In response to students’ waning reliance on traditional mail and a dramatic increase in package volume on campus, Loyola University Maryland has transformed its post office into a high-efficiency mail center that will reduce wait times for customers and bring additional benefits to the University.
The new, streamlined system will be up and running at the start of the fall 2014. The mail center will not be relocated, but all student mailboxes in the College Center have been removed and renovations are underway in that area of the building.
Developed by Ricoh, a global information and technology company, the Campus Mail Solution includes electronic notifications, a self-service kiosk, and high density shelving with barcoded mail slots for mail center employees to file and retrieve mail for students. Packages will be retrieved with the same system, and they will be stored and secured in part of the newly available space previously occupied by mailboxes.
"Through our partnership with Ricoh, we've identified a valuable opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to pursuing innovative strategies to improve the college experience for students at Loyola," said Jennifer Wood, Loyola's director of campus services. "Loyola students will benefit from an exponentially more efficient system for mail and packages, and our campus community will also benefit from additional seating for dining installed after the mail center renovation frees up much-needed space in Loyola's College Center."
Emerging mail center challenges and changes in student demand necessitated a rethinking of operations. The number of packages sent to students has increased 15% annually in recent years as the popularity of online shopping and textbook rentals continues to grow. As a result, Loyola was faced with insufficient package space, security issues, and unacceptable waiting times. Student mailboxes—accessed via tumbler lock—were woefully underused, with numerous mailboxes going unchecked for an entire academic year.
Enter Ricoh’s Campus Mail Solution. Here’s how it works:
Students receive an email notification when a package or piece of mail arrives for them at Loyola’s mailroom. Staff scan a barcode on a student’s mail slot inside the mailroom to generate the email. Students then visit the mail center at their convenience and swipe their Evergreen card at a self-service kiosk located in the College Center near the mail center window. That action sends an electronic alert to mail center staff along with the location and physical characteristics of students’ packages and/or mail. A worker retrieves the items and hands them to the students at the front desk. Peak hour wait time is projected to fall from 30 minutes to one minute or less.
The mail center kiosk also features photo upload/print services and a free shredder. Loyola’s partnership with Ricoh gives the university community access to lower shipping rates, which could save Loyola up to 20% on shipping costs.
“At Loyola, as with all of our clients, we make information work for people rather than make people work to obtain information,” said Tom Brown, vice president, government and higher education, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “This philosophy is never truer than in the new world of education, where electronic and paper-based information live together and frequently need to be captured, transformed and managed.”
The mail center also has a new name: Stamp It!
Students’ assigned mail stop numbers will not change and still need to be included in the shipping address when sending mail to campus. More information is available on Loyola’s post office webpage.
Two Loyola University Maryland Student Government Association (SGA) members were elected to the National Jesuit Student Government Association’s executive board at the association’s first annual meeting at Boston College on July 26.
Ryan Blake, ’16, from Hanover, Mass., was elected secretary for academic affairs, and Christopher Singlemann, ’16, from Coram, N.Y., was elected secretary for athletic affairs. Other members of the executive board include students from Creighton University, Saint Joseph’s University, and Georgetown University.
In his position, Blake, an accounting major with a minor in information systems, will coordinate discussion across institutions at both the undergraduate and graduate level regarding issues in academic affairs and study abroad. He will also communicate with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) conferences of all academic deans, honors programs, and service learning directors.
Singlemann, a communications major with a specialization in advertising and digital media, will represent all student-athletes and their interests. He will also coordinate programming efforts among student representatives regarding athletic events across institutions and work with athletic administrations of the AJCU schools on student-athlete policy matters.
At Loyola, Blake is currently vice president of student advocacy for SGA. He previously served as the director of academic affairs. Singlemann is starting his term as the director of public relations, and was previously the executor of Loyola’s student advisory athletic committee constitution.
As part of the AJCU, the National Jesuit Student Government Association serves as an advocate and a voice for the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the country.
About the Loyola University Maryland Student Government Association:
The Loyola University Maryland Student Government Association comprises more than 60 undergraduate students who serve as the representatives of the student body. As servant leaders, the SGA is dedicated to enriching all aspects of the student experience at Loyola, and strives to promote Loyola’s Jesuit ideals by actively engaging the university community and zealously representing student peers. More information about the SGA is available on Facebook and Twitter, and online at LoyolaSGA.org.
Loyola University Maryland has been named one of the nation’s top institutions for undergraduate higher education by The Princeton Review in its latest annual college guide, The Best 379 Colleges.
Loyola appears on two of the guide’s specialty lists, ranking No. 2 in the country for “Best College Dorms” and fifth for “Best Athletic Facilities.” Loyola is also included on the “Best Northeastern Colleges” list in the section of the guide that features top schools by region.
“Each time Loyola is lauded by a nationally-recognized organization like The Princeton Review, it reaffirms what I see in our community on the Evergreen campus every day: excellent students striving to become future leaders who will serve as men and women for others, and exceptional faculty, staff, and administrators who are dedicated to offering those students a uniquely transformative educational experience steeped in our Jesuit values,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola.
Residence halls at Loyola are no stranger to The Princeton Review’s “Best College Dorms” list. The No. 2 ranking this year is up from No. 3 in 2013 and 2012, and the same as 2011. Loyola operates 14 residence halls, including a mix of traditional doubles, suites, apartments, and townhomes.
The “Best College Dorms” accolade is especially relevant for Messina, Loyola’s new living-learning program for first-year students. Messina is designed to help students adjust quickly to college-level work and forge a clear path to success at Loyola and in the life and career that will follow. Two-thirds of the incoming class of 2018 will participate in Messina. By fall 2015, all first-year students will be part of the program.
In summer 2013 Loyola officially moved to the Patriot League and completed upgrades to the 2,100-seat Reitz Arena. Loyola’s Ridley Athletic Complex, the 6,000-seat home of the University's NCAA Division I lacrosse and soccer programs, is one of the most iconic facilities of its kind in the nation. In addition, the Fitness and Aquatic Center features a two-story indoor rock-climbing wall, a fitness center, a multi-court gymnasium, and a swimming pool with a 500-seat spectator area.
The Princeton Review chooses the 379 schools based on their outstanding academic programs, and only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are included. Colleges are not ranked academically or from 1 to 379 in any category. Instead, The Princeton Review reports 62 ranking lists of the top 20 colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 130,000 students (about 343 per campus on average) attending the colleges.
A full list of The Princeton Review's best colleges for 2015 is available at princetonreview.com.
About The Princeton Review:
The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, Mass., The Princeton Review is a privately held company that is not affiliated with Princeton University. Annually published since 1992, The Best 379 Colleges is one of 150 Princeton Review print and digital books published by Random House.
To celebrate APIA month, Asian Cultural Alliance invites you to listen to our keynote speaker, Nina Davuluri. She was crowned Miss America 2014 and is the first Indian American and second Asian American to win this prestigious title. She is also the first contestant to perform a Bollywood dance at the competition.
As part of Miss Davuluri's platform, "Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency," she will be speaking about the importance of inclusion and diversity, among other topics. After her lecture, there will be a question and answer session.
Tickets are free, but required for this event, as there are a limited amount of seats. Reserve your ticket at www.loyola.edu/alana.
All are welcome.
Members of the Loyola community will share how their lives were impacted by sexual assault and what it is like to love a survivor. Following their stories, the event will open into a discussion so that Loyola can learn how to support everyone affected by sexual assault. This event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week and is sponsored by the Take Back the Night Student Organization.