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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!

2015 – 2016 Donors

We’re all very fortunate that concerned alumni and community members who have worked to acquire and protect Mt. Nittany over the past 60 plus years. We are pleased 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, 2015 to June 30, 2016. 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.

  • Ellis & Lynn Abramson, State College PA  (Life Time Deed)
  • George & Judy Ahart, Walnutport PA
  • Beverly & Robert Albertson, Northfield NJ  (Life Time Deed)
  • Brian Algeo, State College PA  (Mt. Nittany Marathon)
  • Mrs. R. Auer, Avon NJ
  • Melvin Axilbund, Vienna VA
  • Don E. Balthaser, Atlanta GA
  • Anne Gardner Barnes, Westport MA
  • David Bishop, Ponte Vedra Beach FL
  • Mark Bradson, Media PA  (Life Time Deed)
  • Mark Brady, Bellefonte PA
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Brown, Greenfield IN
  • William & Mary Jane Brune, State College PA
  • Dave & Alison Brzenchek, New Richmond OH
  • Gail Bussian Schwalm, Oviedo FL  (Life Time Deed)
  • Larry Byers, Aiken SC
  • Donald Carson, Presto PA
  • John W. Chillas, Greencastle PA
  • Donald Clagett, Alexandria VA
  • John Collins and Mary Brown, State College PA
  • Douglas & Kathryn Cochrane, Alexandria VA
  • Jason Contino, State College PA
  • Marian Barash Coppersmith, State College PA
  • Todd Costello, State College PA
  • Everett C. Cox, State College PA
  • Matt Creech, Greensboro NC
  • Eugene Ray Curry Jr., Sinking Spring PA
  • Michael D’Angelo, State College PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Alice R. Deihl, Mill Hall PA
  • Melbourne J. DeYoung, Lemont PA
  • Colleen Duerr, Pittstown NJ  (Life Time Deed)
  • Bryan Ekdahl, Snowmass Village CO (Life Time Deed)
  • Stephen Fastuca, Thornton PA  (Life Time Deed)
  • Barry W. Fisher, State College PA
  • Pamela & Timothy Holmes, Bloomsburg PA
  • Todd Grady, Clearfield PA (Mt. Nittany Marathon)
  • Ted E. Farrand, Germantown MD
  • Heather F. Fleck, State College PA
  • Joseph French, State College PA
  • Anna N. Frick, State College PA
  • John Fritz & Lynn Dobash, Boalsburg PA
  • John Fritz & Lynn Dobash, Boalsburg PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Robert Fry, Lancaster PA
  • Blake and Linda Gall, Boalsburg PA
  • Robert E. Gettel, Chambersburg PA
  • Ame Golaszewski, Port Matilda PA
  • Deirdre Griffin, Westport CT  (Life Time Deed)
  • Daniel R. Grow, State College PA
  • Michael F. Hamel, Perkiomenville PA
  • Donald and Mary Hartzell, Boalsburg PA
  • Preston Hayes, Huntsville AL
  • Ms. Marcia Heimer, State College PA
  • James and Ellen Hermann, Pa. Furnace PA
  • David W. Herr, Chapel Hill NC
  • Carl E. Hill, Bellefonte PA
  • Hintz Family Fund Inc.
  • Pamela & Timothy Holmes, Bloomsburg PA
  • Jackie & John Hook, State College PA
  • Kevin Horne, Bellefonte PA
  • David L. Hostetter, Harrisburg PA (Life Time Deed)
  • John and Carol Houseknecht, Montoursville PA
  • Andrew & Andrea Irving, Gibsonville NC
  • Sharon Irving, Lima OH
  • Christopher Irwin, North Versailles PA
  • Guy Jackson, Scottsdale AZ
  • Daniel R. Jones, Bellefonte PA
  • Gary & Delores Jones, Shreveport LA  (Life Time Deed)
  • Sherri Jones, Scranton PA  (Life Time Deed)
  • Amy Kaminski, Doylestown PA (Life Time Deed)
  • Peter Kiefer, State College PA
  • Edward H. Klevans, State College PA
  • Mr. Richard J. Krolikowski, Canton MI
  • Gretchen Leathers, State College PA
  • Joseph J. Licastro, Johnstown PA
  • Eugene Lindstrom, State College PA (Life Time Deed)
  • H. Wesley Link, Exton PA
  • Lion’s Paw Alumni Association
  • Chris Loder, Westfield NJ  (Life Time Deed)
  • Theodore Lux, Brecksville OH
  • Martha Lynch, East Hampton CT
  • William K. Martz, Bethel Park PA
  • Michael McPartland, Collingswood NJ
  • Dr. and Mrs. Allen E. Meyer, Lansdowne PA
  • Craig Millar, State College PA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Moore, State College PA
  • Herbert Ralph Nurick, Harrisburg PA
  • Sue & W. Douglas Obal, Vail AZ
  • Karen O’Rorke, Medford NJ (Life Time Deed)
  • Kenneth Alan Ortner & Terri Chadderton, Fort Lauderdale FL
  • Sara Pensyl, Port Matilda PA
  • George Pelipesky, Bellefonte PA
  • Lynda Powell, Centre Hall PA
  • Sally Reiber, York PA
  • Ms. Catherine A. Rein, New York NY
  • William Rusk, State College PA
  • Ryan Memorial Foundation, Thiensville WI
  • Joanne Schwartz Carter, Bloomfield Hills MI
  • Mrs. Janice Scrabis, Avon NJ
  • Rodney & Tracy Sepich, State College PA
  • Marjorie D. Seward, State College PA (2 donations)
  • Tom Sharbaugh, Philadelphia PA
  • William Shifflett, Saegertown PA
  • Myron Sidloski, Dallas PA  (Mt. Nittany Marathon)
  • John W. Sienicki, State College PA
  • Tom Shakely, Lansdale PA
  • Jeffrey & Helene Slocum, Minnetonka MN
  • Ron & Sue Smith, Lemont PA
  • Gerry Stephens, Mount Pocono PA
  • Stacy Styles, Harrison NY
  • Kathy Thomas, Newmanstown PA  (Mt. Nittany Marathon)
  • David Tressler, Clarks Summit PA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Roger & Mimzie Uhler, Chester Springs PA
  • Robert M. Umstead, Carnegie PA
  • Nicole N. Verity, Bellefonte PA
  • Mr. Donald V. Waddington, Boalsburg PA
  • Elliott Weinstein, York PA  (Life Time Deed)
  • Jack White, San Diego CA
  • David Wilson, Phoenixville PA
  • Quentin & Louise E. Wood, Ponte Vedra Beach FL
  • Mr. & Mrs. David & Jane Zazworsky, State College PA

Patrick Scholl, Emeritus Board Member

We have the saddest of news to share today. One of Mt. Nittany’s staunchest friends, Patrick Scholl, passed away on March 13, 2016.

Patrick along with his wife Jan were great supporters of the Mountain. Patrick was a longtime Board Member, and served as Treasurer of the Conservancy from November 2001 to November 2008.

Patrick, your final resting spot may be far away, but you will forever be remembered by those that knew and loved you. As mentioned in your obituary below, we hope that people do take in a Spikes game in your honor. They can then look out at Mt. Nittany and be grateful for your tireless work to protect it.

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Imparting wisdom at Nov 20, 2010 meeting.

Patrick Scholl
1952-2016

Patrick J. Scholl, 63, of State College, Pennsylvania died March 13, 2016 at home. He was born to Edwin and Patricia Scholl of Rockwell, Iowa. He is survived by his mother, his wife Jan, and brother, Daniel, mayor of Humboldt, Iowa. His sister, Rose Ann, and father are deceased. Patrick was the Director of Business and Finance for the Penn State University Alumni Association for 28 years and was well known in the State College community. He held a similar position in the College of Agriculture at the University of Wyoming and was the manager of research contracts and grants at Iowa State University.

He received a B.S. degree in accounting from ISU, an MBA from Drake University, and was a doctoral candidate at Penn State. He was certified as a CPA for 30 years.

An active parishioner of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in State College, Patrick served as lector, Eucharistic minister, and assisted with pre-cana instruction. He was also on the Penn State Credit Union board for several terms and the coordinating committee for the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research walk-a-thon.

He traveled to various parts of the world with alumni, including: Costa Rica, Ireland, Russia and the Scandinavian countries. He sailed through the Panama Canal. Patrick received a 50 year medal from the Joslin Diabetes Center and the Alumni Association’s Mentor and Lewis and Karen Gold awards.

Patrick was a baseball fan with season tickets to Spikes games. He visited major league stadiums and annually aired a “Who’s on First” radio segment with local announcer, Steve Jones. On road trips to Iowa he stopped to see the “Field of Dreams, near Dyersville. A memorial Mass for Patrick will be held Saturday, April 9 at 10:30 AM at the Our Lady of Victory Church, 820 Westerly Parkway, followed by a reception in the social hall. Interment will be in Iowa at the convenience of the family.

The family requests no calls, deliveries or visitations at home at this time. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church’s Gabriel Project, the Penn State Alumni Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or by purchasing a Spikes baseball ticket to enjoy a summer game.

Work Party Nov 1, 2015 (Lion Ambassadors)

On Sunday, November 1, 2015 a volunteer group from the Penn State Lion Ambassadors assisted the Conservancy with some trail maintenance. The group was led by Mt. Ambassador Steve Lyncha. MNC Director Chad Bell and Mt. Ambassador Troy Weston also went up with the work party.

The small but energetic group cleared brush/limbs along trails. They also removed several dead trees near the trail (widow makers).

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Jordan, Alex, Erin, Aubrey, Taylor, and Morgan (Lion Ambassadors)

Work Party Oct 24, 2015 (Omega Phi Alpha)

Saturday, October 24, 2015 saw the Omega Phi Alpha national service sorority assist the Conservancy with much needed trail maintenance.

Photo #1 shows the entire team that worked cutting back brush and installing barriers to “erosion risk” areas on the Blue Trail.

Photos #2 and #3 shows the smaller group that helped to install a new log seating bench on the Blue Trail.

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Omega Phi Alpha Service Sorority

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Packing in the chain saw!

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New log seat added along the Blue Trail

Day of Caring – Oct 1, 2015

The Conservancy extends a THANK YOU and JOB WELL DONE to the volunteers who came out to Mt. Nittany during the annual Day of Caring.

Volunteers from the following organizations donated their time and efforts on the Mountain.

  • Penn State Federal Credit Union
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • HRG, Inc

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2015 Day of Caring – Penn State Federal Credit Union, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and HRG, Inc.

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2015 Day of Caring – Thermo Fisher Scientific