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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

Will Football as We Know It Survive?
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Will Football as We Know It Survive?
2 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]
The Courage of the Explorer
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The Courage of the Explorer
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
All explorers share common traits of courage and bravery. If it were not for that adventurous spirit many of today’s advances in technology, communications, medicine, psychology, logistics, biomechanics and many more may have never occurred. They certainly would not have happened at the accelerate [Read More]
What Are You Waiting For?
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What Are You Waiting For?
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It is an ailment that strikes down both the poor and the wealthy, the young and the old, male and female. It is a malaise that impacts the lives of even the most organized and successful people at some point. When you procrastinate you end up frustrated, stressed out and disillusioned. [Read More]
Barkley Is Running Free... Sort of
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Barkley Is Running Free... Sort of
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
No, not the football Barkley, but Barkley the dog. For those of you familiar with my column, you know that I periodically give an update about our family dog, the other Barkley. With the dog days of summer just around the corner I felt an update was in order, especially given my last column that des [Read More]
We're Empty Nesters. Now What?
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We're Empty Nesters. Now What?
10 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
12 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
14 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?
16 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
18 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
20 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]
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