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SHINE Issue #13 - October 17, 2018
South Hills Info, News, & Events
In this issue:
  • September Commencement Ceremony
  • 5th Annual Goose Day Fun Fest
  • Educator of the Year Award
  • State College Campus Fall Picnic
  • ET & IT Lego Project
  • PBL Members Interview at WBLF
  • South Hills Students Give Back at Harper's Annual Tournament
  • IT Students Attend LinkUp Technology Conference
  • CJ Students Learn Blood Splatter Analysis
  • Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month Guest Speakers
  • Blood Wars Blood Drive
  • 11th Annual Infusive Design
  • Larissa Bailey Visits Lewistown Campus
  • South Hills Alumni Named 2018 Ella Reagle Staff Assistant
  • Upcoming Events: Winter Start Enrollment, Career Exploration Day
September Commencement Ceremony
We proudly awarded hard-earned specialized associate degrees to over 90 graduates at our September Commencement Ceremony held at The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center .


David Whitmarsh, longtime, recently retired IT instructor from our State College Main Campus , was the keynote speaker.

The following academic awards were presented:

  • Kristi Joann Taylor Memorial Award → Mary Bunge
  • Earl P. Strong Memorial Award → Keith Irwin-Hickey
  • Terry J. French Memorial Award → Edward Flaherty, Dylan Greesick, and Ryan Rowles
  • South Hills School of Business & Technology Award – Engineering Technology → Brian Schreiber
  • South Hills School of Business & Technology Award – Graphic Arts → Hayley Butcher
  • Ray Houseman Memorial Award → Joseph Steinbugl
  • Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce Community Award → Victoria Pecht
  • JoAnn M. Bonfatto Memorial Award → Mary Bunge
  • Founders Awards → Curtis Warrender, Edward Flaherty, and Katarina Covalt

CONGRATULATIONS  to the award winners and
to ALL of the graduates!



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5th Annual Goose Day Fun Fest
Lewistown held its 5th Annual Goose Day Fun Fest at Rec Park on Saturday, September 29. Attendees of this free event got to eat some good food, listen to the music of Steel Horse and Ron Stewart & County Thunder, and participate in a variety of activities such as the free blood pressure screenings offered by our Medical Assistant students.

Thank you to all who came out to celebrate Goose Day with us!
Congratulations to Barb Seegar, Administrative Professional Program Coordinator/Instructor at our Altoona campus, who was recognized at the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Gala on October 4. Barb was presented with the Educator of the Year Award.
The purpose of this award is to recognize an active educator who has demonstrated “above and beyond” commitment and service in the field of education.
MacKenzie Locke, South Hills Alumna & Program Director of the Huntingdon County Chamber,
Barb Seegar, Educator of the Year Award Winner, and S. Paul Mazza III, President of South Hills School of Business & Technology
Students, faculty, and staff gathered at our State College campus for our annual Fall Picnic. Everyone got to enjoy some great food and,
in some cases, some friendly competition!

View more photos on our Facebook Photo Album
ET & IT Lego Project
For their mid-term, both second-year Engineering Technology (ET) and Information Technology (IT) students were assigned a visual technical writing project that required them to create a set of assembly instructions for a LEGO ® block project. The purpose of this assignment was to help students to improve their communication skills and to present concise instructions their audience in a clear, and easily understandable way. 

Their writing skills were tested when upon completion of the assignment, the students had to make presentations to South Hills faculty, staff, and fellow students. LEGOS and instructions were provided to audience members, and they were asked to assemble their object based on the electronic slideshow. Feedback was provided to the students regarding the ease of following their instructions from beginning to end. Through audience comments and observation of the challenges they faced putting together the items, students learned how they could improve their instructions for the future. 
(above) Matt Penning, IT Program Coordinator/Instructor
(below) ET student, Melanie Boggs and Academic
Affairs Assistant, Alexis Fogleman
PBL Members Interview at WBLF
Officers of our Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) club , left to right, Jenie Engle (Treasurer), Jamey Shreckengast (President), Bryant Moses (Vice President), and Lidiya Kolonina (Secretary) did a bang-up job when they were interviewed for Newstalk WBLF 106.3 FM 970 AM radio by talkshow host Michelle McConnell. You have to listen to the interview for yourself!
South Hills Students Give Back at Harper's
Annual Benefit Tournament
Harpers 4 th Annual Benefit Tournament was held last month. This annual softball tournament is held to help a child within the Lewistown community who has medical necessities to benefit.

This year’s beneficiary was Talynn (Tally) Snook, who has been battling Leukemia. When Brandi Owens, second year Medical Assistant Student at South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Lewistown Campus, found out about the benefit for Tally, she informed her classmates and they decided to come up with a way to contribute. The Health Careers Club at South Hills tries to donate to local events/causes once a month. The club members worked collaboratively to put together a care package for Tally that was full of items that she adores to present to her at the tournament.
MA Student, Brandi Owens and Talynn (Tally) Snook
IT Students Attend LinkUp Technology Conference
Left to Right: Maher Brown, Matthew Duman, Tyler Davis, Daniel Morgan, Cameron Buynack, and
Joshua Allison


This conference gave the students the opportunity to gain insights to the most current hardware and software available, as well as the chance to network with industry experts from companies such as Meraki , Dell/EMC , Link, Sophos , Cisco , Barracuda Networks , Kaspersky Labs , and VM Ware .

Also, the students attended a variety of classes throughout the day such as:

  • Cisco Security
  • Physical Security Best Practice
  • What is Hyperconvergence?
  • Palm Vein Biometric Authentication
  • Dell EMC Server & HyperConverged
  • VMware's Latest Solution Offerings
  • Protecting Your Backups in a Ransomware World
  • Data Center and Cloud Panel Discussion
CJ Students Learn Blood Splatter Analysis
Criminal Justice students at our State College campus learned about Blood Splatter Analysis in their Forensic Science class. During the experiment, they dropped simulated blood onto paper from different heights and angles. The activity helped them to identify patterns that indicate angle, velocity, height/distance from the surface, and other factors they could encounter while doing a crime scene investigation.
Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month is held annually in October to create awareness of the role of diagnostic medical sonographers play in the healthcare field.

The DMS Program presents a series of guest speakers to provide our first, second, and third year students insights into the career of Medical Sonography.

Salvatore LaRusso, M.Ed., RDMS, ARRT, FAIUM, a Level II Sonographer and senior instructor at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center , spoke to the students about his 30+ years' experience in the field. 

Cristy L. Murray, BS, RDCS (AE, PE) and South Hills DMS graduate, provided an informative and inspirational overview of her three years working as a pediatric echocardiographer at the UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh
Sal LaRusso, Senior Sonographer and Radiology Instructor at Penn State Health Milton S.Hershey Medical Center,
Cristy L. Murray, Pediatric Echocardiographer at the UPMC Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Blood Wars Blood Drive
Congratulations to the Blood Wars winners and THANK YOU to everyone who donated!
We held an  American Red Cross Blood Drive at our State College campu s, which was turned into a blood wars event.

South Hills Blood Wars are annual friendly competitions typically between our campuses to help motivate donors and increase the number of blood donations.

Since State College was the only campus to host a blood drive yesterday, we asked donors to represent their programs for the Blood Wars. Alumni help was sought and public walk-ins were welcomed, as well.

Turnout was amazing, and the Red Cross staff said we exceeded our collection goal! Our Administrative Professiona l & Business Administration–Management & Marketing programs tied for most donations.
11th Annual Infusive Design
Our Graphic Arts (GA) Program recently held their 11th annual gallery show, “ Infusive Design,” at the Art Alliance of Central PA. This event was started in 2006 by GA Program Coordinator, Ray Liddick, and is designed to showcase work created by members of the graduating GA class. This year’s selections included a variety of projects ranging from posters, publication designs, and illustrations to 3-D packaging designs and advertising campaigns. All work on display was created as part of the project-oriented Graphic Arts two year AST program.  

Graphic Arts instructor, Jim Colbert, commented “ Infusive Design is a wonderful opportunity for the students to select and display the “best of the best” of their work. It’s truly a delight from the faculty perspective to watch the growth these students over the course of two years, and it’s very rewarding to see their enthusiasm and watch them shine during this special evening.”
The poster for Infusive Design was designed by 2018 graduate Nichole Yatta, currently employed as a graphic designer for Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County (CBICC).  
Larissa Bailey Visits Lewistown Campus
Thank you to Larissa Bailey, representative for  Senator Pat Toomey , for taking some time to visit our Lewistown Campus! She is shown here on the left left, pictured with our Lewistown Campus Director, Barbara Harer.

Learn more about our
Lewistown Campus here .
South Hills Alumni Named 2018 Ella Reagle
Staff Assistant
Congratulations to Terra Ingram, who is a 2006 graduate of our Business Administration–Management & Marketing program! She was recently named recipient of the 2018 Ella Reagle Staff Assistant Award in the  Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences . She completed her Master's Degree this summer and is currently an Administrative Support Coordinator in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education.
Upcoming Events
11/01/18
Career Exploration Day
This annual event provides an opportunity to sit in on classes, get a glimpse into student life, and learn about career opportunities from local employers and South Hills alumni.

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