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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. An accomplished public speaker, writer, coach, and mentor, 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

Pegula, Salzburg Share 'Characteristics for Success' with Penn Staters
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Pegula, Salzburg Share 'Characteristics for Success' with Penn Staters
246 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Joe Battista listened carefully to the Penn State commencement addresses delivered by Terry Pegula and Barry Salzburg. Both men "essentially had the same message," Battista writes. [Read More]
A Mother's Day Adventure
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A Mother's Day Adventure
248 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Mother's Day in the Battista household was filled with family functions, making Mamma -- and everyone else -- happy. [Read More]
Gadowsky at Penn State: Search for Men's Hockey Coach Took Team Effort
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Gadowsky at Penn State: Search for Men's Hockey Coach Took Team Effort
250 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Joe Battista and other key university athletics players spent Easter weekend sealing the deal to bring Guy Gadowsky—a "super coach, recruiter and proven builder"—to Penn State. [Read More]
Surprise Penn State Hockey Gift, Augusta National Trip Complete 'Masterful' Week
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Surprise Penn State Hockey Gift, Augusta National Trip Complete 'Masterful' Week
252 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
On a trip that includes a pilgrimage to golf's mecca and a stop in St. Paul for the Frozen Four, Battista gets word of another gift to the Penn State ice-hockey program. [Read More]
Hockey Trails Wind from NCAA to NHL, Showcase Sport's Broad Appeal
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Hockey Trails Wind from NCAA to NHL, Showcase Sport's Broad Appeal
254 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Where in the world is Joe Battista? Penn State hockey's No. 1 ambassador has been busy visiting the legends and future leaders of a sport that's "for everyone." [Read More]
Literary Picks Help Personal, Professional Growth for Penn State Hockey Leader
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Literary Picks Help Personal, Professional Growth for Penn State Hockey Leader
256 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
"Where you are five years from now is directly related to the people you meet and the books you read," Lou Holtz wrote. Here's a look at the titles that influence Joe Battista. [Read More]
With Pegula Leading Buffalo Sabres, It's 'Another Great Day for Hockey'
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With Pegula Leading Buffalo Sabres, It's 'Another Great Day for Hockey'
258 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Joe Battista says we're witnessing a new era in hockey, one led by two people who "genuinely (care) about the people who work for them." [Read More]
Penn State Ice Hockey: Honoring the Past, Anticipating the Future
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Penn State Ice Hockey: Honoring the Past, Anticipating the Future
260 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
A recent Icers alumni weekend made one thing abundantly clear to Joe Battista: It's an unprecedented time in the history of Penn State hockey. [Read More]
Remembering Lois Boller and Lou Gatto: Local Gems Who Brightened State College
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Remembering Lois Boller and Lou Gatto: Local Gems Who Brightened State College
262 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
In the past two weeks, Joe Battista lost two friends (and State College fixtures) to cancer. Both left big impacts on the Penn State and State College communities. [Read More]
A Nod to the Icers' 'Chief Counselor'—an All-Star Volunteer to Penn State Hockey
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A Nod to the Icers' 'Chief Counselor'—an All-Star Volunteer to Penn State Hockey
264 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
The Penn State Icers didn't have an official advising office, but they had Ruth Hussey: a selfless volunteer and de facto team captain. [Read More]
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