Post office experiences expansion

Postmaster Leann Riley said the post office located at Arkansas Tech is looking to expand to meet the demands of the growing university.

There are 2,600 mail boxes at the campus post office, and about 1,950 mail boxes are currently being rented by students. Demands for available mailboxes are higher in the fall with the arrival of incoming freshmen.

“I have had to order new boxes over the last five years at least twice,” Riley said.

Until the post office can expand, it has had to find new ways to provide students with their services.

“One thing that has helped us have more available boxes is we started closing boxes out if students didn’t reserve their box every semester,” she said. “It helps with having more available.”

Riley said the post office receives a lot of parcels and packages at the beginning of the semester when students are ordering books online.

“During that time we are hard pressed to have a place to put it,” she said. “We are just jam-packed with packages.
“There are times when we have had it before when we have had our mail, USPS, UPS and FedEx, and it’s above our heads. We can’t even see each other for the mail packages around us.”

With tracking systems being used more and more today, the campus post office is looking into getting a scanner to help with the influx of packages.

“It takes a little bit longer to get mail worked up,” said Riley. “People have to be a little bit more patient with us because we have to write everything up. We are looking into it, but we don’t have one yet.”

The campus post office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Freshman Ranya Januszewski, an undeclared major from Muskogee, Okla., said she likes having a post office on campus, and that it is always exciting to receive packages in the mail.

“It’s a great way for friends and family to send you care packages,” said Januszewski. “It’s convenient to have here and it is in walking distance. I don’t have to get out and drive somewhere.”