Safeguard Old State: Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Safeguard Old State?
A. Safeguard Old State (SOS) is an independent advocacy and educational group based out of State College, Pennsylvania. We are focused on reinvigorating student inquiry and revitalizing the spirit of the student body at the Pennsylvania State University.

Q. When was Safeguard Old State founded?
A. Safeguard Old State sprung out of a decades-long movement among students and alumni at Penn State University in the February 2007. Initially begun as a blogging initiative, Safeguard Old State later became a registered student organization and reached its original goal in August 2008 by becoming an independent non-profit corporation.

Q. Why are you in Safeguard Old State doing this?
A. We believe in the idea of the real university, and we believe that, as it stands, our Pennsylvania State University is not living up to the vision of its founders. We seek to help our community rediscover that vision and put it into practice in a new era.

Q. Who founded Safeguard Old State?
A. Safeguard Old State was founded by Thomas A. Shakely during his sophomore year at Penn State University.

Q. What makes Safeguard Old State’s approach different or better than student and alumni advocates?
A. We speak to the entire community as members involved in an organically diverse way across Penn State University. In other words, unlike other groups, we do not seek to advance any particular special interest or niche cause, rather, we seek to advance the common interest and public good.

Q. Who are you trying to reach through Safeguard Old State?
A. The entire Penn State Family, which includes students, alumni, faculty and friends. Even more broadly, all taxpayers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are stakeholders in our university as a land-grant, public institution.

Q. How can I support Safeguard Old State?
A. We accept donations online, securely through our Donation page. All contributions are tax deductible and are split to support equally our annual operating budget and permanent endowment.