March 2011 Archives

Sexuality and Gender Studies Minor

The undergraduate minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies addresses human sexuality and gender as they have been conceptualized and investigated by diverse disciplines: humanities (including history and cultural studies), behavioral and social sciences, biological sciences, and visual and performance arts. Courses in the minor require students to explore scholarship and research on sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender across the lifespan, across cultures, and throughout history. Developing students' critical skills in a variety of disciplines, courses in the minor cover theories of sexuality and gender; sexual orientation; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movements; the history of sexual norms; queer theory; gender identity; and impact of gender identities and erotic orientations on the arts; etc.

For more information, visit the University Undergraduate Advising Handbook.

PIRE Summer 2012 Fellowships

To undergraduate students interesting in applying for PIRE fellowships for the Summer of 2012:

There will be an opportunity this fall for undergraduates conducting research with faculty within the Center for Language Science (CLS) to apply for PIRE fellowships to conduct research abroad. For students to be eligible, they must not expect to graduate from Penn State prior to December, 2012. The formal announcement and details of the program will be available this summer and more information can be obtained at

For now, students who think they may be interested in these research opportunities should consider gaining experience by conducting research over the summer for credit with CLS faculty in the participating departments. It will be possible to do research for academic credit over the summer in psychology, linguistics, Spanish, German, and communication sciences and disorders. Interested students should contact Amber Evans ( for more information.

Israel Government Fellows Program Seeking Applicants

The Israel Government Fellows Program (IGF) is a Masa Israel Journey initiative of the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem. Endorsed by the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel, IGF offers college graduates an experience at the heart of the Israeli government, combining internships in government offices with educational seminars, Hebrew language instruction, and travel throughout the country. IGF is the only existing program of its kind for non-Israelis to intern in the government and is available for applicants aged 22-30 with at least a bachelor's degree. This year the IGF has also added a track for Research and Diplomacy where fellows will be able to intern in Israeli research institutes, think tanks, and public diplomacy organizations.
Here are just a few examples of current placements:
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Organizations Dept.
  • Ministry of Defense, Civil Administration of the West Bank 
  • Ministry of Justice, Anti-Terror Financing and Money Laundering Dept. 
  • Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor, Legal Dept.
Comprehensive details are available on the Israel Government Fellows Program website.

Educational Housing Services Hosting Info Session April 5

Tuesday April 5, 2011
6:30-8:00 p.m.
102 Smeal Business

Educational Housing Services is a nonprofit provider of safe, convenient housing for interns and students in New York City.  Representatives from EHS will be speaking to Penn State University students about housing opportunities in NYC on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. in 102 Smeal Business.

For more information please visit:

Hire Big 10 Plus Consortium Virtual Career Fair

April 5-7, 2011

The Hire Big 10 Plus Consortium is a collaborative group of career services representatives from the eleven schools in the Big Ten Conference, the University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame and DePaul University. The Consortium shares best practices and works with students and employers from across the country to provide exemplary programming and support. Students will have the opportunity to meet employers live in a virtual setting.  This virtual fair is open to students and alumni.

Why participate in this virtual career fair?
  • Get interviews without ever leaving your computer
  • Avoid waiting in long lines 
  • Save your valuable time by searching for a job online 
  • Meet employers which may not attend on-site all day events 
  • Upload your resume and register for the event and you will be automatically enter into the Nano Drawing 
Visit the Hire Big 10 Plus Consortium to register or to find out more about this opportunity. 

Spring 2012 Ed Abroad Application Deadline: April 1, 2011

If you are planning on studying abroad next spring 2012, make sure to note that the Education Abroad Application Deadline is Friday, April 1, 2011

Ed Abroad walk-in peer advising hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in 313 Boucke. Any undergraduate student is welcome to stop by.

For a list of the study abroad deadlines, visit the EA website www global

March 2011 Issue of Agora Available Now

The March 2011 issue of the student organized Liberal Arts magazine, Agora, is available now!  Make sure to stop by one of the locations below to pick up your copy:

  • 101 Sparks
  • The HUB
  • Willard
  • Kern
  • Thomas
Agora is a monthly Liberal Arts Journal written by students for students. The main mission behind Agora is to provide Penn State students with the opportunity to write, edit, critique, and publish an academic journal. The publication hopes to promote the free exchange of ideas by engaging in educational inquiry and stimulation outside of the classroom.

If you would like find out how you can get involved with this publication, contact Sean Healy at  Visit Agora's Facebook group for more details.

Confucius Institute Announces Two-week Tour of Northeastern China

The PSU Confucius Institute is offering an amazing opportunity to visit China right before the Penn State semester begins! Students will be able to tour northeastern China for two weeks, with free housing and in-country travel, from August 1-15, 2011.

  • No previous experience in Chinese or China required!
  • Open to undergraduate or graduate students. 
  • Students are responsible for roundtrip airfare to Dalian (about $1300), for all applicable passport and visa fees, and for food costs 
  • All housing costs, (in dorms at Dalian University of Technology and hotels), transportation inside China, and other fees are covered by the Confucius Institute. 
  • To register for the trip send an email to with your name, year in school, and major(s)/minor(s). First come, first served, so sign up now! There will be at least 20 places. 
  • Due to regulations of the funding agency, citizens of the People's Republic of China are ineligible for this trip.

EmpowerU Recruiting Mentors for the 2011-2012 School Year

Make a difference on campus! Join EmpowerU, a new organization which encourages empowerment and leadership.

If you want to motivate and empower others by mentoring incoming freshmen in the fall of 2011, contact Rachel Miller at or check out for more information!

CLA Sophomores Sought for Liberty Mutual Responsible Scholars National Leadership Forum

New Deadline:  March 25, 2011
Sunday, June 27 - Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Liberty Mutual has extended its deadline for its Responsible Scholars National Leadership Forum, a three-day event designed to provide talented college students with exceptional leadership qualities an opportunity to learn about Liberty Mutual and working for the insurance industry.  Liberty Mutual is encouraging students enrolled in the College of the Liberal Arts to apply for this conference.

Applicants must be current, full-time sophomores with demonstrated leadership qualities, an interest in the insurance industry, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Penn State students should e-mail their resumes to and include the subject line PSU RSNLF.

For more information, please see the official announcement:
LM 2011 Leadership Forum Revised Deadline.pdf

LAUC Trivia Night March 22

Tuesday, March 22
7:30 p.m.
129 A&B HUB

RSVP by Friday, March 18

You are officially invited to join the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council for a night of fun, laughter, and a little bit of trivia at their 2011 Trivia Night! LAUC will be hosting its Trivia Night on March 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in room 129A & B of the HUB. The event will kick off with a free and delicious dinner. Dinner will be followed by a challenging trivia game, and the categories will include general knowledge, Penn State history, and current events. The winning team will be awarded small prizes.

Space is limited, so sign up before the teams and tables are full! There is space for 8 teams of 6 people. If you would like to partake in Trivia Night, just send Amanda Craig an email at In your email, include your name and the names of up to five additional teammates as well as email addresses. Keep in mind, you can sign up solo, and be easily placed on a team. Please respond to this invitation by March 18, 2010.

Are you up for the challenge?

If you have any questions, just send an email to Amanda Craig ( or Matt Jewitt(

Liberal Arts Student-Alumni Connection

Thursday, March 24
3:30-4:45 p.m.
Hintz Family Alumni Center, Robb Hall

Practice networking in a non-pressure atmosphere. Talk with alumni from diverse careers about their work and gain practical insights on internships, graduate school, law school, and jobs.                        

All Liberal Arts majors and minors welcome.

Make sure to check out the list of participating alumni.

For more info and to RSVP, visit:

Spring Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Preparation Course

Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
103C Career Services Center

Registration Deadline: April 5 at 5:00 p.m.
Registration fee: $250

A Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Preparation Course will be offered this spring semester on Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, 2011, on the University Park campus Penn State.  The registration deadline for this course is Tuesday, April 5 at 5 pm. 

This is a complete preparation course for the LSAT, Law School Admission Test, but as with all such courses, preparation outside of class will be necessary. You will receive fourteen hours of classroom instruction and extensive handouts. Real LSAT questions are used. Because the LSAT is a test of general reasoning ability, the test taker needs a clear understanding of the types of reasoning tested and a sensible procedural approach to the test. The course syllabus can be found online and available in Grange Building, UP.

For questions or inquiries, contact the Pre-Law Adviser Edward Wangler, Grange Building, at 814-865-7576 or email

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council Announces Creation of Liberal Arts Envoys Program

Deadline: March 28, 2011

The Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council, in cooperation with College of the Liberal Arts is proud to announce a new program for Liberal Arts undergraduates. The Liberal Arts Envoys program will be a student ambassador program for the College of the Liberal Arts.

The Liberal Arts Envoys will serve as representatives for the College of the Liberal Arts in a variety of capacities. Envoys will support the Office of Undergraduate Studies though participation in recruitment related events and other student focused events throughout the year. In addition to working with the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Envoys will provide student representatives for on campus events hosted by the College's Office of Alumni Relations and Development. Envoys will also provide tours for alumni returning to campus. Essentially, the Envoys will represent the College to prospective students, their families, alumni, and other members of the College's community.

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council President, Geoff Halberstadt, sees excellent opportunities for the Envoys program. "Liberal Arts students who participate in the Envoys program will benefit tremendously. They will have the opportunity to interact with alumni, showcase the College to prospective students, and gain valuable professional experience while doing so. Ethical leadership, excellent interpersonal communication, and public speaking are all skills that Envoys will develop and use as part of their experience."

The Liberal Arts Envoys program will be administered by the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council, as the liaison between the College and undergraduates. Applications for the Envoys program are available on You can also find an attachment of the application here:  Application for Liberal Arts Envoys.pdf.

Applications are due Monday, March 28 by 5:00 p.m. to 102 Sparks. Please contact LAUC President, Geoff Halberstadt, at with any questions.


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