South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE — This year marks 18 years of partnership between South Hills School of Business & Technology and Penn State University (PSU). This alliance was formed to provide South Hills students with the opportunity to explore internship opportunities at PSU.
The Career Services department at South Hills works diligently year-round to prepare for internship season knowing that each specialized associate degree program at South Hills requires students to complete an internship prior to graduation. Since the establishment of the SHSBT/PSU partnership, hundreds of South Hills students have completed internships and/or have been hired as employees at Penn State.
PSU Days Part I began with a guided bus tour of the University Park Campus. The focus of the tour was to showcase the key administrative offices in which they could potentially be interning. Students were then taken to the Founders Room in the Bryce Jordan Center for informational presentations by a PSU Human Resources Representative, a PSU Internship Supervisor, and two, 2016 South Hills graduates, Amanda Ryder & Bryan Butler, who have successfully completed their internships at PSU, and were hired on afterward.
During Part II of PSU Days, employees from Penn State come to South Hills to meet with second year students to give further information about the internship opportunities that are available to them. This event provides South Hills students with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with potential employers from different departments at PSU such as Marketing, Information Technology, and Human Resources.
Michael Keller, Multimedia Specialist in the Office of Human Resources at Penn State and South Hills graduate adds, “Penn State has a long-standing and fruitful relationship with South Hills. Both institutions benefit from the other in that the students at South Hills have a great opportunity to get hands-on professional experience, while Penn State will often hire these talented individuals. In my office alone, I’ve worked with at least six graduates of South Hills. If it weren’t for South Hills and the relationship with Penn State, I probably would not be in the position I’m in today.” Keller earned his Asssociate in Specialized Business Degree in Business Administration—Management & Marketing from South Hills in 2008.
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.