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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

Crisis in the Centre County Courthouse
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Crisis in the Centre County Courthouse
12 hours 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
1 week 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
2 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
3 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
4 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
5 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
6 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]
Turn Down the Frogs
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Turn Down the Frogs
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Is it true that our culture is dumbing itself down? There is even a researcher at Stanford who believes that our increasing collective nitwittery is related to evolution -- our soft lifestyles and relative safety from the elements have dulled our ability to respond, react and learn. [Read More]
The Deep End Dilemma, What Would You Do?
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The Deep End Dilemma, What Would You Do?
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
It felt like one of those "life flashes before your eyes" moments. I could almost see it –the worst possible scenario – as if I were watching a video. It took me back to the days of parenting my own children. I could feel my heart pounding in my chest. [Read More]
After Two Decades I'm Finally Graduating
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After Two Decades I'm Finally Graduating
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Enrichment activities. Band. School plays and talent shows. Back to school picnics. Choir concerts. Intramural skiing at Tussey. Fun Nights. Mini-Thon. Holiday concerts that covered any and every December holiday ever invented. Prauma -- otherwise known as Prom Drama. [Read More]
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