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2017 – 2018 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, 2017 to June 30, 2018. 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 2018 donors.

  • George Ahart, Walnutport PA
  • Andrew Ahr, Natrona Heights PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Don E. Balthaser, Atlanta GA
  • Edward  Balzer, Lemont PA
  • Dr. Mark Baker, Hummelstown PA
  • Anne Gardner Barnes, Westport MA (2x)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Brown, Greenfield IN
  • William and Mary Jane Brune, State College PA
  • Guanrong Chen, State College PA (Life Time Deed)
  • John W. Chillas, Greencastle PA
  • Donald Clagett, Alexandria VA
  • Allen Conrad, Elizabethtown PA
  • Edward & Dorothy Corbett, State College PA
  • Eugene Ray Curry Jr., Sinking Spring PA
  • Donald DeVore, Wrentham MA
  • Melbourne J. DeYoung, Lemont PA
  • Deborah Ettington, State College PA
  • Barry Fisher, State College PA
  • Dr. Carol Smith & Robert Fisher, Mechanicsburg PA
  • Michael Foote, Georgetown TX  (Life Time Deed)
  • Heather Fleck, State College PA
  • James and Nancy Frederick, Beaver Falls PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Robert Fry, Lancaster PA
  • James & Linda Gardner, Boalsburg PA
  • Nancy and George Gerhart, Sharon PA
  • Anne Herbert, Camano Island WA (Life Time Deed)
  • Thad L. Hecht, Williamsburg VA
  • David W. Herr, Chapel Hill NC
  • Michael Herr, Boalsburg PA
  • Leonard Herzog, State College PA
  • Kyleigh Higie, State College PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Carl E. Hill, Bellefonte PA
  • Harry E. Hill, Haverford PA
  • Pamela & Timothy Holmes, Bloomsburg PA
  • Jackie & John Hook, State College PA
  • John and Carol Houseknecht, Montoursville PA
  • Christopher Irwin, North Versailles PA
  • Sharon Irving, Cridersville OH
  • Bill Jaffe, State College PA
  • Meghan Kaminski, Doylestown PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Edward H. Klevans, State College PA
  • Mark and Nancy Krauss, State College PA
  • Shirley Krauss, State College PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Richard Krolikowski, Canton MI
  • Gretchen Leathers, State College PA
  • Joseph J Licastro, Johnstown PA
  • H. Wesley Link, Exton PA
  • Timothy J Lockard, Boalsburg PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Ted Lux, Brecksville OH
  • William K. Martz, Bethel Park PA
  • Dennis Maryak, Philadelphia PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Melissa McCleery, Philadelphia PA (Life Time Deeds)
  • Carol Joy McGinley, Canonsburg PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Dr. and Mrs. Allen E. Meyer, Lansdowne PA
  • Craig Millar, State College PA
  • Lindsay Millea, Gibsonia PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Herbert & Donna Ralph Nurick, Harrisburg PA
  • Sue & W. Douglas Obal, Vail AZ
  • George Pelipesky, Bellefonte PA
  • David Pellnitz, Summerville SC
  • James Poole, Thurmont MD (Life Time Deed)
  • Stephen Reeves, Baltimore MD
  • Sally A Reiber, York PA
  • Beth Richards, State College PA
  • Penny Rice, Quakertown PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Francis Raitano, Pittsburgh PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Charles Rogers, Hinesville GA
  • William Rusk, State College PA
  • Ryan Memorial Foundation, Thiensville WI
  • Marjorie D. Seward, State College PA
  • Laura L. Stephenson, Boalsburg PA
  • Gwen Schwartz, Sewickley PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Tom Shakely, New York NY (Life Time Deed)
  • Jeffrey & Helene Slocum, Minnetonka MN
  • Lori Stackhouse, Spring Mills PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Maggie Straub, State College PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Ron & Sue Smith, Lemont PA
  • Roger & Mimzie Uhler, Chester Springs PA
  • Robert M. Umstead, Carnegie PA
  • Cynthia Ann Van Druff, State College PA
  • Donald V. Waddington, Boalsburg PA
  • Robert Zakos Jr., Bethlehem PA
  • David & Jane Zazworsky, State College PA

2018 Centre Gives Donors

  • ABC Fund, Boalsburg PA
  • Lynn & Ellis Abramson, State College PA
  • Edward Balzer & Margie Stewart, Lemont PA
  • Heidi Battista, State College PA
  • Chad Bell, Pleasant Gap Pa
  • Patrick & Paula Bisbey, State College PA
  • Lauren & Sam Bonsall, Boalsburg PA
  • Kathleen Brown, Boalsburg PA
  • Eric Durante & Meghann Devlin-Durante, Port Matilda PA
  • Elizabeth & Jeremy Fegert, Bellefonte PA
  • Katherine Genovese & Jack Raykovitz, Boalsburg PA
  • Gary & Ralphine Gentzler, State College PA
  • Dan & Deb Grow, State College PA
  • John & Jackie Hook, State College PA
  • Janet Hughes & Scott Tiffney, Bellefonte PA
  • Bill Jaffe, State College PA
  • Melissa Kauffman, State College PA
  • Jenny & Paul Koberna, Boalsburg PA
  • Eric & Beth Loop, State College PA
  • Beth Richards, State College PA
  • Bob Ricketts, State College PA
  • Karl Shellenberger, State College PA
  • Jennifer & Chris Shuey, Pleasant Gap PA
  • J. Alan Stewart, Boalsburg PA
  • Donnan Stoicovy, Warriors Mark PA
  • Vince Verbeke, Charlottesville VA
  • Troy Weston, Bellefonte PA
  • Andrea Wildy, State College PA
  • Alice Wilson, State College PA
  • Doug Wion, State College PA

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.

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(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:

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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:

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Day of Caring 2017 Work Party

On Oct 5, 2017 the Penn State Men’s Volleyball @PennStateMVBALL team rose up and assisted the Conservancy during the PNC Bank Day of Caring.

15 players from the team accomplished much in just 3 hours. The team was led by MNC volunteers John Mentzell, Troy Weston and Bob Andronici.

  • Checked and cleared emergency access route from prison grounds to our trails.
  • Installed and repaired 5 water bars on the White trail from station 1 to 2.
  • Removed roughly 8 downed trees ( some very big) from blue trail from station 1 to 10 than 10 to 2.

Images: Mark Selders/Penn State Athletic Communications

Centred Outdoors Hikes the Mountain

As part of the 2017 Centred Outdoors program, groups were given guided hikes to the Mike Lynch Overlook on Sunday, August 3 and Wednesday August 6, 2017. Escorted by Mt. Nittany Conservancy members, 115 hikers learned about the mountain as they climbed to the recently improved Mike Lynch Overlook. The weather both days was fantastic.

Thanks to everyone that came out for event!

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Centred Outdoors was made possible by funding from the 2016 Centre Inspires grant which was awarded to ClearWater Conservancy by the Centre Foundation.

Learn More:
https://www.centredoutdoors.org/
http://www.clearwaterconservancy.org/
http://www.centre-foundation.org/

 

2016 – 2017 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, 2016 to June 30, 2017. 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 2017 donors.

  • Kipton Anderson, Newtown PA  (Life Time Deed)
  • Owen Anderson, Newtown PA  (Life Time Deed)
  • E. J. Bazan, Lemont PA
  • Virgina Bird, Amherst OH
  • John Collins and Mary Brown, State College PA
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Brown, Greenfield IN
  • William and Mary Jane Brune, State College PA
  • Donald Groves Carson, Presto PA
  • Kenneth Alan Ortner & Terri Chadderton, Fort Lauderdale FL
  • Michael & Nancy Chronister, Baltimore MD
  • Karen Hargleroad Clautice, Fairbanks AK
  • William Cluck Esq, Harrisburg PA
  • Allen Conrad, Elizabethtown PA
  • Douglas & Kathryn Cochrane, Alexandria VA
  • Marian Barash Coppersmith, State College PA
  • Edward & Dorothy Corbett, State College PA
  • Charles Culnane, Wilmington DE
  • Eugene Ray Curry Jr., Sinking Spring PA
  • Danville German Society, Danville PA
  • Charlotte De Lissovoy, State College PA
  • Melbourne J. DeYoung, Lemont PA
  • Donald  DeVore, Wrentham MA  (Life Time Deed)
  • Joseph French, State College PA
  • John Fritz & Lynn Dobash, Boalsburg PA
  • Dr. Carol Smith & Robert Fisher, Mechanicsburg PA
  • Joseph French, State College PA
  • Robert Eugene Fry, Lancaster PA
  • Robert E. Gettel, Chambersburg PA
  • Robert W. Gilbert, Cumming GA
  • Daniel R. Grow, State College PA
  • Mr. Michael F. Hamel, Perkiomenville PA
  • Donald and Mary Hartzell, Boalsburg PA
  • David W. Herr, Chapel Hill NC
  • Carl E. Hill, Bellefonte PA
  • Harry E. Hill, Haverford PA
  • Kenneth M. Hoffman, Boalsburg PA  (Life Time Deed)
  • Pamela & Timothy Holmes, Bloomsburg PA
  • John and Carol Houseknecht, Montoursville PA
  • Karen Prohonic & Andrew Irving, Gibsonville NC
  • Andrew & Andrea Irving, Gibsonville NC
  • Sharon Irving, Cridersville OH
  • Christopher Irwin, North Versailles PA
  • Guy C Jackson, Scottsdale AZ
  • Kevin I. Jud, Horsham PA
  • Mr. Richard J. Krolikowski, Canton MI
  • Lamar & Kathleen Kunes, State College PA  (Life Time Deed)
  • Gretchen Leathers, State College PA
  • Carolyn S. Lembeck, State College PA  (Life Time Deed)
  • Wesley Link, Exton PA
  • Chester Charles Lucido Jr., Williamsburg VA
  • Ted Lux, Brecksville OH
  • William K. Martz, Bethel Park PA
  • Matthew J. McDonald, Boston MA
  • Dr. and Mrs. Allen E. Meyer, Lansdowne PA
  • Janice Deaven Meyers, Hershey PA  (Life Time Deed)
  • Craig Millar, State College PA
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Washington DC (Life Time Deed)
  • Kim Mowery, State College PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Ralph & Carol Mumma, State College PA
  • Charles and Constance Naginey, State College PA
  • Brad Nestico, Washington DC (Life Time Deed)
  • Karen O’Rorke, Medford NJ
  • George Pelipesky, Bellefonte PA
  • David Muller Pellnitz, Summerville SC
  • Michael Renz, Port Matilda PA
  • Michael & Ruthanne Maldovan, Berlin MD  (Life Time Deed)
  • Herbert Nurick, Harrisburg PA
  • Herbert & Donna Nurick, Harrisburg PA
  • Sue & W. Douglas Obal, Vail AZ
  • George Pelipesky, Bellefonte PA
  • David Pellnitz, Summerville SC
  • Stephen Reeves, Baltimore MD
  • Sally A Reiber, York PA
  • Mrs. William E. Reimer Jr., Berwyn PA
  • Ryan Memorial Foundation, Thiensville WI
  • Marjorie D. Seward, State College PA
  • Kurt and Dorothy Shellenberger, Lancaster PA
  • Mark Schwarz, New York NY
  • Thomas Sharbaugh, Philadelphia PA
  • Jeffrey & Helene Slocum, Minnetonka MN
  • Laura L. Stephenson, Boalsburg PA
  • J. Alan & Karen Stewart, Boalsburg PA
  • Jeff Swabb, State College PA  (Life Time Deed)
  • Sweetland Engineering & Associates, Inc., State College PA  (Life Time Deed)
  • John Tierney, North Wales PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Vince Verbeke, Charlottesville VA
  • Nicole N. Verity, Bellefonte PA
  • Ray S. Walker, Bigler PA
  • Quentin & Louise E. Wood, Ponte Vedra Beach FL
  • Ronald and Ann Woodhead, State College PA
  • David & Jane Zazworsky, State College PA

2017 Centre Gives Donors

  • Bob & Judy Andronici, Centre Hall PA
  • Edward Balzer & Margie Stewart, Lemont PA
  • Brandon Balotti, State College PA
  • Chad Bell, Pleasant Gap PA
  • Patrick & Paula Bisbey, State College PA
  • David Bishop, Ponte Vedra FL
  • John & VedaKay Black, State College PA
  • Zoe Boniface, State College PA
  • Kathleen Brown, Boalsburg PA
  • Katherine Clarke & Jeremy Bean, Petersburg PA
  • Jeanette & Mason Condo, State College PA
  • Eric Durante & Meghann Devlin-Durante, Port Matilda PA
  • Elizabeth & Jeremy Fegert, Bellefonte PA
  • D. Richard Francke, State College PA
  • Melissa Freed, State College PA
  • William & Lindsey Fustos, Centre Hall PA
  • Blake & Linda Gall, Boalsburg PA
  • Gary & Ralphine Gentzler, State College PA
  • Dan & Deb Grow, State College PA
  • John & Jackie Hook, State College PA
  • William & Wendy Hudson, Colts Neck NJ
  • Janet Hughes & Scott Tiffney, Bellefonte PA
  • Bill & Honey Jaffe, State College PA
  • Molly & Hal Kunkel, Centre Hall PA
  • Eric & Beth Loop, State College PA
  • Mary Matyaz & Sam Knutson, North Potomac MD
  • Sandra Miller, Port Matilda PA
  • Jonathan & Lori Nadle, Pittsburgh PA
  • Beth & Ken Raney, State College PA
  • Charles Rogere, Hinesville GA
  • Thomas Sharbaugh, Philadelphia PA
  • Karl & Pamela Shellenberger, State College PA
  • Jennifer & Chris Shuey, Pleasant Gap PA
  • Kim & Susie Steiner, Boalsburg PA
  • J. Alan Stewart, Boalsburg PA
  • Donnan Stoicovy, Warriors Mark PA
  • Vince Verbeke, Charlottesville VA
  • Andrea Wildy, State College PA
  • Alice Wilson, State College PA
  • Doug Wion, State College PA

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!