Published on October 22, 2008 by Mary Wimberley  

Samford University's 2008 Homecoming Court has been chosen by vote of the members' respective classes. They will participate in Homecoming Weekend activities this weekend (Oct. 24-26).

Court members and their hometowns are: freshmen Mary Evelyn Todd of Hoover and Lars Larson of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sophomores Maggie Cravens of Washington, Ga., and Tyler Mathews of Springville; juniors Tai Richardson of Opelika and Ben Telfair of Tallahassee, Fla.; and seniors Rocky Alling of Birmingham, Emily Gettys of Alexander City, Billy Gunter of Pelham, Caroline Johnson of Cordova, Tenn., Susan Macfarland of Winnetka, Ill., and Nathan Troost of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

The Homecoming queen and honor escort will be chosen from the senior representatives. They will be introduced at halftime of the Samford football game against The Citadel on Saturday. Kickoff is 2 p.m. in Seibert Stadium.

Numerous Homecoming events will take place through Sunday, including a parade on campus at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Miss Alabama Amanda Tapley, who represented the school as Miss Samford in the state pageant, will be the parade's grand marshal.

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.