SHARE YOUR STORY

The Radford experience is one of discovery, perseverance, achievement and service. Every Highlander has a story of unwavering commitment and triumph. The Radford University Alumni Association wants to give you an opportunity to share your unique story in your own words through the Oral History Project. After the collection is complete, these stories will be compiled into a book that celebrates our alma mater and its history.

This opportunity is possible thanks to a partnership between Radford University Alumni Association LLC and Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI). In addition to collecting stories, PCI will be assisting the Alumni Association with collecting updated biographic information from to ensure we have the best information available to stay connected with Highlanders from across the nation and beyond.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions by Alumni

1. I received an email/postcard/phone call from a company asking for my personal information and a story about Radford University. Tell me more about the project.

We have partnered with PCI to produce an Oral History Publication for Radford University Alumni Association LLC. PCI is a family owned business based in Dallas, TX that has published directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities and military organizations across the nation for over 100 years. This project allows us to hear about your personal experiences from your time at Radford and how the school helped to shape your life since then. And, while we have you on the phone, we want to make sure your contact information is up to date.

2. Does Radford University Alumni Association LLC benefit from this at all?

Yes, in a few different ways:

  • Updated Information – allows us to effectively communicate with and engage alumni
  • Legacy – sharing and collecting stories preserves the history of our school
  • Revenue – generates donation revenue for alumni programs
  • Pride – wearing apparel shows support and love for our school

3. How do I know my information will only be used for Oral History Project purposes?

PCI is committed to protecting your information. The names, addresses and information provided to PCI for the publication of the Oral History Project will be held confidential by PCI, except to the extent that they are utilized in, or in the preparation of, the Oral History Project and except as required by court order or law.

4. I would like to verify or update my information and share a story. How may I do this?

  • If you have received a postcard or an email with a telephone number, you may call the number to speak with a dedicated representative for the Oral History Project. The representative will verify the information we have on file for you, make any updates where needed, and then ask you to share your story about your time at Radford. Your story will be recorded and the sound clip provided to Radford University Alumni Association LLC at the conclusion of the project.
  • If you have received an email with an embedded link, you may go to the online site to review your information and submit a story.
  • If you are living internationally or are unable to call the update line, please email customerservice@publishingconcepts.com. PCI will send you a personalized link for you to share your written story and photo.

5. How can I participate if I am Deaf/Hard of Hearing?

If you would like to participate and are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, please email customerservice@publishingconcepts.com. PCI will send you a personalized link for you to share your written story and photo.

6. Can I choose what information prints in the publication?

The only information that is included in the publication is your name, class year and degree, along with your story and photo. No contact information is printed. When you call to update your contact information, it will only be used to update your alumni record for the school. You may revoke consent for your story and/or photo to appear any time before 12/1/2023 by contacting PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 or customerservice@publishingconcepts.com.

7. I updated my information but need some more time to think about what experience to share.

You can call back at any time before 12/1/2023 to share your story.

8. I shared a story and the representative said I could send a photo. How do I do this?

You will receive an email with a link to upload one photo (black and white or color) plus a caption.

If you have also purchased a book but do not have an email address on file, you will be sent a photo mailer to send a physical photo in to be printed. Note: the photo will be returned if you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

9. Can anyone purchase a book?

The Radford University Alumni Association LLC Oral History Publication is available for sale only to Radford University alumni.

10. I ordered a book/package over the phone and would like to cancel my order. How do I do this?

Contact PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 and they will take care of this for you.

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