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South Hills Information Technology Students Attend Bsides Flood City 2019 Information Security Conference

IT students from the Altoona Campus of South Hills at BSides Flood City 2019

Left to right: IT Instructor Guido Santella with IT students Marceal Moultrie, Jason Schopp, Rachel Hock, John Hinkledire, Brandon Hazenstab, Jonathan Svitana, Phillip Washington

South Hills Community News Release

ALTOONA, PA — Information Technology (IT) students from South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Altoona Campus recently attended BSides Flood City 2019 (BSides FC) in Johnstown, PA. The event provided students with an opportunity to learn about a variety of information security platforms and to network with security experts and industry professionals.

The students were exposed to some of the newest technologies available and were able to choose from several workshop sessions including topics such as:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Security automation
  • Cyber-crime
  • The “Dark Web”
  • Risk management
  • Scripting with Python and Bash
  • Open source cyber tools for defense
  • Docker containerization technology

South Hills IT Instructor, Guido Santella, coordinated the trip and said, “Our IT students benefit from attending events like BSides Flood City. They get the chance to learn about current and future technologies and to learn from top-notch speakers and IT professionals who’ve been in the field for several years. Cybersecurity is an important topic for students to become familiar with as the prevention of cyber-crime is an ongoing challenge for businesses and individuals.”

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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.