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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

I Wish the World Didn't Need so Many Heroes
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I Wish the World Didn't Need so Many Heroes
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
In our work places. In our high schools. In our neighborhoods. What is happening in our culture that is causing the need for so many heroes? Why are people so disengaged? Are we becoming somehow more numb to the feelings of others? [Read More]
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Family Struggles Down a Rocky Road to American Citizenship
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Family Struggles Down a Rocky Road to American Citizenship
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The real concern is Aju. As an adult with developmental disabilities and a limited ability to work, his application process has been a nightmare. "We think about it all the time" said Priya. "His family is here. The services are better here. Unfortunately, he has no legal standing here." [Read More]
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Is Gwyneth Paltrow What's Wrong With America?
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Is Gwyneth Paltrow What's Wrong With America?
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
A woman who makes her living occasionally pretending to be someone else is paid more money than God and believes that her challenges are above that of the average working mom? Only in America. [Read More]
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In a Word, Effort to Ban 'Bossy' is Misguided
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In a Word, Effort to Ban 'Bossy' is Misguided
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Citing a discouraging message and negative labeling for females who are seen as aggressive or "bossy," the mission is to support girls and women in their efforts to lead. [Read More]
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Sweaters for Penguins Prove the Power of Internet
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Sweaters for Penguins Prove the Power of Internet
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Dana set up a Twitter account and in less than a week had over 2,700 retweets. The #SAVEJOSH Facebook page jumped to more than 20,000 likes and over a million views. [Read More]
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Suing My Parents, Why it's 'No' Way to Go
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Suing My Parents, Why it's 'No' Way to Go
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I wonder how many times a young woman who sues her parents for money heard the word "no." Telling a child no is as important to their future success as making them eat vegetables, insisting that they be respectful to siblings and checking homework. [Read More]
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The Making of an American Hero
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The Making of an American Hero
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
A career Marine. A soldier wounded and also stricken with malaria on Guadalcanal. One of the youngest Battalion Commanders in WWII history. Wounded again at Iwo Jima. Wounded again in Korea. Commander at Guantanamo Bay during the heat of the missile crisis. [Read More]
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Sometimes I Just Don't Get It
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Sometimes I Just Don't Get It
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I don't understand tenure for public school teachers and or labor unions that protect poor performing employees. I don't get legal marijuana, illegal immigration, discrimination, or the debate about global warming. [Read More]
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Going With the Herd a Recipe for Disaster?
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Going With the Herd a Recipe for Disaster?
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I was most surprised by the President's disdain for Fox News. At several points in the interview, President Obama made references to Fox News and what he seemed to believe to be unfair or unrelenting badgering about the IRS scandal, Benghazi or the Affordable Care Act. [Read More]
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