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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

NCAA President Mark Emmert and His Legal Team
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NCAA President Mark Emmert and His Legal Team
5 days ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I'm picturing a large, expensive conference table in a law office in some big city high rise. I see a bunch of lawyers, with legal pads, helping to prep Emmert for the possible questions that might come up in a deposition. [Read More]
'Trophy Generation' Students on Collision Course With Reality
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'Trophy Generation' Students on Collision Course With Reality
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
We photograph and videotape their every move, insist they were the best on the team and tell them "you are special" while shielding them from any possible bump or bruise lest it damage their inflated sense of self. [Read More]
It's a Dog's Life
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It's a Dog's Life
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Consider what we call "tennis ball brain." Our black lab is obsessed. There have been times that I've stepped out of the shower to find her in the bathroom, in full hunting stance, stalking the tennis ball that she has placed outside the shower door. [Read More]
Penn State's New Disability Parking for Football Games Raises Concerns
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Penn State's New Disability Parking for Football Games Raises Concerns
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
As one of the largest land owners, employers and influences in the local region, if not in the whole state of Pennsylvania, we often attribute personal and human characteristics to what is actually an institution. [Read More]
Emotion Versus Logic Play Role in Good Decisions (and Bad)
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Emotion Versus Logic Play Role in Good Decisions (and Bad)
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
When the NCAA handed down the sanctions against Penn State, many thought the rush to judgment and the decision to punish the current coaches and athletes was a decision steeped in emotions and devoid of logic. [Read More]
Is Call for Civility Meant to Silence Critics?
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Is Call for Civility Meant to Silence Critics?
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I cringe at the use of the word civility. How many times in history have those who have been questioned or whose decisions came under fire by the people that they serve accused the opposition of being uncivil? [Read More]
Key to Getting Ahead in Life is a 'Lucky' Trait to Have
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Key to Getting Ahead in Life is a 'Lucky' Trait to Have
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Thomas Jefferson reportedly said "The harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." In today's society, we value and admire the quality of putting one's nose to the grindstone and, even more so, doing it with a positive attitude and with conviction. [Read More]
Family Connections Span the Years at Annual Grange Fair
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Family Connections Span the Years at Annual Grange Fair
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The Gates family claims the unofficial record for holding the most real estate at Grange Fair. When you add the numbers of RVs and tents inhabited by just this branch of the Gates family, it totals 10 campers and two tents. Their story is one of family. [Read More]
Domesday Scenario Not as Nutty as it Once Seemed
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Domesday Scenario Not as Nutty as it Once Seemed
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I'm outraged about the killing of innocent people – especially children – because one group of people doesn't like what the other believes. [Read More]
Weighty Matter has Simple Solution
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Weighty Matter has Simple Solution
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I used to say "my knees are so bad I can't run anymore." It's funny that dropping the equivalent of six five pound bags of sugar makes it easier to do everything – including running. [Read More]
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