Category: Penn State Spirit

Nittany Valley Renaissance Fund

December 2013 “Every fresh generation,” remarked Alexis de Tocqueville in visiting early America, “is like a new people.” As a college community, the Nittany Valley is one continually bursting with “fresh generations” who have heard of America’s “Happy Valley,” but who have also grown up in a marketing-saturated culture that breeds a healthy skepticism about ...

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More Than Penn State Lives Here

By Chris Buchignani, October 15, 2013 Ok, so I couldn’t resist the urge to have a little good-natured fun with the University’s newly-unveiled marketing campaign. I’ve been thinking that I needed to add a post about this past Saturday (and a new post in general!), but to be honest, it’s the Tuesday morning after, and I’m ...

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The Willow Gathering with Roger Williams

By Chris Buchignani, October 2013 The Nittany Valley Society’s Willow Gathering is a Christmastime celebration of the Nittany Valley and its people. As an expression our of mission to “foster a spirit of community,” sharing “knowledge of our past, an appreciation for our present, and an affection for our spirit,” The Willow Gathering brings together students, ...

Old Willow and the Heritage Tree Endowment

By Tom Shakely, October 10, 2013 Onward State broke the news that the Senior Class of 2014 Gift Committee has released its three options for seniors to choose from for their class’s permanent visible symbol on Penn State’s campus. Of the three options, one is called the “Heritage Tree Endowment” and relates to Old Willow, one of Penn ...

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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Nittany Valley Renaissance Fund

July 25, 2013 An Invitation to Support the Spirit of America’s College Town Ever since Evan Pugh entered the Nittany Valley more than 15 decades ago to found what would become The Pennsylvania State University, a special spirit has animated and enriched the lives of those living in Mount Nittany’s gentle shadow. If the American Indian legends of Central Pennsylvania are to ...

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Mount Nittany Memories

By Chris Buchignani, July 20, 2013 Each time The Nittany Valley Society publishes a new book, the latest offering seems to supplant its predecessor as my favorite, and fellow board member Tom Shakely‘s “Conserving Mount Nittany” does not buck that trend. Tom pairs original interviews and analysis with a wealth of previously-published content to create a definitive history ...

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Introducing ‘Conserving Mount Nittany: A Dynamic Environmentalism’

By Tom Shakely, July 2013 I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of conservation. I’ve been fascinated by the idea that there are certain things we can preserve through time, keeping safe from change, passing along from generation to generation—and yet keep them as living parts of our lives, rather than mere artifacts. In families, ...

Visions of Princess Nittany

By Chris Buchignani, June 29, 2013 At the core of The Nittany Valley Society’s mission are the related goals of preserving, strengthening and sharing the genius loci of the Nittany Valley; it is why we publish The Legends of the Nittany Valley, a collection of Henry Shoemaker’s Indian legends and folk tales pertaining to our area, and why we are ...

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‘This is Water’

By Chris Buchignani, May 11, 2013 I felt compelled to post about this video, which (to my knowledge) has absolutely no direct connection with the Nittany Valley or the Pennsylvania State University. I think its core message – about the true purpose and value of higher education – is worth sharing and does speak to a ...