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Dr. Robert Atnip speaking to Diagnostic Medical Sonography students

South Hills Community News Release

"For most types of ultrasound scanning, we are imaging anatomy. In vascular ultrasound, we are looking at physiology. We see the physiology happening right in front of our eyes in real time, and it's all noninvasive."

STATE COLLEGE — Such was the opening statement of Dr. Robert Atnip's presentation to South Hills School of Business & Technology’s second-year Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) students.

Dr. Atnip, Professor of Surgery and Director of Noninvasive Vascular Lab at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, continued by reviewing the development of diagnostic ultrasound imaging from the beginnings of scientific theory. He described Pythagoras' experiment with vibrating strings, Aristotle's experiments of sound moving through the air, Galileo’s work with frequency and pitch of the sound, and finally Pierre Curie's discovery of the Piezoelectric effect in 1880.

He went on to discuss modern pioneers of duplex Doppler ultrasound used in vascular diagnoses, such as Dr. Eugene Strandness of the University of Washington in the 1970's. The equipment used in this groundbreaking research was primitive by today's standards but set the stage for the development of the sophisticated equipment in use today.

He presented several interesting cases in which vascular ultrasound played an important role, described the day-to-day experiences of working in a vascular ultrasound lab and ended by fielding many questions from the class.

Dr. Atnip has been a member of the South Hills DMS Advisory Board for many years as the Medical Advisor for the vascular track, one of three tracks available in the CAAHEP-accredited Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.

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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.