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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

The Invisible Gorilla: We Need to Acknowledge Our Own Blindspots
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The Invisible Gorilla: We Need to Acknowledge Our Own Blindspots
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
What if we each agreed to try to “see” beyond our initial snapshot? What if we tried to expand our observations to take in more – not less? Will acknowledging that our vision is sometimes clouded help all of us to see better? [Read More]
How Are We Going to Bring Our Country Back from This Divide?
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How Are We Going to Bring Our Country Back from This Divide?
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
What has happened to dialogue and conversation about our different viewpoints? How did we get to this point of factions and lines in the sand and that we can’t even be friends with people whose views don’t match ours? [Read More]
For Everyone's Sake, Do the Zipper Merge
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For Everyone's Sake, Do the Zipper Merge
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
To some people, the zipper mergers are arrogant jerks who jump to the front of the line instead of waiting their turn. To zipper mergers like me, I am just following directions and not wasting time waiting in line. [Read More]
Some Female Faculty Face Sexism from Students and Their Parents
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Some Female Faculty Face Sexism from Students and Their Parents
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Gender biases for the ratings of instructors have been accepted for years. The research consistently suggests that female instructors, as well as other instructors from underrepresented groups, are not rated the same as their white, male counterparts. [Read More]
Will the NCAA Do Anything About MSU and the Nassar Case?
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Will the NCAA Do Anything About MSU and the Nassar Case?
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Sorry, Michigan State. I’m going to have to disagree. We learned this week that in a letter to the NCAA, legal representatives for Michigan State University acknowledged that at least 25 of the school’s athletes may have been victims sexual abuse by Larry Nassar, but concluded they did not belie [Read More]
A Changing Neighborhood Brings Memories and Thoughts About the Future
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A Changing Neighborhood Brings Memories and Thoughts About the Future
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The signs have been popping up like dandelions. In the past several weeks, several neighbors have made the decision to sell their homes and move. Last week, our next-door neighbors of 28 years packed their stuff and moved closer to family in the Harrisburg area. Another couple pulled out of the driv [Read More]
A Matter of Perspective
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A Matter of Perspective
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Our perspective comes from our families, our experience, our biology, our education, the environment in which we live and the good and bad things that have happened to us. The amazing thing about perspective is that we can change it. We can change how we see the world. [Read More]
After Nearly 50 Years on Air, a Local Radio Voice Signs Off
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After Nearly 50 Years on Air, a Local Radio Voice Signs Off
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Today begins a new era. Kevin Nelson, local talk radio host, local celebrity and all around good guy, retired last week. The mornings won’t be the same. [Read More]
An Unintentional Experiment in Binge-Watching
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An Unintentional Experiment in Binge-Watching
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
As many of my friends, colleagues and students headed to warmer climates and fun vacations for Penn State’s spring break last week, I stayed at home with the intention of getting caught up. Little did I know that I would end up in my own experiment in how television impacts the human brain. [Read More]
After Crashing His Plane, Al Pringle Applied the Lessons Learned to Managing a Business
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After Crashing His Plane, Al Pringle Applied the Lessons Learned to Managing a Business
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
In May of 2001, local businessman and community volunteer, Al Pringle, crashed the plane he was flying into a soybean field, near Brush Valley Road. Pringle has taken the lessons learned from his crash and applied them to business. He has turned those lessons into a management strategy and a newly p [Read More]
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