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Patty Kleban

Patty Kleban is an instructor at Penn State, mother of three and a community volunteer. She is a Penn State Alumna. Readers of State College Magazine voted her Best Writer of 2010 and 2012. She and her family live in Patton Township. Her views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State.

Articles by Patty Kleban

Shaver's Creek Renovations a Well-Deserved Upgrade for a Community Resource
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Shaver's Creek Renovations a Well-Deserved Upgrade for a Community Resource
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Things are happening at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center this year as it undergoes a multi-million-dollar renovation and upgrade of the facilities and program service areas. After 40 years, it’s time. [Read More]
Faculty Could Use a Safe Space Too
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Faculty Could Use a Safe Space Too
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
After a particularly bad week in a really tough semester, I’m requesting safe spaces for faculty members too. I think we need a space where faculty members can go to voice our concerns, express our frustrations and feel safe from the treatment that we sometimes receive from students – and by the [Read More]
Party Restrictions a Needed Step for Greek Life at Penn State
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Party Restrictions a Needed Step for Greek Life at Penn State
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
As I was reading the list of new rules and regulations, I paused with a gasp. Greek organizations will now be limited to 10 socials that provide alcohol each semester. A limit of 10 socials with alcohol per semester – down from the 45 that each organization was allowed under the old system. [Read More]
Celebrating a Retirement and 53 Years of Serving Local Community
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Celebrating a Retirement and 53 Years of Serving Local Community
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
This week my family is preparing for some change. My father-in-law, Dr. George Kleban, is closing his dental practice after 53 years. If anyone deserves a chance to step away from work and start enjoying the fruits of retirement, it is Doc, as he called by so many. He will turn 80 in July. [Read More]
Real Impact Will Come from Personal Action
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Real Impact Will Come from Personal Action
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Marching on Washington and walking off the job may temporarily raise the volume for those who want to influence policy or change the way we do things. Taking action on a personal level and giving our time, talent and treasure to bring about change will likely have a direct impact. [Read More]
The Phenomenon of April the Giraffe
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The Phenomenon of April the Giraffe
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Like millions of others across the world, I can’t stay away from it. I’m talking about the live cam that is following a giraffe who is currently residing at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y. [Read More]
Little Town, Big High Rises
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Little Town, Big High Rises
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Hearing the reactions from a person who grew up in State College, attended Penn State and left for the world beyond Centre County just about two years ago offered some new perspective. [Read More]
The Bad News About Fake News
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The Bad News About Fake News
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Fake news used to be reserved mostly for the grocery store tabloids, but the advent of the internet and social media have made the ability to widely distribute a fake news story surprisingly easy. [Read More]
Greek Life on Hold
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Greek Life on Hold
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Here we are again. Another family who sent their child off to college with the hopes and dreams of an education and a future received the news that no one ever, ever wants to hear. [Read More]
Making Others Wrong So We Can Be Right
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Making Others Wrong So We Can Be Right
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
We have all done it. We see a situation and respond with emotions and reactions that we have learned from our personal history. Our objectivity and ability to see the situation with clarity goes by the wayside. Our sense of self is fragile – for whatever reason – and suddenly the lines are drawn [Read More]
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