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.


Omega Phi Alpha Service Sorority


Packing in the chain saw!


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


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


2015 Day of Caring – Thermo Fisher Scientific

Participating Hotels


Mt. Nittany Marathon Special!!
PER NIGHT Rates for Friday, September 4th – Monday, September 7th, 2015


The Atherton Hotel
124 S. Atherton St., State College, PA 16801; (814)231-2100
$109 + Tax and Parking

Best Western Plus University Park Inn & Suites
115 Premiere Drive, State College, PA 16801; (814) 234-8393
$85.00  + Tax

Comfort Suites
132 Village Drive, State College, PA 16801; (814) 235-1900
$79.00  + Tax  Promo Code: Mount Nittany Marathon

Country Inn & Suites
1357 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801; (814) 234-6000
$79.00  + Tax  Promo Code: Mount Nittany Marathon

Courtyard by Marriott
1730 University Drive, State College, PA 16801; (814) 238-1881
$129.00  + Tax

Days Inn – Penn State
240 South Pugh Street, State College, PA 16801; (814) 238-8454
$104.00  + Tax

Fairfield Inn & Suites
2215 North Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801; (814) 238-3871
$119.00  + Tax  Promo Code MNMG

Hampton Inn & Suites
1955 Waddle Road, State College, PA 16801; (814) 231-1899
$109.00  + Tax  Promo Code MNM

Hilton Garden Inn
1221 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801; (814) 272-1221
$89.00  + Tax  Promo Code NSR

Ramada Conference & Golf Hotel
1450 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801; (814) 238-3001
$65.00 + Tax  Promo Code Mt Nittany Marathon or group code (MNIT)

Residence Inn by Marriott
1555 University Drive, State College, PA 16801; (814) 235-6960
$139.00 + Tax

Sleep Inn
111 Village Drive, State College, PA 16801; (814) 235-1020
$69.00 + Tax  Promo Code: Mount Nittany Marathon

Super 8
1663 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801; (814) 237-8005
$85.00 + Tax

The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16801; (814) 863-5050
$94.00 + Tax  Code: PROMO

Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center
One Country Club Lane, State College, PA 16801; (814)234-8000
$99 + Tax Code: NITTANY

All rooms are subject to availability and applicable taxes will be applied. Pricing is PER NIGHT. 

With Special Thanks to the
Central PA Convention & Visitors Bureau


Marathon Volunteer Information

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the 3nd Mt. Nittany Marathon on September 6, 2015.  Happy, smiling faces along the race route are the best motivation for our runners.  We need 200 volunteers to successfully manage the race — if you can help, or know someone who can, please volunteer

For a complete list of all our volunteer needs, click to open our Volunteer Packet.

NOTE as of 8/20/15: All Water Stations and Pre-and Post-Race Help Opportunities are filled.  We NEED  course marshals and bicyclists!  See below for the Course Marshal spots still available.  Maps are in the Volunteer Packet linked above.  Thank you!

Decide which opportunity best suits you and email me your name and preferred location and we’ll get you set up!

Thank you for volunteering and supporting the Mount Nittany Conservancy! 

John Hook
President, Mount Nittany Conservancy

23 Rock Hill Rd  & Linden Hall Rd 1 7:30 – 10:00 AM
30 Brandywine & Scenery Dr 1 8:00 – 10:30 AM
31 Scenery Drive & Windmere Dr 1 8:00 – 11:00 AM
32 Windmere Dr & Windmere Dr 1 8:00 – 11:00 AM
33 Windmere Dr & Rolling Ridge Drive 1 8:00 – 11:00 AM
34 Rolling Ridge Dr & S. Atherton 1 8:00 – 11:00 AM
36 S. Atherton & Branch Rd 1 8:00 – 11:00 AM
63 Bike Path at end of Hillcrest Ave. 1 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
64 Bike Path at end of W. Park Ave 1 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Imagining the Nittany Valley of the 1920s

By Cori Agostinelli Kalupson, June 2015

The giving and graceful nature of our community help make it such a special place. For 40 years now, these qualities have been on display through the locally-supported growth of the Centre County Women’s Resource Center, a source of help and hope for area women in need. The CCWRC is sustained in part through its Twilight Dinners program. Each Spring, an eclectic mix of local businesses and philanthropists host thoughtful, upscale events ranging from intimate dinners to a garden party for a crowd.

The themes are diverse and imaginative, restricted only by the hosts’ creativity. What they all have in common is a commitment to making the Valley “Happy” – and safe – for everyone. This month, two of the Twilight dinners will feature parties evoking nostalgia for the 1920’s, including a “Roaring 20’s” night reminiscent of the parties described by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. This evening is co-hosted by B Events and Juniper Village at Brookline and catered by Brown Dog Catering.

In the spirit of this event and in keeping with the theme of “looking back” established with last month’s Reminiscences of Dr. Pond, here are some snap shots of life in the Nittany Valley during the 1920’s…

Women at Penn State

In 1871, Penn State, then called the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania, became the Commonwealth’s first institution of higher learning to admit female students. Fifty years after this momentous decision, progress had been slow-moving, and the College remained a primarily male-dominated institution. Women comprised just 10% of the student body in 1924; the photo below shows the entire female undergraduate population from 1926. Nevertheless, the 1920’s saw several important developments that signaled the growing stake of women students in campus life.

For the first time, women were granted a weeknight curfew and permission to leave campus by themselves. While quaint by modern standards, these new “freedoms” represented a significant step forward at the time. In addition, several new clubs and organizations for women were established during the Twenties, marking previously unseen levels of influence and participation by female students. These included the women’s campus trial club, the Nita-Nee Club, Omicron Nu, an honorary home economics sorority, and “The Lion’s Tale,” the first publication by female students and alumnae at the College. In 1926, the Nu Gamma Chapter of Chi Omega became Penn State’s first national sorority. Perhaps the most lasting of the decade’s contributions came a year prior, when the Women’s Student Government Association contributed $30 to purchase four pairs of squirrels that are, most likely, direct ancestors of the many, many squirrels that populate campus today.

Change was also evident in new roles and opportunities for women working at the College. In 1920, M. Elizabeth Cates was hired as the school’s first director of physical education for women, an opening necessitated by the newly-established women’s athletic program (very different from what we know today). In recognition of the growing female student population, Penn State hired its first full-time dean of women – Charlotte Ray – in 1923. One year later, Julia Gregg Brill, a 1921 graduate, became the first female faculty member in the English department.

The decade closed out with another crucial turning point. In 1929, Mildred Settle Bunton became the first woman of color admitted to Penn State.

State College

Still a very small agricultural community existing at the fringes of the modest, but growing Pennsylvania State College, the town experienced rapid population growth during the Twenties. According to Census figures, State College nearly doubled in size between 1920 and 1930, going from 2,405 residents to 4,450 in a decade (still smaller than a sell-out crowd at Rec Hall!).

The decade also saw local milestones in education and business. In 1921, an expansion was added to the Fairmount Avenue High School (current home of the Delta Program) followed by construction of the Nittany Avenue Grammar School, which today houses the school district’s central administration offices, in 1924.  The forerunner of the CBICC, the State College Chamber of Commerce, was established in 1920, and several of the area’s most recognizable businesses got their start during the ensuing decade.

Students and locals could shop for clothes at Harper’s (originally Stark Bros. & Harper), have lunch at The Corner Room, and then stroll across Allen Street for a trim at Rinaldo’s Barber Shop – all three first opened their doors between 1925 and ’26. Other noteworthy local businesses that began in the 1920’s and still exist today include: Woodring’s Floral Gardens (1922), State College Floral Shoppe (1923), Balfurd Cleaners (1927), Alexander Construction (1928), and The Diner (1929).

The local scene was hardly the stuff of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, but neither did the Jazz Age pass by unremarked. Tyrone native and Penn State architectural engineering student Fred Waring would become an influential musician and entertainer of his day. His band, Waring’s Pennsylvanians, started on the road to fame during the Twenties, playing “collegiate-flavored” shows inspired by life in Happy Valley.

In 1920, residents might have tuned in to results of the Harding/Cox Presidential election via Pittsburgh’s KDKA, the nation’s first terrestrial radio station, and by 1923, they could hear special, one-time coverage of the Nittany Lion football team’s game against Navy at New Beaver Field via WPSC, one of America’s first college radio operations (Penn State won 21-3).


The Nittany Lions experienced an up-and-down decade on the gridiron, guided throughout by future College Football Hall of Fame coach Hugo Bezdek, who was also Penn State’s first full-time director of athletics. Playing schedules that ranged from nine to 11 games that featured frequent matchups with opponents like Gettysburg, Lehigh, Lebanon Valley, and Carnegie Tech, the Lions posted only one losing season (1928), and, in 1922, even made the program’s first-ever appearance in the Rose Bowl, falling to Southern California 14-3. No summary of Penn State football in the 1920’s would be complete, however, without mention of the dreadful record against our in-state rival. With an overall record of 0-8-2, Penn State opened up with two scoreless ties against Pitt (1920-21) then proceeded to lose the remaining eight matchups that decade. Fortunately for Bezdek, online message boards were still nearly 70 years away.

Register to attend the Centre County Women’s Resource Center’s “Roaring 20’s” Twilight Dinner (Friday, June 19 at 6pm), or any other of its events for 2015:

Oak Hall Regional Park Viewing Station

The Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority and Centre Region COG held a Grand Opening of Oak Hall Regional Park, located at 120 Linden Hall Road, Boalsburg, PA on Saturday, May 2. Joining in the celebration, the Mount Nittany Conservancy also unveiled their 5th viewing station in Happy Valley.

In addition to the first station at the Bryce Jordan Center, viewing stations are also placed at the Mt. Nittany Middle School, the Penn State Arboretum, and inside Lubrano Park.

MNC Director Alan Stewart is the person leading this effort for the Conservancy. Alan was honored to be a part of the Oak Hall Grand Opening. Pictured below with Alan is Ron Woodhead. Ron is the Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority Director. Ron is also a Past President of the Mount Nittany Conservancy and serves as a Director Emeritus of the board.


Alan Stewart speaking with Ron Woodhead also on the dias.


Alan Stewart next to the Oak Hall Regional Park Mount Nittany Viewing Station.

Work Party May 2, 2015 (Alpha Phi Omega)

On Saturday, May 2, 2015 a volunteer group from Alpha Phi Omega National Service Sorority assisted the Conservancy with some trail maintenance. The group was led by MNC Directors Chad Bell and Doug Wion as well as Mt. Ambassador Steve Lyncha.

The group focused on blocking off of the “closed due to erosion” former trail leading to the Mike Lynch Overlook.  The trail was recently blocked off again shortly after the removal of the replanting/regeneration fencing. Hikers had begun to “flank” the log barricades making new trails on both sides. Volunteers blocked off the top and the bottom of the former trail to the point where it no longer looks like a trail.


Alpha Phi Omega members closing off old section of trail.


Job well done!

Centre Gives 2015

From Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 at 6:00 am to Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 at 6:00 pm, the Centre Foundation will hold its fourth-annual 36-hour Centre Gives fundraiser during which you can go online to and use your computer or mobile device to make an even larger contribution to the Mount Nittany Conservancy.

Your donation goes further when made during Centre Gives because it qualifies organizations like the Conservancy for their $100,000 stretch pool and $25,000 in additional prizes. Anyone making a secure, online gift with a minimum donation of $25 will have their donation increased during Centre Gives.

To donate to the Mount Nittany Conservancy, click here between 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 5 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 6.

You can also go directly to and click the LEADERBOARD tab at the top to find the Mount Nittany Conservancy in the list of participating organizations.

To learn more, go to Centre Gives FAQ’s.

Thank you!
The Mount Nittany Conservancy

Update 5/7/2015: CentreGives‬ 2015 raised $765,916.09 from 5,684 gifts for local nonprofits. MNC received $3,275 from 25 donors. THANK YOU!