South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE — Throughout the month of December, 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. So named because students are invited to bring their own packed (brown bagged) food to the events, these lunchtime gatherings give South Hills students the opportunity to learn more from South Hills alumni and local employers who can provide valuable information, tips, and pointers to help the students start thinking about what happens after graduation.
To kick off the 2018 Brown Bag Speaker Series, Administrative Professional (AP) students had the opportunity to hear from AP alumna, Paula Colletti. Paula gave the students insight into the duties she performs as a Human Resources Generalist and discussed the various opportunities she’s had throughout her career so far.
Information Technology (IT) students from both the State College and Lewistown Campuses took an academic field trip to AccuWeather, where Leslye Garlin, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, gave the students a tour of the facility. Lewistown IT alumnus and Network Operations Center Technician, Sean McGrath, also spoke to students about his duties at AccuWeather.
Three Engineering Technology (ET) graduates, George Dick and Alyssia Lucas-Hill, both CAD Technicians at Stahl Sheaffer Engineering, and Tanner Hutchison, who is an Engineering Support Specialist at the Applied Research Lab at Penn State, returned to speak to current ET students about their current roles and how their South Hills experiences helped prepared them for their careers.
The 2018 Brown Bag Speaker Series concluded with Business Administration–Management & Marketing (BAMM) students hearing from local Jersey Mike’s franchise owner, Matt Patterson, and 2015 BAMM alumna, Morgan Donley, who is currently the General Manager of the Jersey Mike’s North Atherton location. Matt and Morgan discussed the details of purchasing a franchise as well as the different opportunities that arise from becoming a franchise owner.
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.