Theta Xi Launches Oral History Project
Theta Xi Fraternity has launched a oral history project in partnership with Publishing Concepts (a.k.a. PCI). This effort has never been done by the Fraternity, and the Grand Lodge is excited about this project. It aims to capture unique stories about the history of our alumni brothers and their chapters.
Helping to Build Our History
There are so many meaningful stories about local chapter histories that we just don’t have access to yet. This initiative enables alumni to share the history and stories from their time. Those can then be transcribed and stored for posterity both at a national and local chapter level. The stories will be compiled into one printed book and stored in a digital archive for future reference and use by the Fraternity.
Sharing Your Story (Next Steps)
You will have received an invitation via email or hard copy mail to call and verify that information. Please call 1-888-753-2358 (toll free). During that call, you’ll also be able to share any of your Theta Xi stories. Select stories will then be memorialized as part of the fraternity experience through the years.
Frequently Asked Questions
- I received an email/postcard/phone call from a company asking for my personal information and a story about Theta Xi Fraternity. 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 Theta Xi Fraternity. 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 Theta Xi Fraternity to hear about your personal experiences and explain how Theta Xi Fraternity has helped shape your lives.
- Does Theta Xi Fraternity benefit from this at all?
Yes, in a two different ways:
Legacy – preserves the history of our organization
Education – The publishing company provides Theta Xi with a royalty from the sale of the History Books that is used towards educational programs for undergraduate brothers.
- 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 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.
- I would like to 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 membership in Theta Xi Fraternity. Your story will be recorded and the sound clip provided to Theta Xi Fraternity 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 Theta Xi Oral History line at 1-888-753-2358.
- Can I choose what information prints in the publication?
When you call to share your story, 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 / email@example.com.
- I need some more time to think about what experience to share.
You can call back at any time to share your story.
- 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).
- Can anyone purchase a book?
The Theta Xi Fraternity Oral History Publication is available for sale only to Theta Xi alumni brothers.
- When will I receive my book?
The total duration of the Oral History Project is about 12 months. Since we began the project in July of 2021, the history books will be distributed in July/August 2022.
- I ordered a history book 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.
About Publishing Concepts – PCI
Publishing Concepts – PCI is a Dallas, Texas-based publishing company that specializes in producing alumni directories for some of the nation’s top colleges and universities. Publishing Concepts also offers technology-focused services in the areas of data collection and fund raising to help a range of organizations-such as alumni associations, sororities, fraternities, and independent schools-“drive engagement and maximize contributions.”
PCI traces its history back to 1921 when it was established as the first alumni directory publishing company in the United States. Operating under the motto “not the big company,” Publishing Concepts is currently headed by President and CEO Drew Clancy, a third-generation leader of this family-run business.