3.2.2 Freshman Forum

October 1st, 2014 - Jacqueline Upp and Aarin Palomares

Meet Jacqueline Upp and Aarin Palomares: USGA’s elected School of Public Health Senators.

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A Huntsville, Alabama native, Upp is a senior Public Health major and an ELSP honors student. She also serves on the Executive Board for Alpha Xi Delta sorority, is a Teaching Assistant in the School of Public Health, is the secretary and the only undergraduate on the Executive Board for the Public Health Student Association, and is an undergraduate research assistant in the Department of Health Behavior.

Hailing from Peachtree City, Georgia, Palomares is a junior Public Health major on the five-year fast track. Upon graduation, she will have both a BS in Public Health and a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Healthcare Organization and Policy. She is a member of Delta Gamma sorority, is the Executive Vice President of the PanHellenic Council, and serves as the Recruitment Chair for the Global Medical Brigades.

Both Upp and Palomares are first year Senate members.

“I joined USGA because with the public health major being new for undergraduates, I think we have a lot of potential, but we need someone to spearhead that potential and make things go places,” said Upp.

“I think USGA is a very big influence on campus in general and it’s great to be a part of that,” Palomares added.

Upp and Palomares met with Dean of the School of Public Health Dr. Michael to discuss how to increase undergraduate involvement in the program, as this year marks only the second year of the undergraduate public health major. The Senators are pushing for the inclusion of an undergraduate exclusive student lounge in the Ryals School of Public Health Building. Additionally, several legislative measures are in the works.

“Our biggest legislative push right now is trying to create a departmental public health honors program,” Upp said.

On Friday, Upp and Palomares led a lunch and discussion social to close off the weeklong SNAP Challenge. Undergraduates were encouraged to live off of $4.50 worth of food a day, which is the equivalent of the benefits that low-income families receive through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

“For me, the hardest thing about the SNAP challenge was how bland the food was and how little nutritional value there was,” Upp said.

In an effort to get undergraduates in the School of Public Health more involved, Upp and Palomares are leading several activities for Homecoming Week. Students are encouraged to participate in decorating the Ryals Building for the annual building-decorating contest, which will culminate in a social on Tuesday, complete with lunch, prizes, and an obstacle course after judging. Also, for the first time, the School of Public Health will have a tailgate at the homecoming football game.