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The 2019 Sonographers' Symposium, in its eighth year, attracted over a hundred attendees from six states.

South Hills Community News Release

STATE COLLEGE, PA – South Hills School of Business & Technology recently held the 2019 Sonographers’ Symposium. Now in its eighth year, the Symposium has grown to attract attendees from all across the Northeast. The event featured renowned speakers from Johns Hopkins, Thomas Jefferson, and Penn State Universities. This year's keynote speaker was nationally known lecturer and author, Dr. Frederick Kremkau of Wake Forest University.

When Tricia Turner, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program Coordinator, recognized a need for additional educational opportunities for South Hills graduates and the local sonography community, she set out to create a platform to address that need.

"We created the symposium to offer our sonography community high-quality, continuing medical education by bringing in renowned experts in the field to share their knowledge and experiences. The symposium also allows sonographers from different facilities the opportunity to network, share their experiences, and expand their knowledge," Ms. Turner added.

In addition to featuring distinguished speakers, the symposium also creates an opportunity for South Hills graduates, now experts in their designated fields, to present an academic lecture or hands-on demonstration to a large audience. This year's conference featured presentations from four South Hills graduates, as well as two current South Hills DMS students.

The symposium’s “Technical Showcase” features major manufacturers from the ultrasound community to demonstrate some of their newest technologies and concepts. This year, representatives from Siemens, Philips, GE Healthcare, Lantheus Medical Imaging®, and Unetixs Vascular, Inc. were in attendance.

"The relationship we have developed with the manufacturing community is a win-win situation," commented Ms. Turner. "It is so important for sonographers to keep up with rapidly changing technology. The Technical Showcase allows the vendors to share this technology with a focused group, and the sonographers can witness the latest advancements from each vendor."

The real beneficiaries of the symposium over the last eight years have been the sonographers as the symposium offers attendees the opportunity to earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits which are required for sonographers to maintain their professional credentials.

This year's conference drew over 100 participants from 6 states, about half of whom are South Hills graduates. "We feel the symposium expands understanding as well as updates knowledge of ultrasound technology and innovative sonographic applications," commented Ms. Turner.

Plans for the 2020 Sonographers' Symposium are already underway. Stay tuned to www.southhills.edu for updates on next year's event as they become available.

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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.