With 145 acres and thousands of employees in hundreds of offices, delivering the mail at YSU requires a good memory and lots of planning. Mike Thornburg is the primary mail carrier for YSU, and he’s there – come rain, snow, sleet or hail – to make sure every office has daily pickups and deliveries.
“What’s nice about working here is, you go all day,” says Mike, who started working at YSU in 2000 in Parking and moved to the Mail Center in 2009. “From the time I get to work to the time I leave, I’m busy. The time just flies.”
At 7 a.m., Mike picks up campus mail from the Youngstown Post Office. He and his co-workers then sort the mail, after which Mike begins his rounds. When he returns, the mail he picked up is sorted, off-campus mail is metered, envelopes stuffed, and the second delivery of the day begins. He then returns to the Post Office to drop off packages.
Mike grew up in Boardman, graduated from Boardman High School in 1989, and he and his wife, Debra, now live in Boardman.
In his free time, Mike loves to go boating –Berlin, Milton, Mosquito and Erie lakes. He “rescued” his boat, a 24-foot Wellcraft. “It was neglected, and I had to do a lot of work to it to get it going,” he says. When not on the water, he enjoys working around the house, and sitting on the porch relaxing and playing with their dog. He’s also a part-time officer for the Lowellville police.