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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: A Win for the Ages
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Joe Battista: A Win for the Ages
195 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We all witnessed history on Saturday night in Happy Valley. Yes, it was a "Happy Valley" once again, even if only for a brief time, due to a fitting end to one of the most challenging football seasons ever, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Hockey People are Just a Different Breed
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Joe Battista: Hockey People are Just a Different Breed
197 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It’s been a great start to the hockey season at Penn State. Our teams are off to pretty good starts considering they have one recruiting class each under their belts and are playing against established varsity programs. [Read More]
Joe Battista: You Can't Always Get What You Want
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Joe Battista: You Can't Always Get What You Want
199 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
201 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?
203 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
205 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
214 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
216 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
218 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
220 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]
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