Duane Strojny ’85
Associate Dean of Library and Instruction Support
What is the coolest thing you’ve done in your career?
I would say being appointed to my current position as Associate Dean for Libraries and Instructional Support. I felt that I had achieved what I has set out to do career wise, although, I was only 39 at the time! There continue to be great learning opportunities and you learn at a liberal arts college that learning is lifelong. Where else can I work with a great staff, teach a law school course, and be around students that want to make the world a better place? I work at a law school where the uniqueness of the students and diversity of backgrounds, states they hail from, various life experiences is what makes the place so cool to work at. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to meet students from all over both the U.S. and the world. I would not want it any other way.
How have you used your liberal arts education in your career?
The liberal arts curriculum was great in preparing me to study any type of subject and figure how it could relate to the career path I ultimately choose. When I was a freshman, it was the first year of a new curriculum. We had Freshman Seminar our first semester and our professor was Gary Wilhardt. He was so friendly and pleasant; it was impossible not to learn from him. I continue to use concepts and approaches to my work on a regular basis that I learned way back in the early 80’s. I worked in the library at Monmouth and learned a little about a lot of subjects. I was able to work with interlibrary loan to help faculty get materials for research and that put the interest of working at a library in my mind early on even if I took a few other detours along the way.
Do you have a favorite Monmouth Memory?
There are so many memories that it is difficult to focus on one. Most memories ended up creating friendships for a lifetime. I was involved with Crimson Masque and plays at the old Red Barn. I lived in the Quad and Woodbine (the old ZBT house on Broadway). I learned to swim in the old swimming pool. And of course, many hours were spent just enjoying meals with friends at the student center. Even though the school was quite small during my time there, you could always find something to do and people to hang out with. Ultimately, it was good friends from Monmouth that introduced me to my wife! How can you select one memory from such a rich list of experiences?