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Information Technology Students at HackPSU

Information Technology instructor, Guido Santella (far left), is shown at HackPSU with IT students (L-R) Joshua Allison, Matthew Duman, Omar Brown, Dylan Gressick, Cody Virgillo, and Cameron Buynack.

by Joan Andrews
South Hills Public Relations Specialist

with Jodie LeMaster
South Hills Webmaster

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Information Technology (IT) students from South Hills School of Business & Technology's Altoona campus participated in a creative 24-hour learning experience at HackPSU, a “hackathon” event hosted by Penn State University where students can learn to code or experienced programmers can compete to build something from scratch. South Hills instructor, Guido Santella, 6 current IT students, and 1 IT alumnus joined the collaborative venture with 600 other participants from across the nation for HackPSU on November 4 at the University Park campus in downtown State College.

Teams comprised of programmers ranging from seasoned coding veterans to first-time hackers were challenged to use their training in languages and technologies such as HTML, CSS, Javascript, C#, ASP.NET with Entity Framework, NodeJS, VueJS, and Asterisk (VOIP), to design new software solutions to solve real-world problems. The South Hills group formed into two teams to compete from 2:00pm Saturday straight through until 10:00am Sunday for a total of 21 hours including Saturday's time change. At the end of the event, each team had created a software solution that didn't exist before they had arrived.

Throughout the hackathon, participants were mentored by leading software developers from IBM, Raytheon, Blackboard, AccuWeather, GM, The Vanguard Group, Google, and other nationally recognized corporations, and they were given the opportunity to test out some of the latest virtual reality (VR) gear and IoT (internet of things) devices.

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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.