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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

If These Walls Could Talk
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If These Walls Could Talk
71 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
72 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
73 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
74 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
75 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]
Collection of Phone & Internet Records Ignites Privacy Debate
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Collection of Phone & Internet Records Ignites Privacy Debate
76 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
When our government lies to us, hides things from us or misrepresents its activities, we worry that they will use our private information against us. The decidedly “us versus them” that defines today’s political climate makes us uncomfortable with people having easy access to our personal info [Read More]
Has An All-Male Cast of Characters Worsened the Sandusky Scandal?
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Has An All-Male Cast of Characters Worsened the Sandusky Scandal?
77 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Male football coaches. A male graduate assistant. A male doctor and that graduate assistant’s father. Male janitors. University administrators and an athletic director who are all male. Male police officers. Male defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges. A missing male district attorney. [Read More]
Memorial Day Roses, A Living Tribute to the Dearly Departed
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Memorial Day Roses, A Living Tribute to the Dearly Departed
78 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I don’t care. I won’t believe you if you try to logically explain how a plant that has been run over with a lawn mower, eaten by a dog, transplanted as part of new landscaping plans, under-watered, over-watered or not watered at all comes back every year. [Read More]
No Hate, A Message of Hope Rises From the Ashes of War
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No Hate, A Message of Hope Rises From the Ashes of War
79 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I expected to read and hear about those “horrible Americans” who dropped a bomb that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of the Japanese. Instead, I learned about a continued effort toward peace, “no nukes” and the incredible spirit of a people and a city who came back from tota [Read More]
Summer Playground, Learning to Lead With a Whistle and a First Aid Kit
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Summer Playground, Learning to Lead With a Whistle and a First Aid Kit
80 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
If there were peanut allergies, ADHD or other issues we either didn’t know or it didn’t matter. We broke up fights, spent a lot of time reminding people about taking turns, kept a mental list of who was next to be the team captain and listened to personal stories about home life that were altern [Read More]
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