Monarch Memories: A Methodist University Alumni Oral History Project

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The Project

Every Monarch has a story, and the Methodist University alumni office wants to hear yours. However, with nearly 13,000 living alumni, it would take many years to meet with each of you individually. That’s why we’ve decided to embark on a new project called Monarch Memories to collect the stories of alumni like you in your own words. These stories will be preserved in a book that celebrates the impact Methodist University has had on your lives and who you are today. Every year we don’t capture and preserve these stories feels like another opportunity lost, so we’re excited to get started today!

Have You Moved?

As part of this project, we are also taking this opportunity to help make it easier for you to stay connected to Methodist University. PCI will help us collect updated contact information from those of you who may have moved and inadvertently lost touch with your alma mater.

Your Story

So what Monarch Memory will you tell?

  • Did a special faculty or staff member have a profound impact on your life?
  • Did you find your Monarch sweetheart at Methodist University?
  • Can you trace your career path back to a defining moment at our alma mater?
  • Have connections you made on campus turned into lifelong friendships?
  • Were you on campus during a historical moment?
  • Are you a Monarch legacy?

PCI Partnership

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 real, live human beings who are excited to listen to what you have to share. PCI will also help collect and assemble the stories into a Monarch Memories book that we can share with all Monarchs. Please note, we have shared  your contact information only with PCI in conjunction with this project. We have NOT sold your contact information, shared with other companies, or otherwise used it for outside marketing purposes.

Do I Have to Buy Something?

No. This project is being done at NO COST to Methodist. The project is completely funded by the alumni who choose to purchase the Monarch Memories book that will be produced at the end of the project. Various book packages will be offered. PCI will also offer you the option to purchase other MU branded merchandise such as a blanket and pullover, as well as making a donation back to Methodist. You are welcome to purchase these items, but you are not required to do so to participate in the project or order the Monarch Memories 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. We sincerely thank every person that participates and chooses to purchase the book.

What’s Next?

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 through 2020. After that, they will enter a post-production phase editing the data. We hope to have the book distributed in the fall of 2021.

We look forward to hearing from each and every one of you regarding your memories Methodist!

What to Look For

Below is an example of a postcard you will receive in the mail. This is an official postcard from the Methodist alumni office, 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 Monarch Memories.

Sample postcard

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 Monarch Memories. If you do not receive it, please take this opportunity to call PCI at 1.800.982.1590 and update your contact information so we can stay connected.

Sample email for Monarch Memories

FAQs

To get answers to frequently asked questions from alumni regarding the Oral History Project please visit our Monarch Memories FAQ webpage.

Contact Information

If you have any other questions regarding the project, please reach out to PCI customer service desk at 1.800.982.1590 or the Methodist University Alumni Association at alumnioffice@methodist.edu.