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August 23, 2001

Freshmen Class Receives Life Lessons While Area Agencies Receive Help

As thousands of Central Texas college students prepare to hit the books, approximately 200 St. Edward's University freshmen also are preparing to start hitting nails, painting walls, filing papers, sweeping floors, moving furniture, making binders and other odd jobs. No, we're not talking about moving into dorms or even part-time jobs, but a unique service project that is putting some members of the SEU freshman class to work for nearly 20 Austin-area non-profit agencies.

As an institution of higher education, the university's mission is to teach. However, St. Edward's view of education extends beyond the classroom and the borders of our campus, working to develop each student's character, conscience, citizenship and social responsibility regardless of their major. "This project is a perfect example of our mission in action," said Nicole Guerrero, assistant dean of students. "Even before the first day of classes has begun, these students will already share a sense of unity and a feeling of accomplishment. They'll also know what programs are available for future volunteer opportunities."

We invite members of the media to shadow individual groups of students throughout the day, including joining us for the pre-event breakfast, going on-site to local service agencies and the picnic lunch wrap up session. No two stories will be the same, as each reporter/photographer team will be assigned a different group and organization. lease let us know ASAP if you plan to cover the event.

Who: Approximately 200 members of the Freshman class
What: Freshman Class Service Learning Project
When: Monday, August 27
Where: 8:30 a.m.--Breakfast and reflection SEU Ragsdale Center Ballroom (3rd Floor)

9:30 a.m.--Vans depart SEU enroute to various non-profit agencies

Noon--lunch and reflection at Zilker Park

2 p.m.--return to SEU

Founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is an independent, Catholic liberal arts university of 3,800 students in Austin.

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