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Information Technology student with his PC Water Cooling System

South Hills Community News Release

STATE COLLEGE — Second-year Information Technology (IT) students at South Hills School of Business & Technology are required to put together final capstone projects upon completion of their program, which involves the students finding real-world IT problems and coming up with a resolution to those issues.

Lewistown Campus IT Student, Daryl Wilson, built an internal water cooling system for a computer tower from scratch. This piece of equipment is an all-in-one tower with an internalized reservoir. Daryl wanted to highlight the benefits of using an internal water cooling system such as enhancing the transfer of heat between components due to water's propensity to transfer heat more efficiently than air, as well as having a PC that runs more quietly due to it not needing fans to blow over a heat sink to cool it down.

The cooling system had to be fully functional, it couldn’t leak or overheat, it had to be organized, and it needed to be finished without spending over $100. Daryl completed the project spending only $88 and used a variety of tools and parts such as a water reservoir & pump, 80mm radiator, distilled water, blue dye, 6 feet of clear tubing, hose clamps, CPU water block, and silver coil. View photos of his project below.

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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.