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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

Dementia Is Life-Changing for Both Patients and Their Families
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Dementia Is Life-Changing for Both Patients and Their Families
10 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
It is the catch-all term for a variety of symptoms and causes that will impact many of us if we live long enough. Dementia is a devastating condition that changes the life of the patient but also the lives of those in their social network. The options for treatment and care are hard to find, expensi [Read More]
Aging Is Inevitable. Becoming Invisible to Society Shouldn't Be
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Aging Is Inevitable. Becoming Invisible to Society Shouldn't Be
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The changes are subtle. Retail staff that don’t see you. The patronizing comments made to and about seasoned citizens in television, in the movies and on the internet. Hints from co-workers about “what’s next for you.” Subtle messages that your ideas, suggestions and contribution are no long [Read More]
Local Moms Demand Action Leaders Show Movement Is About Common Sense Gun-Violence Prevention
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Local Moms Demand Action Leaders Show Movement Is About Common Sense Gun-Violence Prevention
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
“We just want to have conversations. We aren’t trying to take guns away from anyone. Our goal is to be able to come together and talk about gun safety because of our community’s children.” [Read More]
High Standards Are Needed When It Comes to Accessibility at Our Schools
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High Standards Are Needed When It Comes to Accessibility at Our Schools
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Perhaps because of this column and my rather vocal opinions on inclusion (and, in the past, the high school renovation), I recently received some interesting emails in which some local residents asked me to write about accessibility on the high school campus. The accompanying pictures definitely mad [Read More]
Karma Isn't Retribution
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Karma Isn't Retribution
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The comments started out with prayers and good thoughts for residents of the area impacted last week's earthquakes. And then it began. People making comments that the earthquakes were somehow payback for political decisions and legislation in California that they did not support. [Read More]
Miss Teen Pennsylvania International Makes the Jared Box Project Her Mission
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Miss Teen Pennsylvania International Makes the Jared Box Project Her Mission
22 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
For most area teenagers, Monday, June 10, probably went by like any other day. For Alivia Jacobs, June 10 found her standing on the floor of the Pennsylvania Senate, being introduced by Sen. Judy Ward, after Gov. Tom Wolf signed a proclamation declaring the day as Jared Box Day. [Read More]
Political Extremism Is Drowning Out Real Discussion and Solutions
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Political Extremism Is Drowning Out Real Discussion and Solutions
25 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Polar politics and extremists on both sides of this and other debates prevent real and honest discussion on how to solve our country’s problems by drowning out the voices of those of us in the middle. [Read More]
Being Honest with Ourselves Is the First Step to Overcoming Our Hypocrisies
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Being Honest with Ourselves Is the First Step to Overcoming Our Hypocrisies
32 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I was recently driving home from a visit down south and was making pretty good time. I left in the early morning hours when it was still dark out. It was mostly me and tractor trailers on the road for the first few hours. The sun had just started to come up when I saw something that may change me fo [Read More]
College Admissions Scandal Is No Laughing Matter
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College Admissions Scandal Is No Laughing Matter
35 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The college admissions bribery and cheating scandal has been a comedian's dream. The only thing is, it isn’t even a bit funny. It’s horrific, and sums up so much that is wrong with our society. [Read More]
In the Face of Tragedy, a Victim's Family Responds with Grace
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In the Face of Tragedy, a Victim's Family Responds with Grace
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
And so it happens again, this time in Happy Valley. [Read More]
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