The post office is considering using email as a way to let students know their package is in their mailbox.
While the campus post office has considered this in the past, they said it was not worth it and would not be a successful initiative.
“We have considered email in the past but because of our lack of staff and student labor, it is just less labor intensive for us to do it with the call notice slips,” said Nita King, supervisor of Window Services.
Slips have always been the standard, but now more than ever, students are plugged into technology.
Emmanuel Rindiro, sophomore accounting and finance major from Kigali, Rwanda, said he would appreciate emails being sent out.
“I don’t want to go to the office randomly to check for a package. It can be inconvenient to repeatedly go there,” said Rindiro.
Since all students are now required to have a device, email is much more reliable and students almost constantly check their updates.
“I would use it because I think it’d be helpful to know that a package came instead of going to your mailbox all day and nothing is there,” said Christian Fugar, sophomore nursing major from Cypress.
However, King said that between budget cuts and lack of student labor, it is more economical for the post office to continue with simple slips.
“Email is a good way to reach students, but the call notice system is less work for the office and much more efficient,” King said. “The email is a bit more time consuming because we have to pull up each and every student who received a package.”
King said another issue would be the few students who do not check their email.
“We have noticed that students don’t always check their emails, and some packages sit in their box all semester,” said King.
King said the mail office may look more seriously at the email initiative in the future, but will focus on the less difficult procedure of mail slips because of the lack of student labor.