Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-10-25

Emily Gettys of Alexander City was crowned 2008 Homecoming queen at Samford University Saturday, Oct. 25. A senior nursing major, she is the daughter of Sarah Beth and Charles Gettys.

Billy Gunter of Pelham was named Honor Escort. A senior music major, he is the son of Barbara and Jim Gunter.

The honorees, chosen by vote of the student body, were named during halftime activity at Samford's Homecoming game against The Citadel in Seibert Stadium.

The Homecoming court also included seniors Rocky Alling of Birmingham, Caroline Johnson of Cordova, Tenn., Susan Macfarland of Winnetka, Ill., and Nathan Troost of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; juniors Tai Richardson of Opelika and Ben Telfair of Tallahassee, Fla.; sophomores Maggie Cravens of Washington, Ga., and Tyler Mathews of Springville; and freshmen Mary Evelyn Todd of Hoover and Lars Larson of St. Petersburg, Fla.

 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.