CLEMSON — Clemson University student Josh Arrage of Tega Cay, a sophomore studying language and international health, was elected as the Area 9 student representative to the National Student Advisory Committee of BACCHUS.

“I wanted the position because this was my first opportunity to become involved in something that is working directly to my career. It’s my passion,” Arrage said. He wants to work in health administration when he graduates.

The BACCHUS Network is focused on promoting healthy and safe lifestyle decisions for college students and young adults. Area 9 includes colleges from South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico.

Arrage will be one of 12 peer-chosen student representatives to serve on the Student Advisory Committee. His duties will include keeping Area 9 and the national conference connected and writing quarterly newsletters.

In addition to these duties, Arrage has identified three goals he would like to accomplish: expanding the number of schools that are BACCHUS affiliates, especially by getting schools in Puerto Rico involved; more frequently communicating between schools in Area 9; and sharing program ideas across schools so successful programs from one school can be tried at others.

Clemson will host the Area 9 spring conference Feb. 28 to March 1 when representatives will come together to discuss programming ideas and health topics. There will be optional tours of campus and other events to expose the conference participants the Clemson experience.

Arrage is also involved with Clemson’s Student Health Advisory Committee, serves as the activity director on student government, is a member of the Student Alumni Council and was an orientation ambassador last year.

­– Blake Bachara