This week's Wildcat of the Week spotlight features alumna Edith "Edie" Howard Bostic '74, a School of Education and Social Policy student from Atlanta, Georgia. Edie has served as Alumni Regent, Admissions Council director, Reunion co-chair, NAA Club leader, and as a New Student Receptions host.
After attending high school in Bangkok, Thailand, Edie chose Northwestern for its "unique and exciting" School of Education program. The thing she loves most about her alma mater is the people, including the friends she made and the "caring and inspiring professors and instructors."
As both a mother and former teacher, Edie enjoys connecting with young people. When asked to begin hosting New Student Receptions in the mid 90s, Edie accepted immediately; this August, she will host her 20th New Student Reception.
Hosting the receptions is one of Edie's favorite ways to give back to the University. “These students can share experiences, compare notes, share ideas, and begin to feel a real connection. They will meet loyal alumni who have become successful in many different paths," she says.
Edie also sees the new student events as a way to connect area alumni with parents and students before the students begin their journey to Northwestern. One of Edie's favorite memories from a New Student Reception didn't occur at the event, but ultimately led to a student attending a reception. She recalls seeing a nearby neighbor -- one she interviewed through her work on the Northwestern Admissions Council -- open his mailbox and leap into the air. Edie knew what he had received: his acceptance letter from Northwestern.
"After sharing the news of his acceptance to NU with his parents, he was at my door within 20 minutes of getting his mail," she says. "The expression on his face and the joy and excitement in his voice are imprinted on my memory."
Witnessing the enthusiasm both new and returning students have for Northwestern is an annual reminder for Edie of what a special place her alma mater is.