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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

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
267 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
269 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
271 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'
273 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
275 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
277 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
279 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
281 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
293 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
295 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]
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