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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

It Takes a Team to Complete a Dream It Takes a Team to Complete a Dream
212 weeks ago - Town and gown
After three years of planning, designing, and building the Pegula Ice Arena, it is finally done and open to the public! “Team Pegula” got the building done on time and on budget. This project would not have been so successful without a great team effort! Team Pegula, as we [Read More]
Opening of Pegula Ice Arena, One of the Most Memorable Weekends of My Life
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Opening of Pegula Ice Arena, One of the Most Memorable Weekends of My Life
213 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It was very humbling. I embraced all my fellow "Team Pegula" colleagues before I came to Terry and Cliff. At that moment I hugged them both, broke down in tears and told them how much their friendship means to me. It was one of those rare moments that make all the sacrifices all worth it. [Read More]
 At Pegula Ice Arena It's Showtime!
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At Pegula Ice Arena It's Showtime!
215 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
The building is open. The Ice is hard and fast. The dasher board ads are in place. The main scoreboard video is ready to dazzle the crowd, and the pep band is ready to rock the house. Every seat is sold and all standing room only tickets are gone. [Read More]
The Last Skate: A Salute to 32 years at the Greenberg Ice Pavilion
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The Last Skate: A Salute to 32 years at the Greenberg Ice Pavilion
217 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Sunday September 22, 2013 brought about a bittersweet close to a 32 year chapter in the history of Penn State for all the patrons who "laced 'em up" to skate at the Greenberg Ice Pavilion on the Penn State Campus. Tucked next to the football practice facilities and offices it was not unusual for [Read More]
A Very Special Move-In Day at Pegula Ice Arena
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A Very Special Move-In Day at Pegula Ice Arena
219 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We were at the standard recommended thickness of 1.5 inches of ice and as I skated my first hard lap with a puck on my stick blade, that's when it really hit me. This magnificent building was no longer just a dream but a reality and the "Hockey God's" were smiling on upon Pegula Ice Arena. [Read More]
Things Always Happen in Threes
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Things Always Happen in Threes
220 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I can think of only a few people who deserved to be at the opening of Pegula Ice Arena on October 11 any more than Vance. It is heartbreaking that while he knew our dream had finally come true, he will not be there to savor the moment. [Read More]
Dreaming of Williamsport
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Dreaming of Williamsport
223 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Coach Jeff Shoemaker has done a wonderful job with this group of kids, many of whom have played with or against each other over the past six years. "One Team, One Dream, One Family" was the team motto. [Read More]
2013 NHL Draft Has Definite 'Penn State' Flavor
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2013 NHL Draft Has Definite 'Penn State' Flavor
229 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I quickly realized that anyone who is anyone in the world of hockey was in the building. Owners, general manager's, current coaches, ex-coaches, coaches-in-waiting, agents, more agents, media, and fans from all over the world. You could hear conversations in just about any language from Russian, to [Read More]
Baseball is Still a Great Way to “Pass Time”
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Baseball is Still a Great Way to “Pass Time”
231 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
The kids on the team are a blast. Just look at the nicknames and you know this is a fun bunch: Bubba, Hit-Maker, Spanky, The Wizard, TG 13, Animal, Swinger, Bling-Bling, The Hitting Machine, Turbo, The Franchise, and The Hammer. [Read More]
Playoffs Bring Out the Best, and Worst, in Players and Fans
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Playoffs Bring Out the Best, and Worst, in Players and Fans
233 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
As bad as the Pens have played they will get another shot at the Bruins at 8 p.m. Wednesday. I will remind my “friends” who are fans of the Caps, Rangers, Devils, and Flyers that the only game their players have to worry about on Wednesday is their golf game! [Read More]
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