2018 – 2019 Donors

We are honored to recognize the individuals and groups that have supported the Mountain and the Mount Nittany Conservancy by donating to the Conservancy and renewing their commitment as a “Friend of Mount Nittany” annually, or those who have purchased one or more Life Estate Deeds from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. The Conservancy extends a special thanks to the John T. Ryan Jr. Memorial Foundation and the Lion’s Paw Alumni Association for their annual support to the Conservancy as well as our special Mountain Friend donors.

Scroll to the bottom to see Centre Gives 2019 donors.

  • Ellis & Lynn Abramson, State College PA
  • Mr. George Ahart, Walnutport PA
  • Hannah Allen, State College PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Leon E App, Sandston VA (Life Time Deed)
  • E. J. Bazan, Lemont PA
  • Mark Bergstrom, State College PA
  • Virgina Bird, Amherst OH
  • Gary A Brassart, Trafford PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Brown, Greenfield IN
  • William and Mary Jane Brune, State College PA
  • Kenneth Alan Ortner & Terri Chadderton, Fort Lauderdale FL
  • John W. Chillas, Greencastle PA
  • Karen Hargleroad Clautice, Fairbanks AK
  • William Cluck Esq., Harrisburg, PA
  • Mimi Barash Coppersmith, State College PA
  • Edward & Dorothy Corbett, State College PA
  • Eugene Ray Curry Jr., Sinking Spring PA
  • Heather Detwiler, Dumfries VA (Life Time Deed)
  • Donald & Linda DeVore, Wrentham MA (Life Time Deed)
  • Karen Meade Dewey, Monroeville PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Melbourne J. DeYoung, Lemont PA
  • Mary Eherts, New Milford CT (Life Time Deed)
  • Stephen Fastuca, Thornton PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Kristina Feduik, Boston MA 02118 (Life Time Deed)
  • Barry W. Fisher, State College PA
  • John & Lynn Fritz, Boalsburg PA
  • Robert Fry, Lancaster PA (2X)
  • Blake and Linda Gall, State College PA
  • Nancy and George Gerhart, Sharon PA
  • Donald & Cynthia Hahn, State College PA
  • Donald and Mary Hartzell, Boalsburg PA
  • Anne Herbert, Camano Island WA
  • David W. Herr, Chapel Hill NC
  • Carl E. Hill, Bellefonte PA
  • Pamela & Timothy Holmes, Bloomsburg PA
  • Jackie & John Hook, State College PA
  • Peter Horstman, State College PA (Life Time Deed)
  • John and Carol Houseknecht, Montoursville PA
  • William and Wendy Hudson,  Colts Neck NJ
  • Karen Prohonic & Andrew Irving, Gibsonville NC
  • Sharon Irving, Cridersville OH
  • Nathan Jacobs, Milford CT (Life Time Deed)
  • Kaye Keith, Bellefonte PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Edward H. Klevans, State College PA
  • Mark and Nancy Krauss, State College PA
  • Daniel Land, Wilson WY
  • Ms. Martha Lynch, East Hampton CT
  • Kenneth R Mathis, State College PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Dirk & Theresa Matson, Ligonier PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Lynette Mason, New Orleans LA
  • Ralph & Carol Mumma, State College PA
  • David Muller Pellnitz, Summerville SC
  • Sally A Reiber, York PA
  • Randall Rossi, Rochester NY (Life Time Deed)
  • Ryan Memorial Foundation, Thiensville WI
  • Shelly Santry, Pittsburgh PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Carolyn & Jeffrey Seagraves, Glen Mills PA
  • Marcia Sell, Reno NV (Life Time Deed)
  • Marjorie D. Seward, State College PA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Chris and Jennifer Shuey, Pleasant Gap PA
  • John W. Sienicki, Fairview PA
  • Carolyn C. Smith, State College PA
  • Gary Stephens, Frederick MD (Life Time Deed)
  • Kathy Stephens, State College PA
  • Laura L. Stephenson, Boalsburg PA
  • Donnan Stoicovy, Warriors Mark PA
  • Cheryl Szykman, Reinholds PA (Life Time Deed)
  • University Park Plaza Corporation, State College PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Roger & Mimzie Uhler, Chester Springs PA
  • Mr. Donald V. Waddington, Boalsburg PA
  • Ronald and Ann Woodhead, State College PA
  • Robert Zakos, Jr., Catasauqua PA

2019 Centre Gives Donors

  • Mr. James Richard Antoniono, Greensburg PA
  • Edward Balzer, Lemont PA
  • Chad Bell, Pleasant Gap PA
  • Patrick & Paula Bisbey, State College PA
  • Mr. David Bishop, Vedra FL
  • John William Black, State College PA
  • Sam, Lauren & Colin Bonsall, Boalsburg PA
  • Kathleen Brown, Boalsburg PA
  • Catherine Cohan, Lemont PA
  • David W. Dulabon, Hoboken, NJ
  • Eric Durante, Port Matilda PA
  • William & Lindsey Fustos, Centre Hall PA
  • Daniel R. Grow, State College PA
  • Donald & Cynthia Hahn, State College PA
  • Jackie & John Hook, State College PA
  • William and Wendy Hudson, Colts Neck, NJ
  • Janet Hughes, Bellefonte PA
  • Mr. Bill Jaffe, State College PA
  • Beth Kalenak, State College PA
  • Melissa Kauffman, State College PA
  • Molly Kunkel, Centre Hall PA
  • Eric Loop, State College PA
  • Thomas McIntyre, State College PA
  • Robert Ricketts, State College PA
  • Tom Sharbaugh, Philadelphia PA
  • Karl and Pam Shellenberger, State College PA
  • Chris and Jennifer Shuey, Pleasant Gap PA
  • Alan & Karen Stewart, Boalsburg PA
  • Donnan Stoicovy, Warriors Mark PA
  • Vince Verbeke, Charlottesville, VA
  • Troy Weston, Bellefonte PA
  • Andrea Wildy, State College PA
  • Micah Willy, Port Matilda PA
  • Alice Wilson, State College PA
  • Doug Wion, State College PA
  • XYZ Fund, Boalsburg PA

‘Do you know the origin of that word, saunter?’

“Hiking—I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains—not hike! Do you know the origin of that word, ‘saunter’? It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, “A la sainte terre,” ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them.”

—John Muir, as quoted in The Mountain Trail and Its Message, 1911

In Memory of Amy Dietz

Amy Dietz 1Amy Dietz (1963-2018) was a member of the faculty at the School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER) at Penn State. She helped create LER’s online program, served as a faculty member in the program, and was the student advisor for all of the School’s MPS students in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER). She was also a devoted hiker. She relished her mornings, afternoons, or evenings on Mt. Nittany.

During the last week of June LER hosted our online program summer hybrid classes at University Park. These courses involve pre-work online, a week of work on campus, and a final online project. One of the social activities that Amy Dietz had organized several years ago, and every year since, was a hike up Mt. Nittany. Most often the hike occurred on Wednesday evening.

Amy Dietz 2In memory of Amy, this summer we organized the event for Wednesday, June 28th. Thirty students of the 45 attending the classes signed up. Unfortunately rain, including thunderstorms, were part of our weather that day, so we had to reschedule for Friday night. By that time, of course, many students had already left for home. Regardless, of those that remained until Saturday, most participated. They took the Blue Trail, and you can see from the photo that they made it to the top, as did Erin Hetzel of our staff. And they achieved that success in the context of an 88 degree temperature and very high humidity.

Amy Dietz 3

(The only persons not able to reach the summit were the instructors! We gave it the proverbial “College Try”; however, legs, lungs and a variety of other factors left us about 1/3 of a mile from success.)

Regardless, all of us were absolutely thrilled to continue the tradition Amy began and one that we will continue to sponsor every summer in memory of the wonderful friend and colleague she was to all of us.

Originally we had intended to place a plaque in Amy’s memory at the summit; however, we learned that would not be permissible. We will place the plaque on a wall in Keller Hall as a memorial to her massive impact on our students, program, faculty and staff.

And did I mention that Amy loved Mt. Nittany?

—Antone J. Aboud, Ph.D.
School of Labor and Employment Relations
Penn State

‘Inspiriting Mount Nittany’

Tom Shakely spoke to the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) on February 14, 2018 on Mount Nittany’s significance and historical conservation efforts:

As part of his presentation, Tom presented Penn State’s undergraduate student government with the gift of a Square Inch Life Estate Deed to Mount Nittany, a gift of the Nittany Valley Society. Life Estate Deeds are a true, legal square inch deed recorded in the Centre County Office of the Recorder of Deeds:


Consider a “square inch” gift for any Penn Stater as a symbol of lifelong affection and commitment.

Dr. & Mrs. Joab Thomas’s Square Inch

By Tom Shakely

I’ve been spending some time recently on scanning and digitizing a few boxes worth of early Mount Nittany Conservancy archives that Ben Novak provided to me. As the Mount Nittany Conservancy’s founder and first president, Ben was instrumental not only in the organization’s major land preservation and fundraising efforts throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, but also in creating and promoting the distinctive “Square Inch” Life Estate Deeds, which provide a true, legal square inch of Mount Nittany for the life of the donor—recorded with the Centre County Recorder of Deeds—in exchange for a beautiful, framed deed certificate.

Over the course of these scanning and archival efforts, a number of prominent Penn Staters and State College names appear, including Dr. Joab Thomas and his wife. Dr. Thomas was Penn State’s president from 1990-1995, and he and his wife ordered their Square Inch in the early 1990s:



Gamma Sig Tau and Bridge Initiative Work Party

The 9/17 work party was led by Troy Weston, Steve Lyncha and Chad Bell of the MNC with the assistance of volunteers from the Gamma Sig Tau Chapter service fraternity and The Bridge Initiative groups.

The groups started out by clearing multiple downed trees across the Blue trail toward the top of the Mountain. Once on top, they continued the clearing/widening of our existing trails of overgrown brush and downed trees for the emergency responder access across the top of the Mountain toward the Lynch Overlook.

Both of these groups did a great job and some well appreciated hard work.

Circle K & Council of Lionhearts Work Party

The 9/11 Work Party was organized by Penn State University Park Circle K and Council of Lionhearts. Volunteers came from:

  1. Gamma Sigma Sigma Tau Chapter
  2. The Penn State Rotaract Club
  3. The Graduate and Professional Student Association

To allow emergency responders open access to Mount Nittany trails, these fine volunteers cleared trails from the Rockview State Prison land border to MNC maintained trails. Over 30 downed trees eliminated from emergency access path as per guidance from the Central Region Emergency Strike Team (C.R.E.S.T).

Great job and lots of hard work done by all!

Thank You ... One and All!

Thank You … One and All!