Carrie Foulk is Named 2001 Homecoming Queen
Date: Nov. 5, 2001
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos by Colleen Kelley and Dottie Stover
What a whirlwind of a senior year it has been so far for Carrie Foulk. The 22-year-old information systems and international business major spent the summer on a spectacular month-long tour of Europe with other University of Cincinnati students, gaining valuable experience exploring business on a global scale.
She plunged into fall quarter with her class load and a part-time job at the College of Business Administration. As a member of the sorority Chi Omega, Carrie assisted new members from fall recruitment in getting acquainted with the Greek organization's members as well as its philosophy and philanthropy. Then came Homecoming. She says she was stunned when UC's Homecoming queen was announced, and she heard her name.
As a representative of Chi Omega, Carrie was selected as Homecoming queen based on a student vote and interviews. Candidates also are chosen for the Homecoming court after a review of their high achievements in academics and campus involvement. Carrie was named from a field of five finalists for Homecoming queen. "I knew all the other girls because we were on the Student Alumni Council. All of them were qualified, so I already figured I didn't win. I was in shock when they announced my name."
The win may not have been such a shock for her sorority sisters, however. After all, Chi Omega has claimed the crown four times in a row since 1998. Last year, Carrie's sorority big sister, Julie Bricker, was named Homecoming queen.
The title is one more special moment that Carrie can add to her many memories of her experience at the university. A graduate of Indian Lake High School, she came here from Huntsville, Ohio, which is about an hour's drive northwest of Columbus. "Some of my other high school friends say it's hard to find programs at their colleges that you can find here at UC, and I came here for those opportunities."
During her senior year in high school, Carrie took part in UC's Cincinnatus Scholarship competition and was awarded a University-level scholarship. She joined UC's Honors Scholars program for high achieving students. Because she plans to pursue a career in international law, Carrie wanted to study overseas so she could gain experience in working with different cultures. As a result, she went to Japan to study Japanese last year through UC's Institute for Global Studies and Affairs. Last summer, she traveled with students in the Carl H. Lindner Jr. Honors-PLUS program, examining the business culture in Finland, The Netherlands, Belgium and France, and stopped by Ireland and London before coming home.
She was in London on Sept. 11, looking forward to a night of live theater after a day of sightseeing. Her required paper about what she learned on the trip describes how she stopped in a shop for some postcards and heard a radio report about the terrorist attack on New York and the Pentagon. "I felt like I was going to cry. There was a woman from Canada in the shop, and she had to ask me if it was real."
Carrie rushed back to the hostel to join UC classmate Amy Steinmetz, where they watched the horror unfold on CNN. "There were people from all parts of the world: Germany, Ireland, France, the UK and many more, huddled around the television trying to figure out what happened. You could have heard a pin drop at any moment," she writes in her essay.
The entire world went into mourning after the deadliest attack on U.S. soil, because the World Trade Center attack took the lives of workers from around the world, including at least 100 British citizens, according to newspaper reports. Carrie witnessed this world history overseas as for the first time ever the Star Spangled Banner was played at Buckingham Palace, a show of sympathy and support for the United States. She attended the memorial ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral, broadcast worldwide. "It was intensely emotional. The US embassy in London, then in Dublin, looked like monuments with flowers piled high around the fences."
She summarizes in her paper that after her summer experience, she believes globalization will lead to a more peaceful world. "Countries that have embraced other cultures and given up harmful or outdated traditions have advanced, and people enjoy a much higher standard of living. There is truly unity among cultures (that have embraced globalization) and a strong sense of compassion toward each other."
Carrie plans to go on to law school after she graduates from UC and her travels are far from over. She's applying to schools that have strong study abroad opportunities as well as prominent departments in international law.
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