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Perspective: Leaders at Penn State

In a new video series, Marie Hardin, Dean of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State, reflects on her love for running as an opportunity to find clarity and envision greater possibilities — particularly in the face of challenge and in times of being tested.

The following video shows footage of Marie Hardin exiting her car and preparing for early morning run in the pre-dawn hours. The video then transitions to a shot looking over Marie’s shoulder as the sun begins to rise above the trees with the words "Perspective: Leaders at Penn State" appearing on screen. Marie runs on a trail through farm fields, up and down hills. Interspersed are scenes of Marie seated in a studio and talking to the interview off-camera as well as scenes of her feet in running shoes on the gravel trail. The video closes with Marie standing outside with her arms crossed alongside the trail, smiling.