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Mont Alto receives unique collection exemplifying Penn State Pride

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11/10/2009 —

Penn State Mont Alto is now home to a one-of-a-kind collection thanks to a priceless gift from Penn State football enthusiast and Mont Alto friend John Miner.

During the 1972 football season, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania (then known as Central Counties Bank) first issued a unique booster button for every Nittany Lion football game. A tradition was born that inaugural season and continues today. This fall marks the 37th year for the booster buttons, and Miner has collected them all with the exception of two missing buttons from 1973. He is seeking to acquire them to complete the collection.  Miner has also documented the final game scores to accompany each button. The collection is on display in Conklin Hall in a custom-built cabinet fashioned by local craftsman Michael Emory from a 262-year-old black oak tree that once stood in front of the Wiestling Student Center on campus. 

“We are truly honored to receive this unique collection exemplifying Penn State Pride,” says Development Director Randall Ackerman. “It is the most comprehensive athletics memorabilia collection on our campus and the only collection of its kind in the Penn State system.”

Miner and his wife Kate are the benefactors of the John A. and Kathryn S. Miner Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement benefitting deserving Penn State Mont Alto students. He is the Broker of Record for Penn National’s real estate company, White Rock, Inc., and an avid supporter of Penn State Football and Penn State Mont Alto.

Members of the public are welcomed to view the collection weekdays between 8am-5pm except holidays. It is located on the first floor of Conklin Hall next to the campus’ Admissions Office.

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