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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. An accomplished public speaker, writer, coach, and mentor, 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

Joe Battista: Are you Ready for Some Hockey? Some NCAA Varsity Hockey?
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Joe Battista: Are you Ready for Some Hockey? Some NCAA Varsity Hockey?
176 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Bear with me as I hold back a few tears and grin from ear to ear as a 30-year dream for this hockey guy is about to become a reality, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: A Quarter of a Century Well Spent
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Joe Battista: A Quarter of a Century Well Spent
178 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
On Aug. 28, I celebrated 25 years of service to Dear Old State. It's hard to believe 25 years has gone by so fast. There have been so many fun, certainly challenging, always interesting, and mostly memorable moments at PSU, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Remembering “Momma” Fatur
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Joe Battista: Remembering “Momma” Fatur
187 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I lost a friend last week after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The “Long Goodbye” as it is accurately called by caregivers, took the life of Rhoma “Momma” Fatur, a grand lady from a bygone era when people trusted each other and neighbors were like family. [Read More]
Joe Battista: An Evening with Walter Bahr
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Joe Battista: An Evening with Walter Bahr
189 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
In the midst of all the drama around "the trial" and fighting off the verbal assault from my anti-Penn State "friends," my wife and I enjoyed a fun reminder of why we will always be thankful that we are Penn Staters and we live in State College. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Golfing with Mario Lemieux, Jim McMahon and my Daughter
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Joe Battista: Golfing with Mario Lemieux, Jim McMahon and my Daughter
191 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Last week was a “Back to the Future” experience for me, as I was a guest at the Mario Lemieux Foundation Charity Classic at Falling Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Cutting Ties with Information Overload
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Joe Battista: Cutting Ties with Information Overload
193 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Information overload. It has become the vice of many. It's an addiction of epic proportions and it impacts people world-wide, young and old, female and male. [Read More]
Joe Battista: 'All Night After Prom Party' a Team Effort
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Joe Battista: 'All Night After Prom Party' a Team Effort
195 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
One of the great traditions in American culture is the high school senior prom and the "All Night After Prom Party," henceforth to be referred to as "ANAPP” as the acronym is quite appropriate, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: April was Nice Trip Down Memory Lane
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Joe Battista: April was Nice Trip Down Memory Lane
198 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
April just didn't bring showers. For me, it also brought Easter with family, Blue-White Weekend with alumni and friends and the annual Hockey Coaches Convention in Naples, Fla., Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Comedy for the “PAWS” Cause
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Joe Battista: Comedy for the “PAWS” Cause
203 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Are you looking for a fun night out for a good cause? Then come out to the fourth annual PAWS Comedy Club on Saturday and see Rodney Laney perform at Celebration Hall at 2280 Commercial Blvd., for a howling good time for the “PAWS” Cause, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Star Trek Meets Pegula Ice Arena
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Joe Battista: Star Trek Meets Pegula Ice Arena
205 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Last week, Marv Bevan and Lisa Berkey of the Office of Physical Plant joined me and Gene Hodge, the Pegula Ice Arena Sr. Project Manager from Mortenson Construction, for a 3-D virtual tour of the Pegula Ice Arena, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
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