Category: Ben Novak Archives

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 ...

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 ...

The Present Situation of Perpetual War on Students

The following address was delivered by Ben Novak in 1998 during his time as a Penn State Trustee, addressing student riots, the aims of President Spanier’s administration, and student alcohol culture. Throughout Centre County there is a tenseness and a feeling of danger that have never before been experienced in our valleys. Police helicopters were ...

The Student Contributions to Penn State

The following speech was delivered by Ben Novak, Penn State Trustee, to the Penn State Board of Trustees at its November 1989 meeting. Chairman Huck, President Jordan, President Althaus, President Martin, Representative Donaldson, Chairwoman Atwood, Members of the Board: The subject I am addressing today is students. Everybody likes stories. So sit back and relax, ...

Reflections of a Former Trustee: How the Penn State Board of Trustees Really Functions

View PDF version. Reflections of a Former Trustee How the Penn State Board of Trustees Really Functions By Ben Novak ‘65 I was elected to the Penn State Board of Trustees more than two decades ago, and served on it as an alumni Trustee for twelve years—from 1988 to 200. I came on the Board thinking ...