South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE — South Hills School of Business & Technology Alumna, Tracy Spade, is the University Development Counselor at Grand Canyon University (GCU). She recently visited our State College Main Campus, bringing pizza and GCU mementos to celebrate the announcement of a scholarship partnership between South Hills and GCU that offers South Hills alumni and employees 10% off GCU tuition.
Tracy travels throughout the Central PA region and works with prospective students to help them determine if GCU can help them earn a bachelor's, master's, or PhD.
Grand Canyon University is a private, Christian University located in Arizona that has 15,500 students at its brick-and-mortar campus in Phoenix and now educates more than 60,000 online students. GCU was founded in 1949 and offers over 190 programs and 150 online academic degrees in Business, Education, Fine Arts & Production, Humanities & Social Sciences, Liberal Arts, Nursing & Health, as well as Christian Studies.
South Hills students are able to start the GCU application process at any time, even before they graduate! For more information on the South Hills/GCU partnership, please click here. To find information about all of South Hills School of Business & Technology's transfer-of-credit/articulation agreements, please click here.
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.