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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

Focus on Solutions, Not Finger Pointing
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Focus on Solutions, Not Finger Pointing
101 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
There is an old adage that says “When you point the finger at someone else, there are three fingers pointing back at you.” Perhaps we should all consider that before we decide to run our mouths, put an insensitive post on social media, or fire off the angry email or letter to a colleague or supe [Read More]
My Super Bowl Dilemma
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My Super Bowl Dilemma
103 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
How does a lifelong, diehard Steelers fan decide which team to root for in a Super Bowl that features two teams most Pittsburgh fans would least like to see win the game? Such was the dilemma in our household. [Read More]
Government Shutdown: What Happened to the Win-Win?
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Government Shutdown: What Happened to the Win-Win?
105 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I am tired of kicking the can down the road. Too many of us have sat by idly while these “representatives of the people” in D.C. play chicken with the future of our already financially-challenged country. I have written in the past about a lack of common sense in the world but these days it cert [Read More]
To Cut the Cord, or Not to Cut the Cord
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To Cut the Cord, or Not to Cut the Cord
107 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
So we ran an interesting experiment in the Battista household over the weekend. We decided to see what life would be like without cable TV. The results are in. The envelope please! And the winner is... [Read More]
It’s Your Time to Shine
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It’s Your Time to Shine
109 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We are so blessed and fortunate to be with family. It’s such a great time for all, a great way to bring 2017 to a close, and a good time to start dreaming and planning for terrific 2018. [Read More]
It's Not Too Late to Make a Difference for the Holidays
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It's Not Too Late to Make a Difference for the Holidays
111 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I would like to suggest that you give serious consideration to an “alternative” holiday gift or donation to a charity or cause that is meaningful to you. The challenge I have for you is create experiences for others less fortunate than you. If you can do it locally, that’s even better. But do [Read More]
Dreaming of a Steelers-Eagles Super Bowl
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Dreaming of a Steelers-Eagles Super Bowl
113 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Could this finally be the year when the planets align and the Super Bowl becomes an all Pennsylvania affair? This past week just strengthened that very possibility. [Read More]
The Adventures of Barkley, Continued
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The Adventures of Barkley, Continued
115 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Wow, can that Barkley run! His legs are so powerful and he is lightning fast. He leaps high over obstacles with ease. He is so quick to find an opening and to slip through the fingers of would be tacklers. Yes, Barkley was on the loose and no one could contain him. [Read More]
After a Heartbreaking Loss, Some Fans Need to Take a Deep Breath
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After a Heartbreaking Loss, Some Fans Need to Take a Deep Breath
117 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
That was an incredibly entertaining battle between two very good football teams worthy of top 10 rankings. The season has a long way to go and I am glad that the players, and especially the team leaders recognized and stated that after the game. Maybe we can all learn how to handle adversity better [Read More]
PAWS to the Rescue Once Again
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PAWS to the Rescue Once Again
119 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
To dog again or not to dog again? That was the question. I recently wrote about the very difficult loss of our 14-year old family dog, Sportster. While I was consciously and deliberately trying to talk myself out of getting a new dog, I knew in my heart that the benefits of having a dog far outweigh [Read More]
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