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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

The Games Really Do Count The Games Really Do Count
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I want to emphasize just how impactful the unimaginable success of the 2016 Penn State football team has been on the psyche of a good portion of our town, the student body and the alumni. [Read More]
It's Time to Work Together
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It's Time to Work Together
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Too many of our fellow Americans are getting their daily news from unsubstantiated and divisive posts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. Is it any wonder that it seems like there is more misinformation than fact being written? It’s being shoved down our throats by both sides. [Read More]
Live Like Smitty
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Live Like Smitty
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We lost a great friend, a role model, and a man who lived his life in support of others. Smitty was patient, positive, handy, and first to forgive. He was welcoming to all and had a great sense of humor. [Read More]
Can We Just Get This Over With? Can We Just Get This Over With?
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Can this presidential race be over any sooner? Please! Did you ever think you would see such an embarrassing display by our supposed best and brightest played out on a world stage and in primetime right in front of the kids? [Read More]
'Change the Arc of History... Just a Little'
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'Change the Arc of History... Just a Little'
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
John had found his purpose and how to make a positive impact in the world and, perhaps, there was room for his old coach on his journey. [Read More]
A Weekend of Memories: Great and Tragic
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A Weekend of Memories: Great and Tragic
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Joe Battista reflects on the weekend of Sept. 10-11, when he experienced the joy of a revived football rivalry, and the tragic memories of the September 11 attacks [Read More]
Why Not Focus on the Good News?
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Why Not Focus on the Good News?
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We sure do get bombarded with negativity on a daily basis, so how about taking time to write down all the great things that are happening in your life? Write down even the smallest of successes, victories, and happy moments. [Read More]
Physician Assistants Filling a Vital Role in Central Pennsylvania
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Physician Assistants Filling a Vital Role in Central Pennsylvania
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
If you have visited your family doctor, chances are you have likely been cared for at one time or another by a physician assistant. They are trained medical professionals who serve under the supervision of a doctor and can do many of the same functions as physicians with the major exception of surgi [Read More]
When Your Kids Beat You at Your Own Game
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When Your Kids Beat You at Your Own Game
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It was bound to happen sooner or later. [Read More]
Summer Is Time to Take a Swing
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Summer Is Time to Take a Swing
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Summer is a time for vacations, outdoor activities, family reunions, and picnics. It is also the time of year for two of my favorite passions: Baseball and golf. [Read More]
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