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South Hills School Holds 7th Annual Sonographers’ Symposium

Guest speaker at the Sonographers symposium

South Hills Community News Release

STATE COLLEGE — The seventh annual Sonographers’ Symposium was hosted by South Hills School of Business & Technology at the school’s State College Main Campus. More than 100 participants attended the conference.

Training for a career in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) profession has been offered at South Hills since 1995, with hundreds of successful DMS graduates now using their specialized associate degrees in a variety of medical settings and laboratories across the country.

Seven years ago, the sonography department at South Hills decided to broaden their outreach by providing continual medical education (CME) training to their graduates and other sonography professionals throughout the country. As participants increase their knowledge in the ever-expanding field of medical imaging, they are also given the opportunity to network with leaders in the field, fellow sonographers, and ultrasound equipment manufacturers. The symposium is an opportunity for sonographers to exchange views, share expertise, and observe some of the latest advancements in technology.

Sonography is a multi-specialty profession that uses ultrasound as its primary technology to evaluate and record images of various parts of the body. Many sonographers also assist physicians and surgeons during minimally invasive procedures such as biopsies and injections as well as surgical procedures.

Diverse topics were presented in seminars throughout the day by leaders in the field of sonography from The Cleveland Clinic, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Carilion Clinic, and Navix Diagnostix.


A variety of topics were discussed at this year’s symposium included the expanding use of contrast in general sonography labs, treatment of brain aneurysms, and pediatric echocardiography.

During the Technical Showcase, company representatives from GE Healthcare, Siemens, Lantheus, Vasculab, and Unetixs gave hands-on demonstrations of their latest, state-of-the-art technologies.

Each year, the DMS students volunteer their time and effort to bring awareness and support to a chosen charity. Throughout the 2017-18 school year, DMS students collected $1,500 for Dragonfly Forest, a charity that provides camping opportunities to children with serious illnesses or disorders. During the symposium, Lesley Hogan, DMS second-year student, announced that the 2018-19 DMS fundraiser beneficiary will be the West Penn Burn Center Summer Camp.



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Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

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.