Canceled stamps: SIUE's post office to close

News-DemocratSeptember 13, 2013 

— The on-campus post office at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will close this semester, ending the last on-campus postal service in the state.

SIUE's on-campus post office branch has offered U.S. postal services from stamps to express mail package delivery since 1970.

But the university announced Thursday that the post office, the last of its kind among Illinois universities, will close at the end of the fall semester.

"It's the same thing that's happening nationwide; people aren't using the postal service as much," said Bob Vanzo, director of administrative services. "We were subsidizing the service and the revenue wasn't coming in.

Students who live on campus will not be affected as much; their mail is delivered by the city's post office, Vanzo said. For packages, however, students will have to go to the post offices in Edwardsville or Glen Carbon.

Vanzo said that students and faculty used the postal counter equally. "It was convenient because it was here," he said.

But the office employed five SIUE employees in the front office, and a contract service provided six more temporary employees to assist in the mail services. An official branch office of the U.S. Postal Service, it was operated and funded by the university, with no surcharges on postage to cover operating costs, Vanzo said.

"We're working with human resources on a reorganization plan," Vanzo said. "All of this is so fresh that it's too soon to say what will happen (to the employees)."

Currently there is no other way to buy stamps on campus. However, Vanzo said they are exploring possibilities for stamps to be offered in the Morris University Center, or via an ATM.

The university's internal mail service will continue to process and distribute mail on behalf of the departments, Vanzo said.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

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