by Lydia Lam

Campus Times Staff

Ever wonder if that package you are expecting has arrived yet? Thanks to new e-mail software at the campus post office, you won?t have to wonder anymore.

In August, the post office implemented the new program, which notifies students through their university e-mail addresses when packages arrive for them. Peter O?Rdal, president of mail services and Janet Englert, supervisor of mail services, made the decision.

Englert had seen a similar system at another in use at a college last year.

?As soon as the packages are logged into the software, the software will automatically send out an e-mail to the student before a label is even printed onto the pick-up slip,? employee at the package store, Mike Preston said. He said that the slip should be in the CPU box within 45 minutes.

Within the 45-minute time constraint, employees will label and sort each pick-up slip by CPU box numbers, and finally insert each slip into their respective CPU boxes.

?It?s nice to know that you have a package waiting for you instead of having it sit for a week at the post office, especially when you are expecting a package,? said junior Rebecca Madson.

?The top line of the pick-up slip and the e-mail will indicate which counter you need to go to,? Preston said.

?This new system is no longer color-coordinated. The purpose of the size of the name and color of the pick-up slip is so that the slip stands out from the rest of your mail. According to the student poll taken last semester, white and yellow blends in with everything else,? Preston said.

The colors of the packaging slips are now orange, yellow, blue, or neon-green.

?I think the system?s excellent,? junior Rachel Farrell said.

?The package store is set up to handle packages itself and also provides packaging material. Moreover, this is where UPS comes by for daily pick-ups and deliveries,? Preston said.

?I like the size of the names on the pick-up slips because they are more noticeable,? sophomore Eric Xu said.

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