by Joan Andrews
South Hills Public Relations Specialist
LEWISTOWN — Barbara Harer, Director of the Lewistown campus of South Hills School of Business & Technology, was recently honored as one of the top 100 business leaders in central PA in the January 27, 2017, edition of the Pennsylvania Business Central publication. Final nominees were selected from a 23 country radius for their professional and community contributions.
Barb Harer joined South Hills in 2002 as director of the Philipsburg campus and transferred to the Lewistown school location in 2009 to become its enthusiastic director. She became part of the South Hills family long before that as a student, where she earned two associate degrees in Business Administration, Management & Marketing and Information Technology.
Whether she’s serving the business community or dedicating her time and talents to community service organizations, Barb brings her strong leadership qualities and passion to everything she does. Barb knows the pleasure and reward of volunteerism and emphasizes its value to her faculty, staff, and students. She strongly encourages the students at the Lewistown campus to become involved in community service as well.
Congratulations are extended to Barb Harer for the “double-dip” of recognition she honorably attained within the last five months. South Hills was additionally proud of its dedicated school director, as Barb was recognized in October 2016 as a leading businesswoman in the state.
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.