‘History of Penn State’ course fills up

By Tom Shakely, 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 ...

‘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 ...

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 ...

Vision for Penn State Greeks

By Tom Shakely, March 31, 2017 I remember touring Beta Theta Pi a few years ago. It was over Arts Fest in 2013, and I had been invited along with some other members of The Nittany Valley Society to see inside the new crown jewel of Penn State’s fraternity system. An alum had contributed a ...

Innovative Penn State students elevate local non-profit community

By Marcus Sabrowski, March 2017 Recently, The Nittany Valley Society has had the pleasure of working with students from the Penn State chapter of SCNO. Their consulting teams are helping us rethink and elevate marketing of the Nittany Valley Heritage Walk. The experience has been extremely positive, and we invited them to share their story with ...

In Search of Evan Pugh

By Chris Buchignani, February 2017 Three Penn State presidents have been laid to rest here in Centre County. President Atherton is famously interred right along Pollock Road adjacent to Schwab Auditorium, while Milton Eisenhower finds his final repose in Centre County Memorial Park along the Benner Pike. Evan Pugh, Penn State’s founding president and one ...

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