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Mark Serdjenian '73 is associate dean of students and has been men's soccer coach since 1976.
What's your favorite place on campus?
There are some great spots on campus, but it's tough to beat the soccer fields for me. On the practice fields, we have good, clean, hard fun. And on the game fields, I've been fortunate to witness some amazing moments over the past 25 years. I eat lunch up there sometimes and reminisce with myself.What's your favorite movie? (1-3 choices)
I love movies and I'm not too fussy. I enjoy anything from Rocky to Simon Birch to Tombstone and Braveheart. And yes, that's four.What's the last book you recommended?
Actually, I just finished this summer's reading for the Class of 2005, Galileo's Daughter, and found it fascinating on many levels and an excellent choice.
What's the strangest piece of music/cd you own?
Both Chaski (the haunting sounds of the Andes) and The Songs of Phil Ochs are controversial with my family.
Do you have any hobbies/interests you are passionate about?
Gardening. I check the vegetables daily, if not hourly, for change and progress.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
That being a Boy Scout was a big part of my life growing up. I was Rhode Island Scout of the Year in 1966. Also, perhaps, that I didn't play soccer in high school.
What is your favorite saying or motto?
I use many quotes in coaching, and one of my favorites is from Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The greatest gift is a portion of thyself."
What have you learned from your students?
That they appreciate hard work, a moderate sense of humor and someone who cares about them as a person.
What is the best advice your parents gave you?
Always aim high.
When did you know you wanted to be an educator?
After student teaching while at Colby I knew that I wanted to be an educator.
What is your best moment as a coach?
It's hard to pick a "best," but the biggest, most pleasant surprise so far was winning the New England ECACs in 1978; no one thought we'd be very good.
If you weren't a dean/coach, what would you like to be?
An artist, working with pen and ink and pastels.
What do you think the biggest change at Colby has been since you graduated?
Opportunities for female students; there is certainly still work to be done, but Title IX and the elimination of fraternities have gone a long way toward making Colby a better place for women, in my opinion.
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