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25 years ago: Postal Service orders change to KU campus mail delivery

July 26, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 26, 1988:

Kansas University officials were fighting a plan from the U.S. Postal Service to turn the operation of a campus postal substation over to the university. Lawrence Postmaster William Reynolds informed KU administrators this week that the postal service, in a cost-cutting move, would still deliver mail to the university, but only to one location in each building instead of to departments or administrative offices. For example, mail specifically addressed to the 18 departments in Strong Hall would be delivered to one location in the building, where it would be sorted by KU employees. "A very important concern that we have is to ensure the faculty and staff receive letters and parcels in a prompt and efficient manner," said Rodger Oroke, director of support services at KU. Oroke said today that an appeal of the plan, which was to have gone into effect in early July, would soon be heard by federal officials in Topeka. "With an organization of this size ... this is not the type of thing you step into blindly," he said. Chancellor Gene Budig was asking the postal service to reconsider the plan because the necessary money, possibly as much as $100,000, had not been set aside to handle the change.

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