J. Robert Cooke discusses how he became involved in student government at NC State. Interview on August 22, 2011. (2:03)

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I had been active in that in high school and had served as student body president, which was quite a reach for me because I was a shy country boy. 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:11.253
That was partly enabled by vocational agriculture which had a course in parliamentary procedure so I learned how to conduct a meeting, 00:00:11.253 - 00:00:25.759
and that has been one of the-. It's something you can learn in about a day that has been useful to me throughout my life 00:00:25.759 - 00:00:34.880
and I cannot imagine not having had that tool at my disposal. So I had that experience of having been president there and I was selected for membership in Alpha Zeta, 00:00:34.880 - 00:00:52.259
which is the agriculture leadership group, so I had been involved in student government here and was interested in it and served as vice president and then as president. 00:00:52.259 - 00:01:09.842
When I ran for vice president, Jim Hunt-Gov. Jim Hunt later-bought some campaign buttons for me . . . Then the next year I just took a felt tip marker 00:01:09.842 - 00:01:25.395
and marked out "vice" and used them all over again. But that was a big boost to my ego to have him. He had served as president for two years 00:01:25.395 - 00:01:33.896
and then Eddie Knox from my same high school but a couple of classes ahead of me was president and I was vice president. 00:01:33.896 - 00:01:44.745
I just enjoyed the give and take and the strategy and how to get things done, so it was good entertainment. 00:01:44.745 - 00:01:56.255

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