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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

Friday Night Lights: High School Teams Need Community Support Friday Night Lights: High School Teams Need Community Support
82 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
As Nittany Nation continues to celebrate an amazing win over Ohio State on Saturday night, another segment of our community celebrates as well. The undefeated State College Area High School football team beat 5-2 Harrisburg on Friday night at Memorial Field, moving the Little Lions closer to the Mid [Read More]
We Need a Do-Over
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We Need a Do-Over
83 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Did the framers have the foresight to predict an election so divided and so nasty that it pits truth against lies, morality against character and 'us versus them' within our own borders? I cannot vote for either of these presidential candidates. [Read More]
Mandatory Evacuation
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Mandatory Evacuation
84 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The pace of today's information pipeline can bring us into the immediacy of what is happening in the world but can also sometimes dull us to what's going on. How many times do we look at the devastation from some incident on the news and say "Oh that's awful," and then go on with our lives? [Read More]
A Mission of Mindfulness
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A Mission of Mindfulness
85 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I'm on a mission to be more mindful. I'm on a mission to live in the here and now. [Read More]
Why Are Some University Faculty Unionized?
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Why Are Some University Faculty Unionized?
86 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
With all of the employment legislation and safety regulations in place, unions in 2016 seem to serve a different need than they did in the days of their early formation. With that, I’ve never really understood the public sector unions. [Read More]
Just Because You Can, Does It Mean You Should?
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Just Because You Can, Does It Mean You Should?
87 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
While I disagree with his decision and believe he could use his celebrity to a better end, I believe that he has the right to do it. It would be frightening to live in a country where people aren’t able to exercise free speech. In my opinion, just because he can, doesn’t mean he should. [Read More]
Catching Up with the Morellis
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Catching Up with the Morellis
89 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Former Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli and Lady Lion basketball player Adrienne (Squire) Morelli teamed up in marriage and in business. [Read More]
'Trigger Warnings' a Matter of Common Sense and Courtesy
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'Trigger Warnings' a Matter of Common Sense and Courtesy
90 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Last week, we learned that the University of Chicago community would no longer be providing trigger warnings for students. If you have followed the events of the last several years, you know that students at a smattering of campuses were reportedly requesting trigger warnings in advance of the prese [Read More]
Everything I Need to Know as a Penn State Parent
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Everything I Need to Know as a Penn State Parent
91 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
With today's start of fall semester at Penn State, I remember fondly the days of dropping off my oldest two as they began their PSU careers. This year, it's their younger brother's turn. My youngest. The not-so-little brother. I find myself holding on a little tighter and, maybe just maybe, doing [Read More]
Parenting Teenagers Requires Consistency and a Good Sense of Humor
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Parenting Teenagers Requires Consistency and a Good Sense of Humor
92 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I recently mentioned to a friend that we were getting together to celebrate my youngest child's 20th birthday. 'You are no longer the parent of teenagers,' she said casually. Wow. Until she pointed it out, it hadn't occurred to me. I immediately wondered if we should change the theme of the cele [Read More]
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