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South Hills President S. Paul Mazza III, Commissioner Michael Pipe, and Assistant Director of Education Sue Vidmar

(l-r) S. Paul Mazza III – President of South Hills School of Business & Technology, Centre County Commissioner Michael Pipe, and Susan Vidmar – Director of Education, South Hills School of Business & Technology

by Joan Andrews
South Hills Public Relations Specialist

STATE COLLEGE — County Commissioner Michael Pipe recently toured the South Hills School of Business & Technology main campus in State College. As county commissioner and a member of the Governor’s Workforce Development Board, Pipe is assessing how Centre County and the state can best prepare Pennsylvanians for new careers, thus improving their quality of life.

Following his tour, Pipe commented, “The energy, excitement, and promise of the future that I experienced at South Hills reminds me of the importance of collaboration between educators in Centre County.” Pipe stated his visit helped him learn more about the inner workings of the Centre region’s institutions of higher learning and their specific contributions to the area.

President Paul Mazza commented, “It is always a blessing to share South Hills with someone new. Michael’s visit afforded me the opportunity to see our school through his eyes and to be reminded of how critically important our role is in preparing students to meet the needs of area businesses and organizations.”



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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.