South Hills Community News Release
ALTOONA — Information Technology (IT) students from South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Altoona Campus attended the 21st annual LinkUp Technology Conference held at the Blair County Convention Center on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
As the largest technology conference in Pennsylvania, the LinkUp Technology Conference attracts hundreds of participants each year. Attending the conference gave the IT students an opportunity to gain insights into the most current hardware and software available, as well as the chance to network with industry experts from companies such as Link Computer Corporation, Meraki, Dell/EMC, Sophos, Cisco, Barracuda Networks, Kaspersky Labs, and VM Ware. This year’s Keynote Speaker was Reginald “Reggy” Lieger, Cisco Cyber Security Specialist, who spoke to the attendees about leadership and securing the power of technology.
The IT students also attended a variety of break-out education sessions throughout the day such as:
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.