- Campus copes with holiday grief
- New water plan saves big money
- Campus police offer holiday safety tips
- Alys Stephen Center Screens Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
- Hospital feeds underprivileged new moms
- UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Yo-Yo Ma Dec. 6
- Southern Miss tops Blazers, 62-27, in season ending game
- Henry Panion selected for 2014 Alabama African-American History Calendar
- Enjoy Christmas at the Alys Dec. 2, “The Season’s First Jingle”
- Engineering’s Ning wins ASTM International award
- Collat School of Business unveils sign at celebration
- Heudebert elected master by American College of Physicians
- Anti-aging strategies can improve more than looks
- On campus ‘blackout’ taken in stride
- Bariatric Surgery Services to present annual fashion show Nov. 25
Meet Miss UAB 2014, Chassidy Sumler
Chassidy Sumler was crowned Miss UAB on Oct. 9, 2013, at the UAB Miss UAB Scholarship Pageant. She also placed first as the talent winner for her vocal performance “I Will Always Love You.” Sumler’s platform is based on preventing childhood obesity - where she is involved in various leadership roles and community engagement surrounding the issue.
“I really hope to bring different events to campus that will promote my platform and at the same time help the Children’s Miracle Network,” said Sumler. “I would love to not only make the campus more fit but also educate students and faculty on the importance of eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle.”
Miss UAB hopes to bring Chassidy Sumler’s Annual 5K Walk Against Obesity to campus next year for its 4th year. She is also considering health fairs as an option to get the UAB community involved with her platform.
Sumler and First Lady Michelle Obama both share passions in preventing childhood obesity by educating the younger generation about health. Mrs. Obama chose Sumler to speak alongside her and Mayor Cory in the “Let’s Move Initiative” programs at Maple Avenue Elementary School in Newark, NJ. Sumler considers the First Lady her role model.
Bill Clinton has also recognized Chassidy’s work and service she has accomplished with the Alliance for Healthier Generation and the money she has raised for Mississippi’s only Children Hospital by donating 100% proceeds from her annual walk against obesity.
“I am so excited to be representing my school in the Miss Alabama pageant. I am from Mississippi and that is my home, but UAB has now become my home away from home…I consider this my second home,” said Sumler.
She is also the winner of the Community Service Scholarship from the Miss America Organization. Sumler has been competing in the Miss America system since she was a teen. She competed in the Miss division once she became old enough and competed in the Miss Mississippi pageant three times. After some consideration, Sumler decided to compete in the Miss Alabama system. “I consider this [Birmingham] my second home. I love UAB and its diversity, so I figured why not represent my school,” said Sumler.
In addition to competing in pageants and promoting health in multiple communities, Sumler is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Best Buddies UAB, Community Chair for M.A.P.S., Health and Wellness Peer Educator for S.A.C, and former Youth Advisory Board Member for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Sumler is active in the UAB USGA Freshmen Forum. She also enjoys volunteering, working out, and generally hanging out with her friends.
Sumler is a junior majoring in biology. Miss UAB hopes to attain a Master’s Degree in public health then attend medical school after she graduates.
“I am so honored to be representing UAB, and I am excited about my year of service. Go blazers!” said Sumler.
The first alternate was junior Hannah Pearcy. The second alternate was sophomore Mattie Boyd. The third alternate was junior Melanie Roberts. The fourth alternate was senior Haylie Reed.