All posts by Tom Shakely

One Trustee’s Thoughts on an Open Budget

The following appeared in late 1988, during Ben Novak’s first term as a Penn State trustee. *** By Ben Novak, Class of 1965 Dear Members of the Penn State University Community: It has now been almost half a year since I was elected to the Penn State Board of Trustees. I have been to two ...

What Virgil Taught Me About Football

Joe Paterno’s “What Virgil Taught Me About Football” appeared in Crisis Magazine in January 1990, and was excerpted from his autobiography “Paterno: By the Book,” coauthored with Bernard Asbell. *** Every one of us at Brooklyn Prep had to take four solid years of mathematics, four years of Latin, and two years of a modern ...

Undergraduate education and research

The following opinion piece by Ben Novak appeared in the Centre Daily Times on April 14, 1996 under the headline “Undergrads suffer at hands of research”, addressing the relationship between Penn State’s commitments to undergraduate education and research. A January 1996 letter from Ben Novak to President Graham Spanier also addresses this topic. *** While ...

The Importance of Collecting American Indian Legends

An Address by Col. Henry W. Shoemaker, Before the Twenty-second Annual Convention of Keystone Library Association, Altoona, Pa., October 26, 1922. Miss MacDonald, Ladies and Gentleman: I rather suppose that this topic was assigned to me as it relates to a subject that does not cause added work for librarians, and takes the seekers afield ...

Penn State’s ‘Century of Service to the Commonwealth’

A fascinating document from Penn State’s 1955 Centennial celebrations, commemorating the first century of Penn State’s existence. 1855-1955 Penn State- A Century of Service to the Commonwealth

Inspiriting Mount Nittany

Tom Shakely speaks to the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) on February 14, 2018 on Mount Nittany’s significance and historical conservation efforts: As part of his presentation, Tom presented Penn State’s undergraduate student government with the gift of a Square Inch Life Estate Deed to Mount Nittany, a gift of the Nittany Valley Society. Life ...

Nit-A-Nee: A Tradition of a Juniata Maiden

This legendary origin story appears in “The Legends of the Nittany Valley,” and is taken from Henry W. Shoemaker’s 1916 “Juniata Memories: Legends Collected in Central Pennsylvania.” Narrated by Ben Novak.

‘The Class of 1950: A Nostalgic Look Back’ by Thomas E. Morgan

“The Class of 1950: A Nostalgic Look Back” were the remarks of Thomas E. Morgan, Penn State Class of 1950, delivered February 29, 1980. No one could have mistaken Penn State for a sedate Ivy League college during those strained elbow-room-only days of ’46-’50 when GIs and their little sisters and brothers crammed into Pollock ...

James Irvin’s 1855 Letter to the Pennsylvania State Agricultural Society

Bellefonte, February 22nd, 1855 To the Executive Committee of the Penna. State Agricultural Society Gentlemen, Feeling a deep interest in the early and efficient organization of the “Farmers High School of Pennsylvania,” I have observed with pleasure that the Legislature now in session have repealed the Act of April 13th 1854 and passed an Act ...

#4 – Town life

Tom Shakely, Chris Buchignani, and Kevin Horne return for another College Towns installment. In continuing their conversation on the what makes college towns enchanting, your humble servants turn their gaze toward the nebulous and frightening topic of “town life.” They do it in autumn, when the spirit and life of a place like State College ...