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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

Alexandria Shooter -- Not Trump or Sanders -- Is Responsible for His Actions
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Alexandria Shooter -- Not Trump or Sanders -- Is Responsible for His Actions
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Unless the investigation eventually tells us otherwise, in this writer’s opinion, the man from Illinois, the one who drove to Virginia and who had been living out of his van near our nation’s capitol, is the only one in this case who took a gun to a public park with the intention to do harm. Reg [Read More]
Playing the Lottery: 'So You're Telling Me There's a Chance'
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Playing the Lottery: 'So You're Telling Me There's a Chance'
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Researchers say our decision to play is based in what they call the Cinderella complex -- the fantasy that, with a wish and a prayer, our lives will drastically change in a second. With the wave of a wand or the matching of the numbers on our ticket, we can have and be all that we have dreamed. [Read More]
This Is the Story I'm Telling Myself
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This Is the Story I'm Telling Myself
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Framing our review of our interactions and our experiences with “This is the story that I am telling myself…” suggests a basic understanding that there may be more than one way that people see the world. It suggests that I know that my perspective may be different from yours. [Read More]
A Day to Remember
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A Day to Remember
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Today, this day that our country has set aside to honor those who have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice, we are called to remember. [Read More]
Political Parties Stay Out
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Political Parties Stay Out
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
At the local level, there are two positions for which we will cast our vote on Tuesday that are emphatically not political but for which we need to pay attention. [Read More]
Details in Beta Theta Pi Case Are Horrifying, but Judicial System Must Run Its Course
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Details in Beta Theta Pi Case Are Horrifying, but Judicial System Must Run Its Course
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
As a parent, my heart breaks for the Piazza family. I believe that if the young men in this case were as reckless and as cruel as the grand jury presentment outlines, there should be swift justice and serious consequences. Those charged must, however, be given the chance to tell their side of the st [Read More]
A Handshake and a Thank You Mean a Lot
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A Handshake and a Thank You Mean a Lot
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I have never seen it in any class that I’ve taught prior. It was a simple gesture of kindness and respect. A leader making a decision that others chose to follow. An experience that not only lifted my day but reminded me of the amazing students that I am so lucky to teach. [Read More]
Shaver's Creek Renovations a Well-Deserved Upgrade for a Community Resource
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Shaver's Creek Renovations a Well-Deserved Upgrade for a Community Resource
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Things are happening at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center this year as it undergoes a multi-million-dollar renovation and upgrade of the facilities and program service areas. After 40 years, it’s time. [Read More]
Faculty Could Use a Safe Space Too
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Faculty Could Use a Safe Space Too
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
After a particularly bad week in a really tough semester, I’m requesting safe spaces for faculty members too. I think we need a space where faculty members can go to voice our concerns, express our frustrations and feel safe from the treatment that we sometimes receive from students – and by the [Read More]
Party Restrictions a Needed Step for Greek Life at Penn State
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Party Restrictions a Needed Step for Greek Life at Penn State
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
As I was reading the list of new rules and regulations, I paused with a gasp. Greek organizations will now be limited to 10 socials that provide alcohol each semester. A limit of 10 socials with alcohol per semester – down from the 45 that each organization was allowed under the old system. [Read More]
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