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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
  • Robert Zakos, Jr., Bethlehem 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!

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
  • Robert Zakos, Jr., Bethlehem PA
  • 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.

Ben Novak Archives

The Ben Novak Archives are a collection of Dr. Novak’s materials relevant for understanding his thinking and his Penn State spirit. We offer them here for reference purposes, making no judgment on their contents.

About Ben Novak

Ben Novak is the author of “Hitler and Abductive Logic: The Strategy of a Tyrant,” as well as “Is Penn State a Real University?: An Investigation of the University as a Living Ideal” and “The Birth of the Craft Brew Revolution.”

Novak served on the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania State University from 1988 to 2000. Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on Feb. 15, 1943, Novak graduated from Penn State in 1965, having served as president of the Undergraduate Student Government in his senior year and as a brother at Tau Kappa Epsilon.

In 1968 he graduated from Georgetown University Law School. From 1968 to 1970 he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, Infantry, including a year in Viet Nam where he won the Bronze Star. In 1968 Novak was admitted to the Bar of Pennsylvania. He practiced law in Pennsylvania for more than 30 years, with his own firm in State College and Bellefonte.

While living in Centre County for more than three decades, Novak was widely involved in the community. He was, at various times: founder of the Mount Nittany Conservancy; president of Lion’s Paw Alumni Association; a Ph.D. recipient in philosophy, history, and political science from Penn State; and an adjunct professor and assistant dean of students at Penn State.

In 2000 he retired, moving to Bratislava in Slovakia, his family’s ancestral nation. In 2008 he returned to the United States to advise students at Penn State, and has earnestly sought a renewal in University life according to the vision of Evan Pugh and the Founders of Penn State for many years.

In 2014, the Mount Nittany Conservancy recognized Novak’s contributions with its “Friend of the Mountain” award.

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