Category: Enchantment

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Why Learn the Penn State Story?

By Chris Buchignani, March 22, 2015 As the keynote speaker for our 2015 Willow Gathering, Penn State Lunar Lion mission director Michael Paul talked about how, for Penn State, being the only university among a field of private competitors striving to reach the Moon is opening up incredible opportunities for the institution and her students. Hands-on learning and connections ...

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Graduate School & the Value of Extended Time in the Nittany Valley

By Kevin Horne, January 2015 “5… 4… 3… 2… 1… HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” I hear that same countdown every night, a few seconds before midnight, from my Beaver Avenue apartment, although its consistency makes it no less painful to digest. The commotion, of course, is coming from the line outside the local bar known for catering ...

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Joy of Christmas Spirits (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 ...

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An Ode to Zeno’s

By Chris Buchignani, September 3, 2014 Onward State published a feature this morning wherein various staff members profiled their favorite local watering holes. Fellow NVS board member Kevin Horne contributed a truly poetic paean to Zeno’s Pub, that famous purveyor of craft beer located directly above the center of the Earth (he earns extra points for shouting out our book, The Birth ...

Happy Valley’s Magical Magnetism

By Chris Buchignani, August 14, 2014 You can already sense it here in the Valley. Before you know it, tens of thousands of students will make their way back to Penn State for another academic year. Soon after, tens of thousands more fans, alumni, and friends will follow them for seven Autumn weekends, many who ...

‘I see Penn State!’

By Chris Buchignani, March 26, 2014 I had lunch today with John Patishnock, an employee of the Penn State Alumni Association and freelance writer who will be working with NVS on an upcoming project. John is a local who recently returned home after several years living away from Pennsylvania, and he writes a regular column for ...

The ‘Magic of Simplicity’ at the Nittany Lion Shrine

By Chris Buchignani, September 6, 2013 The Nittany Lion Shrine was reopened this week after a summer of renovation. Kevin Horne, member of the Board of Directors of The Nittany Valley Society and Managing Editor of Onward State, shares his perspective on the iconic symbol of the campus: I grew up only an hour away in Williamsport, so ...

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A Great Idea: Recovering a Disposition for Leisure

By Tom Shakely, February 13, 2013 The National Association of Scholars published a small contribution I wrote when visiting board member Zach Zimbler in Princeton a few months ago. The short contribution, titled “Recover a Disposition for Leisure,” is a part of the feature “One Hundred Great Ideas for Higher Education” and appears in the Winter 2012 issue of the ...

The Past as a Universe of Adventure

By Tom Shakely, October 23, 2012 We tend to like thinking of new ideas and fresh thinking. It’s tempting to imagine we of the present are, almost by definition, at the vanguard of history. We like moving forward rather than looking backward. Yet, we can do both. It turns out that there is much fresh ...