I’m in Philadelphia today for a meeting of The Nittany Valley Society’s board of directors. We’re all volunteer, and do quarterly board meetings to maintain operational momentum.

As a nonprofit cultural conservancy, The Nittany Valley Society is deeply rooted in physical place. But as a board we decided from the outset that our annual March meeting should alternate between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The three other quarterly meetings occur in State College, but we felt it was important that we were attuned as a board to the impact we ultimately want to have on Penn Staters and friends across the Commonwealth.

This is why we’re meeting in Philadelphia today, specifically at the headquarters of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education which graciously lent us meeting space. We adopted our first strategic plan in December, and today we’ll be continuing the conversation on implementation of that plan.

If you’re curious about why we exist, start by reading this month’s Town & Gown excerpt from Is Penn State a Real University?, and after that pick up a copy of The Legends of the Nittany Valley.