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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

The Wind Beneath Our Wings
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The Wind Beneath Our Wings
81 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]
Lord Stanley's Cup, The U.S. Open, The Greatest & Mr. Hockey
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Lord Stanley's Cup, The U.S. Open, The Greatest & Mr. Hockey
83 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Joe Battista reflects on his blessings and good fortune, as well as the power of sports to make a positive difference in the world. [Read More]
Old Sayings Make Modern-Day Sense
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Old Sayings Make Modern-Day Sense
85 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
With all the rain this spring it led my family and I to a discussion about some age old sayings starting with "Save for a rainy day." [Read More]
Graduation Day in Central PA
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Graduation Day in Central PA
87 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
On the same day he celebrated his son's graduation from Penn State, Joe Battista also celebrated the seniors of Lock Haven University where he has just begun a new role as chief development officer. [Read More]
An Anniversary Worth Remembering and Celebrating
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An Anniversary Worth Remembering and Celebrating
89 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I feel blessed to have been involved in the work we did to organize the ACHA because it has touched the lives of people I will never meet or know on a personal level. They are getting to represent their schools while playing the game they love. [Read More]
A 'Master-ful' Trip to Augusta
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A 'Master-ful' Trip to Augusta
91 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Finding himself with a second chance to attend the Masters, Joe Battista was able to experience the famed golf tournament with his golf-loving, teenaged son. [Read More]
A 'Suite' Way to Learn About Leadership and the Future
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A 'Suite' Way to Learn About Leadership and the Future
93 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
95 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
97 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'
99 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]
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