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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

Let the Buyer Beware...
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Let the Buyer Beware...
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The disturbing thing for me in the bait and switch letter my friend received was that this is a business and people who live and work here in Centre County. You see their banners at charity functions and their radio and TV ads promise that they value their customers as neighbors. [Read More]
Downtown Revitalization: Parking, Police, and Open Containers
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Downtown Revitalization: Parking, Police, and Open Containers
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
We easily found a parking spot near the center of the action. We were pleasantly surprised when the parking kiosk refused to take our money. The message on the screen said “Parking is free during these hours.” Obviously we were not in State College. [Read More]
Beach Body: How Vacationing Shed a New Light on Obesity
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Beach Body: How Vacationing Shed a New Light on Obesity
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
It was sad to watch as he tried to keep up with the other kids who were running and jumping and looking for that great wave. My heart broke for him. If one has any doubt about our nation’s obesity crisis, spend some time on a beach. [Read More]
Crisis in the Centre County Courthouse
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Crisis in the Centre County Courthouse
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
In groups, people can do amazing things that we could never do as individuals. We can also be a bit wacky and sometimes even dangerous. The study of this phenomenon is called group dynamics. If you need an example, just turn to the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte. [Read More]
I Did it Myself: Bi-Fold Doors, Dopamine & Experiential Learning
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I Did it Myself: Bi-Fold Doors, Dopamine & Experiential Learning
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I found myself beaming when the doors were up, even, and could open and close without incident. I grabbed the drill, put the holes in the door and then put on the hardware. In my opinion, they are the best bi-fold closet doors in Centre County. I did it myself. [Read More]
Learning to Fly as a Parent Isn't so Easy
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Learning to Fly as a Parent Isn't so Easy
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
A mother drops her infant in the hospital room and doesn't call for assistance. Another goes to court for huffing chemicals from a spray can while she's driving with her toddler in the back seat. It is estimated that 57 percent of children in the United States suffer from some form of neglect. [Read More]
Listen Up and Tune in the Evolution of Culture
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Listen Up and Tune in the Evolution of Culture
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
First, the Rolling Stones had at least one song in every decade (which reminded me that Mick Jagger is now a great grandfather). Second, some of the music was really bad but reminded me of good times. Last, music offers a glimpse into our culture and can really be a sign of the times. [Read More]
Universal Design: Building a Foundation for People With Disabilities Universal Design: Building a Foundation for People With Disabilities
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
According to the US Census Bureau one in five Americans between the ages of 16 and 64 has a disabling condition. Only 12 percent of those conditions involve a person requiring the use of a wheelchair. Like the veteran with post-traumatic stress, many disabilities are invisible. [Read More]
Family, The Ties That Bind
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Family, The Ties That Bind
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Remember the time Gregg slipped on the moss and went over that waterfall? Remember how Uncle Ray hated cussing? Remember when we came to Penn State and there was a cow loose by the stadium? New jobs. Divorces. Weddings. Graduations. Children. Grandchildren. [Read More]
The Hate Response, Multiple Factors May Fuel the Fire
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The Hate Response, Multiple Factors May Fuel the Fire
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
What possesses a 21 year old young man to walk into a church and then shoot and kill nine people he had never met? Insanity. Hate. Perhaps both. It is human nature to experience hate. Scientists have suggested that there is actually a hate center in the brain. [Read More]
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