Last week, Simpson College hosted former senators Alan Simpson and John Culver on campus for the annual Culver lecture. While the senators were here, they visited with a few student groups and joined in classroom learning.
In the Department of Business Administration and Economics, Senator Culver spoke with the Senior Management Seminar course of Professor Bob DeGraaff. Before welcoming the senator, students brainstormed questions to ask the senator relating to their work on start-up businesses, small business management and non-profits as well as his advice for beginning a career and staying in Iowa after graduation. For almost an hour, the Senator answered these questions and more relating to his service to the country as a member of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. When asked his suggestions for how to start a successful career, the senator shared his experience and advice,
“Work hard and always look for new opportunities. And don’t ever forget to continue to develop your reputation of effectiveness. Your reputation will precede you.”
The senator also shared a personal story of standing for what you believe in and staying true to yourself from his first run for office.
The following day, Senator Culver brought his friend and former colleague, Senator Alan Simpson with him to Professor Marilyn Mueller’s Business Law and Ethics course. From a different perspective, these students asked focused questions relating to the business of congress, getting work done and working with those of differing opinions. Both men spoke to the differences they see in congress today.
“When we were in office, there was a focus on finding common ground. The folks on the opposite side of the aisle weren’t your enemies as they often are today.”
Many students in the department pursue traditional business career paths, but others find success in public policy, politics, non-profits and other fields. Thanks to the Culver Center for hosting Senators Culver and Simpson on campus and thanks to both for visiting with our students and sharing their wisdom as they consider their career options!