The Veteran’s Memorial in Reaves Park reflects Goins’ concept that the American eagle would pay homage to the efforts of the local men and women who served in any of the branches of the military.
Goins serves on the architectural review committee for the development of University North Park and is excited about the development of the new park, something that plays into another interest of his, conserving, protecting and improving urban and rural environments.
As a founding member of Norman Area Land Conservancy, he is helping promote positive changes in the Norman landscape.
“We need to tell the story and tirelessly strive to persuade developers, city planners and the public that today’s decisions will be their legacy,” he said.
It is that passion for responsible planning and community development that he has imparted to hundreds of students, many of whom are employed in city government in Oklahoma.
“Well,” he adds with a laugh reflecting on his years in academic life, “many of my students are retired by now.”
Although he isn’t in the classroom as a professor, he hasn’t quit educating and influencing decisions. “The actions of today determine Norman’s future quality of life.”