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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

It's Not Too Late to Make a Difference for the Holidays
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It's Not Too Late to Make a Difference for the Holidays
5 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I would like to suggest that you give serious consideration to an “alternative” holiday gift or donation to a charity or cause that is meaningful to you. The challenge I have for you is create experiences for others less fortunate than you. If you can do it locally, that’s even better. But do [Read More]
Dreaming of a Steelers-Eagles Super Bowl
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Dreaming of a Steelers-Eagles Super Bowl
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Could this finally be the year when the planets align and the Super Bowl becomes an all Pennsylvania affair? This past week just strengthened that very possibility. [Read More]
The Adventures of Barkley, Continued
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The Adventures of Barkley, Continued
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Wow, can that Barkley run! His legs are so powerful and he is lightning fast. He leaps high over obstacles with ease. He is so quick to find an opening and to slip through the fingers of would be tacklers. Yes, Barkley was on the loose and no one could contain him. [Read More]
After a Heartbreaking Loss, Some Fans Need to Take a Deep Breath
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After a Heartbreaking Loss, Some Fans Need to Take a Deep Breath
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
That was an incredibly entertaining battle between two very good football teams worthy of top 10 rankings. The season has a long way to go and I am glad that the players, and especially the team leaders recognized and stated that after the game. Maybe we can all learn how to handle adversity better [Read More]
PAWS to the Rescue Once Again
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PAWS to the Rescue Once Again
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
To dog again or not to dog again? That was the question. I recently wrote about the very difficult loss of our 14-year old family dog, Sportster. While I was consciously and deliberately trying to talk myself out of getting a new dog, I knew in my heart that the benefits of having a dog far outweigh [Read More]
The Impressive Impact of Career Days at Penn State
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The Impressive Impact of Career Days at Penn State
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Elizabeth Fegert is a small bundle of pure energy with an equally powerful set of organizational skills. That is pretty much a perfect match for the job description for career fairs coordinator in Penn State Career Services. The question for Elizabeth was, did she really know what she was getting he [Read More]
Who Rescued Who?
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Who Rescued Who?
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Sportster was a rescue dog that brought 14 years of happiness to almost anyone he met. We lost our pal and it was a lot harder on our family than any of us imagined, including yours truly, even though we have known since his April diagnosis that it was only a matter of time. [Read More]
If Saquon Can Do It, Why Can’t You?
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If Saquon Can Do It, Why Can’t You?
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
You may not have his physical ability or athletic skills, but you can certainly model his insatiable work ethic, team-first attitude, and their humble demeanor, in anything you do. [Read More]
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?
16 weeks 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
18 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]
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