Snowy Day in Happy Valley

BlueWhiteTV produced this calm and enchanting short film, “A Snowy Day in Happy Valley,” shot during the 2016-17 winter. It captures some of the most beautiful spaces on and around campus. It would be beautiful to watch a similar video with scenes from Mount Nittany, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, the Indian Steps, and other wilder ...

‘History of Penn State’ course fills up

August 14, 2017 We wrote in May about Penn State’s “HIST 197- History of Penn State” course that debuts this fall semester. Penn State News featured the course’s creation at that time: “The History of Penn State” grew out of discussions with several Penn State alumni who serve on the board of the Nittany Valley Society ...

‘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 ...

#3 – Pubs, beer, and social drinking

Kevin Horne and Tom Shakely return to the show to talk about pubs, beer, and social drinking. This wasn’t initially a priority for the first few shows, but then Kevin went and suggested it in the pilot. And now here we are. Another “private conversation, publicly shared,” this discussion on locale and libations has a flavor ...

#2 – Ritual and rituals

Tom Shakely and Kevin Horne (against their better judgment) return to the show. Purposefully raw and stripped down, this exploratory season of College Towns features a dozen or so episodes on the themes of the show. First up, ritual and rituals. What are rituals? Why do the shared experiences they create matter to people? What’s the ...

Pilot

College Towns kicks off in its pilot episode, hosted by Tom Shakely from his Milwaukee hotel room, joined by Chris Buchignani and Kevin Horne from Park Forest Village in State College, Pennsylvania. In the spirit of “private conversations, publicly shared,” major questions are answered ranging from “Who are these guys?” to “Why is it worth thinking ...

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 ...

One Trustee’s Thoughts on an Open Budget

The following appeared in late 1988, during Ben Novak’s first term as a Penn State trustee. *** By Ben Novak, Class of 1965 Dear Members of the Penn State University Community: It has now been almost half a year since I was elected to the Penn State Board of Trustees. I have been to two ...

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 ...

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