Alumni Provide Insider's Look at Washington

November 11, 2010

Honorably Sydney Burt Goodwin (Class of 1960)

(l to r) Chauncey P. Goss, II (Class of 1988) and the Honorable Sydney Burt Goodwin (Class of 1960)

On Thursday, November 4, five alumni were featured in the “Distinguished Alumni Government Service Panel” as a part of the 125th Anniversary celebration. Sharing their stories with an audience of students, faculty and staff, the panelists discussed how their personal interests led them to careers working for the government and how their personal work experience has impacted their perception of the political world.

The panel of distinguished alumni, included: former Event Coordinator at the residence of the U.S. Vice President and Executive Director of the Vice President’s Residence Foundation Honorable Sydney Burt Goodwin (Class of 1960);  former Ambassador to Tunisia and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Honorable Rust Deming (Class of 1964, P’85); Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Dept. of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Renee Stone (Class of 1985); former Director of Budget Review and Deputy Staff Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee and current founder of a consulting firm specializing in national security and budget and fiscal policy analysis Chauncey P. Goss, II (Class of 1988).

The panelists offered advice to students seeking careers in government service, suggesting that students follow their passions and interests.

 “I was passionate about working on campaigns,” said Goodwin. “My campaign interest led me to other things. Campaigns are a really fun way to get involved.”

“Most campaigns, even at the national level, are by 20-somethings,” said Stone. “It is completely non-hierarchical. If you can work an 18-hour day, you are part of the team.”

 “If you want to see direct change, go into local government,” said Goss. “If you want to see a little change, go into state government. If you want to see change maybe in your lifetime, go into federal government.”

The panel of Rollins alumni urged the audience to carry the Rollins’ mission statement of global citizenship and responsible leadership throughout their professional careers.

“If you can make one or two little contributions [in the world] that is terrific,” said Goodwin. “Don’t give up.”

With a smile on his face, Deming leaned toward the audience and said, “Remember, there is no Fox Day in the real world.”

View more photos from this panel.

By Brittany Fornof (Class of 2011)

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