***MEDIA ALERT*** -PHOTO OPPORTUNITY- John Carroll University Freshmen Spend First Day on Campus Serving the CommunityThursday, August 26 -Locations- 10 a.m.: 1602-1638 HOLYROOD ROAD, Cleveland Noon: FATIMA FAMILY CENTER, 6600 Lexington Avenue, Cleveland WHO: Nearly 150 John Carroll first-year students, along with current students, faculty, and staff members will serve as volunteers for the families associated with Fatima Family Center. WHAT: John Carroll University’s incoming freshman class will experience the importance community service as an integral part of their education in a special collaboration with Fatima Family Center. New JCU students will lend a helping hand to residents living in Cleveland’s Hough Neighborhood by providing some basic home improvement services, including yard work and painting. John Carroll’s Campus Ministry and Center for Service and Social Action developed the project to help students make a connection to the local community during their initial days on campus. Fatima Family Center, located in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood, provides programs and services for all ages, including an early learning center, Head Start, cultural, leadership and development activities for children and youth, homework assistance, summer camp, field trips and recreational programs. Fatima also provides adult services, including parenting classes, computer lab, health screenings and food pantry. WHERE: Hough neighbors, located at 1602-1638 Holyrood Road (Students will be at this location at 10 a.m.) Fatima Family Center, located at 6600 Lexington Avenue, Cleveland (Activities begin at noon.) WHEN: Thursday, August 26, 2010 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CONTACT: Christopher Kerr, Campus Ministry, John Carroll University, 216.397.4777 (office) or 216-410-7351 (cell) Event day contact: Ted Steiner, Center for Service & Social Action, John Carroll University, 216.323.5672 (cell) John Carroll University, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a liberal arts university grounded in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. The university has some 3,100 plus undergraduates and just over 700 graduate students. The U.S. News & World Report’s 2007 annual college guide ranks John Carroll University among the top 10 master’s-degree granting universities in the Midwest and first in average graduation rate. Originally founded as St. Ignatius College in 1886, the university was renamed in 1923 to honor America’s first Catholic bishop, John Carroll of Maryland. John Carroll is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities located in the United States.