Category: Novak Fellowship

Penn State Heritage Trees and Groves, a short documentary

Spencer McCullough, a Nittany Valley Society Novak Fellow, created this short documentary film in 2017 on Penn State’s Heritage Trees and Groves program: It tells of Penn State’s distinctive initiative to conserve and perpetuate a historic atmosphere on campus through perpetuation of its most remarkable living landmarks.

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 ...

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 ...

Yule ales add to Advent Spirit (Nittany Valley Press Excerpt)

Today, it is not unusual to enter a bar and find a laundry list of exotic beers on tap or to hear news of a local brew pub or microbrewery opening up. Such was not the case in 1984 (only five years after the legalization of homebrewing) when the editor of the Centre Daily Times ...

2016-17 Novak Fellowship: Penn State Heritage Trees & Groves

By Chris Buchignani, October 2016 Do you love Penn State? Are you passionate about harnessing the power of film to tell compelling stories? Consider applying for the 2016-17 Novak Fellowship. The 2016-17 Novak Fellowship sponsors creation of a video about Penn State’s Heritage Trees and Groves program. This year’s fellow will receive a $600 stipend. Prospective ...

1964 Penn State Student Body President’s Memo to Penn State President Eric Walker

In August 1964, incoming Penn State Student Body President Ben Novak addressed the following memo on the nature and purpose of student self-governance to Penn State President Eric Walker. Penn State Student Government Memo to President Eric Walker

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From the Trenches: Farms, Forts, and Penn State’s Commitment to Local History

Last year, Casey Snyder worked as a student intern for The Nittany Valley Society, assisting with our archive project for the CBICC. We became interested in his work with Penn State’s archaeology program and invited him to author this guest column on his experiences working to recover lost history close to home. By Casey J. ...

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From the Trenches: Farms, Forts, and Penn State’s Commitment to Local History

Casey Snyder worked as a student intern for the Nittany Valley Society in 2014, after we became interested in his work with Penn State’s archaeology program. We invited him to write a guest column conveying his experiences working to recover lost history close to home.

Creating the Novak Fellowship fund

By Tom Shakely, December 2013 I first met Ben Novak in early 2008 when he was visiting State College for a few weeks while living in semi-retirement in Bratislava, Slovakia. I was only 20 at the time, and had been introduced to him through mutual friends. Other than knowing he was a former Penn State ...

An Advisor’s Farewell Letter to Penn State’s TKE Fraternity

The following letter was written to Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity alumni of Penn State’s Pi Chapter on July 12, 2001. Dear Fraters, After nearly two decades as Advisor to TKE, I must finally hang up my hat. I leave reluctantly, however, for I believe there are few jobs more important than working with today’s ...