I'M PLANNING A REUNION FOR MY CLASS...HOW CAN I GET THE INFO ON THE SITE?
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the 5 W's about your reunion plans. Be certain to include people you want the other alumni to contact for more information. We'll post it in the next update of the alumni site.
I KNOW OF AN ALUMNI THAT HAS PASSED AWAY AND IS STILL LISTED ON THE SITE...WHAT CAN I DO?
HOW MUCH DOES A LISTING COST?
Listings are completely free. Unlike other sites such as classmates.com, the alumni site's hosting costs and database programming needs are covered by ads that you see on the various pages of the site. This puts the site in a spot where we do not need to charge for everyone to be able to share their information.
HOW CAN I DELETE MY LISTING?
WHY DOES THE TOTAL NUMBER OF LISTINGS FLUXUATE UP AND
We are constantly working on the database so its clean and up to date. We sometimes have people who enter multiple listings that need to be deleted. This deleting causes the number of total listings to go down while more people signing up causing the site's numbers to go up. More than likely, the number of listings is relatively accurate...within 10 listings.
I WENT TO MHS FOR A FEW YEARS THEN MY FAMILY MOVED AWAY. CAN I HAVE A LISTING ON THE SITE?
Absolutely! Please note in your Claim to Fame area that you moved away and the year that you left Merrillville.
I'M A STUDENT AT MHS NOW...CAN I CREATE A LISTING ON THE SITE?
The site is for alumni-use only. You must be a graduate to have a listing.
WHAT ABOUT THE TEACHERS? CAN WE FIND THEM ON HERE?
There is no specific teacher section on the site. We have thought about having a teachers section, however its one of those things that's been on the back burner for a while. Send Marc Holm an e-mail at email@example.com if you think this is a good idea that would be useful for the alumni.
MHS Alumni who became MHS teachers are, of course, more than welcome to register. There is one teacher that is currently listed on the site that we know of (see if you can find them!).
WHO RUNS OR OWNS THE MERRILLVILLE ALUMNI ALUMNI SITE?
Our feeling is that the data is from the alumni and therefore it belongs to our alumni. The site has always been maintained as a tool for reunion planning and for old friends to find one another with. The technical ownership belongs to Marc Holm, Class of '96 who built and maintains the site.
DOES MERRILLVILLE HIGH SCHOOL SUPPORT THE SITE?
There is no formal arrangement with the high school and the alumni site. We assume they support the project because they link to merrillvillealumni.com on their web site.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO RUN THE SITE?
Hosting costs -- that's pretty much it. The site code was developed years ago and still serves us well.
WHAT RUNS THE SITE?
All of the site's data is on a database which is queried, or searched everytime you browse the listings or put in a word in the search box for the system to search for.
From a technical perspective, the alumni site runs using Apache, PHP and MySQL. It was developed a combination of Macs and PCs between 1997 and today.
WHY DO YOU GUYS DO THIS?
There are a lot of special people and memories that the halls of Merrillville High School produces. Keeping everyone in touch and accessible for reunion planning is so important. Building and maintaining the system is a way of giving back to the special years experienced at MHS.
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