Category: Penn State Spirit

One Square Inch

By Tom Shakely, December 1, 2012 The Nittany Valley Society hosted its first public event today. Our Winter Reception was a great afternoon of community fellowship and we were thrilled to be able to bring together a true diversity of guests from across our area. I’ll be writing more about the Winter Reception and our first year ...

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 ...

Coming Alive

By Tom Shakely, August 2012 The Nittany Valley Society is alive and breathing. It’s a startup nonprofit, led by Chris Buchignani and a board of directors of which I’m a member. Let me share a bit of what we’re about, and what we’re aiming to contribute. Our Happy Valley has been hit hard over the ...

What is The Nittany Valley Society?

By Tom Shakely, April 24, 2012 The language of our mission is hopefully evocative of our organizing principle, but it seems prudent to offer an explanation not simply of our approach to our existence, but also our reason for existing. The Nittany Valley Society is an expression of the ethos of a physical place. It is an expression of affection for ...