Sara De Maras, of Bradford, has enrolled at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind. De Maras, majoring in International Studies, joins an entering class defined by its strong academic ability and diversity. Members of the freshman class averaged 1176 on the SAT's critical reading and math components. (The national average, as reported by SAT, is 1017.) They also scored an average of 26 on the ACT, compared to a national average of 21. Members of Evansville's 2011 entering class represent 32 states and 18 countries.

De Maras participated in the Freshman Service Project on Aug. 22 at Evansville The project sent more than 500 new UE students to 20 locations throughout Evansville. Tasks ranged from painting to cleaning to landscaping, and service locations included parks, community centers, and other nonprofit organizations.

The annual Freshman Service Project is part of Welcome Week, a program designed to help incoming students transition into college life before classes begin. "The goal of the Freshman Service Project is to help new students such as Sara De Maras get acquainted with the community they'll call home during their college years," said Geoff Edwards, director of UE's Center for Student Engagement and coordinator of the Freshman Service Project. "Last year, UE students contributed nearly 17,000 hours of community service, and we hope the Freshman Service Project inspires many students to continue serving the Evansville community."

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