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Joe Battista

Joe Battista has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities since 1978. He is best known for his effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley and in the building of Pegula Ice Arena. “JoeBa” is the owner of PRAGMATIC Passion, LLC consulting, a professional speaker, success coach, and the vice president of the National Athletic and Professional Success Academy (NAPSA). He is the author of a new book, “The Power of Pragmatic Passion.” 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

We're Empty Nesters. Now What?
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We're Empty Nesters. Now What?
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
After spending the last 27 years being responsible for not only ourselves and our marriage, but raising three children, my wife and I find ourselves at that watershed moment of becoming “empty nesters.” Yes, we are about to become the parents of three children who have all flown the coop. [Read More]
Small Towns Across America Honor Big Time Heroes
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Small Towns Across America Honor Big Time Heroes
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Lest we forget, the true meaning of Memorial Day is to remember those who served this country, and most importantly, those who gave their lives so that we may continue to enjoy the freedoms that come with being an American. Many Americans, especially older citizens, observe Memorial Day by visiting [Read More]
The Real Superheroes Are All Around Us
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The Real Superheroes Are All Around Us
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
There are plenty of places and ways to be a superhero to others in Centre County and beyond. The real superheroes are all the volunteers and donors who are making a real difference in people’s lives. [Read More]
Congratulations on Your Graduation! Now What?
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Congratulations on Your Graduation! Now What?
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Graduation season is a time for celebration also often comes with the age-old stresses of the unknown in your next chapter of life. So now what do you do with your freshly printed degree? It's important to take time to decide what's right for you instead of simply following the crowd. [Read More]
The Most Wonderful Time of the (Sports) Year
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The Most Wonderful Time of the (Sports) Year
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
This past week is always one of the best weeks of the sports year for this hockey- and golf- loving sports fan. Sharing it with my father and son makes it all the better. [Read More]
Sport Is for Life
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Sport Is for Life
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I had a conversation on Sunday with a friend at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church about the fact that I was back to playing adult hockey. She was thrilled that I was skating again and thought it was great that at my age I was still out there playing a sport I love. It got me thinking about a coup [Read More]
TLT 2019: A Peek into the Future of Learning.
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TLT 2019: A Peek into the Future of Learning.
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Penn State's Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology far exceeded my expectations and raised my curiosity about the future of education. Think major paradigm shifts integrating technology in most aspects of learning. [Read More]
Honoring the Past and Celebrating the Present
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Honoring the Past and Celebrating the Present
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
On the weekend of Feb. 22-23, I experienced a reunion double whammy, and it was incredibly memorable. It marked a couple of milestones in my own Penn State hockey career that brought back a flood of amazing memories [Read More]
The Great Diversions in Our Lives
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The Great Diversions in Our Lives
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Prioritization has become somewhat of a lost art given all the diversions at our fingertips and how easy it is to rationalize why we just flitter away our very limited time. All of these diversions in one shape or form usually come at the expense of real-life activities and important, life-altering [Read More]
Roots and Wings
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Roots and Wings
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
My plans for the day included heading out to Barnes & Noble to do some reading for a class I am taking on Monday evenings. But just as I was set to go, my youngest son Ryan, a State High senior, asked me if I wanted to go play some pond hockey with him. I could hear my father and my good friend Sam [Read More]
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