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Campus Post Office to 'branch' out

Published: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Updated: Thursday, October 6, 2011 17:10

ASU Post Office

Daniel McFadin

The ASU post office is set to become a branch of the Jonesboro post office on Oct. 22.

The rumors of the university's post office "death" have been greatly exaggerated.

In July, the U.S. Postal Service released a list of more than 3,700 locations that would be studied and considered for potential closing.

While some thought Arkansas State's post office was among those, Lisa Gay, a spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service said it was never even considered.

Instead of facing closure, as the 3,700 nationwide stations could be, the ASU office is  becoming a branch of the Jonesboro post office. This action will go into effect Oct. 22, and Gay said effects on office patrons would be minimal.

"Customers won't see any change," Gay said. "It was in the unique situation of being an office and not a station."

The only significant change will be that the administrative offices for the post office will be at the Jonesboro office. The ASU campus currently resides in the 72467 ZIP code area at State University, Ark.

Customers of the post office will still be able to address their mail with the 72467 ZIP Code, while the new code will be used for administrative purposes.

Gay said State University is becoming a branch of the Jonesboro post office because of the post master position.

"The post master position was vacant for the last two years," Gay said. "It made sense to make the change."

In regards to office patrons being confused on the fate of the school's post office, Gay said that the information was put out for the public and that it should be a seamless transition.

However, a State University postal worker said some patrons have begun using the Jonesboro location believing that the campus office is closing.

"I didn't know about it, but I'm glad I know now," Corey Shannon, a senior criminology major of Jonesboro said.  

Shannon has had a PO Box on campus since 2008.

"It's easier to pick my mail [there] that I have coming in to me, instead of going to my moms house to pick it up," Shannon said.

The only visible notice in the office announcing the transition is a document on printer paper that is posted on the wall right in front of the main entrance.

The document cites when the change will take effect and whom customers should contact with questions.

Gay said anyone with questions should contact Rob Driskell, the postmaster of the Jonesboro post office.

The number for the Jonesboro post office is (870) 972-0275.

As of now the study portion of Postal Service locations, which examines how much traffic locations receive, is still ongoing and Alicia's post office is the only Arkansas post office that has been notified of closure.

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