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This photo shows students working on projects

South Hills Community News Release

ALTOONA — In early October, Information Technology (IT) program students and faculty members from South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Altoona and Lewistown Campuses participated in a creative 24-hour learning experience at the HackPSU Fall 2018 event hosted by Penn State University. South Hills IT students joined the collaborative venture with 700 other students from across the nation to compete as teams in technical and design skills challenges.

Teams were made up of individuals of all experience levels and competed for prizes of up to $500.  Participants also had the opportunity to participate in numerous workshops offered by leading technology companies and industry experts such as Neural Network Security, Human Centric Design, and Hacking Amazon Alexa.

Guido Santella, IT Instructor at the South Hills Altoona Campus believes in exposing students to opportunities like HackPSU and said, “We try to get the students involved just to get a feel of what it is like to work on real projects and collaborate with others to build with new technology.”

A team of second-year students (Cameron Buynack, Omar Brown, Tyler Davis) worked on the HackPSU Tech Challenge for KCF Technologies in State College.  The project involved designing a smart doorway that tracks how many people enter and exit a room. During the challenge, the students utilized technologies such as Python, Raspberry Pi Hardware with ultrasonic sensors, Amazon Web Services (AWS) API Gateway, AWS Lambda, AWS Relational Database Service, SQL, Javascript, Vue.js, HTML, and CSS.

Another team of first-year students (Polly Frantz, Shedaisy King, Jason Schopp) worked on the HackPSU Design Challenge which consisted of designing an app for park rangers of the National Park Service.  It included mocking up a user experience for the app in Adobe XD. Click here for details of their project.



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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.