Class Notes Policy
The Alumni Office uses information gathered from newspaper clippings, alumni, faculty, and staff in compiling the Class Notes. Submissions, which reach the Alumni Office by the deadline for publication, are included in the next issue. The Pride is published twice a year (Spring and Fall).
Information received will be verified, if possible. Submissions may be altered to fit the style of the publication.
Birth announcements can be submitted as they relate to the alumnus/parent. Photographs of babies will be included if quality is suitable for publication.
Items, which create a judgment, or are of no broad informational or news value, will be omitted. For example, a message that contains how wonderful a spouse, how smart a child, what a good Christian a person is, etc., will be altered to contain just the facts.
Format for entries:
Entries will be divided by graduation year for alumni or as part of the Former Student listing for non-graduates. If an alumnus has more than one degree from the University, the first degree will be used for the division, but both will be listed. A sample entry is as follows:
- Anna Sue Alumna (BS ’94) married Arthur Smith in October, 1999. They reside in Commerce.
- Vera Langston Price (BS ’93) and her husband, Jake, are the proud parents of Etta Marie born June 10.
- William Leo Mayo (BS ’92) was named Creative Director of Solar Works, Inc. in Washington, D.C..
Notification of deceased alumni will be formatted as follows:
- Arthur C. Ferguson (BA ’35, MED ’54) passed away November 14, 1999, in Commerce. He taught for 32 years in the public schools of Texas, most of that time in Commerce. He retired in 1986.
- Ben Franklin (BS ’47) passed away on June 20, 1999, in Dallas. He was a former schoolteacher in Bonham, Rivercrest, and Maple Springs.
Items that will not be used include:
- Submissions, which advertise a business. Mention of owning or working at a business is acceptable.
- Engagement announcements. However, wedding announcements will be included.
- Information on political candidates. However, announcement of an alumnus or former student winning an office will be included.
- Negative reports on alumni are not included, such as arrests, indictments, divorces, etc.
- Items previously published in other quoted forms of media will not be used in The Pride unless the alumnus provides written permission for reprint from the publication.
- Information not related to the University or its alumni are not included. This includes non-University job postings, high school reunions, personal messages, etc.
Photographs can be included. If the quality does not reproduce well in our newspaper format, it will be omitted. This includes newspaper photographs, group photographs, and some color photos. Professional photographs are the most reliable for this purpose. The photograph should be a bust shot of the alumnus or former student. All photographs are non-returnable.
We reserve the right to exclude photographs if they are not appropriate for our publication.