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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

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
70 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
71 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]
Extreme Sports Star is Extremely Involved in Our Community
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Extreme Sports Star is Extremely Involved in Our Community
72 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
As we sat there, drinking lattes and talking about his recent trip to Brazil, it dawned on me that other patrons probably had no idea that there was an international celebrity right there beside them, drinking coffee and chatting on Beaver Avenue. [Read More]
Getting Out the Word About Customer Service
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Getting Out the Word About Customer Service
73 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
On the other hand, spending even one more minute on this crook is just a downer. I would rather share the names of those businesses where I have been treated with respect and have been given good customer service. [Read More]
Another One Bites the Dust
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Another One Bites the Dust
74 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
She’s seen coaching changes, the inevitable politics, the evolution of the “star” collegiate athlete in today’s sports crazy culture, and yes, the fallout of a scandal from a front row seat. [Read More]
Does National Media Avoid Coverage of Abortion Controversy?
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Does National Media Avoid Coverage of Abortion Controversy?
75 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The selective coverage of this mass murder only further highlights how we have the ability to filter situations that are distasteful or too horrible to talk about –- or that serve our agendas. [Read More]
Is This the New Normal? Penn State's Board of Trustees Electon is Not About a Single Issue
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Is This the New Normal? Penn State's Board of Trustees Electon is Not About a Single Issue
76 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Many have said that the Sandusky scandal is not Penn State. If that is true, the election of the people who oversee the future direction of our beloved university should not be based on one issue. [Read More]
Let's Call Domestic Violence What it is: Violence
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Let's Call Domestic Violence What it is: Violence
77 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
One girl shared that she had been surprised in one relationship when her boyfriend didn’t hit her. Another said “I would only break up if my boyfriend hit me a second time.” [Read More]
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
78 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
79 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]
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