South Hills Community News Release
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — Information Technology (IT) students from all three campuses (State College, Altoona, and Lewistown) of South Hills School of Business & Technology attended AccuWeather’s CODE 2019 Tech Conference at the Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA.
The students had opportunities to learn about software development and software engineering, as well as best practices, strategies, and ideas to develop technical skills.
The conference included discussions on API’s, DevOps, Data Sciences, Data Management, Web and Mobile Web, AI, Security, and Business Information Systems.
AccuWeather's Human Resources (HR) Team was available to review resumes and provided valuable feedback to help the students prepare to enter the workforce as IT professionals.
South Hills Instructor and IT Program Coordinator, Matt Penning, said, “AccuWeather did a great job organizing the event. CODE 2019 gave our students an opportunity to learn about current trends and technologies in the IT field. They also had a chance to learn from and network with experienced professionals. This conference also brought together South Hills students and faculty members from all three of our campuses and gave them a chance to share ideas and information.”
South Hills offers Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) degrees in Information Technology (IT) at all three campus locations and an AST in Software Development and Programming (SDP) at the main campus in State College.
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.