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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

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
6 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
9 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
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
And so it happens again, this time in Happy Valley. [Read More]
Lying — Especially About Death — Isn't Funny, and This Commercial Sends a Bad Message
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Lying — Especially About Death — Isn't Funny, and This Commercial Sends a Bad Message
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
With the snowstorm over the weekend, I took the opportunity to catch up on some movies. Watching network television inevitably means commercials, and there was one that shocked me. I couldn’t believe what I saw. [Read More]
In 2019, Embrace Letting It Go
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In 2019, Embrace Letting It Go
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
In this time of renewal and starting fresh with the New Year, setting an intention to “let it go” might benefit all of us. [Read More]
Remembering a Friend Who Could Brighten the Day of Anyone She Met
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Remembering a Friend Who Could Brighten the Day of Anyone She Met
23 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
There is an oft repeated quote that says that people won’t remember you for what you said or did, but that they will remember you for how you made them feel. I will remember Kathy Miller for how she made me feel. [Read More]
Discovery Space Is a Community Gem — For Kids and Adults
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Discovery Space Is a Community Gem — For Kids and Adults
32 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The programs and services Discovery Space offers are pretty incredible. With more than 45 hands-on and “please touch” exhibits, young and old learners alike can roam around at their own pace or they can participate in a variety of structured programs. The exhibits address learning objectives thr [Read More]
School District Canceling Contract with Local Papa John's Franchise Was the Wrong Decision
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School District Canceling Contract with Local Papa John's Franchise Was the Wrong Decision
35 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The school board voted to cancel a contract with the local franchisee, who had nothing to do with the comments or decisions made by John Schnatter, and eliminate a popular and financially strong lunch option, months after the offender was held accountable for his bad decisions. [Read More]
Sorry, Not Sorry
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Sorry, Not Sorry
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
When I watched the video of Ohio State football coach apologizing for his handling of domestic violence allegations against a recently terminated assistant coach, I was reminded of a phrase that is popular among young people. Sorry, not sorry. [Read More]
What Is Evil?
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What Is Evil?
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The abuse and cover-up of the abuse of thousands of children and young adults, often in the name of religion and faith, can only be described as evil. In discussions with friends and families about this violation of trust and faith in the church, I found myself considering the concept of evil. What [Read More]
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