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Joe Battista

From ice hockey to Intercollegiate Athletics and Smeal, Joe has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities since 1978. Battista was influential in the effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley and in the building of Pegula Ice Arena. After a 2-year stint as VP of Hockey and Business administration for the Buffalo Sabres, “JoeBa” returned home to start “PRAGMATIC Passion”, LLC Consulting. Joe lives in State College with his wife Heidi (PSU ’81 &’83), daughter Brianna (PSU ’15), and son’s Jon (PSU ’16), and Ryan (State High Class of 2019).

Articles by Joe Battista

Do You Know What You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
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Do You Know What You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
3 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I would question if I really should have gone directly to college if I was emotionally immature and very uncertain about my major. What other options were available to explore? Should I have considered a gap year (or two) to work part-time and attend school part-time until I had a better feel for an [Read More]
Inspiring the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Our Youth
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Inspiring the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Our Youth
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We need a more practical approach to helping our teenagers manage their time and priorities in a changing world. At Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, I saw students learning not just about business, but also about leadership, communication and team building. [Read More]
A Little Piece of Happy Valley Is Always Good for the Soul
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A Little Piece of Happy Valley Is Always Good for the Soul
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
When you live in State College it often feels like everyone comes to visit you to get his or her little piece of Happy Valley. [Read More]
Adventures in Babysitting
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Adventures in Babysitting
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We got a call from our niece asking if it would be possible for us to babysit their kids this past weekend. It turned out it would be 57-year-old Grand Uncle Joe and his 17-year-old son Ryan embarking on an adventure in babysitting. [Read More]
Summer Camp Season Is Upon Us
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Summer Camp Season Is Upon Us
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I may bellyache about the cost of camps, but having spent 30 years in the ice hockey camp business as a counselor, instructor and camp director, I fully understand the appeal and benefits of kids going to camp. It’s more than just learning new skills. It’s about socialization, making new friends [Read More]
It’s Always Commencement Season
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It’s Always Commencement Season
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I had the honor of giving the commencement speech to the Smeal College of Business Executive MBA students at their graduation ceremonies Saturday. It got me to thinking about this word “commencement.” Seems a bit odd that we use the word to both celebrate the conclusion of an achievement, usuall [Read More]
Our Friend, the Colonel
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Our Friend, the Colonel
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
This Memorial Day had an extra meaning for many in the valley. We lost a great man and a true patriot when Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Bartolomea passed away on May 18 after fighting the good fight against cancer. [Read More]
Penn State Athletics in Da Burgh
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Penn State Athletics in Da Burgh
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
May 10 was a busy time for Penn Staters in Western Pennsylvania. The Coaches Caravan featuring head football coach James Franklin was held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, while the Nittany Lion baseball team took on an old rival in the West Virginia Mountaineers at PNC Park, h [Read More]
Ode to the Volunteers of HMA Ode to the Volunteers of HMA
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I want to pay homage to a little known organization at Penn State that is about to quietly fade from existence. Not because of budget cuts or scandal, but because it was so successful that it has finally outlived its purpose. [Read More]
Startup Week at Penn State Wants to Help Make Dreams Come True
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Startup Week at Penn State Wants to Help Make Dreams Come True
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It’s Penn State Startup Week, the newly expanded version of the highly successful College of Information Sciences and Technology’s Startup Week that began in 2012. Penn State President Eric Barron’s “Invent Penn State” initiative inspired this new campus-wide version of Startup Week, with [Read More]
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