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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

Lessons Learned During 'The Great Pause'
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Lessons Learned During 'The Great Pause'
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I reached out to my social media network in a totally non-scientific way to ask about the lessons learned for each of us in our unique situations. It turns out good, some not-so-good and some downright funny has come from this landmark time in history. [Read More]
Thank a Teacher
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Thank a Teacher
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I reached out to some teachers to find out: What is it really like for elementary or middle school or high school teachers thrown into an unprecedented environment in which to teach young people? I could not have found a better example of the goodness in the hearts of people. [Read More]
Stormstown Neighbors Group Creates Community Connections, Even from a Distance
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Stormstown Neighbors Group Creates Community Connections, Even from a Distance
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
As Stormstown Neighbors shows us, social distancing isn’t really social. We can still connect with each other – we just need to do it another way. [Read More]
With Increasing Demand for Service, Centre Volunteers in Medicine Is in Need of Support
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With Increasing Demand for Service, Centre Volunteers in Medicine Is in Need of Support
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
An increase in the number of people who have or will lose their health insurance coverage is already increasing demand for services. Special events and fundraising efforts have been canceled because of social distancing and directives from the government to limit public gatherings. The increased nee [Read More]
Amid Pandemic, CCYSB Continues Working to Help At-Risk Youth
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Amid Pandemic, CCYSB Continues Working to Help At-Risk Youth
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The depth of the commitment by the staff at the YSB is nothing short of awe-inspiring. While all of us are experiencing uncertainty, frustration and boredom during this shut down, imagine how it feels to the children and teens who aren’t living at home. Imagine those teens who are living within gr [Read More]
Reaching New Milestone, Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund Continues 'Working Day In and Day Out to Help Those in Need'
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Reaching New Milestone, Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund Continues 'Working Day In and Day Out to Help Those in Need'
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Founded in 2006 in honor of State College native and Penn State graduate Bob Perks, the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund (BPCAF) provides financial assistance for living expenses, travel costs for treatments and other support for residents in Centre, Blair, Clearfield and Huntingdon counties who are [Read More]
Campaign Aims to Support Local Restaurants and Hospital Staff at the Same Time
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Campaign Aims to Support Local Restaurants and Hospital Staff at the Same Time
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Working closely with Mount Nittany Medical Center executive chef Craig Hamilton, Heddy Kervandjian and Karen Walker have set up a fundraising campaign for local restaurants to provide meals for Mount Nittany Medical Center staff. [Read More]
Making a Difference, One Labrador Retriever at a Time
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Making a Difference, One Labrador Retriever at a Time
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
There is goodness at the heart of State College resident Maggie Peacock. In the past six years or so, Maggie has fostered 24 Labrador retrievers as they transition from puppy mills, animal shelters and owner surrenders to their new homes. She serves as an intake counselor, working with families who [Read More]
Dear Penn State Students...
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Dear Penn State Students...
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
It is at times unfathomable that we are here. I would much rather be meeting with you in my office, seeing you in your regular seat in the classroom or hearing you laugh with your peers outside my office in our Student Success Center. We are experiencing something that few of us have or will ever ex [Read More]
'You Matter' Falls on All of Us
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'You Matter' Falls on All of Us
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
We all want to matter. Somewhere. To someone. It is human nature to hope that someone is aware of who we are and what we do. To notice when we aren’t there. To depend on or need us in their lives. [Read More]
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