The Oral History Project Overview and Frequently Asked Questions
That’s why we’re excited to partner with Publishing Concepts Inc. (PCI) on the Oral History Project to gather stories from alumni about their experiences at Chicago Booth. We invite you to share memories celebrating the people and events that have impacted your journey. Your stories will be recorded, transcribed, and, along with submitted photos, published along with other alumni stories as a book that will be available for purchase.
How It Works
If you haven't already, you will receive a postcard and email from PCI, on our behalf, with invitations to:
- Update and verify your contact information so you can stay connected to the Booth network and updated on the latest news from the school.
- Share your Booth experience. What are your fondest memories from your time as a student? PCI has a dedicated team ready to record your stories.
What Kind of Story Should You Tell? It’s Up to You.
But ideas include:
- Lifelong connections made on campus
- The impact of receiving or giving a scholarship
- Faculty or staff members who left a lasting impression
- Student organization involvement that helped shape you
- A career-defining experience or moment
I received an email/postcard/phone call from PCI asking for my personal information and a story about Booth. Is this legitimate?
We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts, Inc.) to produce an Oral History Publication for the Booth community. PCI is a family-owned business based in Dallas, Texas that has published directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities, and military organizations across the United States for over 100 years.
This project allows us to hear about your personal experiences from your time at Booth and how the school and the relationships you formed there have helped shape your life since then. Plus, while we have you on the phone, we want to make sure your contact information is up to date.
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 philanthropic support for Booth
- Pride—when you purchase Booth apparel as a part of the alumni story book package, using it shows your support for the school
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. 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.
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, and then ask you to share your story about your time at Booth. Your story will be recorded and the sound clip provided to Booth 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.
Note for international alumni: PCI’s call center hours are based on CDT. If these hours are compatible with your availability, you are welcome to call in. Otherwise, we recommend using the link provided to review your information and submit your story.
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 January 13, 2023 by contacting PCI’s customer service help desk at 1.800.982.1590 or via email.
You can call back at any time before January 13, 2023 to share your story.
You will receive an email with a link to upload one photo (in 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 in a physical photo to be printed. (Note: the photo will be returned if you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope).
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Oral History Publication is available for sale only to Booth alumni.
Contact PCI’s customer service help desk at 1.800.982.1590, and they will take care of this for you.
Ready to Share Your Story?
Call PCI directly at +1 877.774.7998 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CDT, or Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. CDT.