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> choices ART To ThE SCIENCE oR ThE SCIENCE To ThE ART ThE ClASSIC Who-ShoUlDRUN-AN-ASSoCIATIoN struggle between the "industry person" and the "professional association management person" reflects a larger struggle in our society: the technical degree versus the liberal arts degree. This debate has taken on more significance lately as a university education in the U.S. has become so disproportionately expensive relative to past years. Also, graduating college students now wonder if they will be able to pay off their college debt given the jobs they can land right out of school. The liberal arts purists now risk the label of technically and vocationally unprepared; the technical types seem to be in the lead, for the moment. Thus, to be best positioned for the future, I would recommend to anyone now in college that they double major in a liberal art and a science/technical field. Something like French lit and engineering or art and math, or classics and Biology (that's what I actually lucked into, more by confusion than design). I've known several with this background, and it has served them particularly well. It also helps cope with the industry versus association management struggle. Here's a case in point. First, let's realize that there's something going on in the larger backdrop of history. Information is now at everyone's fingertips. With the Internet and smart phones, retaining knowledge isn't what it used to be. Those of you in yesteryear who could spew trivial facts to the rest of us have now been neutered by the portable encyclopedic device. Conversations today are punctuated by the pause of folks checking the mentioned facts on their phones-if they bother to check. Today, it's more a matter of being a findit-all instead of a know-it-all. However, one still needs to be able to synthesize, interpret and properly use information toward some meaning. The technical must be positioned eventually by the philosophical. BY JohN P. hARRISoN, CAE Conversely, the philosophical may go unanalyzed to the point of little basis in reality. There can be causes and stances not based in science nor any proper historical perspective, but instead on popular feeling - unsubstantiated but accepted theory. Many a cause célèbre grows from the sheer weight of social media or from endorsements by clueless famous people. Some ideas become overnight and widespread moral wallpaper or new ways of doing business with no debate or analysis: think Groupthink on a huge scale. connections 29

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Spring 2015

Message from the Chair
GSAE News & Events
New Members
Keeping Up with the Millennials
Coaching Investments in the Workforce
A Conversation with Them Young’uns
The Sandwich Generation: Juggling Family Responsibilities
The Internship Experience
GSAE Events
Destination: Meet at the Coast
Choices: Art to the Science or the Science to the Art
Index of Advertisers

Connections - Spring 2015