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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

Saying Goodbye to a Childhood Idol
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Saying Goodbye to a Childhood Idol
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
For the 5th grader in me, when I hear his amazing voice on those songs, I go back to lip syncing and the pre-teen choreography that my friends and I performed for the talent show at Radio Park and smile. It may not have been his dream but, for a short while, he was a part of ours. [Read More]
The Weinstein Effect and Empowering Others to Say #MeToo
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The Weinstein Effect and Empowering Others to Say #MeToo
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I can remember how uncomfortable it felt when he called me over and then enthusiastically asked me to sit on his lap. I remember looking around at my co-workers as if to ask “Is this some kind of joke?” The other women in the room seemed to feel as awkward as I was feeling. [Read More]
On Tuesday, We're All on the Hiring Committee
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On Tuesday, We're All on the Hiring Committee
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I look at the election process as similar to the employment and hiring process. Does the candidate meet the job qualifications as outlined in the job description and, equally important, are they a fit for the job? [Read More]
A California Excursion and a $43 T-Shirt
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A California Excursion and a $43 T-Shirt
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I’m not sure whether I was more embarrassed or angry. [Read More]
Defining Experience
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Defining Experience
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The concept of experience can be both a noun and a verb. We can experience a concert, baseball game or a huge community event like THON or we can gain experience. Not all experience is the same. How exactly is it measured? [Read More]
Good Manners Still Very Much Needed
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Good Manners Still Very Much Needed
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
This week the topic for my students was business etiquette. In both the pre-internship class and in the introduction-to-major class, we covered cell phone etiquette, manners in our emails and in our phone calls and even talked a little about etiquette at networking events and in interviews. [Read More]
Taking a Knee
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Taking a Knee
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Kneeling or refusing to stand on the sidelines during the playing of a song has become another symbol of a country divided. [Read More]
Sandusky and the Terrible 'Gift' That Keeps Giving
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Sandusky and the Terrible 'Gift' That Keeps Giving
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Penn Staters have to work a little harder to overcome what the few among us have done to tarnish the Penn State name. We have to be the bigger people. We have to stand a little taller and smile a little brighter and turn the other cheek. We have to do more and give more and be more to make up for th [Read More]
Giving Things Meaning
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Giving Things Meaning
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
If we could stop before we attribute meaning and just observe the situation for what it is, we would all be much better off. [Read More]
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