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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

Live Like Smitty
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Live Like Smitty
21 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?
23 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'
25 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
27 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?
29 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
31 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
33 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
35 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]
The Time Is Now to Make a Difference
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The Time Is Now to Make a Difference
37 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
What is wrong with us? What else is it going to take? Where have we gone wrong? We need to care. The time is now to be a difference-maker, every day, each and every one of us. [Read More]
The Wind Beneath Our Wings
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The Wind Beneath Our Wings
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
While I have been in the public eye a lot in my career, Heidi has been very happy to stay under the radar and assist in a very supportive way as long as it's been behind the scenes. But there is much more to Heidi’s story given everything else going on in her life. [Read More]
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