Over the past few years, Penn State’s year-end messages have come in all shapes and sizes, including Parodies “Home Alone” with the Nittany Lion or wacky uber trips with everyone’s favorite university president. This time, Penn State’s holiday greetings sought to paint a picture of the Penn State community as a whole.
In the two-minute clip, outgoing president Eric Barron takes on the role of an art teacher who asks a handful of students to put the finishing touches on paintings of their “happy places.” As you might expect, the results were about as diverse as the Penn State community.
First, a student painted a portrait of Penn State Fayette to highlight the Commonwealth campuses that will always hold “a special place” in her heart. Another artist did a painting of a Creamery Ice Cream Cone (Peanut Butter Swirl, to be exact).
Later, Barron looks at a painting of Penn State dogs in Penn State sweaters to reflect on football game days. Fans ” returning to Beaver Stadium this fall was probably the single most important development for thousands of Penn Staters across the country, so this one was a given.
Of course, no year-end video would be complete without the Symbol of Our Best. The Nittany Lion scribbled a Blue Band drummer before revealing a masterful depiction of Penn State’s We Are statue, complete with a few sizzling shots of the campus.
Towards the end of the clip, Barron spoke to his wife, Molly, who pointed out that a Penn Stater’s happy place doesn’t have to be in a specific location.
âI think we could both agree that our happy place isn’t just one place. It’s everywhere we can be with this wonderful community of Penn Staters, âsaid Molly Barron.
Before signing, Barron took a moment to thank the Penn State community for another year of happiness, success, and Dear Old State.
âTo you, our students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and friends, thank you for making Penn State the inspiring and collaborative place that can truly make a difference in the world,â said Barron. âThere is a special place in my heart for you. “
Barron ended the clip with a hearty “We Are!” clap like every Penn Stater should. The video almost had a dark note when you consider Barron’s plans to retire in just a few months. Corn as a new president arrives, fans are returning and life is slowly returning to normal, it’s clear that Penn State’s future is bright.
From everyone at Onward State, happy holidays!