History

   

  

From the Nittany Lion Shrine and the Allen Street Gates to undergraduate scholarships and an endowment for the elms that line the Mall, class gifts and the students who funded them have had a tremendous impact on Penn State. Read below to see what each class gave as their gift or click here to view a detailed history of each gift!

1861-1869

1870-1879

1880-1889

1890-1899

1900-1909

1910-1919

1920-1929

1930-1939

1940-1949

1950-1959

1960-1969

1970-1979

1980-1989

1990-1999

2000-2009

2010-2019


2016 - Endowment for Penn State's Center for Counseling & Psychological Services

2015 - Solar Panel Array

2014 - HUB Green Roof Terrace

2013 - "We Are" Sculpture 

2012 - Nittany Lion Shrine Historical Display and Beautification

2011 - Penn State Veterans Plaza

2010 - Marsh Meadow Boardwalk and Overlook at the Arboretum

2009 - Restoration and Display of the Old Main Bell

2008 - Gateway Element at Atherton and Curtin Roads

2007 - Celebration Garden at Rec Hall

2006 - Tulip Trees and Endowment

2005 - HUB-Robeson Center Sesquicentennial Piece

2004 - Willard Plaza

2003 - The HUB-Robeson Murals

2002 - The Historic Street Clock Project

2001 - The Historic Light Restoration Project

2000 - Living Machine Project

1999 - HUB Aquariums - The Living Classroom

1998 - HUB Terrace

1997 - Peace Garden

1996 - Elm Tree Endowment

1995 - Foundry Park

1994 - Extended Hours Room in Pattee Library

1993 - Valerie Christein Urgent Care Unit in Ritenour Building

1992 - Pennsylvania State University landmark sign by Beaver Stadium

1991 - Creamery Cafe (West side of Creamery)

1990 - Creamery Courtyard (East side of Creamery)

1989 - Outdoor study lounge at Pattee Library

1988 - Computerized interview training center for Career Development and Placement Services

1987 - Gateway and landscaping at entrance to Penn State at Shortlidge Road and E. College Ave

1986 - Elm Trees for the Mall

1985 - Library Book fund

1984 - Library Book fund - Commonwealth College unrestricted support - College unrestricted support

1983 - College unrestricted support - Stone Valley Fund - Ag Arena Fund - Commonwealth College unrestricted support

1982 - Other - Stone Valley Fund - Commonwealth College unrestricted support - College unrestricted support

1981 - Other - College unrestricted support - Scholarship Fund - Ag Arena Fund - Commonwealth College unrestricted support

1980 - Ag Arena Fund - Scholarship Fund - Other

1979 - Scholarship Fund - Commonwealth College unrestricted support - University Libraries support - Penn State scholarships

1978 - Kevin Steinberg Memorial Scholarship Fund - Beaver Stadium Victory Bell

1977 - Colleges unrestricted support - Commonwealth Campus unrestricted support - University Libraries support - Univerisity-wide support - Penn State scholarships - The Arts

1976 - Art Museum - University Libraries support - Commonwealth Campus unrestricted support - University-wide support - Renaissance Fund

1975 - Renaissance Fund - University Libraries support - Commonwealth Campus unrestricted support - University-wide support - Art Museum

1974 - Commonwealth Campus unrestricted support - University Libraries support - University-wide support - Art Museum - Renaissance Fund

1973 - Renaissance Fund - University Libraries support - Commonwealth Campus unrestricted support - University-wide support - Art Museum

1972 - Commonwealth Campus unrestricted support

1971 - Renaissance Scholarship

1970 - Renaissance Scholarship - University Libraries support - University-wide support - Art Museum - Renaissance Fund

1969 - Investment fund for future gift

1968 - Class of 1968 scholarship

1967 - Investment fund for future gift

1966 - Sundial on Old Main lawn - bronze armillary sphere

1965 - Alexander Calder mobile in Arts Building

1964 - Time Clock for Beaver Stadium - American Cultural Heritage collection for Library

1963 - 43" bronze seal of the University for HUB Lounge - Loan Fund

1962 - Loan Fund

1961 - Stone Valley boat dock and landing - Study abroad scholarship

1960 - Entrance gate to Beaver Stadium

1959 - Collection of American Contemporary Literature for Library - Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund

1958 - WDFM Radio - Scholarship Fund

1957 - Book fund for Library

1956 - Ambulance for Ritenour Health Center - Overall University support

1955 - Overall University support - All Faith Chapel Fund (pews and furnishings)

1954 - All Faith Chapel Fund (furnishings for chancel in meditation chapel) - Renaissance Scholarship

1953 - All Faith Chapel Fund (stained glass window and electric organ) - Record album collection for Library

1952 - Student press fund (See Class of 1948. Funds redistributed toward a piano and the Faculty Club.)

1951 - Donald MacIntire Memorial Scholarship Fund - Student radio station

1950 - Reconstruction of Old Botany Greenhouse - Student Press Fund (See Class of 1948. Funds redistributed toward a positiv, a portable organ, and a plaque in Arts Building)

1949 - Ethics Professorship Endowment - Student Press Fund (See Class of 1948. Funds redistributed to student art display area.) - Student book store/book exchange

1948 - Student Press Fund (with Classes of 1949, 1950, 1952. Determined not feasible by the Board of Trustees. Funds allocated toward furniture in Alumni Lounge in Old Main.) - Fund for keeping members of class informed of candidates for Board of Trustees elected by alumni

1947 - Full-class membership in Penn State Alumni Association - Schmidt Astrographic telescope camera for observatories - Funds toward HUB banquet room

1946 - Funds toward completion of Old Main Frescoes

1945 - HUB Construction Fund

1944 - Two flagpoles on Beaver Field - Memorial Scholarship Fund

1943 - Loan Fund

1942 - Memorial Scholarship Fund

1941 - Memorial Scholarship Fund

1940 - Nittany Lion Shrine

1939 - All Faith Chapel - 45th year appeal - Ski lodge

1938 - Pipe organ for Arts I Recital Hall - Renaissance Scholarship - Multiple astronomical observatories

1937 - Westminster Chimes in Old Main tower - Academic Excellence Scholarship

1936 - Pipe organ for Schwab Auditorium - Telescope on Buckhout Laboratory - Contributed to Renaissance and Library scholarships

1935 - Book fund for Library

1934 - Elevator in Infirmary - Student grant-in-aid

1933 - Artist course revival - 1933 Memorial Award for an Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Humanities by a Penn State Faculty Member - Student Loan Fund

1932 - Library books - Mural project in Old Main (Land Grant Frescos) - Temporary loan fund

1931 - Thompson Spring development (Project not completed.)

1930 - Thompson Spring development (Project not completed.) (Contributed specifically toward the lake)

1929 - Class ivy planted - M. McDowell Lectureship - Thompson Spring development (Project not completed.)

1928 - Class ivy planted - Class scholarship fund - Thompson Spring development (Project not completed.)

1927 - Thompson Spring development (The Class of 1927 contributed specifically toward a swimming pool at the park.) - Thompson Spring development (The Classes of 1927 through 1931 planned the development of a winter sports park at Thompson Spring. Project not completed.) - Dean Charlotte E. Ray and Dean Arthur R. Warnock Memorial Scholarship

1926 - Beaver Field electric scoreboard and timer - Bronze plaque for scoreboard - Class Memorial Loan Fund - Kitchen equipment for Mary Beaver White Hall (contributed by the women of the class)

1925 - Memorial gateway at Pugh Street

1924 - Steinway Concert Piano - Piano for Mary Beaver White Hall (contributed by the women of the class)

1923 - Equipment and maintenance of X-Ray room in Infirmary

1922 - Swimming pool fund (project cancelled) - Memorial Scholarship Fund

1921 - Memorial Scholarship Fund - Swimming pool fund (project cancelled)

1920 - Swimming pool fund (project cancelled) - Memorial Scholarship Fund

1919 - Swimming pool fund (project cancelled) - Memorial Scholarship Fund - Greek bench for open air theatre (Old Main lawn by Pugh Street)

1918 - Memorial gateway at Pugh Street (with Class of 1917 never completed, see Class of 1925)

1917 - Memorial gateway at Pugh Street (with Class of 1918 never completed, see Class of 1925) - Student Loan Fund - Liberty Bonds - Sedile-President's Chair for commencement

1916 - Bronze lamps at Schwab Auditorium - Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund - Memorial Gateway at Allen Street

1915 - Sundial in front of Old Main - Stone retaining wall along front campus - Stone benches at HUB-Robeson Center

1914 - Pipe organ in Schwab Auditorium - Drinking fountain in Old Willow-Allen Street Mall - Concert Harp in Arts I Recital Hall - Hospital Building Fund

1913 - Class Memorial Loan Fund - Old Main Terrace

1912 - Class ivy on Library (Carnegie) - Class Memorial Loan Fund - Wireless tower and radio station and plaque in Engineering Building

1911 - Bust of Fred Lewis Pattee in Pattee Library - Bust of A. Howry Espenshade in Pattee Library - Bust of Edwin Sparks in Sparks Building - Granite boulder in open air theatre (Old Main lawn by Pugh Street) - Baseball Grandstand at "New" Beaver Field - Class ivy on southwest corner of Schwab Auditorium - Bust of Evan Pugh in Old Main Lobby

1910 - Student Load Fund - Class Ivy on Old Engineering Building - Clock in Carnegie Library - Portrait of Joseph Willard, mathematics professor, in Willard Building - Alumni Memorial Scholarship

1909 - Memorial to General Beaver at Beaver Stadium - Class Ivy on Tower of Armory - Granite monument in memory of George W. Atherton - Atherton Loan Fund and plaque in Engineering Building

1908 - Memorial Scholarship Fund - Class Ivy on McAllister Hall

1907 - Collection of books for Library, purchased from the Atherton Library Collection - Collection of books for College of Engineering - Nuclear Engineering - Infirmary room equipment

1905 - Scholarship and Loan Fund

1904 - Clock for Old Main tower - Clock Maintenance Fund

1903 - Gateway at North Atherton Street and Pollock RoadClock for Old Main tower - Bronze bust of President Atherton - Portable Hammond electric organ for Schwab Auditorium

1900 - 50 Campus Benches - Portrait of George W. Atherton

1898 - Memorial Loan Fund, redesignated for pulpit in Eisenhower Chapel

1895 - Centennial Student Aid Fund

1892 - Portrait of Professor Josiah Jackson

1866 - Civil War Soldiers Memorial Tablets (placed on east entrance gates)

1865 - Civil War Soldiers Memorial Tablets (placed on east entrance gates)

1864 - Civil War Soldiers Memorial Tablets (placed on east entrance gates)

1863 - Civil War Soldiers Memorial Tablets (placed on east entrance gates)

1862 - Portrait of David Wilson, First Vice President - Civil War Soldiers Memorial Tablets (placed on east entrance gates)

1861 - Portrait of Evan Pugh in Old Main - Civil War Soldiers Memorial Tablets (placed on east entrance gates)