South Hills Press Release
ALTOONA — Information Technology (IT) students from South Hills School of Business & Technology's Altoona campus have been selected to develop new digital and print materials to promote the Healthy Blair County Coalition's (HBCC) Let’s Move Blair County! initiative.
HBCC is an active collaboration of individuals and organizations working to promote the social, economic, emotional, and physical well-being of area residents. Let’s Move Blair County! is a spin-off of the nationwide program Let’s Move! whose focus is on helping the community make healthier choices about food, nutrition, and physical activity.
The South Hills students, along with IT Instructor, Guido Santella, were given a “Win-Win” opportunity to develop valuable web and graphic design skills and, at the same time, lend their talents to the community. The students were tasked with creating a Blair County “Active Living” brochure for the HBCC website that will help community members find resources to support an active lifestyle. The site will include information about the region’s parks, trails, biking, gyms, golfing, tennis, race information, and a lot more.
Santella said, “We’re excited to work on this project. The students have been tasked to present their ideas for promoting Let’s Move Blair County! through a variety of methods including print and digital brochures and features like interactive maps of local resources. If time allows, we may develop a concept for an app for mobile devices. We want to present the committee with several options.”
Project organizers from Let’s Move Blair County! include: Tina Enderlein from the Blair County Planning Commission; Jennifer Soisson from Brush Mountain Running and Outdoors Inc., and John Myers from Shoe Fly Altoona. They came up with the idea to get South Hills involved. Myers said, “It was our goal to use someone local, so there could be a sense of pride in ownership of the project. South Hills has worked with our members in the past with great success, so it was a smart choice for us to do the same for this initiative.” Soisson added, “We also chose South Hills because we wanted to collaborate with others who are just as invested in our community as Let’s Move Blair County! is.”
A project “kick-off” meeting was recently held to lay out the goals and outline the steps involved. At the conclusion of the project, the students will present their website and brochure design to the Let’s Move Blair County! Committee. The target completion date is April 2018.
Those interested can follow the team’s progress of the project on the South Hills website at: www.southhills.edu/activelivingproject. The students will post periodic updates, information about the skills they’re learning and using during the project, and information about the team members and community partners.
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.