South Hills Community News Release
ALTOONA — Information Technology (IT) students from South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Altoona Campus recently traveled to the Microsoft® Training Center in Malvern, PA to attend Code Camp 2018. The event provided 8 hours of free learning and networking and was run by Phlly.NET (Philadelphia Area .NET User Group), a user group focusing on Microsoft technologies.
The students had the opportunity to learn about some of the newest technologies available from professional developers and had a chance to meet with representatives from companies that hire entry-level IT graduates. South Hills Information Technology Program Instructor, Guido Santella, coordinated the trip and said, “I took my students to Code Camp this year because they are on their way to becoming professionals in technology and this event gave them a chance to meet some of the best in the field. They had exposure to developers that have been working in IT for 20 years, and they were able to keep up and have solid conversations with them about new technologies. Many of the people we talked with were surprised by what we teach at South Hills - the classes that we teach and the quality of the content. They were all very helpful in answering questions and encouraging the students.”
The students got to play with an 84” Microsoft Surface and explore a modern data center. They also attended an Internet of Things (IoT) demo to learn about technologies that connect household and commercial objects and devices like home appliances, security systems, thermostats, and cars to the internet.
In addition, the students were able to choose from more than 45 training sessions including:
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.