MSU partners with PCI for Oral History Project; be on the lookout to participate

The Oral History Project LogoThe Minot State University Alumni Association is kicking off a new project, and all alumni are invited to participate for free by contributing their own slice of campus history.

Over the next six months, alumni have the opportunity to add their stories to a collection of Minot State memories for a new hardbound book. Alumni may be contacted by Publishing Concepts (PCI) regarding the Oral History Project . Please know that this is not spam or fraudulent, but rather a legitimate point of contact – one authorized by us. Alumni will be asked to update contact information and share their stories; however, alumni may opt out of sharing any information they do not feel comfortable sharing.

The book, crafted into hardcover and digital versions, will be available to alumni for purchase at the end of the project.

Here’s a little more information on what the Oral History Project is all about, and how Minot State will be using your stories:

Sample post card and email that was sent out to MSU alumni What to expect
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 project to honor the experiences and voices of our alumni. The PCI team will collect stories until November 22, 2024. After that, they will enter a post-production phase editing the data. We hope to have the book distributed in May 2025.

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

Share your story
What Minot State Memory will you tell?

  • Did a special faculty or staff member have a profound impact on your life?
  • Did you find your significant other at MSU?
  • Can you trace your career path back to a defining moment at Minot State?
  • Have connections you made on campus turned into lifelong friendships?
  • Were you on campus during a historical moment?
  • Were you part of a fraternity or sorority?

No matter how big or small, we’d love to hear about your time at MSU.


How it will look
An example of the book produced for Weber State University.

Book sample from Weber State University

Frequently asked questions

We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce an Oral History Publication for Minot State 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 over 100 years. This project allows us to hear about your personal experiences from your time at Minot State University and how the school helped to shape your life since then. And, 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
  • Pride – wearing apparel shows support and love for our 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.

  • 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 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 Minot State University. Your story will be recorded, and the sound clip provided to Minot State 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 did not receive a postcard or email, you may call the dedicated Minot State University update line at 1-877-583-0016.
  • If you are living internationally or are unable to call the update line, please email PCI will send you a personalized link for you to share your written story and photo.

If you would like to participate and are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, please email PCI will send you a personalized link for you to share your written story and photo.

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/alumni association. You may revoke consent for your story and/or photo to appear any time before 11/22/2024 by contacting PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 /

You can call back at any time before 11/22/2024 to share your story.

You will receive an email with a link to upload one photo (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 a physical photo in to be printed (note: the photo will be returned if you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope).

The Minot State University Oral History Publication is available for sale only to Minot State University alumni.

The total duration of the Oral History Project is about 12 months. Since we began the project in May 2024, the books will be distributed in May 2025.

Contact PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 and they will take care of this for you.