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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

A Wedding for the Ages
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A Wedding for the Ages
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I am talking authentic, “love-is-in-the-air” and a “match-made-in-heaven” type of wedding. Well that wedding took place at Calvary Harvest Fields in Boalsburg between two real life heroes this past Saturday. [Read More]
Barkley’s Best Friend
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Barkley’s Best Friend
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I know that all the football fans out there were hoping for a story about our outstanding former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. The good news is that you get another episode of “The Adventures of Barkley the Dog” from his self-proclaimed best friend -- me. [Read More]
A Mother’s Day Treat Stirs Up Great Memories
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A Mother’s Day Treat Stirs Up Great Memories
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
While our families have enjoyed great feasts prepared by the moms in our lives, that's but one part of the unconditional love they give that makes each of them so special. [Read More]
In a Professional Sports Draft, There Is No Such Thing as 'Mr. Irrelevant'
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In a Professional Sports Draft, There Is No Such Thing as 'Mr. Irrelevant'
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I’ve always been fascinated at the description of the final person being drafted for a professional sports league being referred to as Mr. Irrelevant. It seems so demeaning for someone who is clearly an exceptional athlete. In the NFL, for example, it means you are one of 256 young men who have be [Read More]
The Special Bonds of Championship Teams
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The Special Bonds of Championship Teams
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
The 1998 Penn State Icers national championship team was like most successful teams, organizations, and families in that it navigated the adversity and external and internal conflicts that inevitably occur in any high-performing, close-knit teams. Their bonds as friends and teammates allowed them to [Read More]
When NIT stands for 'Now It’s Time'
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When NIT stands for 'Now It’s Time'
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Now It's Time to celebrate the men's basketball team, wish Tony Carr good luck hope to see the program go to the next level. And for Joe Battista, the tournament was a reminder that Now It's Time to have a great trip with his son. [Read More]
Daring to Change the Game
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Daring to Change the Game
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Hundreds of conferences are held on campus every year. Sports business conferences are held all around the country. Why was this one different? Because this conference was fueled by the vision and passion of undergraduate students, and their dynamic leadership team. [Read More]
No Expensive Trips Needed for Spring Break to Be a Time to Refresh and Renew
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No Expensive Trips Needed for Spring Break to Be a Time to Refresh and Renew
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Do what’s within your budget and make the most of the time to renew and refresh to help get through the last few weeks of winter. We're just finishing up a short family trip that gave us time to catch up with good family friends and enjoy time together. [Read More]
Focus on Solutions, Not Finger Pointing
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Focus on Solutions, Not Finger Pointing
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
There is an old adage that says “When you point the finger at someone else, there are three fingers pointing back at you.” Perhaps we should all consider that before we decide to run our mouths, put an insensitive post on social media, or fire off the angry email or letter to a colleague or supe [Read More]
My Super Bowl Dilemma
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My Super Bowl Dilemma
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
How does a lifelong, diehard Steelers fan decide which team to root for in a Super Bowl that features two teams most Pittsburgh fans would least like to see win the game? Such was the dilemma in our household. [Read More]
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