South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE, PA – As part of their Communication & Event Planning class, second-year Administrative Professional (AP) students from South Hills School of Business & Technology had the opportunity to visit Beaver Stadium to meet Amy Pollock, Associate Director of the Office of Donor Relations and Special Events at Penn State University (PSU).
Amy has been with Penn State since 2008 and plans over 25 events per year for many different departments at PSU. She spoke to the students about the different types of events she for which is responsible and described in detail specifically the Presidential Tailgates during football season. She shared not only the rewards that come along with event planning, but also some of the challenges she has faced and stressed the importance of being flexible when plans change and take a new direction.
Additionally, Amy discussed the value of building interpersonal relationships and how they help one become successful in a career. She talked about the strong partnerships she’s developed over the years with offices throughout the university and the community.
Administrative Professional Instructor, Jennifer Charney, added, “Amy perfectly portrayed how important teamwork and relationship-building are to having a successful career as an administrative professional. The tour offered a great opportunity for the students to gain real-world insight from someone who has been in the industry for many years.“
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.