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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

National Harbor Could Be Inspiration for Downtown State College
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National Harbor Could Be Inspiration for Downtown State College
46 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
One of my favorite pieces of National Harbor is American Way. This pedestrian friendly design has creative seating and gathering areas in the middle of a street lined with shops and restaurants. American Way has a feel very similar to Allen Street in State College during Arts Festival. [Read More]
Is Justice Being Served by Jail Time for Ex-Penn State Administrators?
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Is Justice Being Served by Jail Time for Ex-Penn State Administrators?
48 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
In our rush to make sure that we react to the horrific crimes of Jerry Sandusky, did we overreact by sending these former Penn State leaders to jail? [Read More]
The New Normal
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The New Normal
50 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
From local traffic patterns, to how the world communicates, to the nature of our country's political discourse, we're experiencing the new normal. Our definitions of what is normal in the workplace, at home and in our interpersonal interactions are constantly changing. [Read More]
Alexandria Shooter -- Not Trump or Sanders -- Is Responsible for His Actions
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Alexandria Shooter -- Not Trump or Sanders -- Is Responsible for His Actions
52 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Unless the investigation eventually tells us otherwise, in this writer’s opinion, the man from Illinois, the one who drove to Virginia and who had been living out of his van near our nation’s capitol, is the only one in this case who took a gun to a public park with the intention to do harm. Reg [Read More]
Playing the Lottery: 'So You're Telling Me There's a Chance'
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Playing the Lottery: 'So You're Telling Me There's a Chance'
53 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Researchers say our decision to play is based in what they call the Cinderella complex -- the fantasy that, with a wish and a prayer, our lives will drastically change in a second. With the wave of a wand or the matching of the numbers on our ticket, we can have and be all that we have dreamed. [Read More]
This Is the Story I'm Telling Myself
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This Is the Story I'm Telling Myself
54 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Framing our review of our interactions and our experiences with “This is the story that I am telling myself…” suggests a basic understanding that there may be more than one way that people see the world. It suggests that I know that my perspective may be different from yours. [Read More]
A Day to Remember
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A Day to Remember
55 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Today, this day that our country has set aside to honor those who have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice, we are called to remember. [Read More]
Political Parties Stay Out
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Political Parties Stay Out
57 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
At the local level, there are two positions for which we will cast our vote on Tuesday that are emphatically not political but for which we need to pay attention. [Read More]
Details in Beta Theta Pi Case Are Horrifying, but Judicial System Must Run Its Course
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Details in Beta Theta Pi Case Are Horrifying, but Judicial System Must Run Its Course
58 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
As a parent, my heart breaks for the Piazza family. I believe that if the young men in this case were as reckless and as cruel as the grand jury presentment outlines, there should be swift justice and serious consequences. Those charged must, however, be given the chance to tell their side of the st [Read More]
A Handshake and a Thank You Mean a Lot
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A Handshake and a Thank You Mean a Lot
59 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I have never seen it in any class that I’ve taught prior. It was a simple gesture of kindness and respect. A leader making a decision that others chose to follow. An experience that not only lifted my day but reminded me of the amazing students that I am so lucky to teach. [Read More]
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