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Criminal Justice Students Attend PA Pardon Initiative Seminar

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Pictured from left to right are Matt Franchak (Chief of Staff to Lt. Gov. Stack), Venus Shade (South Hills Criminal Justice Instructor), Bobbi Kanagy (South Hills CJ Student), Heather Marker (South Hills CJ Student), and Steve Burk (PA DOC Interagency Liaison).

by Jodie LeMaster
South Hills Marketing Team

LEWISTOWN — Criminal Justice (CJ) students from the Lewistown campus of South Hills School of Business & Technology attended a “Pathway to Pardons” seminar presented by Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack on Thursday, May 11.

For people who’ve made mistakes early in their lives, criminal histories have lasting consequences which can haunt them for years or even decades. To help them reclaim their lives and get a second chance, the “Pathway to Pardons” or “P2P” initiative was created by the Office of Lieutenant Governor, PA Board of Pardons, and the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs in collaboration with PA Recovery Organizations Alliance (PRO•A), PA Department of Corrections, PA Probation and Parole, Lawyers for Social Equity, and many stakeholders throughout Pennsylvania. The “P2P” initiative aims to streamline the process of getting a pardon for citizens of Pennsylvania who are in long-term recovery.

Lt. Gov. Stack has traveled the state to promote the “P2P” initiative and help PA residents better understand the process of applying for a pardon and the requirements that must be met for an application to be considered.

There will be ongoing seminars, workshops, and town hall meetings hosted throughout the state. These events will include information on pardons, commutations, expungements, and how the characteristics of sustained recovery align with the elements of a pardon investigation. Visit the PRO•A website to learn more about the Pennsylvania pardons process and the “P2P” initiative, and check the PRO•A online calendar for upcoming “P2P” seminars. Learn more about the Criminal Justice specialized associate degree program at South Hills at www.southhills.edu/CJ.

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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.