Alumni, Parents & Friends

Alumni Oral History Project

Alumni Oral History Project: Celebrating 75 Years

Join us in preserving Merrimack College’s history. 

The Project

In preparation for Merrimack College’s 75th anniversary, we invite all alumni to participate in the creation of a history publication that unites Warriors across generations. The project is an opportunity to gather stories and collect memories that bring the Merrimack College experience to life. We are interested in your reflections and tributes, and we hope that this endeavor will preserve Merrimack College’s history for generations to come.

Old photo of Merrimack College students standing in line.

Your Story

What Merrimack College 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 Merrimack College alumni are unique, and variety is welcomed.

  • What made you choose Merrimack?
  • Did a professor, staff member or Augustinian have a profound impact on your life?
  • Did you make a connection on campus that led to love or lifelong friendship?
  • Was there a special experience at Merrimack that made a long-term impact on your career and/or life after graduation?
  • When you think back on your time at Merrimack, what makes you smile?

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 Merrimack College. PCI will help us collect updated contact information from those of you who may have moved and inadvertently lost touch with your alma mater.

PCI Partnership

Merrimack College 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 Merrimack College, 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.

Contact Information

If you have any other questions regarding this project, please reach out to the PCI customer service desk by email or at 1-800-982-1590.

To reach a member of the Merrimack College Office of Development and Alumni Relations team, please email Alumni Relations or call 978-837-5117.

Frequently Asked Questions

I received an email/postcard/phone call from a company asking for my personal information and a story about Merrimack College. 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 Merrimack College.

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 Merrimack College to hear about your personal experiences and explain how Merrimack College has helped shape your life.

How can I participate and/or update my information?

PCI will contact Merrimack College alumni directly through postcards, emails and phone calls to encourage participation.

If you would like to verify or update your information and share a story, you can do this by:

  • Option 1: 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 Merrimack College. Your story will be recorded and the sound clip provided to Merrimack College at the conclusion of the project.

  • Option 2: 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.

  • Option 3: Alumni can call the dedicated Merrimack College phone line at 1-855-890-9270 to speak with a representative regarding the Oral History Project. 

Final publication will be delivered in book and digital formats in June 2022 to purchasing alumni.

Do I have to buy something?

No. The project is completely funded by the alumni who choose to purchase the oral history book that will be produced as part of the project. Various book packages will be offered to you, and PCI also will offer you the option to purchase Merrimack College branded merchandise. You are welcome to purchase some or all of these items, but you are not required to do so to participate. This project is being done at no cost to Merrimack College. We would not 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.

This project is completely funded by the alumni who choose to purchase memorabilia or reserve the publication as a hardbound book or digital collection at the end of the project.

*Merrimack does not make any money from the sales of the book or merchandise.

Does Merrimack benefit from this project at all?

Yes, in a few different ways:

  1. Legacy: Preserves the oral history of Merrimack College
  2. Updated Information: Allows us to effectively communicate with and engage alumni

*Merrimack does not make any money from the sales of the book or merchandise.

How do I know my information will only be used for this project?

PCI is committed to protecting your information. The names, addresses and information provided to PCI for the publication of the Alumni 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.

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 Alumni Oral History Project.

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).

I’d like to add / remove info from my story. How do I do this?

You will receive an email prior to publication with a link to review your transcribed story and make any edits.

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 be excluded.

You can also communicate your preferences to PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 / customerservice@publishingconcepts.com.

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

That is okay! You can call back or contact PCI at any time to share your story prior to the end of November 2021.

Can anyone purchase a book?

The Merrimack College Alumni Oral History Publication is available for sale only to Merrimack College alumni.

When will I receive my book?

The total duration of the Alumni Oral History Project is about 12 months. Since we began the project in June 2021, the books will be distributed in June 2022.

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 or email customerservice@publishingconcepts.com and they will take care of this for you.