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Norwich University - Reflections from The Hill
Launching January 2022

 

Norwich University invites all undergraduate alumni to participate in the creation of an oral history publication that unites Norwich University alumni across generations. The project is an opportunity to gather stories and collect memories that bring the Norwich University experience to life. We are interested in your reflections and tributes, and we hope that this endeavor will help preserve Norwich University’s history for generations to come.

Your Story
What Norwich University story will you tell? What memory is most special? It can be serious or lighthearted, a heart-felt tribute or with a bit of humor. The experiences of Norwich University alumni are unique, and variety is welcomed.

   •  What made you choose Norwich?
   •  Did a professor or staff member have a profound impact on your life?
   •  Have Norwich connections developed into lifelong relationships?
   •  How has Norwich impacted your career or military success, relationships and/or life after graduation?
   •  When you think back on your time at Norwich, what makes you smile?

 

PCI Partnership
Norwich University has partnered with Publishing Concepts (PCI) to gain access to its experienced, trained staff.  PCI associates will listen to your stories and assemble information into a publication. To help you stay connected to Norwich University, PCI will also verify and update contact information if you have moved or recently lost touch.  Please note that we have only shared your contact information with PCI in conjunction with this project. We have NOT sold your personal information or otherwise used it for outside marketing purposes.

Cost
There is NO cost to share your story, and we invite all alumni to participate. If interested, you will have an opportunity to reserve the publication as a hardbound book or digital collection. PCI will also be offering Norwich University Alumni Association products and be able to accept donations for the university. 100% of all donations go directly to Norwich.NU Oral History Project - postcard

Participation
PCI will contact Norwich University alumni directly through postcards, emails, and phone calls to encourage participation.  The final publication will be delivered in book and digital formats in January 2023 to purchasing alumni.

Here’s what you can expect when you respond to PCI:

    • 1.  PCI will begin by verifying and updating your contact information.  Whether or not you want to take part in the oral history project, please be sure to take this important step.
    • 2.  The representative will then ask if you would like to share a story or tribute about your time on the Hill.  Conversations will be recorded and the sound clips will be used to create the print and digital versions of the oral history.  There is no cost or obligation for alumni to share their stories.
    • 3.  If you are interested, PCI will offer you several options for purchasing the publication: 
      • a.  The deluxe package includes the hardbound book, digital version, polo shirt, ball cap and reflections boxed set for $400. 
      • b.  The book and digital publication combination package is available for $240.
      • c.  The book or digital publication can be purchased individually for $160.

They will also invite you to donate to the Norwich Fund.

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 Norwich University. Is this a legitimate project or is it a scam?
It’s legit! We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce an Oral History Publication for Norwich University. 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 almost 100 years. This project allows Norwich University to hear about your personal experiences and explain how Norwich University has helped shape your lives.

2. Does Norwich University benefit from this at all?
Yes, in a few different ways:

a. Updated Information – allows us to effectively communicate with and engage alumni
b. Memories – preserves the history of 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 the law. Upon completion of the project, PCI will redact PII (Personal Identifiable Information) from any and all electronic files that we have supplied or were produced by PCI in connection with the production of the Oral History Project.

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 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 Norwich University. Your story will be recorded and the sound clip provided to Norwich 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.

5. Can I choose what information prints in the publication?
When you call to update your information, you can tell the representative if you prefer any of your information to be excluded. You can also communicate your preferences to PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 / customerservice@publishingconcepts.com.

6. I updated my information but need some more time to think about what experience to share.
You can call back at any time to share your story.

7. 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 (black and white or color) 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).

8. Can anyone purchase a book?
The Norwich University Oral History Publication is available for sale only to Norwich University alumni.

9. When will I receive my book?
The total duration of the Oral History Project is about 12 months. Since we began the project in January 2022, the books will be distributed in January 2023.

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.

Norwich University project manager: Eddie Habeck ’99 & M’10