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UA Student’s Hometown Names Her Grand Marshal of Christmas Parade for Tartan Design

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The city of Stevenson is honoring a University of Alabama student who earlier created the University’s official tartan design by selecting her as grand marshal of its upcoming Christmas parade.  

Linnzi A. Rich, a junior, interior-design major from Stevenson, will be the grand marshal in the parade that begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 and proceeds through downtown Stevenson, said Loretta Barbee, co-chair of the parade.

We Are Crimson

Students enrolled in UA’s College of Human Environmental Sciences’ department of clothing, textiles, and interior design were earlier invited to create plaids indicative of UA’s past and present. Results from an online vote were given to an independent judging panel who considered them before selecting the official UA tartan.   

Rich’s design, which she named “We Are Crimson,” was selected as the winner, and it will later be incorporated into actual merchandise available for purchase. Rich received a $1,000 scholarship and will receive a percentage of sales made from the tartan. Additional profits will be placed in a scholarship fund to assist Human Environmental Sciences’ students.  

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The College of Human Environmental Sciences is a professional school with a focus on enhancing the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. Throughout its history, the College has achieved a national reputation for excellence through the quality of its academic programs and faculty who are recognized as scholars and leaders in the generation of both basic and applied research.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.