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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

Holiday Gifts That Make a Difference
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Holiday Gifts That Make a Difference
21 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It’s the giving time of the year. It’s also time for my annual reminder to focus on giving to others less fortunate than you. Do you want to give holiday gifts that make a real difference? Then read on. [Read More]
'Iron Lions' Shows How Resiliency Can Be a Superpower
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'Iron Lions' Shows How Resiliency Can Be a Superpower
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I was in the audience for a test screening of the “Iron Lions” movie on Nov. 17 at the State Theatre in downtown State College. It’s the true story of the 2012 Penn State football team, dubbed by its makers as the “Greatest 8-4 Season Ever Played.” It tells of how a group of young men had [Read More]
Lessons from the Past and the Present: Both Matter
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Lessons from the Past and the Present: Both Matter
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista, Centre County Gazette
From digging past a recent headline, we learn the simple but oft-forgotten lessons not to jump to conclusions, while Veterans Day and a new film remind us to remember the lessons of the past and the sacrifices of those who served [Read More]
The Historic Sports Accomplishment You Might Have Missed
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The Historic Sports Accomplishment You Might Have Missed
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Over the past weekend there were some amazing sporting events taking place both locally and on a bigger stage. But one of the most significant might not have made it onto your radar screen here in Happy Valley. [Read More]
It’s Time for Your 'You Review'
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It’s Time for Your 'You Review'
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
What is a You-Review? It’s setting aside at least one hour of uninterrupted time (three to four times a year), without your digital distraction devices, to do an intentional and in-depth self-evaluation of where you are in your life. It’s the ultimate personal accountability session with the ind [Read More]
When Football's Away, We Find Plenty of Ways to Play
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When Football's Away, We Find Plenty of Ways to Play
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
So, what did you do during Penn State football’s bye week and first road weekend of the year? It got me to thinking about what people in Centre County do on fall weekends when there isn’t a home football game, or if they just aren’t football fans. There is plenty to do if you check out what Ce [Read More]
The Penn State-Pitt Rivalry: Show Me the Money
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The Penn State-Pitt Rivalry: Show Me the Money
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It’s over. With the 100th meeting between Pitt and Penn State this past Saturday, one of the greatest rivalries in the history of college football has come to an end — at least for the foreseeable future. And this is one fan who thinks it’s a damn shame. [Read More]
School Is Back in Session. How Can You Help?
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School Is Back in Session. How Can You Help?
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Education is a team sport and it requires the attention and the efforts of the students, parents, school employees and the general public. Our educational institutions need our help if we are to help kids reach their potential. Our teachers need our support. Educating a child creates a return on inv [Read More]
Take Time to Recharge
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Take Time to Recharge
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Summer vacations should be on everyone’s must-do lists every year. No questions asked, no arguments, and no excuses, you simply need to make this a part of your annual planning and budgeting process. Time will go by and every time you decide to skip a vacation, it will be a missed opportunity that [Read More]
Will Football as We Know It Survive?
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Will Football as We Know It Survive?
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
This year marks significant milestones in both professional and college football. While I certainly hope the sport that so many of us love is simply going through a few hiccups, there are those who believe the game as we know it may not survive the next 25 years. [Read More]
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