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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

The Angels Among Us, Linda Brown Makes a Difference
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The Angels Among Us, Linda Brown Makes a Difference
31 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
“The food bank is important to me because food isn’t a want – it’s a basic need,” says Brown.Tthe food bank and related food pantries distributed over 253,000 pounds of food in 2012. That food and support helped 821 unique households and almost 2,200 people right here, in and around Happy [Read More]
Angel Enhances Dyslexia Services in Centre County
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Angel Enhances Dyslexia Services in Centre County
32 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The Children's Dyslexia of State College provides free learning support for children with dyslexia in Centre County as well as in the surrounding 15 counties. [Read More]
The Angels Among Us
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The Angels Among Us
33 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The pictures that parents and Jared Box builders send are heart wrenching. Little bodies, hooked up to to tubes and machines, some without hair, smiling from their hospital bed as they hold their Jared Box on their laps. [Read More]
The Angels Among Us
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The Angels Among Us
34 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
"The Marines changed my life" he says. "I would have probably been in jail or in prison. I learned that there was more than just me and what I thought I wanted or needed." [Read More]
The Angels Among Us
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The Angels Among Us
35 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
"Every year I read the Angel Tree Christmas wish lists and every year I cry. This one got to me today. It is from a teenage boy and his six wishes include: two tee-shirts, cologne, deodorant, a light jacket, and a toothbrush." [Read More]
Through A Mother's Eyes
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Through A Mother's Eyes
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I think of the mothers and fathers who have had to hear the news that their child cheated or was arrested for underage drinking. I think of those calls to parents when students make decisions under the influence of drugs or alcohol that will not only change one life but may mean a life derailed for [Read More]
Let's Start With the Truth
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Let's Start With the Truth
37 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
If we embellish, stretch the truth or only give partial details, it doesn't change the fact that it's a lie. I laughed last week after President Obama's press conference -- not because of what he said -- but because of how his words were interpreted by different news stations. [Read More]
Core Values: Navigating Penn State's 'Culture'
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Core Values: Navigating Penn State's 'Culture'
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
In my experience, most of these fancy "core values" statements seem pretty similar. Who would admit that their values are getting ahead, mistreating their employees, beating the other guy, winning at all costs, etc.? [Read More]
Unintended Consequences: What ObamaCare has in Common With the No Keg Rule
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Unintended Consequences: What ObamaCare has in Common With the No Keg Rule
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The goal was affordable health care for everyone. The next thing we know, insurance companies are dropping people from coverage – ironically turning paying customers away – because the companies reportedly can't afford to meet the coverage standards. [Read More]
Diagnosis? A Pre-Halloween Health Scare
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Diagnosis? A Pre-Halloween Health Scare
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I vaguely remember the person at the admissions desk and the triage nurse but the ultrasound and the CT Scan are pretty hazy. I remember the sting of the IV and the burn of pain meds going in and I remember the warm blankets but not a whole lot after that. [Read More]
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