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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

Going With the Herd a Recipe for Disaster?
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Going With the Herd a Recipe for Disaster?
31 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]
It's a Question of Loyalty
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It's a Question of Loyalty
32 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I have a tendency to stick by the people I care about. I get disappointed when coaches leave to go to the NFL or friends I've known for 20 years say mean things about me and it gets back to me. [Read More]
Utah Incident Reminds Parents There is no Free (School) Lunch
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Utah Incident Reminds Parents There is no Free (School) Lunch
33 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The administrator instructed a worker to take the lunches from the kids and to throw them in the garbage. (Food safety regulations prohibited giving the lunches to another child.) The children who had their lunches trashed were given milk and a piece of fruit instead. [Read More]
When it Comes to Student Safety, Are Balconies Really the Problem?
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When it Comes to Student Safety, Are Balconies Really the Problem?
34 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
In the on-line comments and calls to talk radio, there is the inevitable call to seal off the balconies in all of the downtown apartments. At the risk of sounding cynical, are balconies really the problem? Maybe we should make gravity illegal while we are at it. [Read More]
Ethnic Intimidation Case Brings Back Memories of 'Twinkie Defense'
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Ethnic Intimidation Case Brings Back Memories of 'Twinkie Defense'
35 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I laughed out loud last week when I saw the headline that said "Attorney: Student Accused in Ethnic Intimidation Unaware of Swastika Meaning." [Read More]
Questioning the School District's Use of BMI in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity
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Questioning the School District's Use of BMI in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I'm not an expert in nutrition, exercise science or bio-behavioral health but I'm going to have to take off my running shoes to count on my fingers and toes the number of ways that this mandate is silly. [Read More]
Lessons on Leadership, Bill O'Brien & Penn State
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Lessons on Leadership, Bill O'Brien & Penn State
37 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
It reminds me of the saying "Leadership is about getting the right person in the right seat on the right bus." Apparently Bill O'Brien wasn't happy on the Penn State bus. [Read More]
The Angels Among Us, Linda Brown Makes a Difference
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The Angels Among Us, Linda Brown Makes a Difference
38 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
39 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
40 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]
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