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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

Through A Mother's Eyes
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Through A Mother's Eyes
61 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
62 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'
63 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
64 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
65 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]
How Do You Spell Success? G-R-I-T
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How Do You Spell Success? G-R-I-T
66 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The $64,000 question remains. Can we teach grit? As parents, educators or employers, we ask ourselves, how does one come by grit? [Read More]
Warning: The Game of Tag is Not Allowed Here
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Warning: The Game of Tag is Not Allowed Here
67 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
And we wonder why our nation's children are so sad, lonely, and disconnected. We wonder how and why they are so fat. Adults keep getting the way. [Read More]
Dear Elected Officials in Washington
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Dear Elected Officials in Washington
68 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
If I get a chance to sit at the negotiation table, the first thing we do is say "no one leaves here until we come to some agreement." No leaving for press conferences or photo ops. No performances in front of crowds showing how "hard I'm working to get this thing done." Trips to the rest room, [Read More]
John Amaechi Controversy Shines Spotlight on Intolerance
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John Amaechi Controversy Shines Spotlight on Intolerance
69 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
It seems that those who scream the loudest about tolerance are usually the most intolerant of others. People tout social justice and a love for humanity in the name of religion but then judge people for their sexual orientation. [Read More]
Top Ten Most Outrageous Student Stories: You Can't Make This Stuff Up but These Students Did
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Top Ten Most Outrageous Student Stories: You Can't Make This Stuff Up but These Students Did
70 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
When he submitted his summary paper, the final paragraph included these thoughts. "Sorry for being impaired on the field trip. I was really hung over from the night before so I thought a toke might settle my stomach. [Read More]
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