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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

Ethnic Intimidation Case Brings Back Memories of 'Twinkie Defense'
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Ethnic Intimidation Case Brings Back Memories of 'Twinkie Defense'
30 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
31 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
32 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
33 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
34 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
35 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
36 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
37 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
38 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
39 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]
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