South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE — A post-secondary education at South Hills School of Business & Technology opens the doors to multiple opportunities. Many South Hills alumni enter the workforce immediately after graduating with their Specialized Associate Degrees, while others choose to continue their education by enrolling in Bachelor’s Degree programs.
South Hills has developed unique partnerships called Articulation Agreements with a number of 4-year colleges and universities. These agreements are designed to help continuing students make a smooth transition between institutions and programs. The agreements outline how credits earned in select South Hills Specialized Associate Degree programs can be transferred and applied toward the completion of a Bachelor's Degree in a related field in order to prevent duplicating coursework.
One of the universities with which South Hills has secured an Articulation Agreement is Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. Dr. Julie Barris, Director of Career Services / Adult Degree & Continuing Studies Associate Dean at Saint Francis, occasionally visits the South Hills Main Campus in State College to share information about Bachelor’s Degree completion options with current South Hills students.
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.