by Joan Andrews
South Hills Public Relations Specialist
and Jodie LeMaster
South Hills Webmaster
STATE COLLEGE — Annually since 2014, the Career Services Office at the State College main campus of South Hills School of Business & Technology has sponsored the “Brown Bag Speaker Series” to help students begin planning the path they will take after graduation and familiarize them with Career Services staff members. Each program has a special speaker.
For the first BBSS event of the new school year, Career Services arranged for second-year Criminal Justice students to hear from guest speaker, Theresa Kieffer, Senior Program Director with the Youth Service Bureau (YSB) of Centre County. Kieffer spoke about the wide range of issues her agency handles and about the types of jobs available through YSB. Keiffer supervises a number of community and family outreach services and plans to return to South Hills later this month to teach a “Stewards of Children” workshop.
Shown in photo: Ben Lukens, Ellen Spinelli – South Hills Career Services Coordinator, Joseph Yedlosky, Theresa Kieffer – Guest Speaker, Shane Montgomery, Mary Polak, and Jennifer Stover – Criminal Justice Program Coordinator/Instructor.
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.