Saint Francis University Alumni Oral History Project
The Project Saint Francis University will soon
celebrate its 175th anniversary! As the oldest institution of Franciscan higher
education in the country, that’s 175 years of new freshmen meeting lifelong
friends, professors changing students’ lives in the classroom, couples going on
that first date with their future spouse, and countless memories that alumni
still talk about today.
To properly celebrate this milestone in
2022, we want to capture your Red Flash story and add it to the
University’s history. To do just that, we are excited to announce the launch of
Red Flash Stories: A Saint Francis University Oral History Project. All
stories will be recorded via phone, and many will also be preserved in a book
that celebrates the impact Saint Francis University has had on the lives of our
When Saint Francis University
celebrates future anniversaries, our alumni will look back on these stories as
they continue to celebrate our collective history. Make sure you are a part of
this momentous project!
Have You Moved?As part of this project, we are also
taking the opportunity to help make it easier for you to stay connected to
Saint Francis University. PCI will help us to collect updated contact
information from those of you who may have moved and inadvertently lost touch
with your alma mater.
Your StorySo what Red Flash Story will you tell?
• Did a special faculty or staff member
have a profound impact on your life?• Did you find your Red Flash spouse at
Saint Francis?• Can you trace your career path back
to a defining moment at SFU?• Have connections you made on campus
turned into lifelong friendships?• Were you in Loretto during a
historical moment?• Are you a legacy Red Flash, meaning
there are other Red Flash in your family?
With our limited resources, we’d never
be able to tackle a project like this. By partnering with PCI, we’re able to
access their trained staff of people (not computer-automated messages) who are
excited to listen to what you have to share. PCI will also help us collect and
assemble the stories into the Red Flash
Stories book that we can share with all members of our alumni family.
Please know that we have only shared
your contact information with PCI in conjunction with this project; we have not
sold your contact information or otherwise used it for outside
marketing purposes nor, in accordance with our contract, can PCI distribute
this information to outside parties. PCI has been a dedicated partner of Saint
Francis University before, and we know how seriously they share our commitment
to keeping your information private.
Do I have to buy something?
No. This project is being done at no
cost to Saint Francis University. The project is completely funded by the
alumni who choose to purchase the Red Flash Stories book
that will be produced at the end of the project. The book is offered at $150.
PCI will also offer you the option to
purchase other Saint Francis University-branded merchandise such as a hat,
t-shirt, sweatshirt and a travel bag, all with a special 175th
anniversary logo. You are welcome to purchase these items, but you are not
required to do so to (a) participate in the project or (b) order the Red
Flash Stories book. Again, we’d never be able to embark on a project like
this without the support of our amazing alumni and the partnership with PCI, so
we thank every person that participates and chooses to purchase the book.
Soon you will be receiving email and
postcard communications from the PCI team with instructions on how to
participate. We’d like to invite you to share one of your stories with us,
and take part in this first-of-its-kind project to honor the experiences and
voices of our alumni. The PCI team will
collect stories until Friday, June 25, 2021. After then, they will enter a
post-production phase editing the data.
We look forward to hearing from you
about your stories from your time at our beloved “alma mater among the pines.”
What to Look For
Below is an example of a postcard you
will receive in the mail. This is an official postcard sent on behalf of the
Saint Francis University Office of Alumni Engagement, distributed by our
partner PCI. Once you receive the postcard, please follow the instructions to
update your information and set up an interview time to share your Red Flash
Below is an example of an email you
will receive in your inbox. Once you receive the email, please follow the
instructions to update your information and set up an interview time to share
your Red Flash Story. If you do not receive it, please take this opportunity to
call PCI at 1-866-647-6298 and update your contact information so we can stay
Contact InformationIf you have any other questions regarding the project,
please reach out to PCI customer service desk at 1-800-982-1590 or the Office
of Alumni Engagement at email@example.com or at 814-472-3015.
I received an email/postcard/phone call from a company asking for
my personal information and a story about my time at Saint Francis University.
Is this a legitimate project, or is it a scam?
We have partnered with PCI (also known
as Publishing Concepts) to produce an Oral History Publication for Saint
Francis University. PCI is a company located in Dallas, TX that publishes
directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities and military
organizations across the nation. This project allows the University to hear
about your personal SFU experiences and how they have shaped your lives.
Does Saint Francis University benefit from this at all?
Yes, in a few different ways:
Legacy: Preserves the oral history of our alma mater through
collective alumni efforts.
Updated Information: Allows us to effectively communicate with and engage
How do I know my information will only be used for this specific
We have a contractual agreement with
PCI that states:
The names, addresses and information
provided to PCI by Saint Francis University for the publication of the Oral
History Publication will be held confidential by PCI, except to the extent that
they are utilized in, or in the preparation of, the Oral History Publication
and except as required by court order or law.
The Oral History Publication will be
made available only to alumni of Saint Francis University. Upon completion of
the project, PCI will return to the University any and all electronic files
that have been supplied by the University or produced by PCI in connection with
the production of the Oral History Publication.
I would like to update my information and share a story. How may I
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 Publication. The representative
will verify all the information we have on file for you, make any updates where
needed, then ask you to share your story about your time at Saint Francis
University. Your story will be recorded, and the sound clip provided to the University
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 have questions, you may call PCI’s customer service desk
I updated my information but need some more time to think about
what story to tell.
You can call back at any time to share
your story or schedule a call back with an agent.
I shared a story and the representative said I could send some
photos. How do I do this?
You will receive an email with a link
to upload up to two photos plus captions.
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
physical photos in to be printed (note: photos will be returned if you include
a self-addressed, stamped envelope).
I’d like to add/remove info from my story.
You will receive an email prior to
publication with a link to review your transcribed story and make any edits.
If I share a story, do I have to provide a photo? If I want a
photo included, do I have to share a story?
You may share as little or as much as
you’d like. Some people only want to share a story while others only want to
share a photo and caption.
Will my story definitely be in the book?
Depending on alumni response we may not
be able to put every story into the book. However, every single story will be
saved in an audio library for a complete oral history of the University, and
PCI can offer a stylized transcription of your story for you to display.
Can anyone purchase a book?
Flash Stories: A Saint Francis Oral History Project book is available for
sale only to Saint Francis University alumni.
Can I choose some or all of my information not to be printed in
When you call to update your
information, you can tell the representative what information you prefer to
have excluded. You may also communicate this information to the PCI customer
service desk at 1-800-982-1590 or to the Office of Alumni Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 814-472-3015.
I ordered a book/package over the phone and would like to cancel
my order. How do I do this?
Call the PCI customer service help desk
at 1-800-982-1590 and they will take care of this for you.
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