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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

Adventures in Babysitting
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Adventures in Babysitting
160 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We got a call from our niece asking if it would be possible for us to babysit their kids this past weekend. It turned out it would be 57-year-old Grand Uncle Joe and his 17-year-old son Ryan embarking on an adventure in babysitting. [Read More]
Summer Camp Season Is Upon Us
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Summer Camp Season Is Upon Us
163 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I may bellyache about the cost of camps, but having spent 30 years in the ice hockey camp business as a counselor, instructor and camp director, I fully understand the appeal and benefits of kids going to camp. It’s more than just learning new skills. It’s about socialization, making new friends [Read More]
It’s Always Commencement Season
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It’s Always Commencement Season
165 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I had the honor of giving the commencement speech to the Smeal College of Business Executive MBA students at their graduation ceremonies Saturday. It got me to thinking about this word “commencement.” Seems a bit odd that we use the word to both celebrate the conclusion of an achievement, usuall [Read More]
Our Friend, the Colonel
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Our Friend, the Colonel
167 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
This Memorial Day had an extra meaning for many in the valley. We lost a great man and a true patriot when Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Bartolomea passed away on May 18 after fighting the good fight against cancer. [Read More]
Penn State Athletics in Da Burgh
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Penn State Athletics in Da Burgh
168 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
May 10 was a busy time for Penn Staters in Western Pennsylvania. The Coaches Caravan featuring head football coach James Franklin was held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, while the Nittany Lion baseball team took on an old rival in the West Virginia Mountaineers at PNC Park, h [Read More]
Ode to the Volunteers of HMA Ode to the Volunteers of HMA
171 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I want to pay homage to a little known organization at Penn State that is about to quietly fade from existence. Not because of budget cuts or scandal, but because it was so successful that it has finally outlived its purpose. [Read More]
Startup Week at Penn State Wants to Help Make Dreams Come True
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Startup Week at Penn State Wants to Help Make Dreams Come True
173 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It’s Penn State Startup Week, the newly expanded version of the highly successful College of Information Sciences and Technology’s Startup Week that began in 2012. Penn State President Eric Barron’s “Invent Penn State” initiative inspired this new campus-wide version of Startup Week, with [Read More]
Family First, Right Now
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Family First, Right Now
175 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Pick up your phone or grab a pen. Your task is to call or write to that relative you've been meaning to talk to forever and keep finding excuses for not getting it done. It’s time to stop talking about organizing that family reunion or picnic and just make it happen. [Read More]
Simply Epic
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Simply Epic
177 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
If you consider yourself a sports fan, regardless of what sports you like or teams and athletes you root for, you have to marvel at the achievements this past weekend for two Penn State teams. I can only describe what the wrestling and men’s ice hockey teams accomplished as epic. Simply epic. [Read More]
Taking Off at Leadership Flight School
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Taking Off at Leadership Flight School
179 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Bartell & Bartell's Leadership Flight School (LFS) was a terrific experience, with four days of actively learning and challenging the conventional wisdom about leadership. Their core philosophy is based on “servant leadership” and improving the way in which we look at ourselves as leaders and h [Read More]
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