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Career Services Coordinator Ellen Spinelli is shown at 2019 PSU Days Part I.

Career Services Coordinator Ellen Spinelli is shown making opening remarks at 2019 PSU Days Part I.

South Hills Community News Release

STATE COLLEGE — For the last nineteen years, second-year students from all three of South Hills School of Business & Technology's campus locations have participated in “PSU Day” events hosted by the South Hills Career Services department. The alliance between South Hills and the Pennsylvania State University was formed in 2000 to give South Hills students the opportunity to explore internship opportunities at PSU, which, in turn, helps the university find well-trained employees for its administrative offices.

Each specialized associate degree program at South Hills requires students to complete an internship before graduation. Hundreds of South Hills students have completed internships and/or have been hired as employees of Penn State since the establishment of the South Hills/PSU partnership in 2000.

Nearly 90 South Hills students marked the beginning of the “Internship Season” by participating in PSU Day Part I. The day began with a guided bus tour of the PSU campus at University Park. After the tour, the students were taken to The Founder's Room at the Bryce Jordan Center where they heard from two 2018 South Hills graduates who have recently been through the PSU internship process and who are both now employed at the university.

Tammy McCoy, Administrative Professional graduate and Administrative Support for PSU – Civil & Environmental Engineering, and James Thomas, Information Technology graduate and Desktop Support for Enterprise Information Services, discussed how South Hills provided them with the necessary tools to be successful in their internships that led them to their current positions.

Cole Hons, Media Manager for PSU – Huck Institutes-Life Sciences, provided the students with several tips, giving them a list of "dos and don’ts" for their upcoming internships. To close out PSU Day I, Business Administration – Management & Marketing alumnus and PSU – Human Resources Multimedia Specialist, Michael Keller, guided the students step-by-step through the employment process at Penn State.

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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.