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October 28, 2019
Inaugural "Taste of Success" Speaker Series Group

South Hills Kicks Off “Taste of Success” Speaker Series

South Hills School of Business & Technology's Career Services Team hosted alumni guest speaker, Shawnee Matis, as part of the “Taste of Success” Speaker Series. The series provides current students with opportunities to learn from local employers who provide valuable career information, tips, and pointers to help the students start thinking about what comes after graduation.
October 25, 2019
Photo of Carla-Ann Henry

Alumni Stories – Carla-Ann F. Henry

Recent South Hills graduate, Carla-Ann Henry (Graphic Arts, Class of 2019), talks about creating the winning poster design for the 2019 People's Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts and offers some advice to incoming students of the Graphic Arts specialized associate degree program.
October 10, 2019
Group shot of the South Hills Fall Class Of 2019

South Hills School of Business & Technology Holds Fall 2019 Commencement Ceremony

South Hills School of Business & Technology held its Fall Commencement Ceremony for the graduating class of September 2019 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center on Monday, September 23.
August 27, 2019
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director, Tricia Turner, and 2006 DMS Alumna, Sarah Leitzinger

Alumni Stories – Sarah Leitzinger

Sarah Leitzinger, 2006 Diagnostic Medical Sonography alumna, reveals the most valuable things that she learned during her studies at South Hills School of Business & Technology and shares some sound advice for those considering a career in medical ultrasound technology.
August 22, 2019
CBICC President & CEO, Vern Squier and CBICC Vice President, Economic Development, Jennifer Myers are shown with the first class of South Hills graduates who obtained the CentreREADY designation.

South Hills School Of Business & Technology Graduates Earn CentreREADY Designation

CBICC representatives attended South Hills School of Business & Technology's spring commencement ceremony to help celebrate the first graduating class of students who obtained the new CentreREADY Designation.
August 20, 2019
2012 Graphic Arts alumnus, Nick Anna, with awards he's won

Alumni Stories – Nick Anna

Nick Anna, 2012 Graphic Arts alumnus, recently won two major design awards for work created as a Graphic Designer for the Altoona Mirror newspaper. SHINE (South Hills Info, News, & Events) caught up with him recently to ask him about the accolades.
August 14, 2019
2013 Engineering Technology alumna Jody Christoff

Alumni Stories – Jody Christoff

As a single mom with a mortgage facing the loss of her factory job due to foreign competition, Jody Christoff turned to South Hills to help her get back on her feet. Learn how the Admissions Team steered her in the right direction based on her strengths and interests, and find out how she's now doing after graduating top of the Engineering Technology class in 2013.
July 10, 2019
2016 Information Technology Alumnus Andy Gray

Alumni Stories – Andy Gray

Andy Gray, 2016 Information Technology alumnus, is now an IT Director for multiple companies. He shares the concerns he had about going back to school – ones that most returning adults have – and how the Admissions and Financial Aid teams at South Hills helped ease his mind by making the enrollment and financial aid processes easy for him.
June 26, 2019

South Hills School Of Business & Technology Holds Spring Commencement Ceremony

South Hills School of Business & Technology held its 49th annual commencement ceremony for the graduating class of June 2019 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center on Thursday, June 20, 2019.
June 12, 2019
Dave Keller, Class of 2017

Alumni Stories – Dave Keller

Information Technology alumnus, Dave Keller, graduated from South Hills in 2017. Before starting classes, he worried that he wouldn't like school, but instead he found that he enjoyed his time at South Hills. He'll explain why in his own words and reveal where he is now in his "Alumni Spotlight" interview.
May 15, 2019
Katie Dotterer-Pyle and her cows

Alumni Stories – Katie Dotterer-Pyle

Katie Dotterer-Pyle, a member of the Business Administration–Management & Marketing Class of 2006, shares some of the most valuable things she learned at South Hills and offers her advice to people who are comparing two- and four-year schools.
April 24, 2019
South Hills alumna MacKenzie Huntsman is shown at the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce, her place of employment.

Alumni Stories – MacKenzie Huntsman

2013 Administrative Professional graduate, MacKenzie Huntsman, details why she chose to attend South Hills, shares her on-the-job experiences, and reveals the secret to her success.
April 24, 2019
Over 80 employers participated in the 2019 Network Career Fair, many of them represented by South Hills alumni.

South Hills 2019 Network Career Fair: “Taking Careers To New Heights”

The Network Career Fair is an annual event that allows South Hills students to showcase their skills to potential employers as they seek the internships they need to complete in order to graduate. Over 80 employers participated in the 2019 Network Career Fair, many of them represented by South Hills alumni.
January 11, 2019
This photo shows Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kramer with her mother, sister, Director of South Hills and the President of South Hills

Lieutenant Colonel Kramer Shares Her Keys To Success With South Hills Students

After facing adversity as a teen, United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Karen P. Kramer enrolled at South Hills School of Business & Technology and graduated in 1983 – a decision she credits with helping her to turn her life around, ultimately leading her down a path of long-term success.
January 8, 2019
This photo shows Administrative Professional students from the State College campus with alumna Paula Colletti

Career Services Hosts Speaker Series Featuring South Hills Alumni

All throughout December 2018, the Career Services department at South Hills School of Business & Technology's Main Campus in State College hosted multiple guest speaker presentations for another year of its Brown Bag Speaker Series.

Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.