A Penn State Student Body President’s Memo to a Penn State President

The Mount Nittany Conservancy’s “Ben Novak Fellowship” provides Penn Staters and Nittany Valley residents an opportunity to encounter the Nittany Valley’s legendary spirit through cultural and environmental experiences meant to enhance appreciation for our distinctive community and encourage friendships for the future. The Mount Nittany Conservancy’s Ben Novak Archives are intended to help new generations encounter the Ben Novak Fellowship’s namesake.

In August 1964, incoming Penn State Student Body President Ben Novak addressed the following memo on the nature and purpose of student self-governance to Penn State President Eric Walker. In 1981, Ben Novak would go on to establish the Mount Nittany Conservancy as an expression of the community’s love for the Mountain and the intergenerational desire to conserve the Mountain in its natural state.