We create bubbles for ourselves. Little routines and ways of life that are comfortable, but that also eliminate spontaneity and serendipity from our lives. But spontaneity and serendipity are vital for maintaining perspective, really vital for a full life.

This is why The Nittany Valley Society, for its annual first quarter board meeting, comes together in Philadelphia (and sometimes in Pittsburgh), even though our mission is focused on Central Pennsylvania’s Nittany Valley. We realized at our founding that if our mission was to be successful over the long term, it needed to speak to Penn Staters and friends of the Nittany Valley across the Commonwealth—not just in the place a portion of them visit from time to time.

So we’re meeting tomorrow at Pipeline Philly, a great coworking space located directly across from City Hall in the Grant Building.