by Joan Andrews
South Hills Public Relations Specialist
with Jodie LeMaster
South Hills Webmaster
LEWISTOWN — South Hills School of Business & Technology is proud to announce that Barbara Harer, Director of the South Hills Lewistown location, was recently recognized as a leading business woman who is making a difference in central Pennsylvania.
Barb is one of 36 women honored in The Pennsylvania Business Central’s Women Making A Difference September 2016 publication. The PA Business Central is a business journal which covers 23 counties in central Pennsylvania. The women were chosen for this recognition because of their inspiring influence as role models in business and in their communities.
Barb isn’t just an employee at South Hills, she’s also an alumna, having earned two specialized associate degrees at South Hills in Business Administration–Management & Marketing in 1987 and in Computer Information Systems (now called Information Technology) in 1998.
With her extensive background at South Hills, Barb demonstrates her knowledge and strong leadership qualities to her students, faculty, and staff on a daily basis. Her high standards of professionalism, inspiration, integrity, innovation, and optimism make South Hills Lewistown a motivational and pleasant place to work and study. Barb is greatly appreciated by all.
It is Barb’s spirit for serving her students and the local community that gives her this level of recognition within the region. The list of community organizations and advisory boards on which she serves is extensive. With a strong desire to enrich the lives of her students, Barb also involves them in a number of rewarding community events in Lewistown throughout the year.
Barb Harer lives in Livonia with her husband and Civil War re-enactor, Duane, and their fuzzy-friend, Rudy, the dog.
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.