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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: An Evening with Walter Bahr
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Joe Battista: An Evening with Walter Bahr
203 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
205 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
207 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
209 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
212 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
217 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
219 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]
Joe Battista: It’s Tough to be the 'Revolutionary' and 'Evolutionary'
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Joe Battista: It’s Tough to be the 'Revolutionary' and 'Evolutionary'
221 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
This past Friday night marked the final home game for the Penn State Icers, and it was our final game as an American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) non-varsity team. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Alumni Weekend Memories
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Joe Battista: Alumni Weekend Memories
223 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
On Saturday night at the Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom, the final “Icer” alumni banquet was held, and it was the most amazing, emotional and spiritual night that the Icer Family could have wanted, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Thinking of Coach Paterno at This Bittersweet Time
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Joe Battista: Thinking of Coach Paterno at This Bittersweet Time
225 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
"If our penance at PSU, and also part of Joe’s lasting legacy, is that we cause a paradigm shift on how society recognizes and deals with child abuse; the role sport plays in society; and how we govern our university for service to the "greater good," then Joe's legacy will only be further enh [Read More]
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