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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

Know Your Charities
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Know Your Charities
34 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
It happens more often than one would hope. Extravagant salaries. Misappropriation of funds to feed the organization rather than the people or causes that they serve. Conference and meeting travel. Money spent on raising more money than on helping those in need. [Read More]
Micro-Aggressions: Reportable Offenses or Teaching Opportunities?
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Micro-Aggressions: Reportable Offenses or Teaching Opportunities?
35 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Micro-aggressions are not as blatant as openly discriminating against someone, but instead allegedly demonstrate negative attitudes and biases that are hurtful. What is the best way to frame the issue of insensitive communication? Is it through regulation or education? [Read More]
Life Skills and Why Today's Kids Can't Fix Things
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Life Skills and Why Today's Kids Can't Fix Things
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
They are better at technology but, despite being a generation focused on sustainability and “recycle and reuse,” they don’t know how to fix things. The skills we need and value in today’s society is quite different from those of the past. [Read More]
Binge Watching: Television's Impact on Modern Society
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Binge Watching: Television's Impact on Modern Society
37 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The impact of the television in the American household is undeniable. Television, not only what we watch but how many hours we watch, has had a tremendous impact on our culture, our health, and our relationships. [Read More]
Changing the Way We Teach
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Changing the Way We Teach
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The cost of providing an “education” goes beyond reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. Perhaps if our legislators spent some time in a classroom, they might be more motivated to compromise. [Read More]
Millienials: They Aren't All Marshmallows
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Millienials: They Aren't All Marshmallows
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
They’ve been called the Marshmallow Millenials. The wrapped in cotton generation. The generation who won a trophy for just showing up and were told that they were extra special. I call foul. I was once again reminded of how awesome this generation of young adults can be. [Read More]
Conflict is Good
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Conflict is Good
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Donald Trump’s outrageous statements and positions serve a purpose. He is pulling people out of their comfort zones and getting people to talk -- including our political candidates and our elected officials. Conflict and disagreement, if managed appropriately, are both healthy and expected. [Read More]
Man's Best Friend
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Man's Best Friend
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The human-canine relationship is one that goes back centuries. Since almost the beginning of man, we have domesticated those animals that were formerly wild and allowed them to come into our shelters and provide us with protection, assistance, and companionship. [Read More]
A Tale of One City
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A Tale of One City
43 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Those of us who live in the safety of Happy Valley have difficulty putting ourselves in the shoes of those communities on the South Side of Chicago. Can you imagine a child killed by an adult to avenge a gang death in State College? [Read More]
Lost in Translation
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Lost in Translation
44 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
With the recent events that have taken place across the United States and in places like Paris, Beirut, and Kenya, I’m not so sure that humans are doing a very good job translating the language and communication of others humans. [Read More]
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