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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

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
267 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'
269 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
271 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
273 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
275 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]
NHL Winter Classic a ‘Rip-Roaring’ Time on Heinz Field
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NHL Winter Classic a ‘Rip-Roaring’ Time on Heinz Field
277 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Dear Minnesota: Consider your title as the "State of Hockey" officially up for grabs. Sincerely, Joe Battista [Read More]
Penguins, Icers Home Openers (and Celebs) Mark the Start of Hockey
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Penguins, Icers Home Openers (and Celebs) Mark the Start of Hockey
290 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
From the christening of the Pens' Consol Energy Center to the first Icers home game, it's been a busy few weeks for Joe Battista. (Did we mention lunch with an Olympic skating medalist?) [Read More]
How a Penn State Ice Hockey Dream Came True
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How a Penn State Ice Hockey Dream Came True
292 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
From a “hockey mom” who helped hundreds of kids get a shot a PSU degree to a university administrator who championed ice hockey in the halls of Old Main, Joe Battista thanks the people who helped bring Division I ice hockey to Penn State. [Read More]
Battista: 'One of the Happiest Days of My Life' Battista: 'One of the Happiest Days of My Life'
293 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
A look back on the day when a lifelong dream of a varsity ice hockey program finally came true. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Musings on Fall in Happy Valley -- A Little Slice of Paradise
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Joe Battista: Musings on Fall in Happy Valley -- A Little Slice of Paradise
294 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Cherishing the hallmarks of a new school year in State College, from meeting old friends at home Penn State football games to golfing in the crisp air. [Read More]
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