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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

Joe Battista: You Can't Always Get What You Want
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Joe Battista: You Can't Always Get What You Want
195 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
The glass slipper doesn’t always fit and the hero doesn’t always get to ride off into the sunset, no matter how many times you replay it in your mind. The “would haves, could haves, and should haves” don’t change the final result, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Another Great Night in Hockey Valley
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Joe Battista: Another Great Night in Hockey Valley
197 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Amazing. Exciting. Thrilled. Great atmosphere. The energy was awesome. The Students stood all game, long chanting and cheering. Can’t wait for Pegula Ice Arena. These were just some of the descriptions of the scene Friday night from fans at the first NCAA varsity men’s hockey game. [Read More]
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?
199 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
201 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
210 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
212 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
214 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
216 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
218 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
221 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]
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