Event Coverage by Mary Bunge
South Hills Administrative Professional Student
STATE COLLEGE -- The Career Services Team at South Hills School of Business & Technology recently sponsored a Brown Bag Speaker Series event at the State College main campus. Michelle Simpson, Director of Human Resources for the Bellefonte Area School District, and a South Hills graduate presented to both first- and second-year Administrative Professional (AP) program and Business Administration—Management & Marketing (BAMM) program students, as well as faculty members.
The annual Brown Bag Speaker Series highlights the work and accomplishments of the school’s alumni and other community leaders and provides current students with the opportunity to gain wisdom and insights from a diverse group of presenters.
Ms. Simpson opened her presentation with, “Do what you love; love what you do.” She added: “Success on the job involves several factors such as good attendance, professionalism, good communication skills, a positive attitude; and competencies in both “hard” and “soft” skills. Simpson also stressed that demonstrating kindness to others in the workplace enhances job performance and builds trust among employees. Ms. Simpson encourages lifelong learning and professional development.
After graduating from South Hills, Simpson went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from St. Francis University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree.
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.