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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

Helping Happy Valley: The Most Important 'Rally in the Valley' Ever
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Helping Happy Valley: The Most Important 'Rally in the Valley' Ever
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I am calling on all residents, Penn State alumni and longtime friends of Happy Valley and Centre County to pull together for a cause that impacts all of us who love this area. I am encouraging all of us to come together to participate in the “Helping Happy Valley” effort. [Read More]
The Common Sense Mandate
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The Common Sense Mandate
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
No, there wasn’t a blue wave or a red wave. From my perspective there is more evidence than ever that most people are somewhere “in the middle” depending on the issues. It is my sincere hope that common sense, and cooler heads, will prevail going forward. [Read More]
Solving the World’s Challenges…with a Lot of C’s
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Solving the World’s Challenges…with a Lot of C’s
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It takes common sense, civility, caring, collaboration, courage, compassion and compromise. [Read More]
Experience the Beauty of Fall in Centre County
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Experience the Beauty of Fall in Centre County
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
or those of you who make Centre County your home, how beautiful is this time of year? This is the favorite season for many local residents and thousands of Penn State alums and visitors who would normally flock here for the vibrant colors, the cooler temperatures, the lower humidity, and of course, [Read More]
Live for Today? Save for Tomorrow? How About a Little of Both
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Live for Today? Save for Tomorrow? How About a Little of Both
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Before you think this column is only for those of us with gray hair and degrees in Advanced Life Experience, I would encourage readers of all ages to remember one of Dr. Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Begin with the end in mind. It’s never too early, or too late, to think a [Read More]
Pickleball Turned Out to Be Just the Right Sport for Me. It Might Be for You Too
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Pickleball Turned Out to Be Just the Right Sport for Me. It Might Be for You Too
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Whether you are ready to get out now or will be looking forward to a new activity when you feel more comfortable interacting with others, I may just have the right sport for you to try. [Read More]
A Plan to Save College Sports, While We Still Can
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A Plan to Save College Sports, While We Still Can
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
You know things are serious when Stanford, winner of the College Directors’ Cup for 25 consecutive years as the top NCAA college sports program, drops sports programs. [Read More]
We Are All Educators
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We Are All Educators
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It does not matter if you are a teacher, professor, administrator, technician, custodian, nurse, cafeteria staff, bus driver, coach, parent, a neighbor, or even a student yourself. We are all educators. We all teach life lessons every day. [Read More]
Back on the Ice, the Right Way
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Back on the Ice, the Right Way
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We pulled it off. We completed two weeks of summer hockey camp in Sun Valley, Idaho in spite of the coronavirus. How did this happen? Great leadership, research, planning, compliance, collaboration, and a dose of courage. [Read More]
Want to Start Getting Back to Normal? Wear Your Mask
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Want to Start Getting Back to Normal? Wear Your Mask
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We need all hands on deck to defeat the coronavirus. That means all of us doing our part and controlling what we can control to assist. It means making some short-term sacrifices for long term gains. [Read More]
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