiety to Regulate their Emotions?"

October 25
6:30 p.m.

Simmons Hall, Piano Lounge 

Special Living Option / First Year Event: Service and Leadership Brainstorming

PFP students have a service or leadership requirement.  At this meeting we will discuss your ideas for meeting this requirement.  Possibly together, possibly in small groups.

Paterno Fellows Special Living Option Program ~ all PFs are welcome to attend!

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

W-023 Pattee Library

LwH.jpgLunch with Honors Speaker Series

Penn State Student Performers from W.O.R.D.S. (Writers Organized to Represent Diverse Stories)

"Spoken Word"

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

W-023 Pattee Library

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Paul Taylor, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, College of the Liberal Arts, and Associate Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies

"Looking Back over the Obama Years"

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

W-023 Pattee Library

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Tanya FurmanProfessor of Geosciences, Associate VP and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, and Interim Director, University Fellowships Office, Penn State

"After Graduation: Considering Fellowship Opportunities"

POSTPONED: November 15
12:30 p.m.

Simmons Hall, Piano Lounge 

POSTPONED; new date TBA -- Special Living Option / First Year Event: Alumni Mentor Program

Heather Baruch-Bueter will join us to discuss the Career Enrichment Network Alumni Mentor Program. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with a professional in a field you are planning to join.

Paterno Fellows Special Living Option Program ~ all PFs are welcome to attend!

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

W-023 Pattee Library

LwH.jpgLunch with Honors Speaker Series

Barry Ickes, Professor and Head, Department of Economics, Penn State

"25 Years of Transition in Russia"

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

W-023 Pattee Library

LwH.jpgLunch with Honors Speaker Series

John McCarthy, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Penn State

"Explaining the Likelihood of Disorderly Public Gatherings in Campus Communities, 1997-2007"

December 6
6:30 p.m.

Redifer Commons 

Special Living Option / First Year Event: Dinner with the Dean

Dr. Paul Taylor will join the group for a dinner in the Simmons dining hall to discuss the events of the semester.

Paterno Fellows Special Living Option Program ~ all PFs are welcome to attend!

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