M.S.Ed. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Hofstra University (2014)
B.S. Journalism, Boston University (2010)
Memories are powerful – whether from college days of years ago or the feeling of awe when you see how much UNC has grown since you last stepped foot on campus. Assistant Director of Special Events Christina Edwards sees the power of alumni memories in every event she plans. Responsible for UNC’s signature events, Christina designs and directs UNC’s 50th reunion celebrations, Honored Alumni Awards, national donor events, and the alumni association’s involvement in Homecoming and Commencement. Each event reminds alumni how much they love UNC, but also leaves them with a new memory – a feeling that their ongoing relationship with UNC matters. And it does, especially for the first generation, veteran, and working students that Christina sees attracted to and supported by UNC.
Christina’s love for creating memorable experiences began as an undergraduate student planning major events for her university. She transitioned to admissions programming and now directs her favorite type of event – the celebrations and gatherings that connect alumni to their alma mater. Christina’s events have brought alumni from years past back to campus for the first time in decades, recognized internationally acclaimed alumni for ensuring foreign student access to a UNC education, and forged opportunities that inspired alumni to generously invest in scholarships like those sponsored by the alumni association.
With more than 70 alumni events hosted around the country each year, Christina is responsible for reminding thousands of UNC alumni how their experience at UNC can grow into something that lives on for decades in the legacy of their involvement and philanthropy.
Every time I walk across Hi Bridge I feel an overwhelming sense of being surrounded by history. The UNC folklore I hear from the 50-year reunion class each year is steeped in tradition, and many of those stories include Hi Bridge, where students outside the student union at the time said “Hi” to each other as they crossed. I enjoy being part of that history even though I’m so far removed from the era when Hi Bridge was in the height of its glory.