Posts tagged ‘Mike Herr’

The Mayor of 16802

Herr has a little fun with the "ornamental grass" on his property.

For generations of Penn Staters, Mike “The Mailman” Herr turned a mundane trip to the post office into a treat. In April, the authority-tweaking, cookie-collecting campus fixture retired as he did everything else–with a smile on his face.

Story by Robyn Passante ’95 / photography by Bill Cardoni

This story appears in the May/June issue of The Penn Stater, the official publication of the Penn State Alumni Association. Not a member? Click here to join.


May 17, 2016 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

Behind the Scenes of Our Mike the Mailman Photo Shoot

Just days before his retirement on April 1, The Penn Stater art staff and photographer Bill Cardoni spent the afternoon with Mike “the Mailman” Herr for our May/June issue. We followed him from the University Park post office, where he worked for nearly 50 years, to his home in Boalsburg; as you can imagine, there were some laughs along the way. Here are a few outtakes from the photo shoot.

Amy Downey, senior editor

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May 6, 2016 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

Inside Our May/June 2016 Issue

MikeCoverThe May/June 2016 issue of The Penn Stater is hitting mailboxes soon. In the cover story, “The Mayor of 16802,” we celebrate the career of Mike Herr, who has been the friendly face of the campus post office for nearly 50 years. He retired in April, but before his last day on the job we were able to photograph him at work and, of course, at play. You’ll find his story and some wonderful shots captured by photographer Bill Cardoni starting on p. 36. After the photoshoot, Herr and his wife Mary ’84 (pictured below), insisted on serving coconut cream pie to our staff in their Boalsburg home.

In another feature, titled “What’s the Big Idea?” you’ll learn about three alums who have successfully built one of the hottest tech companies in Silicon Valley. Their company, Weebly, makes it easy to build a website—and, ultimately, is giving other entrepreneurs a web platform to grow their own businesses.

“World Travelers” shares the stories of alumni who studied abroad. Here, you’ll read about the places they went, the people they met, and the languages—and lessons—they learned.

Also in the magazine: A look at this year’s Alumni Teaching Fellows; a recap of the unstoppable Nittany Lion wrestlers who notched another NCAA team title this spring; and a nod to Rod Kirsch, longtime senior vice president for development and alumni relations, who will be leaving his position in August.

Let us know what you think about the new issue. Comment below or email

Mike Herr aka Mike the Mailman PSU

Photo by CARDONI

Amy Downey, senior editor

April 25, 2016 at 1:43 pm 3 comments

Mike the Mailman Has a Bar Tour?

Judging from this photo posted by Penn State photojournalism instructor Steve Manuel ’84, ’92g on his blog, the demographic is a little older than most of the bar tours we see around here during Graduation Week.

Tina Hay, editor

May 16, 2009 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

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