Charlie Tholin and the post office return to Baker University Center
Jan. 30, 2007
By Meryl Smith
While going to the post office is a humdrum task for some, many members of the university community have been taking delight in it for 10 years. It's not the business they do there that makes it enjoyable, it's the person they see -- Charlie Tholin, the clerk who has worked in Baker Center's post office since 1997.
When it was time for Baker to make its big move this school year, the university knew it had to move one of the center's favorite commodities with it.
"Over winter break many staff members were saying, 'I can't wait for Charlie to come back.' Though we were all here and moved in, it just didn't feel right without Charlie," said Anne Lombard, assistant vice president and director of Baker Center and Campus Life.
"Charlie is part of the family here at Baker and he's a staple to the community," Lombard said.
While the rest of the building opened on Jan. 2, finishing touches were still going into the post office.
Tholin returned to his post on Thursday, Jan. 18, when the new post office opened. He likes to call his new location "the fish bowl" -- one side of his office is all window and no blinds.
"I enjoy my job and I am so glad to be back with Baker," Tholin said. "I really like the students and the faculty, and I get to meet a lot of new people from all over the world, which is very interesting."
Tholin was behind the counter of the original Baker's post office when it opened in spring 1997. Over the years he has made an enduring impact on most of his customers.
"He's very personable and cheery," said Shaina Reissig, an Ohio University senior. "He just manages to leave a lasting impression on everyone. I always know it will be a pleasant experience visiting this post office."
Many that walk in know him on a first name basis -- he refers to these people as his "regulars."
"He relates well to the students, especially the international students," said Patricia Palmer, a regular. International student and Fulbright scholar Juan Soto, from the Dominican Republic, confirmed this statement.
"Charlie is very helpful and my perception is that he likes dealing with people -- he's a people person," Soto said. "You can tell that he loves to serve others and he does it all with a smile."
After work Tholin enjoys kayaking and shooting. His favorite activity though, is spending time with his three grandchildren who are "exceedingly gorgeous."
The post office, in Baker University Center 408, is open 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Be sure to take note of the exact location when you come to the Baker University Center grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 10.
Meryl Smith is a student writer with University Communications and Marketing.