South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE — First- and second-year Criminal Justice (CJ) program students from South Hills School of Business & Technology’s main campus attended a presentation by graduates of the program. The event was part of the annual Brown Bag Speaker Series organized by the school’s Career Services Team and faculty members. Students had an opportunity to learn about careers and internship opportunities in law enforcement, corrections, and loss prevention, as well as employment opportunities available to them after graduation.
One of the presenters, State Correctional Institution – Rockview Corrections Officer and South Hills alumni, Josh Brown, discussed career opportunities in law enforcement and the skills necessary for success. Brown spoke about the hiring process; described the jobs and special teams available within the facility, and provided insight into what it’s like to be a corrections officer working with prisoners.
Career Services Coordinator, Ellen Spinelli, said, “We feel that bringing our alumni in to speak to current students is a great way to give them a glimpse into the day-to-day responsibilities of professionals in the field of criminal justice. There are many types of careers to explore and we want to allow them to learn about all the possibilities before they start searching for internships and job opportunities.”
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.