South Hills Community News Release
ALTOONA, PA — Information Technology (IT) students from South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Altoona Campus recently traveled to the Microsoft® Training Center in Malvern, PA to attend Philly.NET Code Camp 2019. This two day event provided free learning & networking and was organized by Philly.NET (Philadelphia Area .NET User Group), a user group focusing on Microsoft® technologies.
The students were exposed to some of the newest technologies available from professional developers and had a chance to meet with representatives from companies that hire entry-level IT graduates. South Hills IT Instructor, Guido Santella, coordinated the trip and said, “Our main goal at South Hills is to help our students land a new career. Going to events like this allows the students to get up close to what is currently happening in the world of software development, information technology, and the cloud so they can be prepared to attain this goal. And since most of our learning comes from a hands-on approach, I always find new technology at these events to bring back and experiment with in my classroom."
In addition, the students were able to choose from more than 45 training sessions including:
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.