South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE, PA – On Thursday, June 20, 2019, South Hills School of Business & Technology held its 49th annual commencement ceremony for the graduating class of June 2019 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.
The President’s Hall was filled with family and friends who came to commend the graduates as they crossed the stage to receive their Specialized Associate Degrees. The now-alumni were students of the following programs:
Special messages were delivered by keynote speaker and recently retired Director of Education, David Schaitkin, as well as graduate speakers Catarina J. Stevens, Brandi J. Owens, and Rachel Ann Jones, who were selected to represent their respective South Hills campus location.
Vern Squier, Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC) President & CEO, and Jennifer Myers, CBICC Vice President, Economic Development, were in attendance to recognize the first graduating class of students who achieved the CentreREADY designation.
The following academic awards were presented at the commencement ceremony:
South Hills School of Business & Technology Award – Criminal Justice
South Hills School of Business & Technology Award – Diagnostic Medical Sonography
South Hills School of Business & Technology Award – Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional
South Hills School of Business & Technology Award – Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus
South Hills School of Business & Technology Award – Health Information Technology
South Hills School of Business & Technology Award – Medical Assistant
The Travis Mellott Memorial Award was established to recognize academic achievement in the Business Administration—Accounting program.
The Ray Houseman Memorial Award is presented to a student from the Altoona Campus who displays Ray Houseman’s best qualities: his dependability, his friendly & cheerful personality, and, most of all, his willingness to help.
The Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce Community Award is presented to a student from the Lewistown Campus who has volunteered his or her time and knowledge to positively affect the overall quality of the community.
The JoAnn M. Bonfatto Memorial Award is presented to a student at the State College Main Campus that typifies the following attributes: enthusiasm, willingness to help others, friendly and cheerful personality, dependability, and initiative.
The Jodi Warshaw Self-Sacrifice and Excellence Award was established in memory of the daughter of a South Hills staff member and is presented to a Criminal Justice graduate at the State College Main Campus who has dedicated his or her life to serving others either by volunteering as a first responder, being a member of the U.S Armed Forces, and/or actively participating in other community-oriented volunteer projects.
The Founder’s Award was created in memory of S. Paul Mazza Jr., the co-founder of South Hills School of Business & Technology. It is presented to one student from each of our campus locations who exemplifies the core values of the school’s founder: kindness to others, integrity, school involvement, and strong academic standing.
The faculty and staff at South Hills are proud of our newest alumni and wish them the best of luck in their next adventures. Congrats, graduates!
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.