Mount Nittany News

  • Celebrating Centre Foundation’s 40th Anniversary and Mount Nittany’s Future

    Celebrating Centre Foundation’s 40th Anniversary and Mount Nittany’s Future

    The Mount Nittany Conservancy has partnered with Centre Foundation for many years. Centre Foundation stewards more than 0,000 in Mount Nittany-focused endowments thanks to the love and generosity of so many across so many years. These endowed funds produce annual revenue that contributes toward the all-volunteer Mount Nittany Conservancy’s annual budget. Centre Foundation provides the Mount Nittany Conservancy stability and sustainability for our continuing work to conserve the Mountain for Penn Staters, Central Pennsylvanians, and all friends of nature. Gifts…

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  • Mount Nittany Conservancy Surpasses $10,000 in its 2022 Centre Gives Campaign

    Mount Nittany Conservancy Surpasses $10,000 in its 2022 Centre Gives Campaign

    Thank you to all who contributed to the Mount Nittany Conservancy’s 2022 Centre Gives campaign! We were grateful to surpass our ,000 fundraising goal thanks to the support of 55 donors. Although our total number of 55 donors was down this year compared to 2021’s 70 donors, our total raised this year of ,330 marked an increase over 2021’s ,777 raised. In 2020, by comparison, we raised ,625 from 62 donors. Centre Gives is a unique online giving event in…

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  • Joseph Carroll and the Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery

    Joseph Carroll and the Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery

    The Mount Nittany Conservancy mourns the death of Joseph Louis Carroll, the founder of Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery, who died last November, shortly after the winery’s 31st anniversary. Joe had been an amateur winemaker for years before starting construction on his business in 1987 in the shadows of Mount Nittany’s southern slope. What began as a six-acre plot grew into one of the region’s leading hospitality businesses, where the thirsty came from around the world to sample Joe’s wines…

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  • ‘Rewilding’ Mount Nittany and Avoiding ‘Improvements’ to Nature

    ‘Rewilding’ Mount Nittany and Avoiding ‘Improvements’ to Nature

    Ars Technica reports on a recent study on “rewilding” released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. What is “rewilding”? The International Union for the Conservation of Nature defines rewilding this way: Rewilding: the process of rebuilding, following major human disturbance, a natural ecosystem by restoring natural processes and the complete or near complete food-web at all trophic levels as a self-sustaining and resilient ecosystem using biota that would have been present had the disturbance not occurred. This…

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  • American Folklore and Cultural Knowledge: ‘The Building May Perish, but the Thought, the Legend, Lives On’

    American Folklore and Cultural Knowledge: ‘The Building May Perish, but the Thought, the Legend, Lives On’

    The Legends of the Nittany Valley feature only a small sampling of the total number of indigenous American Indian and Anglo-European settler legends collected or written by Henry W. Shoemaker, the first official Pennsylvania state folklorist. While folklore itself has been a part of the human experience from our earliest days, the formal study of folklore remains relatively new. Penn State has been a leader at the intersection of American literature and folklore, with Penn State’s Folklore Studies Program launched…

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  • Paul Clifford on Penn State nostalgia, Mount Nittany, and Old Willow

    Paul Clifford on Penn State nostalgia, Mount Nittany, and Old Willow

    Paul Clifford, chief executive officer of the Penn State Alumni Association and associate vice president for alumni relations for Penn State, recently wrote in his Penn State Alumni Association “Insights” column on Penn State nostalgia, Mount Nittany, and Old Willow: Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.  It seems to fill the air this time of year on college campuses.  Soon-to-be graduates scampering around…

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  • Conserve Mount Nittany with a Centre Gives 2021 Gift

    Conserve Mount Nittany with a Centre Gives 2021 Gift

    Mount Nittany is yours, and your gift today (before 9pm!) will help conserve the Mountain in its natural state for all to hike and love. We founded the Mount Nittany Conservancy with the conviction that Mount Nittany should be preserved from deforestation, development, and defacement forever. We believe that Mount Nittany should always be a proud symbol of Penn State and the Nittany Valley for every generation. It’s why we work to conserve the Mountain in its natural state. We…

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