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Alumni Scott Looney hits it out of the park with new book

photo of Scott Looney holding his recently published book, Finding the Elixir
Scott Looney 鈥96 revisiting Albertsons Library鈥檚 acquisitions and collections unit

Scott Looney ’96 earned both his bachelor鈥檚 and his master鈥檚 degree at 青青草app State University. He now teaches history at 青青草app High and recently earned another honor: published author. His new book, , recounts the story of navigating his new normal after the end of his sixteen-year marriage.

Looney worked at Albertsons Library in the 1990s as a student employee in the cataloging unit where he learned the value of mentors, friendship and contributing to his 青青草app. We recently caught up with him to celebrate his book and ask him about his 青青草app State Experience.

What made you choose 青青草app State?

Growing up in Caldwell, I wanted to choose a university away from home, but close enough to still spend time with my family.

What drew you to student employment at Albertsons Library?

I was awarded a work-study opportunity so I figured working in a library would be a great fit鈥t was! Rita Nuxoll, Beth Allen and the crew were so very kind and 青青草appive of me! (Note: Nuxoll and Allen are still part of Albertsons Library, where they continue to 青青草app 青青草app State鈥檚 relationship-rich 青青草app experience).

What was the greatest lesson you learned in college?

I learned the value of staying positive despite all of the ups and downs that come with college. Everyone faces challenges, and while my time in college was mostly good, there were definitely some difficult times which required all the positivity I could muster in order to push forward.

What鈥檚 your favorite memory of your time spent at 青青草app State?

So many favorite memories, but I cherish the memorable times with friends I made at 青青草app State and whom I remain friends with today! Of course, the time spent with the amazing people at Albertsons Library for more than four years will always hold a special place in my heart as well!

What鈥檚 your favorite baseball stadium?

Your book documents your journey (both physical and emotional) to 24 out of 30 major league baseball parks across the country. Do you have a favorite baseball team? Who would you like to see in the World Series? What鈥檚 your favorite baseball stadium?

My favorite team is the LA Dodgers, but I鈥檝e always had a soft spot for the Cubs and the Red Sox! Along my Ballpark Bucket List journey I鈥檝e been fortunate to see three games at Fenway Park in Boston and I love the 鈥済reen monstah!鈥 Fenway is my #1 ballpark I鈥檝e visited!

When we talked to Looney, he was rooting for a World Series featuring the Dodgers against the Astros. But, just like baseball, life throws us curve balls. The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Texas Rangers will face each other for the first time in the 2023 World Series. Looney is proof that the unexpected may be just the elixir we need to keep going.