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Copy Center is ‘a mini, less-expensive Kinko’s’

February 24th, 2011

Tom Reilley knows every student on campus’ number … mailbox number, that is.

The longtime manager of the John Carroll University Copy Center even remembers the mailbox numbers of students who graduated nearly a decade ago. For Reilley and the rest of the Mail and Copy Center staff, it is all about being personal.

The upbeat staff has over 70 combined years of experience and, as a result, knows how to get things done and keep them fun. And, perhaps more importantly, inexpensive.

Yet, while most JCU students have visited the Mail Center, located in the Administration Building’s garden (ground) level, few know of its next door neighbor, the Copy Center.

This is unfortunate, according to Copy Center staff member Norma Piccirillo, because the Copy Center is essentially “a mini, less-expensive Kinko’s” located right on the JCU campus.

The Copy Center can aid students in printing of all kinds and all levels, whether it is in black and white, or color. For those who need copies of class projects, brochures or booklets, the Copy Center is the place to go. For upperclassmen who need their thesis or resume professionally printed, the Copy Center can take care of that, too.

The Copy Center’s services even go beyond these surface level jobs. The staff can help students, alumni, staff, faculty and even surrounding community members to design virtually any printing need they may have and on a variety of colored and specialty papers or cardstock.

“If a wedding is in your future, we can print the shower invitations, wedding invitations, ceremony programs and thank you cards,” said Copy Center staff member Carrie Huszczo. “And then you can come back for the baby announcements … it’s endless.”

Just as the printing and copying possibilities are endless, so are the means to these ends. The Copy Center staff can work with electronic files, e-mails and flash drives, in addition to traditional hard copies.

Most importantly, the staff stresses that “if we can’t do it, we will send you in the right direction and you can still get a break on the price.”

The Copy Center’s services do not stop at copying and printing, though. The center also provides confidential shredding, cutting, padding, lamination, book-binding and hole-punching. With these services, as with all other Copy Center services, customers will notice a much lower cost than any of the other retail operations in the area that offer the same services, such as FedEx Office, Staples and OfficeMax.

For example, creating 250 color flyers at FedEx Office costs $200. Making color copies at JCU’s Copy Center costs $100.

And, with the full-service Mail Center right next door, students have the ability to send any copies or projects printed in the Copy Center to anywhere in the world.

If the fact that the copy center is both inexpensive and convenient is not enough to lure students in, the Copy Center staff has more to offer.

“Free advice is another thing we offer,” joked Piccirillo and Huszczo, who pride themselves in being ‘moms away from home’ to John Carroll students. The concept of ‘service with a smile’ has been taken to a whole new level.

The Copy Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a complete list of services and pricing students can call the center at (216) 397-4670 or visit the center’s website at http://www.jcu.edu/fas/pas/copy.htm.