South Hills Community News Release
LEWISTOWN — Information Technology (IT) students from South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Lewistown campus had a unique opportunity to tour GoHost, LLC, a disaster recovery hosting and management service.
The tour was hosted by Kacy Clouser, Esq., Special Assistant to the CEO of Genesis Systems, Inc., GoHost’s parent company, and GoHost Network Administrators, John Sterner and Brad Bell, a South Hills graduate. The students got a behind-the-scenes look at the state-of-the-art data center. The students also learned about the history of the company and how it was formed in 2015 to address a sister company’s need for comprehensive hosting and disaster recovery solutions for enterprise-level systems. GoHost, LLC offers services on a national level, and their customers include government agencies and financial institutions, in addition to private companies.
Matt Penning, Information Technology Instructor and Program Coordinator, said, “The tour provided our first- and second-year students with a great opportunity to learn about GoHost’s equipment; their infrastructure; and see first-hand the operation of a secure facility where protection of customer data is one of the top priorities.”
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.