Category: Penn State Spirit

‘The Phyrst 50’ to begin filming 8/5

Documentary Celebrating 50 Years of Iconic State College Bar to Begin Filming August 5 during The Phyrst Reunion Celebration Cultural Impact of Popular Happy Valley Bar the Focus of the Film The Phyrst 50: A Bar in a College Town STATE COLLEGE, PA — (NEWSWIRE)—Stories that highlight the special significance of The Phyrst will be preserved ...

The Phyrst 50: A Bar in a College Town

The Nittany Valley Society is proud and excited to announce its first documentary film project, The Phyrst 50: A Bar in a College Town. This film will tell the fascinating story behind one of State College’s most iconic bars as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. A press announcement was sent on July 5, 2017 and ...

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 ...

Introducing a Penn State History course

May 15, 2017 A few years ago a number of students and alumni came together through The Nittany Valley Society with a vision for a new course at Penn State—specifically a course on Penn State itself. After years of friendly pushing and relationship-building the course is almost here, and Penn State News has spotlighted the course:   ...

Chris Buchignani at Penn State’s ‘State of State’ Conference

Chris Buchignani of The Nittany Valley Society spoke to Penn Staters at the 2017 State of State conference. Chris spoke about the “spirit of place” that pervades the Nittany Valley, and what Penn Staters (any anyone) can do to conserve that spirit and pass it along to fresh generations.

Visiting the State College of another time

Eric Porterfield recently picked up these historical State College photos from someplace, and The Nittany Valley Society grabbed pictures of them to share. They tell such a visceral story of the development of State College from something less than a speck on the map into the place we know it as today. They’re a witness ...

Vision for Penn State Greeks

By Tom Shakely, March 31, 2017 I remember touring Beta Theta Pi a few years ago. It was over Arts Fest in 2013, and I had been invited along with some other members of The Nittany Valley Society to see inside the new crown jewel of Penn State’s fraternity system. An alum had contributed a ...

In Search of Evan Pugh

By Chris Buchignani, February 2017 Three Penn State presidents have been laid to rest here in Centre County. President Atherton is famously interred right along Pollock Road adjacent to Schwab Auditorium, while Milton Eisenhower finds his final repose in Centre County Memorial Park along the Benner Pike. Evan Pugh, Penn State’s founding president and one ...

Penn State Football Remixes Its Past

By Chris Buchignani, January 2017 Suffering through a prolonged period of frustration and despair, the Penn State football team faces a do-or-die moment in an early Big Ten contest: Trailing in the fourth quarter and needing an unlikely game-extending play to keep hope alive, the Lions thread the needle, capping off a precarious come-from-behind win ...

Bog Turtle Brewery’s ‘Evan Pugh Vanilla Porter’

By Kevin Horne, December 2016 Penn State’s first president Evan Pugh was born in 1828 at Jordan Bank Farm, three miles south of the city center of Oxford, Pennsylvania, an hour west of Philadelphia, in Chester County. One-hundred eighty-nine years later, an Oxford brewery is honoring one of the preeminent champions of public higher education in ...