by Joan Andrews
South Hills Public Relations Specialist
STATE COLLEGE — South Hills School of Business & Technology recently hosted a visit from eleven members of the Penn State Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. The group of mid-level professionals from around the world is currently participating in a 10-month non-degree program at Penn State University which offers opportunities with other institutes of learning, such as South Hills, to engage in leadership and professional development. The Humphrey Fellowship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and encourages sharing between different cultures and educational systems. The Humphrey Fellows will return later in the school year to offer presentations about their home countries to the students at South Hills.
Featured in photo, left to right are (seated) Dr. Hadeel Bakhsh – Saudi Arabia, Nataliia Kovalchuk – Ukraine, Maralyn Mazza – Co-Founder of South Hills, Viviana del Carmen Gomez-Cuervo – Cuba, Maria Rodriquez Aroca – Ecuador, (standing) Jane Reese – PSU, Dr. Lazare Rukundwa Sebitereko – Congo (DRC), Ana Carolina Gonzalez Romero – Venezuela, Jenelle Thompson – South Hills Criminal Justice student, Kinley Rinchen – Bhutan, Hoda El Mahdy – Egypt, Dr. Irma Barbakadze – Georgia, Dr. Wee Hoe Tan – Malaysia, Joan Andrews – South Hills, Sergey Mogilnyy – Kazakhstan, and Troy Carl – PSU.
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.