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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

A Lesson on Empathy: Why No One Tried to Help a Young Sex Assault Victim
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A Lesson on Empathy: Why No One Tried to Help a Young Sex Assault Victim
71 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
In a case that has rocked a small town and drawn the attention of the nation, the recent events in Steubenville Ohio are alarming on several levels. Our culture seems to be spinning downward. [Read More]
A Teachable Moment: Sometimes Anger is the Answer
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A Teachable Moment: Sometimes Anger is the Answer
72 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
It’s happened only twice in 20 years. Volume, finger pointing and I’m done with this interaction. People in the offices around us could hear it. I’m angry because you aren’t taking responsibility for your actions or your decisions. [Read More]
Women in Combat: What it Means to Women and Men in the Trenches
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Women in Combat: What it Means to Women and Men in the Trenches
73 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I have seen plenty of women who are already serving in our Armed Forces. I’ve seen reports of and met women who were injured while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. What have they been doing if it’s not combat? [Read More]
Why Everyone Should Work in a Restaurant: Teaching a Positive Experience
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Why Everyone Should Work in a Restaurant: Teaching a Positive Experience
74 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
It has been my theory since I was about 15 years old that everyone should be mandated to work in the restaurant business at some point in their lives. Restaurant work, like no other, exemplifies the direct relationship between being friendly and nice to getting a positive response in return. [Read More]
The NCAA Legal Suit Chess Match
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The NCAA Legal Suit Chess Match
75 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Last week we saw legal maneuvering over the $60 million fines that are part of the sanctions against Penn State related to the Sandusky scandal. [Read More]
Patty Kleban: California Dreaming
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Patty Kleban: California Dreaming
76 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
If it’s not happening here, does that somehow allow us to turn down the volume on the importance or of our need to take action? Does our increasing globalization and awareness of the experiences of others make us more or less in tune with what happens outside of our own bubble? [Read More]
Patty Kleban: Come on Kathleen Kane
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Patty Kleban: Come on Kathleen Kane
77 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The report may not change the minds of the haters, but your reasoned and thoughtful approach provides an example of what most of us would hope to do if we believed that someone in our family had been wronged, Patty Kleban writes. [Read More]
Patty Kleban: Sports for People with Disabilities
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Patty Kleban: Sports for People with Disabilities
79 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
We’ve come a long way with civil rights for people – and kids – with disabilities but we still have a long way to go. This is another step in the right direction, Patty Kleban writes. [Read More]
Patty Kleban: I Cannot Tell a Lie
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Patty Kleban: I Cannot Tell a Lie
80 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The research on lying is fascinating. In a nutshell, everyone does it, but the level at which we lie, the circumstances for the deception and the motivation for not telling the truth says a lot about who we are, Patty Kleban writes. [Read More]
Patty Kleban: The Disenfranchised Kid
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Patty Kleban: The Disenfranchised Kid
81 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
To get at the heart of the matter in school shootings, we need to change that which is creating this culture of adolescent isolation. How do we unring this bell? [Read More]
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