by Joan Andrews
South Hills Public Relations Specialist
STATE COLLEGE — The State College main campus of South Hills School of Business & Technology hosted a visit from members of this year’s PSU Hubert Humphrey Fellowship program. The nine international educators heard from South Hills’ administrators and students on the operation, structure and successes of their particular educational organization. The Humphrey Fellows are at Penn State University for ten months of non-degree advanced academic study, related professional experiences and public service in the United States.
In photo: Amir Abbas Dehghan Banadaki from Iran, Shahin Bayramov – Azerbaijan, Dr. Maria Teresa Bautista – Philippines, Gaspari Cordova – Belize, (second row) Talat Azhar – PSU Humphrey Fellowship Outreach Coordinator, Muhammad Saeed – Pakistan, Maralyn Mazza – South Hills’ Co-Founder, Hamza Koudri – Algeria, Aisha Suhail – Pakistan, Humberto Carro – Mexico, Angela Nizamand – Afghanistan, Leila Bradaschia – PSU Director of International Programs, and Susan Vidmar – South Hills’ Director of Education.
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.