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South Hills Graphic Arts Students Complete Capstone Projects

Hand-bound type specimen books created by the 2019 second-year Graphic Arts students.

South Hills Community News Release

STATE COLLEGE — At the end of the 2019 Winter Term, second-year Graphic Arts (GA) students at South Hills School of Business & Technology's Main Campus in State College presented their capstone projects following the completion of the three typography classes in the program. The assignment challenged the students with creating a hand-bound type specimen book.

A type specimen book is a printed brochure, catalog, or book published by type foundries and printers to demonstrate the range and quality of their work or to introduce a new font to consumers. Type specimen books have been an essential part of the printing trade since the 15th century.

To create their type specimen books, the GA students were required to feature a single font with a range of variations and choose a topic about which to create the content for the book. They presented their finished type specimen books to their peers, the GA faculty, and other South Hills faculty and staff. Ray Liddick, GA Program Coordinator, provided additional commentary about the artists’ processes, emphasizing the lessons each student learned throughout the process.



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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.