Arts Fest: Itself a Work of Art

By Tom Shakely, July 2015 In the slower summer months in Happy Valley, Arts Fest looms large on the calendar. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts has been a special time of year for many decades, since its earliest days as a student-initiated celebration on up through the singular tradition it has become today. ...

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The Nittany Valley in the 1920s

By Cori Agostinelli Kalupson, June 2015 The giving and graceful nature of our community help make it such a special place. For 40 years now, these qualities have been on display through the locally-supported growth of the Centre County Women’s Resource Center, a source of help and hope for area women in need. The CCWRC ...

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A Voice from Old State’s Past (Nittany Valley Press Excerpt)

The following passages, abridged and lightly edited, are taken from “Reminiscences of Dr. F.J. Pond,” a pamphlet-style book of Penn State memories from alum and Atherton-era professor Francis Pond recorded shortly before his death and published by The Nittany Valley Society. Dr. Pond tells us about Old State from a very different time, a place ...

How Penn Staters Can Encounter Their Heritage

By Tom Shakely, April 2015 “To Thy Happy Children / Of The Future Those Of The Past / Send Greetings” This is the inscription that the University of Illinois’s Alma Mater statue bears for the curious passerby. It’s a perfect encapsulation of everything a place of learning exists to achieve—bringing the reality and wisdom of the past alive in the ...

Blue-White 2005: Prelude to a Comeback

By Kevin Horne & Chris Buchignani, March 2015 There are certain successes that everyone from the outside can predict. These are victories worthy of celebration, for sure, but movies aren’t made and books aren’t written about the events that everyone sees coming. The stories that inspire us the most and linger in our memories are ...

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TribLive Radio: Penn State 2005

By Chris Buchignani, March 26, 2015 I recently had the great pleasure of joining good friend and fellow LION 90.7fm radio alum Chris “The Buzzsaw” Adamski on his weekly “Nittany Nation” podcast on TribLIVE Radio. We talked about the book project on which I am currently collaborating with Kevin Horne – a definitive account of Penn State’s remarkable 2005 football season, coming ...

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Why Learn the Penn State Story?

By Chris Buchignani, March 22, 2015 As the keynote speaker for our 2015 Willow Gathering, Penn State Lunar Lion mission director Michael Paul talked about how, for Penn State, being the only university among a field of private competitors striving to reach the Moon is opening up incredible opportunities for the institution and her students. Hands-on learning and connections ...

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Town & Gown: A Real University?

By Chris Buchignani, March 15, 2015 Nearly 30 years ago, Ben Novak, a local lawyer and PSU grad who would go on to earn his PhD from the University and serve four terms as an alumni trustee, was moved to pen a series of essays about the condition of higher education at Old State with the ...

Is Penn State a Real University? (Nittany Valley Press Excerpt)

On its surface, the central question of ”Is Penn State A Real University?” seems ridiculous. Yet its thoughtful exploration by Dr. Ben Novak, a four-term former Trustee, reveals that there is far more to the answer than one might first imagine. In this abridged version of the book’s first chapter, which was originally published in ...

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Three Coaches, Three Speeches

By Chris Buchignani, February 2015 “I wish the whole world could see and feel what’s in this room right now. Love and commitment… in 58 years at Penn State, I’ve never been more proud than right now.” -Joe Paterno This weekend marks the continuation of one of the Nittany Valley’s most remarkable stories. What we ...

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