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Ghosts of Blue/White Past: 1994

By Chris Buchignani, April 7, 2014 Thanks to the quirks of this year’s calendar, Penn State’s annual intra-squad scrimmage will be upon us earlier than usual and is now just a week away (let’s hope to avoid a repeat of last year’s wind and snow). Much has changed for the program since the Lions last capped ...

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State of State

By Chris Buchignani, April 2, 2014 Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending, along with several members of our board, the first annual State of State conference, described as a “dialogue on the present and the future of the University.” The daylong event, held on campus at the HUB, featured a series of speakers – students, faculty, ...

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Writing for Town & Gown Magazine

By Tom Shakely, April 1, 2014 Starting this month in Town & Gown, The Nittany Valley Society will start contributing a regular column to the magazine. David Pencek, Town & Gown’s Editorial Director, explains in his “Letter from the Editor:” Starting this month, the site will have columns and stories contributed by The Nittany Valley Society. ...

‘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 ...

Visiting Pittsburgh

By Chris Buchignani, March 23, 2014 This past weekend, The Nittany Valley Society’s board of directors gathered for the first of its quarterly meetings in 2014. Although most board meetings take place in State College, as is only appropriate given the nature of our mission, the first meeting of each year is held in one of the two ...

Remembering Joe Paterno’s 1983 Board of Trustees Speech

By Kevin Horne, January 2014 “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”  When I visit Joe Paterno’s gravesite, as I have done on occasion over the last two years when I’m in need of some ethereal inspiration or peace, I’m always struck by the above line from Robert ...

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AlumnInsider Newsletter Feature

By Tom Shakely, January 8, 2014 In early December Roger Williams, Executive Director of the Penn State Alumni Association, delivered the keynote at The Willow Gathering, The Nittany Valley Society’s annual community event. This month, Roger writes about The Nittany Valley Society in AlumnInsider, a publication that reaches more than 100,000 alumni. His column, titled, “New Blue-and-White Shoots ...

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