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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. He is also the Chief Development Officer for the Lock Haven University Foundation. 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 'Suite' Way to Learn About Leadership and the Future
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A 'Suite' Way to Learn About Leadership and the Future
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
In Boston, Joe Battista found himself learning about success, failure and where society is headed from some of the brightest leaders and thinkers in the country at the C-Suite Network Conference. [Read More]
Never Underestimate the Power of the Human Spirit
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Never Underestimate the Power of the Human Spirit
22 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
During his recent travels, Joe Battista met people with powerful and inspirational stories of overcoming the odds. [Read More]
The Games Do Count
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The Games Do Count
24 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
From youth sports through high school and college and into his professional career, Joe Battista has spent a life in athletics. An interview with a college student had him reflecting on the values and experiences of participating in sports as kid and an adult. [Read More]
State of State 2016: 'It's a Small World After All'
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State of State 2016: 'It's a Small World After All'
26 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
A group of strangers sat together at that table in the HUB on a brutally cold Saturday afternoon. We left feeling the warmth of new friendships that was spawned by civility, empathy, and yes, old-fashioned debate without being debatable. [Read More]
'What Did You Say?'
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'What Did You Say?'
28 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I wonder how many other people are "silently" suffering and are not willing to talk about it from embarrassment or from a lack of understanding that there are options to living in silence. For some it is the stigma of having to wear hearing aids. [Read More]
There's No Place Like Home!
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There's No Place Like Home!
30 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I returned 'home' to Happy Valley in mid-August after a two-year stint commuting to Buffalo, N.Y. while working for the Sabres. I went there bright-eyed and fired up that I could be a real difference maker and found a culture for which I was simply not prepared. [Read More]
Making the Case for Hockey at Beaver Stadium
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Making the Case for Hockey at Beaver Stadium
140 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It would be the equivalent of the economic impact of an Ohio State or Michigan playing football at Beaver Stadium and could even be greater since additional events surrounding the game would fill hotels and restaurants and be a boom to the area. [Read More]
Chasing the Dream ... Part II
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Chasing the Dream ... Part II
142 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
My new dream is to see Terry Pegula hoisting the Stanley Cup, and there's probably a lot of people who will chuckle and laugh at that vision. But they're probably the same people who laughed about building the Pegula Ice Arena and taking the Penn State hockey programs to full NCAA varsity status. [Read More]
It Takes a Team to Complete a Dream It Takes a Team to Complete a Dream
147 weeks ago - Town and gown
After three years of planning, designing, and building the Pegula Ice Arena, it is finally done and open to the public! “Team Pegula” got the building done on time and on budget. This project would not have been so successful without a great team effort! Team Pegula, as we [Read More]
Opening of Pegula Ice Arena, One of the Most Memorable Weekends of My Life
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Opening of Pegula Ice Arena, One of the Most Memorable Weekends of My Life
148 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It was very humbling. I embraced all my fellow "Team Pegula" colleagues before I came to Terry and Cliff. At that moment I hugged them both, broke down in tears and told them how much their friendship means to me. It was one of those rare moments that make all the sacrifices all worth it. [Read More]
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