Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tennessee CPUs: University Edition

Usually I'd write something grand and poetic. But I've had a lot on my plate lately, so here's a bunch of Contract Postal Units (CPUs) serving colleges and universities in Tennessee. Most of these were visited July 2012.

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville lies just southwest of the city's downtown. When I visited it last summer there was no parking available anywhere due to massive construction projects. Like most college post offices / mail centers, this is located in the basement of the student center, here called the Carolyn P. Brown University Center. Fortunately I was in and out in three minutes, meaning my car didn't get towed from a reserved spot out back.

Knoxville, TN: University CPU
Carolyn P. Brown University Center

Knoxville, TN: University CPU

Tennessee Tech University lies in Cookeville, a town about 80 miles east of Nashville along I-80. The Contract Postal Unit lies in the basement of the Roaden University Center at the effective heart of the campus.

Cookeville, TN: Tennessee Tech CPU
Roaden University Center

Cookeville, TN: Tennessee Tech CPU

Middle Tennessee State University possesses a CPU within the Keathley University Center, which also houses the Phillips Bookstore.

Murfreesboro, TN: MTSU CPU (Station A)
Keathley University Center

Murfreesboro, TN: MTSU CPU

The elite Vanderbilt University in Nashville operates a CPU in the basement of Rand Hall, and was (at least when I visited it in 2009) one of the most packed operations I have witnessed to date.

Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University CPU (Station B)
Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University CPU (Station B)

Mail Services has uploaded a photo of its new station layout here.

1 comment:

  1. Tennessee is also home to one of the relatively few colleges with an independent post office on campus. Milligan College is just east of Johnson City, where the Postmark Collectors Club convention will be held this August. Johnson City also has a CPU at East Tennessee State University, and a VA hospital with an independent post office, Mountain Home.