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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

Everything I Need to Know as a Penn State Parent
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Everything I Need to Know as a Penn State Parent
5 days ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
With today's start of fall semester at Penn State, I remember fondly the days of dropping off my oldest two as they began their PSU careers. This year, it's their younger brother's turn. My youngest. The not-so-little brother. I find myself holding on a little tighter and, maybe just maybe, doing [Read More]
Parenting Teenagers Requires Consistency and a Good Sense of Humor
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Parenting Teenagers Requires Consistency and a Good Sense of Humor
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I recently mentioned to a friend that we were getting together to celebrate my youngest child's 20th birthday. 'You are no longer the parent of teenagers,' she said casually. Wow. Until she pointed it out, it hadn't occurred to me. I immediately wondered if we should change the theme of the cele [Read More]
Culture Clash
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Culture Clash
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Last week in Ephrata, Pa., a woman stopped her car to videotape an Amish man beating and kicking his horse in the middle of the street. By all reports, the horse had fallen over in the heat while pulling two adult men and a load of watermelons up a hill in a large cart. By the time the police arrive [Read More]
Action Sports Park Would Be Exciting, Beneficial Addition to Centre Region
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Action Sports Park Would Be Exciting, Beneficial Addition to Centre Region
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
If a group of citizens has their way, our area would get a new and exciting recreation feature to augment the amazing scope of community recreation opportunities in the Centre Region -- an action sports park. [Read More]
The Quicksand of Plagiarism
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The Quicksand of Plagiarism
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Once again last week, we got to see a high-profile public figure get caught up in the scandal of plagiarism. [Read More]
Pokemon Go Or Pokemon No?
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Pokemon Go Or Pokemon No?
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Given that my last memories of Pokemon were of my 7-year-old son collecting cards and playing some kind of game with his friend, I figured I had to find out what this new craze is all about. It turns out that, just like anything in life, there are some good and bad things that go along with Pokémon [Read More]
The World Wide Wrong
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The World Wide Wrong
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The internet allows us to do some pretty incredible things. It also allows human nature to be at its worst. [Read More]
The Perceptions of Membership
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The Perceptions of Membership
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Seeing a fellow Penn Stater at a roadside stop in North Carolina evokes a different response than you'd find in Pennsylvania. It’s human nature to seek to identify with others and make this world somehow smaller for ourselves and distance can sometimes break down barriers. [Read More]
For Puppies and People, It's All About Consistency
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For Puppies and People, It's All About Consistency
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The lessons of consistency in how we conduct ourselves and how we interact with others are applicable in many situations beyond the challenges of puppy training. When people or objects or situations are inconsistent, we learn to doubt. We learn to not trust. [Read More]
The Stanford Rape Case and the Lessons We Need to Learn The Stanford Rape Case and the Lessons We Need to Learn
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
By now, most of the country has heard and is outraged by what is being called the Stanford Rape case. As the case opens up conversations about sexual assault in our society, there are many lessons to be learned. [Read More]
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