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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

Deadlines and Missed Opportunities
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Deadlines and Missed Opportunities
61 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
One theory on the history of the term “deadline” suggests it comes from the area outside of prisons in days past where an escapee could be shot if he crossed a certain line. [Read More]
Breaking Away: Sharing Life's Lessons as Children Leave the Nest
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Breaking Away: Sharing Life's Lessons as Children Leave the Nest
62 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Work hard. Lock your doors and windows at night. Get your oil changed when the light comes on. Have fun. Buy the store brand when you can. Learn how the back of the toilet works. [Read More]
The Art of Autism by Austin Orelli
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The Art of Autism by Austin Orelli
63 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
As friendships evolve and those who are important come back into our lives, I recently found myself once again in Lori’s house, sharing a girlfriend weekend. I noted a beautiful framed picture of a peacock hanging in her kitchen. “Cool picture” I said. “Haven’t you seen Austin’s art?” [Read More]
Focus on Student Safety as Community Considers State College High School Renovations
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Focus on Student Safety as Community Considers State College High School Renovations
64 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The number one goal expressed by the community members who responded to the survey distributed by the State College Area School District (SCASD) Board of Directors about the high school renovation was to “maximize student safety and security.” [Read More]
Health Care Profiles at Penn State: A Prescription for Controversy?
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Health Care Profiles at Penn State: A Prescription for Controversy?
65 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
It didn’t take long for complaints to hit the proverbial fan. Apparently some are expressing concern, if not outrage at this alleged violation of privacy. What will Penn State do with the information? How will this information be used? [Read More]
If These Walls Could Talk
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If These Walls Could Talk
66 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
As we sat on the front porch in the wicker chairs, the night air and the soft chatter of people in neighboring houses provided the sound track to an evening with friends. I reflected on the people and the history of the house. Who built this beautiful mountain retreat? How many families have stayed [Read More]
Volunteerism: Helping Others Gives Us Perspective
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Volunteerism: Helping Others Gives Us Perspective
67 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Gandhi said “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” As I sat with tears streaming down my face reviewing that first application, I thought “Why am I putting myself through this?” [Read More]
To Err is Human, To Forgive is Another Question
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To Err is Human, To Forgive is Another Question
68 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
It reminds me of the Bill Murray quote from Ghostbusters. “Dogs and cats, living together. Mass hysteria.” When we start expecting people to be perfect, we are setting ourselves up to be disappointed. [Read More]
Vulture culture
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Vulture culture
69 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Like vultures, we collectively and culturally fly in to pick at the carcass. We eat up news from TV, the internet, print media and while standing in line at the grocery store. We are fed ridiculous facts and juicy morsels of personal information. [Read More]
The Pygmalion Effect: How We Become Who We Are
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The Pygmalion Effect: How We Become Who We Are
70 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
It reminds me of the “Clever Hans Effect” we were taught in introductory psychology. Hans was a horse in who could allegedly solve math problems by tapping out the answers with his foot. He and his trainer toured pre-war Germany giving demonstrations. People were amazed. [Read More]
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