by Jeff Stachowski
South Hills Community Outreach Director
Since 2000, second-year students from all three South Hills School of Business & Technology campuses have participated in “PSU Days” events sponsored by the South Hills Career Services department. The alliance between South Hills and the Pennsylvania State University was formed to give South Hills students the opportunity to explore internship opportunities at PSU, which subsequently helps the university find quality, well-trained employees for its administrative offices. Each specialized associate degree program at South Hills requires students to complete an internship before graduation. Hundreds of South Hills students have completed internships and/or have been hired as employees of Penn State since the establishment of the SHSBT/PSU partnership.
Last month, more than 80 South Hills students marked the beginning of the “Internship Season” at South Hills with PSU Days – Part 1. The day began with a guided bus tour of the PSU campus at University Park. The focus was on the buildings that house key administrative offices such as the Shields Building which features the Bursar, Office of Student Aid, and Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of the Physical Plant.
After the tour, the students were taken to the Founders room in the Bryce Jordan Center for several informational presentations. Ellen Spinelli, Career Services Coordinator for South Hills, described the placement services available to them at South Hills. Afterward, Claudia Snyder, Marketing Communication Account Specialist from The Smeal College of Business Executive Programs, explained the internship experience at Penn State.
Following Snyder’s presentation, two 2016 South Hills graduates who have both gone through the entire internship and hiring process at PSU shared their experiences. Amanda Ryder, Administrative Professional graduate, talked about her job with the Office of Sponsored Programs, and Bryan Butler spoke about what it’s like being an Information Technology graduate working with the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State. The day concluded with Madhavi Kari, Talent Acquisition Specialist at the PSU Office of Human Resources, guiding the students step-by-step through the process of applying for a job at Penn State.
The Career Services department at South Hills works diligently year-round to prepare for Internship Season. Three major Internship Season events are scheduled in Spring 2017:
In addition to PSU Days, South Hills holds two Network Career Fairs annually to give students the chance to connect with dozens of local employers as they seek the internships they need to graduate. As the students distribute their resumes, they get a unique opportunity to network with the South Hills alumni who represent several of the local businesses in attendance. Employers interested in finding an intern or hiring a South Hills graduate should consider attending one or both of our Network Career Fairs in State College and Altoona. To reserve a space for your company, fill out the Network Career Fair Employer Registration form.
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.