John Coggin discusses various university employees that served as mentors to him throughout his education including Ed Funkhouser, Sandy Stallings, and University Scholars staff. Interview on May 30, 2011. (2:12)

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Ed Funkhouser has been an incredible mentor to me throughout my time at State and after. 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:05.815
He has a really great 00:00:05.815 - 00:00:10.481
grasp of the balance between 00:00:10.481 - 00:00:14.647
theory and practice and I think that has been very helpful for me 00:00:14.647 - 00:00:18.292
as I've gone through undergrad and through my graduate studies 00:00:18.292 - 00:00:23.060
of wanting to delve deep into a subject 00:00:23.060 - 00:00:25.735
but also wanting to make sure, like I keep on saying, 00:00:25.735 - 00:00:28.438
that that subject pertains to work in the world. 00:00:28.438 - 00:00:31.330
As someone who has worked a lot with production but also communication theory 00:00:31.330 - 00:00:37.068
and history he's been a wonderful resource and guide to me 00:00:37.068 - 00:00:41.574
as I navigated those waters. 00:00:41.574 - 00:00:44.267
Sandy Stallings was my communication advisor. 00:00:44.267 - 00:00:47.886
She's a public speaking teacher and she's a communication advisor and interdisciplinary studies. 00:00:47.886 - 00:00:52.465
But she was the teacher of that Capstone course 00:00:52.465 - 00:00:55.002
and helped me also think about how to coalesce what I'd been working on into a project, 00:00:55.002 - 00:00:59.059
and has been just a great life coach too 00:00:59.059 - 00:01:02.848
because at State I would do ten thousand different things at a time. 00:01:02.848 - 00:01:06.663
I would come into her office for advising and rather than say, "What course do you want to take?" 00:01:06.663 - 00:01:10.450
she'd say, "John, are you getting rest? [Laughs] 00:01:10.450 - 00:01:12.750
"Are you taking time for yourself?" and that was also very valuable. 00:01:12.750 - 00:01:16.148
Probably if I'm thinking about something that shaped me as a person at State, 00:01:16.148 - 00:01:23.771
the University Scholars program and the staff there 00:01:23.771 - 00:01:26.860
really opened my eyes to the world. 00:01:26.860 - 00:01:29.060
I came from a small town in Sanford, I'd never been out of the country, 00:01:29.060 - 00:01:31.486
never been west of the Mississippi River before college, 00:01:31.486 - 00:01:33.934
and they opened my eyes to the world 00:01:33.934 - 00:01:39.040
and different ways of looking at the world and respecting different ways of looking at the world. 00:01:39.040 - 00:01:42.940
I didn't go to another country with Scholars program 00:01:42.940 - 00:01:48.700
but they brought people from different countries to us and had film series and book clubs 00:01:48.700 - 00:01:53.864
and conversations that really opened my mind, 00:01:53.864 - 00:01:58.006
taught me to think for myself, and I would not be in the place I am if it weren't for the University Scholars program. 00:01:58.006 - 00:02:04.660

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