Distinguished Staff Award
Department: University Libraries
On the job: Librarian; 33 years at UW
Achievements: For the past three decades, Kroupa, '80, '85, has dedicated herself to the University of Washington, its students, and its growing Book Arts collection. The 11,000 rare books under Kroupa's care highlight the art of bookmaking and include unique examples of binding techniques, design and printing. Due largely to her passion, the UW's collection has garnered national recognition. When she's not in the library, Kroupa is often giving lectures in UW classrooms and around the nation, obtaining funding for the program, writing articles or curating museum exhibits. Kroupa can also be credited with helping to launch the University's Ph.D. program in textual studies in the English department.
Quote: "She genuinely has that greatest of staff virtues: the capacity to make the professors whom she assists think that the wonderful ideas she has are their own."Classics Professor Lawrence Bliquez