ASU In Jeopardy of Losing Campus Post Office

APRIL 7, 2006 - Posted at 12:23 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - Postal services for the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro are likely to change before year's end.

The Reng Center is currently being renovated to provide space for a number of student services, including a postal facility.  The U.S. Postal Service's lease for the current facility on Caraway Road expires on October 31, and the campus master plan calls for that facility to be razed to make room for construction of a liberal arts building.

The U.S.P.S. has operated a post office on the Jonesboro campus for decades.  In an effort to continue that relationship, "ASU representatives have attempted several times over the past five years to negotiate a new agreement with USPS for services in the Reng Student Services Center.  However, U.S.P.S. has not responded to the most recent attempt to negotiate such a lease," according to a statement issued by the university's news services bureau.

However, U.S.P.S. spokesman Steven Seeweaster told K8 News today that the U.S.P.S. received written notification from ASU on March 20 informing postal officials that the university is no longer negotiating with them.

ASU is exploring the possibility of having a private contractor offer mail services in the Reng Center.

If the U.S.P.S. loses its on-campus presence, Seeweaster said it will likely open another similar facility somewhere near the campus, in what he described as a "contract postal unit," which would open inside a business, mentioning Bill's Fresh Market at 3605 East Johnson as one possible location.

Even if the U.S.P.S. no longer has a presence on campus, Seeweaster said ASU will be able to maintain its current State University zip code of 72467.