New Members/FAQs

If you are new to this website, please read this entire page, as it should answer all of your questions on how to create your profile and password, update your personal information, and how to use this website.?
This website is maintained and hosted by a fellow classmate and is completely FREE to all alumni who are listed as a classmate. You will never be asked to pay for creating your profile or accessing other alumni profiles. This website considers a "classmate" or “alumni” to be anyone who was a member of the MVA Class of ‘78.?
If you see a GREEN CHECK by someone’s profile, it indicates the classmate's profile information has not been verified by the classmate and the information provided is only the last known. If you see a YELLOW STAR by someone’s profile, it indicates the classmate has been on this website and updated his or her profile with current information.?
Before you can update your personal information and access password protected pages, you must create your profile and password. Please click on Classmate Profiles, find your name and click on it. Follow the prompts to create your profile and password. The password you enter during this process will be used as your login password. If you cannot find your name on the Classmate Profiles page, please use the Contact Us button to have your name added.? If you are on the Missing Classmates page, just click on your name and follow the prompts to create your profile and password.
Please add our email address to your address book and adjust your spam settings to ensure you receive emails that keep you updated with the website and reunion details as they become available. The email address can be found by clicking on the Contact Us button.?
You have the option to password protect your personal profile, which blocks the general public and search engines from accessing your profile details. Once you create a profile, you will also be able to view profiles of your fellow classmates and begin interacting with them.
Each profile has a picture of classmates from our senior yearbook so you can recall what each of us used to look like. Once you have created your password and updated your profile, you may choose to keep your personal information private, such as your street address and phone number. When others click on your name, they will see your city and state, and any other contact information that you choose to put on your profile. However, if you send a message to a classmate through his or her profile, that classmate will obtain your email address so communication back and forth may occur.
Be sure to check back on the Home page to stay up to date with the latest MVA Class of '78 updates and view new announcements as they are posted.? If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please feel free to click on the Contact Us button.?
Enjoy the website!
--Site Administrator, Tricia (Tighe) Ford
Privacy Policy and
Frequently Asked Questions

1.  This is my first visit to the website.  How do I login?
Please click on "Classmate Profiles" (above, far left tab), then click on YOUR NAME to set up a FREE member account.  Provide your work or home e-mail address, select a password (which you can change at any time), and tell us about your life since MVA.  Add your married name, if applicable, photos, etc.

2.  I forgot my login information and/or password.  What should I do?
You login with the e-mail address you provided during your member account set up (include domain name, such as  If you have several e-mail addresses and cannot remember which one you used or if you no longer have access to that e-mail address, click on "Contact Us" and provide your new e-mail address.  Our website administrator will make the change and then e-mail you a temporary password.  Once you've logged in using your new e-mail address and temporary password, change your password by clicking the "Change Your Password" link under the Member Functions menu on the home page.
If you remember your e-mail address but you forgot your password, click on the "Forgot password?" link right above the green "Log On" button, and the website will automatically e-mail your password to you within a few minutes.
3.  Who has access to my "Classmate Profile" and personal contact information?
You can choose whether your "Classmate Profile" is publicly viewable on the website (e.g., by other classes, friends, and the general public) or restricted to registered MVA ‘78 Classmates only. If restricted, search engines and the general public will be blocked from accessing your Classmate Profile page.  You can also choose whether or not your mailing address and phone number are displayed; otherwise, only the City and State where you live will be listed.  Click on the "Edit Your Profile" link under the Member Functions menu in the side column, then scroll down to the bottom of the page to make your choice.
4.  Can I be notified if other Classmates update their "Classmate Profile"?
YES!  Click on "Classmate Profiles", then click on the name of the Classmate you'd like to keep track of.  Once he/she has registered, his/her profile will be displayed.  Scroll down to the bottom of his/her profile page, click on the box that says "Notify me whenever [Classmate's] profile is updated", and click on the "Notify Me" button.  You will be notified by e-mail.  
5.  Does the public or other Classmates have access to my e-mail address?
NO!  To protect your privacy, your work or home e-mail address is stored only within the website, so Classmates can send you a Message, but they have to enter a six-digit Security Code that prevents non-Classmates or "spammers" from sending you junk e-mail.  You can decide who you want to provide your own e-mail address to.  To check if you've received any new messages, click on the "Message Area" under the Member Functions menu in the side column.
6.  How will I receive e-mails from MVA ’78 Classmates ?
E-mails to the entire class will be sent to you from: so please add this e-mail address to your Address Book or your spam filter's Approved List.  You can send e-mails to our website administrator by clicking on the "Contact Us" tab at the top of the page.  The administrator will reply as soon as possible.
7.  What are examples of the e-mails that I may be sent?
You will be e-mailed information about new website features; details about upcoming class reunions, fundraisers, or events; general announcements about classmates; and other important news.  In addition, a reminder e-mail will be sent to you on New Year's Day suggesting that the start of the new year is a good time to update your "Classmate Profile".
8.  Can I post my own photos or videos on the website?
Yes!  You can upload a current photo of yourself, your family, pets, vacations, old photos from days gone by, past reunions, etc. -- anything you want to share -- by clicking on "Edit/Upload Photos" under the Member Functions menu on the left.  There is no limit on the number of digital photos that you can store on your "Classmate Profile" page.  Each photo is automatically resized to fit on your Profile page.  You can also upload your own videos that you've posted to by clicking on the "Classmate Profiles" link, then following the instructions.  And yes, you can add, delete, or replace your own photos or videos at any time.
NOTE: Inappropriate pictures, postings or videos, may be deleted by the class website administrator at their discretion.

9.  How does the "Message Forum" work?
Click on "Message Forum" above and you can chat with our fellow classmates when they login and read the "Message Forum".  Post a response to a prior message or start your own topic of conversation by asking a question, re-living an old memory, or share your thoughts on life.
10. Who designs and maintains the MVA ’78 Class website?
The website was designed by Tricia (Tighe) Ford, who also maintains the site using a web-based application called that provides websites to high schools, colleges, and alumni associations worldwide.  Tricia donates her time to serve as our website administrator.  You can send questions, suggestions, or general comments to her by clicking on the "Contact Us" link above.

11. Does Class Creator rent, sell, or in any way profit from having our Classmates' names, addresses, and personal information?  How does it make its money?
No!  Class Creator does not rent or sell any Classmate information or engage in any marketing or solicitation to Classmates.  All personal contact information is held strictly confidential.  Class Creator does not sell advertising on the website or display banner ads or pop-up windows.  Class Creator does sell domain name registrations to Classes through its subsidiary, but using that service is optional.  Our website is owned by MVA ’78 Class Members--not by Class Creator.

12. How can I get more information about our MVA ’78 Class website and about Class Creator?

For more information about our MVA ’78 Class website, click on "Contact Us" above or click here to send an e-mail to our website administrator, Tricia (Tighe) Ford.  For more information about Class Creator, visit their website at or call their Customer Service department at 734-717-2646 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific time, Monday - Friday, or e-mail them at

How To Use The New Messge Forum
Posted Friday, April 10, 2009 at 10:24 PM from

The Forum is a 3 tiered system consisting of:

1) Categories are pre-set by the site administrator. Suggestions and/or requests for new categories are welcome (email:

2) Topics. There can be an infinite number of topics under each category. To start a new topic: choose a category, then click on "New Topic". Enter a title for your topic, type your message and click "Save". (Just FYI: A "sticky" topic is one that is important and therefore tacked to the top of the page.)

3) Messages. To add to a topic already started, click on "Reply". Type your message and click "Save". Once saved, you can edit or delete your own message.


When first coming into the Forum, click on a Category title to see all the Topics under it. Click on a Topic to see all the messages posted there.

*Note: The first time you want to post on the Forum, you will be asked to set up a forum profile. This only consists of 3 short items, all optional. 1) a signature, if you desire one; 2) your location; and 3) setting your time zone. You will be able to edit your settings later in "My Settings", at the top of the Forum page.
"My Signature" (optional) is anything you may want to appear at the bottom of each of your messages. For instance, your name, a short proverb or witty saying, etc.

You can Subscribe to receive new forum posts by email. Look for this feature at the bottom of your "My Settings" page, on every message you post, and at the bottom of every Forum page. (You can later Unsubscribe from your "My Settings" page.)

Master Photo:
If you would like to have a photo of yourself appear to the left of your messages (and later on your threaded emails), click on "Forum Photo" at the top of the Forum page (or on "Edit/Upload Photos" on the left navigation panel).

If the picture that you want to use is already uploaded to your profile page, just click "Make This My Master Photo". If your photo is not already there, you will need to upload it (see "Upload Photos to Profile" under the "New Member/FAQs" category).

If you want to use your senior grad picture, but you don't have one to upload, email: and it will be uploaded for you. (Later this year, members will be able to check a box to use their designated profile picture as their Master Photo, but an estimated time of arrival for that feature is unknown.)

How to put photos in your messages:
Posting pictures in the Forum is easy!

1) Click on the Image icon (the little yellow square in the editor, at the top left, to the right of the word 'source').

2) In the Image Button popup, click "Browse".

3) Find your picture in your files and click (or double-click) on the picture.

4) Click on "Upload Now"

5) Click "OK" when it tells you it's uploaded. You can now see your image in the preview box.

6) Click on "OK" at the bottom of the Image Button box, and your picture will appear in your message box.

7) Complete your message (any text you want to add), then click on "Save". You can also preview your message if you desire, before clicking Save.

Using the text editor:
Experiment, if you want, with the editing tools. Changing the size and color of your font is fairly easy. Use the Preview button to see how your message looks before saving it. After saving your post, you will still be able to edit or delete it.

You can also attach files to your message:
1) Click on "Browse" at the bottom of the message box.

2) Locate and click on the file you want to attach.

After you save your message, your file will appear as a link at the top of the message.

(Note: Do not click on Preview after attaching your file because your attachment will be lost and you will have to attach it again.)


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