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Shamrock (Her)story Project

Shamrock Alumnae,

Incarnate Word High School has recently partnered with Publishing Concepts (PCI) to produce an Oral History Publication to gather stories from our beloved alumnae about their experiences at IWHS. Starting in December 2023, you should receive a yellow postcard in the mail and/or a phone call from PCI. We kindly ask that you share your story, update your contact information, and help us continue the Shamrock Legacy. If you have questions or require more information, please scroll through the FAQ list below.

You can always contact the Development Office at (210) 829-3112 or email development@iwhs.org.

Praised be the Incarnate Word!

Total Respondents Total Stories Total Job Titles
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

List of 9 items.

  • I received an email/postcard/phone call asking for my personal information and a story about my experience at Incarnate Word High School. Tell me more about the project.

    We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce an Oral History Publication for Incarnate Word. 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 Incarnate Word and how the school helped 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.
  • Does Incarnate Word High School benefit from this at all?

    Yes, in a few different ways:
      • Updated Information – allows us to effectively communicate with and engage alumnae
      • Legacy – sharing and collecting stories preserves the history of our Institution
      • Revenue – generates non-dues revenue for alumnae programs
      • Pride – wearing apparel shows support and love for our Institution
  • 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 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 some basic data elements from the alumnae information we have on file for you, make any updates where needed, and then ask you to share your story about your time at Incarnate Word. Your story will be recorded and the sound clip provided to the school 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.
  • Can I choose what information prints in the publication?

    The only information that is included in the publication is your name and class year, 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 alumnae record for Incarnate Word High School. You may revoke consent for your story and/or photo to appear any time before the end of the updating phase by contacting PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 / customerservice@publishingconcepts.com.
  • I updated my information but need some more time to think about what experience to share.

    You can call back at any time before the end of the updating phase to share your story.
  • 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, stamped envelope).
  • Can anyone purchase a book?

    The Incarnate Word High School Oral History Publication is available for sale only to Incarnate Word (and it’s predecessor schools) alumnae only.
  • 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.