by Susan J. Burlingame
South Hills Public Relations Specialist
STATE COLLEGE — Engineering Technology instructor Gary Powers can add “textbook author” to his list of accomplishments, and his students will be the beneficiaries. Powers recently wrote a book, titled Trigonometry for Engineering Technology with Mechanical, Civil, and Architectural Applications, which was published by Industrial Press in New York.
Written for engineering technology students, the book teaches the fundamentals of right- angle trigonometry to those who are new to the subject. It works as both an in-class training manual and a self-study refresher.
“I really wanted to provide my students with a comprehensive guide to one of the subjects they will apply over and over again once they launch their careers,” commented Powers, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. “I’ve been teaching at South Hills for 16 years, and it was time to formalize the knowledge I’d been sharing.”
The engineering technology program at South Hills helps students develop the practical and technological skills they will need to assist professional engineers in mechanical, civil, or architectural fields. Graduates emerge with an associate degree and have launched successful careers as product development technicians, engineering technicians, CAD designers, and more.
For more information about the South Hills Engineering Technology program, click here.
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.