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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

Warning: The Game of Tag is Not Allowed Here
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Warning: The Game of Tag is Not Allowed Here
62 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
63 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
64 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
65 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]
An Open Letter to President Obama: Why Syria?
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An Open Letter to President Obama: Why Syria?
66 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
If our servicemen and women survive the injuries, they are often left with trauma that changes their lives forever. Flashbacks and night terrors. Hyper-arousal and numbness of emotions. Debilitating depression and anxiety. Inability to concentrate or focus. Survivor guilt. [Read More]
Health Care Initiative is the 'Gentle Push' Needed to Get in Shape
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Health Care Initiative is the 'Gentle Push' Needed to Get in Shape
67 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
After I was able to let go of my anxiety about "Am I doing this right?" and "I'm sure I look like a contorted Buffalo in this pose" the class with Jill left me relaxed, stretched and centered which, for my personality and prior anxiety, was a nice surprise. [Read More]
In Athletics, Small Teams Versus Large Teams Illustrate Debate Over School Size
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In Athletics, Small Teams Versus Large Teams Illustrate Debate Over School Size
68 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Smaller schools need everybody. The structure at smaller schools is actually designed for kids to not only learn in a more intimate setting but to actually play – perhaps more than one sport or participate in more than one activity – and to be a part of the school community. [Read More]
An Aerial Adventure at 33,000 Feet: Confessions of a White Knuckle Passenger
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An Aerial Adventure at 33,000 Feet: Confessions of a White Knuckle Passenger
69 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
"There has been a slight problem. It has become necessary for us to divert to Greenville-Spartanburg SC for an emergency landing. The windshield of the plane has cracked." [Read More]
Deadlines and Missed Opportunities
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Deadlines and Missed Opportunities
70 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
71 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]
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