UB Alumni Oral History Project

The Project

UB 175 logo.

In 2021, we celebrate the 175th anniversary of the University at Buffalo. The UB Alumni Association (UBAA) recognizes UB’s impact on more than 273,000 alumni, and marks this historic year by honoring the campus experience. 

Every UB graduate has a story, and we want to hear yours! That’s why UBAA is embarking on an oral history project to collect your story—in your own words. These stories will be preserved in a book that celebrates the 175th anniversary, so you may share how UB helped you become the person you are today. 

Our Partner

With more than 273,000 alumni worldwide, that’s a lot of stories! With a project of this size, we went to the experts: Publishing Concepts Inc. (PCI).  PCI also worked with us on the 2017-2018 alumni directory project. By partnering with PCI again, we’re able to access their trained staff, who are excited to listen to alumni stories. PCI also will help assemble stories into the oral history book, to share with UB alumni. Please note, we have only shared your contact information with PCI in conjunction with this project. We have NOT sold your contact information, or otherwise used it for outside marketing purposes.

Keeping the Connection

As part of this project, PCI will help us collect updated contact information from alumni who may have moved, so we can continue to serve UB alumni worldwide.

Your Story

What UB memory will you tell?

  • Have connections you made on campus turned into lifelong friendships?
  • Can you trace your career path back to a defining moment at our alma mater?
  • Did you find your sweetheart at UB?
  • Were you on campus during a historic moment?
  • Does your family have a UB legacy?
  • Was there a club, group or sport that was special in rounding out your student experience?

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 UB Alumni Association branded merchandise. You are welcome to purchase these items, but you are not required to do so to participate in the project or order the book. This project is being done at no cost to the UB Alumni Association. 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.

What’s Next?

You will be receiving email and postcard communications from the PCI team with instructions on how to participate. We invite you to share your story—to join the voices of alumni and to celebrate UB’s 175th anniversary. The PCI team will collect stories until May 2021. Following the story collection, PCI will design, edit and print the book. We hope to have the book distributed in December 2021.

What to Look For

Below is an example of a postcard you will receive in the mail. This is an official postcard from the UB Alumni Association, distributed by our partner PCI. Once you receive the postcard, please follow the instructions to update your information and share your story.

UB PCI Postcard Front.
UB PCI Postcard Back.

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 UB memories. If you do not receive it, please take this opportunity to call PCI at 1-888-842-5884 and update your contact information so we can stay connected.

UB PCI Email Sample.

Questions?

To get answers to frequently asked questions from alumni regarding the oral history project, please see our FAQs below.

If you have any other questions regarding the project, please reach out to PCI customer service at 1-888-842-5884 or UB’s Office of Alumni Engagement using the form below.

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