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The Willow Gathering with Roger Williams

By Chris Buchignani, October 2013 The Nittany Valley Society’s Willow Gathering is a Christmastime celebration of the Nittany Valley and its people. As an expression our of mission to “foster a spirit of community,” sharing “knowledge of our past, an appreciation for our present, and an affection for our spirit,” The Willow Gathering brings together students, ...

Old Willow and the Heritage Tree Endowment

By Tom Shakely, October 10, 2013 Onward State broke the news that the Senior Class of 2014 Gift Committee has released its three options for seniors to choose from for their class’s permanent visible symbol on Penn State’s campus. Of the three options, one is called the “Heritage Tree Endowment” and relates to Old Willow, one of Penn ...

The ‘Magic of Simplicity’ at the Nittany Lion Shrine

By Chris Buchignani, September 6, 2013 The Nittany Lion Shrine was reopened this week after a summer of renovation. Kevin Horne, member of the Board of Directors of The Nittany Valley Society and Managing Editor of Onward State, shares his perspective on the iconic symbol of the campus: I grew up only an hour away in Williamsport, so ...

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Nittany Valley Renaissance Fund

July 25, 2013 An Invitation to Support the Spirit of America’s College Town Ever since Evan Pugh entered the Nittany Valley more than 15 decades ago to found what would become The Pennsylvania State University, a special spirit has animated and enriched the lives of those living in Mount Nittany’s gentle shadow. If the American Indian legends of Central Pennsylvania are to ...

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Mount Nittany Memories

By Chris Buchignani, July 20, 2013 Each time The Nittany Valley Society publishes a new book, the latest offering seems to supplant its predecessor as my favorite, and fellow board member Tom Shakely‘s “Conserving Mount Nittany” does not buck that trend. Tom pairs original interviews and analysis with a wealth of previously-published content to create a definitive history ...

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Introducing ‘Conserving Mount Nittany: A Dynamic Environmentalism’

By Tom Shakely, July 2013 I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of conservation. I’ve been fascinated by the idea that there are certain things we can preserve through time, keeping safe from change, passing along from generation to generation—and yet keep them as living parts of our lives, rather than mere artifacts. In families, ...

An Advisor’s Farewell Letter to Penn State’s TKE Fraternity

The following letter was written to Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity alumni of Penn State’s Pi Chapter on July 12, 2001. Dear Fraters, After nearly two decades as Advisor to TKE, I must finally hang up my hat. I leave reluctantly, however, for I believe there are few jobs more important than working with today’s ...

The Present Situation of Perpetual War on Students

The following address was delivered by Ben Novak in 1998 during his time as a Penn State Trustee, addressing student riots, the aims of President Spanier’s administration, and student alcohol culture. Throughout Centre County there is a tenseness and a feeling of danger that have never before been experienced in our valleys. Police helicopters were ...

The Student Contributions to Penn State

The following speech was delivered by Ben Novak, Penn State Trustee, to the Penn State Board of Trustees at its November 1989 meeting. Chairman Huck, President Jordan, President Althaus, President Martin, Representative Donaldson, Chairwoman Atwood, Members of the Board: The subject I am addressing today is students. Everybody likes stories. So sit back and relax, ...

Reflections of a Former Trustee: How the Penn State Board of Trustees Really Functions

View PDF version. Reflections of a Former Trustee How the Penn State Board of Trustees Really Functions By Ben Novak ‘65 I was elected to the Penn State Board of Trustees more than two decades ago, and served on it as an alumni Trustee for twelve years—from 1988 to 200. I came on the Board thinking ...

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