We want to hear YOUR Nicholls story!
Every Nicholls State University Colonel has a story, and the Alumni Federation wants to hear yours. As we enter the 75th anniversary of Nicholls State University, what better way to celebrate then to share each Nicholls story. However, with over 45,000 alumni, it would take many years to meet with each of you individually. That’s why we’ve decided to embark on a new project called Colonel Bayou Tales – Oral History Project to collect stories from alumni like you. These stories will be preserved in a book that celebrates the impact Nicholls has had on your lives and who you are today. Every time we don’t capture or preserve stories, it feels like another opportunity lost. We’re excited to get started!
So what Nicholls memory will you tell?
If you haven’t already, you will receive a postcard and email from PCI, on our behalf, with two important invitations:
The PCI team will collect stories until August 2023. After that, they will enter a post-production phase editing the data. We hope to have the book distributed in March 2024.
We look forward to hearing from each and every one of you regarding the memories of your time on campus!
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 Nicholls. Publishing Concepts Inc. (PCI) will help us collect updated contact information from those of you who may have moved and inadvertently lost touch with your alma mater.
What to Look For:
Below is an example of a postcard you will receive in the mail. This is an official postcard from Nicholls State University Alumni Federation, distributed by our partner PCI. Once you receive the postcard, please follow the instructions to update your information and set up an interview time to share your Colonels Bayou Tale!
Sample Post Card
1. I received an email/postcard/phone call from a company asking of Amy personal information and story about Nicholls State University. Tell me more about the project:
We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce an Oral History Publication for
Nicholls 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 Nicholls 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.
2. Does Nicholls benefit from this at all?
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
Memberships – generates additional memberships to the Nicholls Alumni Federation
Pride – wearing apparel shows support and love for our school
3. 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.
4. I would like to verify or update my information and 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 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 Nicholls. Your story will be recorded and the sound clip provided to Nicholls
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 Nicholls State University update
line at 1-855-300-1184.
5. Can I choose what information prints in the publication?
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 Aug 11 by contacting PCI’s customer service helpdesk at
1-800-982-1590 / email@example.com .
6. I updated my information but need some more time to think about what experience to share.
You can call back at any time before August 11, 2023 to share your story.
7. I shared a story and the representative said I could send a photo. How do I do this?
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,
8. Can anyone purchase a book?
The Nicholls State University Oral History Publication is available for sale only to Nicholls alumni.
9. When will I receive my book?
The total duration of the Oral History Project is about 12 months. Since we began the project in February
2023, the books will be distributed in February/March 2024.
10. 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 and they will take care of this for you.