Nov. 1, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Caroline Gwaltney of Alexander City was crowned The University of Alabama's 2008 Homecoming Queen during halftime of Saturday's Alabama vs. Arkansas State homecoming game. The senior journalism major was crowned by Governor Bob Riley and 2007 Queen Kathleen Kelley.
The 2008 UA Homecoming Court included Caroline Ball, an applied mathematics major from Glenview, Ill.; Patty Ann Green, a communication studies major from Columbus, Miss.; Phillips Thomas, an international studies major from Anniston and Maegan Wrenn, an accounting major from Gadsden.
UA students selected the queen in a general campus election held Oct. 28. A record number of 4,627 students voted in this year's election.
Three-time All-American linebacker Cornelius Bennett served as Grand Marshall of Saturday's Homecoming parade.
The Homecoming Choreography Contest took place Thursday, Oct. 30 with Alpha Chi Omega winning and Alpha Gamma Delta being named Most Original. Lawn Decorations winners included Delta Zeta in the Greek Organizations category and Computer-Based Honors winning the Academic Organizations category. Paint the Town Red competition winners included Alpha Delta Pi in the Organizations with more than 100 members category and Computer-Based Honors Program in the Organizations with fewer than 100 members category.
The Homecoming Service Project this year will benefit the RISE Center, located on the UA campus. During Homecoming week, organizations worked to help the RISE Center by donating children's books to be used by children at the center. Some 1,782 books were collected for the center.