South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE — Vicky Barto, Director of Staff Development for Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, recently visited South Hills School of Business & Technology’s main campus to share advice about how to conduct a successful job search. Students had the opportunity to gain insight into current hiring practices from Barto, a human resources veteran with more than 20 years of experience.
Ms. Barto covered topics ranging from preparing for job interviews to salary negotiations. She urged students to not look for just any job; but, rather find a place to work where they can grow and evolve in their careers. “Research the employer and learn all you can about them,” said Barto. “Find out about their mission, vision, and core values. Make sure that your principles are in alignment with the company’s and that will help to determine if you’re a good cultural fit.”
Adjunct Instructor for South Hills Business Administration—Management & Marketing program, Eleanor Martin, organized the event. “We want to prepare our current students to be ready for interviews for student internships and to know what to expect when they look for jobs after graduation. Vicky is clearly knowledgeable about hiring practices, and we appreciate that she cares about the community enough to invest her time in helping our students succeed.”
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.