South Hills Community News Release
LEWISTOWN, PA – Each Specialized Associate Degree program at South Hills School of Business & Technology has a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that is made up of practitioners in their respective fields. South Hills selects a diverse representation of employers, internship site supervisors, and South Hills alumni to serve as PAC members. The meetings are held twice yearly to obtain feedback and ideas for improvement to the program curriculum, learning resources, equipment and facilities, and program objectives.
Barbara Harer, Director of the Lewistown Campus, added, “Not only do the PAC members provide us with timely industry information, but they also serve an active part of the school. Important decisions about our programs are based on recommendations from our PAC members, making them a valuable part of the Lewistown Campus.”
South Hills strives to involve the PAC members as much as possible by welcoming them to view capstone project presentations, asking them to serve as guest speakers in our classes, and inviting them to conduct mock interviews with our students.
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.