Student Health Advisory Committee

SHAC students, 2018-2019
The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) provides a student voice in health center operations, promotes a positive and open channel of communication between the UHC staff and the student body, and contributes additional awareness of student issues to the health center administration.

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History and Mission

The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is composed of students from various academic backgrounds and campus-community involvements. SHAC meets bi-monthly at the Health Center and is led by Dr. Garth Russo, Executive Director of the Health Center and Kristine Groft, Communications, Marketing, and Student Leadership Coordinator.

Since the health center is funded primarily by student fees, SHAC represents the student voice for health matters. The purpose of SHAC is to:

  • Promote a positive and open channel of communication between UHC staff and the student body
  • Increase personal knowledge of UHC operations and scope of services
  • Address student health concerns
  • Provide input into the provision of health services
  • Foster overall health and wellbeing of UGA students
  • Increase knowledge of the mandatory fee proposal process

Additionally, each semester, SHAC develops and commits to various projects. These have ranged from collecting satisfaction survey data from students who visit the health center to distributing complimentary resources (i.e. sunscreen and traveling safety tips) to students during the safe spring break campaign.

SHAC members have served on search committees for professional staff vacancies at the health center, developed and presented seminars to the entire health center staff, and served on other internal and external committees (Diversity Committee–internal; Campus Suicide Prevention Task Force–external) as student representatives. SHAC is just one of many factors that make the University Health Center a student-centered facility that truly offers excellence in college health care.


How to Become a Member

Applications are accepted each Spring for service beginning in August. Interested students must fill out an application, participate in a focus group, and if selected, go through an individual interview. The 21-member committee is made up of students representing a wide range of interests and backgrounds. Any undergraduate student is encouraged to apply. Members are expected to attend ALL meetings that are held on the first and third Tuesday of each Month from 5:15 - 7:00 pm, a retreat on a Sunday to be scheduled in September from noon-3:00 pm, and participate in outside projects of individual interest. Members are expected to serve at least one year, preferably two. Once a member is selected, he/she may remain on SHAC until graduation.


Members, 2018-2019

Wahenoor Anand

Wahenoor AnandClass Year: 2019
Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Hobbies: Reading books and watching movies, stargazing, dancing, traveling, admiring nature and cars, staying up-to-date with the most recent technological advances in medicine and current global affairs, working out religiously when not spending time with the family, and constantly achieving my personal best and pushing myself well past my comfort zone
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I absolutely love how all the staff are motivating and always very helpful in making me feel better. I never feel hesitant to reveal my problems and consistently feel better after leaving the University Health Center. The convenience of the location and services provided by the Health Center make it a state-of-the-art pinnacle for all students to start leading healthier, happier lives.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school
Favorite quote: “Conquer the mind, conquer the world.” – Guru Granth Sahib Ji


Arjun Bhatt

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Sydney Carey

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Scott Eisenberg

Scott EisenbergClass Year: 2019
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Hobbies: Playing sports, hanging out with my friends, hiking outdoors
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: It is so easy to make an appointment online. The quick and cost-effective service is what draws me to the Health Center time and time again.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school
Favorite quote: “Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs


Kaylee Friedman

Kaylee FriedmanClass Year: 2020
Major: Psychology (Pre-Medicine); Minor in Women’s Studies
Hometown: Augusta, GA
Hobbies: Hiking, kayaking, soccer, photography
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The UHC is about so much more than just treating illnesses and fixing broken bones—it’s a group of caring people who strive to create a community of wellness on campus. I love the welcoming atmosphere of the health center and that every single student can benefit from the variety of free programs offered.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school
Favorite quote: “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek proverb


Reema Garabadu

Reema GarabaduClass Year: 2019
Major: Biology; Minor in Spanish; Certificate of Stustainability
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Hobbies: Gardening, listening to podcasts, watching tv, cooking, reading, being outside
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The health center is easily accessible and provides help for students in all aspects of health.
After graduation I plan to: Attend dental school
Favorite Quote: “Grow where you’re planted.”


Catriona Geddes

Catriona GeddesClass Year: 2019
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Dunwoody, GA
Hobbies: Traveling, hanging out with my friends and family, reading, watching movies, yoga, and volunteering
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love all of the different services that the Health Center offers, from cooking classes to educational workshops. It is so much more than just a doctor’s office.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school and work with children.
Favorite Quote: “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”—Eleanor Roosevelt


Zachary Halbig

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Harrison Huang

Harrison HuangClass Year: 2021
Major: Biology; Classics; and a Masters in Public Health
Hometown: Johns Creek, GA
Hobbies: Traveling, concerts, watching sports, photography, reading, exploring
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love that the Health Center is a united, accessible aggregation of just about everything related to healthcare you could possibly need, allowing students to easily find a place that can effectively address all their needs and concerns.
After graduation I plan to: Attend PA school
Favorite Quote: “Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that / So no matter how hard it get / Stick your chest out, keep your head up, and handle it.”—Tupac Shakur


Ashley Huggins

Ashley HugginsClass Year: 2020
Major: Cellular Biology; Minor in Health Policy and Management
Hometown: Leesburg, GA
Hobbies: Traveling, exploring restaurants around Athens, watching Georgia football, hanging out with friends, baking
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I like how easily accessible the Health Center is to all UGA students. It is located right on campus and has so many resources available to keep students healthy, both mentally and physically.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school and pursue a dual MD/MPH degree
Favorite Quote: “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.”


Hannah Jackson

Hannah JacksonClass Year: 2020
Major: Biology with Spanish Minor
Hometown: Macon, GA
Hobbies: Visiting family, movie nights with friends, playing with my dog, and crafting!
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love the UHC because they have really taken care of me, from helping me fill out paper work, to working me in the schedule when I was really sick during finals. The transition from my hometown to Athens would not have been as smooth without the UHC!
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school
Favorite Quote: “Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.” - Winnie the Pooh


Savannah Lengnick

Savannah LengnickClass Year: 2021
Major: Health Promotion; Minor in Spanish
Hometown: Buford, GA
Hobbies: Listening to music, journaling, being outside, reading
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The Health Center provides a safe space for all students to come with their concerns. It makes students feel comfortable, which is an integral part of the process!
After graduation I plan to: Attend an accelerated nursing program to eventually become an NP
Favorite Quote: “Revolution is not a onetime event.”


Wunmi Oni

Wunmi OniClass Year: 2019
Major: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA
Hobbies: Traveling and exploring, YouTube, dancing, and spending time with my friends and family
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love the very welcoming, student-centered vibes of the UHC!
After graduation I plan to: Attend dental school
Favorite Quote: “It’s your life to live, so live it how YOU want to”


Robert Petcu

Robert PetcuClass Year: 2019
Major: Biology & Psychology
Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA
Hobbies: Eating, exploring Athens, playing sports, hanging out with friends, going to concerts
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The location is super convenient, visits to my primary care provider are covered in my Health Fee, and it is a one stop shop for everything health-related!
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school
Favorite quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. - Wayne Gretsky” – Michael Scott


Amber Sale

Amber SaleClass Year: 2021
Major: Human Development and Family Sciences BS & MS
Hometown: Athens, GA
Hobbies: Cooking, yoga, DIY projects
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The ability to log onto your student UHC portal and have all of your healthcare under one roof. Scheduling appointments is quick and easy.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school
Favorite Quote: “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.”—Joyce Meyer


Dhairya Shukla

Dhairya ShuklaClass Year: 2019
Major: Genetics
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Hobbies: Sports (cricket, soccer, football, basketball), Travelling and exploring, and any and all water sports (scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, water skiing etc.)
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The UHC and its staff is very accessible, friendly, and efficient. It is truly a student’s health center with so many programs for students to become involved and make an impact in the University.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school and write and implement health policies
Favorite Quote: “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”—Andy Bernard, The Office


Margaret Tyre

Margaret TyreClass Year: 2019
Major: Biology, Psychology with a Spanish minor
Hometown: Saint Simons Island, GA
Hobbies: Swimming, hiking, going to the beach, exploring outdoors, eating chocolate, and kayaking
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The University Health Center is a convenient center for all student to be able to enjoy quality care at their convenience.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school to pursue a career in medicine
Favorite Quote: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou


Joshua Washington

Joshua WashingtonClass Year: 2019
Major: Biology
Hometown: Johns Creek, GA
Hobbies: Dancing, journaling, and enjoying friendships
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some employees outside of the professional setting and was very pleased to see that they have an authentic care for the responsibilities they uphold in their jobs. These are genuinely hospitable people who really are here to serve the students.
Favorite Quote: “We’re all the same human.”


Jake Weiser

Jake WeiserClass Year: 2019
Major: Biological Engineering
Hometown: Sandy Springs, GA
Hobbies: Trail running, hiking, watching sports, playing sports, exercising, long walks on the beach
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I really like the variety of services offered, and the friendliness of the staff!
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school
Favorite Quote: “Do or do not, there is no try.”


Adam Whitsett

Adam WhitsettClass Year:
Major: Biology
Hometown: Chickamauga, GA
Hobbies: Reading books and playing video games!
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I am always amazed at the amenities the health center has to offer to the student body! The services and staff are absolutely outstanding. It’s such a great place to be!
After graduation I plan to: Go to med school!
Favorite quote: “Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” – George R.R. Martin


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