The Project: Lion Legacies
UAFS came into existence as Fort Smith Junior College in 1928 and as we approach our 200th year your Alumni Association has partnered with Publishing Concepts (PCI) on an ambitious project called Lion Legacies to collect the stories of our alumni in their own words. Your stories will be preserved in both a hardbound publication and digital format that celebrate the impact your college experience had on your life and the life of your family and friends. Every year we don’t capture and preserve these stories is an opportunity lost so we’re excited to get started!
Has Your Contact Information Changed?
As part of Lion Legacies, we are taking the opportunity to make it easier for you to stay connected to UAFS and your classmates. PCI will help us collect updated contact information if you’ve moved, changed phone numbers, and or changed your email address.
So, what Lion Legacy story will you tell?
- Was your life impacted by a faculty or staff member?
- Did you find your sweetheart on campus?
- Can you trace your successful career path to a defining moment with a professor or friend on campus?
- Have connections you made on campus turned into lifelong friendships?
- Were you on campus during a defining historical moment?
- Are you a legacy Lion? Who are the other Lions in your family?
With our limited staff and resources, it would take us years to contact and record stories from our over 48,000 alumni. By partnering with PCI, we’re able to access their trained staff of live human beings to help us capture and preserve your stories. Please note, we have only shared your address and email address with PCI for this project, all of which they will destroy at completion. We have NOT sold your information or otherwise used it for outside marketing.
Do I Have to Buy Anything?
No! This project is being conducted at NO COST to UAFS or your Alumni Association. It is being funded by alumni who CHOOSE to purchase the Lion Legacies hardbound book and digital copy that will be distributed at the end of the project. The book and digital copy will be offered at $150. PCI will also offer you the option to purchase other UAFS branded merchandise such as a hat, t-shirt, sweatshirt, or travel bag. You are welcome to purchase these branded items, but not required to do so to (a) participate in the project or (b) order the Lion Legacies book.
Soon you will receive an email and a postcard from PCI with instructions on how you can choose to participate. We invite you to share one of your stories about your campus experience and take part in this one-of-a-kind project to honor your voices and experiences!
We look forward to hearing from each and everyone of you on what “Once a Lion, Always A Lion” means to you!