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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

Dear Penn State Students...
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Dear Penn State Students...
20 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
24 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]
What to Do about the Troubling Rise in Student Anxiety
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What to Do about the Troubling Rise in Student Anxiety
28 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I am noting a pattern of late that seems to be growing every semester. I am seeing an increasing number of students who report serious struggles with anxiety. Feelings of stress and worry. Fear of not being good enough or smart enough – of just not being enough. [Read More]
Connection Seeking
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Connection Seeking
32 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I read an article on the internet a few weeks ago about children and parenting and managing negative behavior. I don’t have little kids any more but something in the article stuck with me. It suggested we reframe the phrase “attention seeking” and change it to “connection seeking.” [Read More]
Overcoming the Problem of Confidence Mixed with Ignorance
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Overcoming the Problem of Confidence Mixed with Ignorance
35 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
People who only know a little about something tend to overestimate their understanding and abilities, while those who know a lot tend to downplay their expertise. [Read More]
Dementia Is Life-Changing for Both Patients and Their Families
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Dementia Is Life-Changing for Both Patients and Their Families
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
It is the catch-all term for a variety of symptoms and causes that will impact many of us if we live long enough. Dementia is a devastating condition that changes the life of the patient but also the lives of those in their social network. The options for treatment and care are hard to find, expensi [Read More]
Aging Is Inevitable. Becoming Invisible to Society Shouldn't Be
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Aging Is Inevitable. Becoming Invisible to Society Shouldn't Be
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The changes are subtle. Retail staff that don’t see you. The patronizing comments made to and about seasoned citizens in television, in the movies and on the internet. Hints from co-workers about “what’s next for you.” Subtle messages that your ideas, suggestions and contribution are no long [Read More]
Local Moms Demand Action Leaders Show Movement Is About Common Sense Gun-Violence Prevention
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Local Moms Demand Action Leaders Show Movement Is About Common Sense Gun-Violence Prevention
46 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
“We just want to have conversations. We aren’t trying to take guns away from anyone. Our goal is to be able to come together and talk about gun safety because of our community’s children.” [Read More]
High Standards Are Needed When It Comes to Accessibility at Our Schools
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High Standards Are Needed When It Comes to Accessibility at Our Schools
52 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Perhaps because of this column and my rather vocal opinions on inclusion (and, in the past, the high school renovation), I recently received some interesting emails in which some local residents asked me to write about accessibility on the high school campus. The accompanying pictures definitely mad [Read More]
Karma Isn't Retribution
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Karma Isn't Retribution
57 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The comments started out with prayers and good thoughts for residents of the area impacted last week's earthquakes. And then it began. People making comments that the earthquakes were somehow payback for political decisions and legislation in California that they did not support. [Read More]
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