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Brotherhood for a Lifetime Oral History Project

Every brother has a story, and Zeta Beta Tau wants to hear yours.

That’s why we’ve decided to embark on a new project, the Brotherhood for a Lifetime oral history book project, to collect the stories of alumni in their own words. These stories will be preserved in a printed book that celebrates the merged fraternities that comprise our Brotherhood — Kappa Nu, Phi Alpha, Phi Sigma Delta, Phi Epsilon Pi and Zeta Beta Tau — and the impact this organization has had on brothers’ lives and who they are today.

What memory will you share?

  • Has a brother, advisor or alumnus had a profound impact on your life?
  • Can you trace your career path back to a defining moment in the Fraternity, at an event or while serving in a role?
  • Have your chapter connections turned into lifelong friendships?
  • Were you an undergraduate in the Fraternity during a notable moment in history?
  • Did members of your family join Zeta Beta Tau? Are you a legacy, or did you support a legacy who’s a relative?

It is, and will always be, great to be a ZBT!

How to participate

To submit your story or to update your information, please call the number listed on the postcard or email you received or call our partner, PCI, at 1-888-920-1772. Brothers will receive postcards and emails starting mid-October and may submit stories through March.

About Publishing Concepts Inc. (PCI): As good stewards of our brothers’ time and resources,  ZBT International Headquarters would not be able to tackle a project of this scale on our own. By partnering with PCI, we’re able to access their trained staff of real, live human beings who are ready to listen to what you have to say and are trained to share great memories. PCI collects and assembles the stories into the Brotherhood for a Lifetime book that we then share with all ZBTs.

Important: We have partnered with PCI for several years and they are a vetted service provider. ZBT  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.

Frequently Asked Questions

I received an email/postcard/phone call from a company asking for my personal information and a story about Zeta Beta Tau. 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 this oral history publication for the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation. PCI is a family-owned business based in Dallas, Texas, that has published directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities and military organizations across the U.S. for almost 100 years. This project allows Zeta Beta Tau Foundation to hear about your personal experiences and explain how Zeta Beta Tau has helped shape your life.

Do I have to buy something?

No. This project is being done at no cost to the individual brother.

The project is completely funded by the ZBTs who choose to purchase the Brotherhood for a Lifetime book that will be produced at the end of the project. Various book packages will be offered.

PCI will also offer you the option to purchase other ZBT branded merchandise such as a T-shirt, sweatshirt and/or travel bag. You are welcome to purchase these items, but you are not required to do so to participate in the project or order the book.

We’d never be able to embark on a project like this without the support of our amazing brothers and the partnership with PCI. We sincerely thank every person who participates and chooses to purchase a book.

How do I know my information will only be used for this project?

Zeta Beta Tau and PCI are committed to protecting your information. The names, addresses and information provided to PCI for the publication of the Brotherhood for a Lifetime book 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 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 project.

Can I choose what information prints in the publication?

5When you call to update your information, 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:

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 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 ZBT experience. Your story will be recorded and the sound clip provided to Zeta Beta Tau Foundation 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.

I updated my information but need some more time to think about what experience to share.

You can call back at any time to share your story.

PCI’s customer service helpdesk: 1-800-982-1590

I’d like to add to or remove info from my story.

You will receive an email prior to publication with a link to review your transcribed story and make any edits.

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 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 Brotherhood for a Lifetime book is available for sale only to brothers of Zeta Beta Tau and the merged antecedent fraternities.

I ordered a book or merchandise over the phone and would like to cancel my order. How do I do this?

Contact PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-888-920-1772 and they will take care of this for you.

Does the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation benefit from this? 

Yes, in a few different ways:

  • Updated information: This allows us to more effectively communicate with and engage brothers.
  • Longevity: This book helps preserve the history of our Fraternity.
  • Revenue: This project generates  revenue that supports educational programs for undergraduate brothers outside of what is funded by dues and fees.
  • ZBT Pride: Wearing Fraternity apparel shows support and love for ZBT!