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20 Questions with Assistant Director for the Center for Global Citizenship Leigh Cocanougher ’08


May 30, 2013        
Leigh and Eli Cocanougher and husband, Matt, in Venice, Italy, after their
semester abroad with Centre-in-London.

Leigh and Eli Cocanougher and her son, Eli.
1. Position at Centre?
Assistant Director for the Center for Global Citizenship.

2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
Cookeville, Tennessee, a university town almost exactly between Nashville and Knoxville.

3. What are your hobbies?
Since last October, my main hobby has been spending time with my little baby, Eli. I also love playing tennis, baking, water skiing, going to the beach, and reading (once an English major, always an English major).

4. What is your dream vacation?
A year on the coast of Italy.

5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
Paul Cezanne.

6. Favorite novel or poem?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
Tennis to play, football to watch.

8. Favorite TV show?
Parks and Recreation.

9. Favorite album?
“Cold Roses” by Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, followed very closely by Jimmy Buffett's “Songs You Know by Heart.”

10. Favorite holiday?
St. Patrick's Day.

11. Favorite food?
Hushpuppies from the Crab Trap in St. Simons Island.

12. Favorite season?
Fall.

13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Mark Twain, Ellen DeGeneres, and my husband, Matt.

14. Favorite aspect of your job?
Helping students decide where they want to spend time abroad.

15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Splitting my lip wide open when I was five because I was showing off on the monkey bars. Lesson learned: showing off is rarely a good idea. And monkey bars are evil.

16. What would you be doing if you weren’t working at Centre?
Ideally, it would be working as a baker in a kitchen with an ocean view. Or hosting a Food Network show with my sister—people would love it. (Tell Food Network.)

17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
Studying abroad, and I'm not just saying that because I work in the study abroad office. It changed my life in pretty much every way imaginable. It also helped me land my job (the best in the world) and my husband (the best in the world).

18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Belle from Beauty in the Beast on the day she goes to the village to exchange library books. That's a pretty eventful day. Plus, it'd be nice to spend one day knowing what it was like to be a good singer.

19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
The sitting area right outside Old Carnegie, especially in the spring; I just think it's the most beautiful spot on campus.

20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Study abroad—as often as you can. Predictable advice coming from me, yes, but wise, wise advice.



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