First Paterno Fellows graduating class honored in ceremony

May 10, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The first graduating class of Paterno Fellows was recognized at a recent ceremony by Sue Paterno and the deans of the College of the Liberal Arts and the Schreyer Honors College. Paterno Fellow Amy Copley served as the student speaker, representing nearly 80 graduates in the program.

"The Paterno Fellows Program is a landmark collaboration between the College of the Liberal Arts and the Schreyer Honors College, offering an education for leadership to students who accept its challenges and succeed," said Jack Selzer, the Barry Director of the program. "The program is named for longtime Penn State benefactors Joe and Sue Paterno and their family because of their commitment to excellence, ethics, service and leadership. Meeting the academic and leadership challenges is what distinguishes these students."

All first- and second-year students in liberal arts are eligible to perform their way into the program by pursuing rigorous academic requirements that qualify them as Schreyer Scholars. Then as juniors and seniors, they further distinguish themselves by establishing themselves as excellent communicators, taking on internships or study-abroad opportunities, fulfilling community service or leadership opportunities, and completing an honors thesis. They also graduate with in-depth academic credentials in at least two fields.

In addition to the members of the "pioneer class" honored on May 5, about 250 additional students are now Paterno Fellows. As one direct result of the Fellows Program, the College of the Liberal Arts now leads all Penn State academic colleges in terms of representation in the Schreyer Honors College.

Sue Paterno congratulated the Paterno Fellows, saying, "You all will always be very special students to me because you have done so much during your four years here and especially because you are achieving in your lives so many of the things that Joe and I and our children have tried to do in our own lives. We wish you continued success, and we hope you’ll keep the Paterno Fellows identity with you as you go."

Copley graduated with degrees in international politics and French and Francophone studies with a minor in information systems and statistical analysis. Through the Paterno Fellows program and the Schreyer Honors College, she was afforded opportunities to study in France and later to Senegal, West Africa, where she conducted fieldwork in food security, sustainable agriculture, environmental conservation and international development.

"The Paterno Fellows program not only supplied me with the necessary funds to travel, but also provided me with a framework of how to act as a responsible, global citizen." she said. "In pursuing my intellectual curiosities and capitalizing on opportunities, I challenged myself to not only serve as an international ambassador of Penn State, but to develop a more global perspective founded in the rich reservoir of knowledge of my friends, peers and mentors abroad."



  • Paterno Fellow Ian Morgan is congratulated by Sue Paterno and Liberal Arts Associate Dean Chris Long.

    IMAGE: Chuck Fong
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