Of Beers and Bars

By Chris Buchignani, July 24, 2014 The Nittany Valley Society is just a tad over two years old (founded in April 2012), so while we have, I think, accomplished a lot in a short amount of time, we are also still growing in our understanding of the unique and ambitious mission of a cultural conservancy and how we can serve ...

New Life for the Old Willow

Although it has long been commemorated with a campus historical marker, many modern Penn Staters do not know the story of Old Willow, the University’s oldest tradition. Two recent graduates, Brenden Dooley and Jordan Harris, hope that will soon change. The Nittany Valley Society happily presents a guest column from Jordan about Old Willow and ...

A Surprise Princess Nittany Sighting

By Chris Buchignani, July 1, 2014 Last month, I wrote about the presence of Princess Nittany throughout the community for our regular online column with Town & Gown. From downtown murals to student movies, our local hero manifests in numerous forms around the Nittany Valley. Yesterday, I encountered her in a rather unlikely spot – a 1985 ...

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Conserving Mount Nittany (Nittany Valley Press Excerpt)

The Nittany Valley Society, as a cultural conservancy, seeks to share the unique stories of our home. The following excerpt comes from, “Conserving Mount Nittany: A Dynamic Environmentalism,” which for the first time tells the complete story of our community’s “extraordinary response to an ordinary mountain.” In this abridged passage, author Tom Shakely talks with ...

Discovering Princess Nittany

By Chris Buchignani, May 2014 Who is Princess Nittany? Put simply, she is the Nittany Valley’s answer to Hercules, King Arthur, and Luke Skywalker — she’s a legendary champion who embodies virtues such as strength, heroism, wisdom, and compassion, and whose story helps define and strengthen a people’s sense of themselves. Like the proud Pennsylvania ...

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Unbuttoned Wonder Lives Here

By Chris Buchignani, April 23, 2014 The inaugural State of State conference included a presentation by NVS member Steve Garguilo. As promised, here is the video of Steve’s talk. It is under 10 minutes long and well worth your time. One of the most (of many) rewarding aspects of my journey with The Nittany Valley Society nearly ...

In a Flat World, the Nittany Valley Matters More Than Ever

By Tom Shakely, April 2014 In The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Friedman’s central insight is that globalization and Information Age technology work in tandem to diminish the distinctiveness and importance of location — of physical place. Nearly a decade after his book’s 2005 release, this “world is flat” thinking ...

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