Tim Meyler received his Master’s of Arts in Education (Adapted Physical Education) from East Carolina University in 1994. He has worked four of the past six years in elementary education, teaching physical education. He was a finalist for the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Sallie Mae First Year Teaching Award in 1995 and won the Creech Road Elementary Teacher of the Year Award in 2003. Sarah Banks is currently completing her . in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management and will begin a position as Assistant Professor in Recreation Management at Appalachian State University this August. Her research interests lie in community development and resident perceptions of tourism related impacts with most of her research taking place in Central America.
I was fortunate to have a mother who was Head of the Design Department at Pratt Art Institute in New York City and a great artist herself, so I grew up appreciating the importance of creativity and imagination. As a member appointed by the President of the United States to the National Council on the Arts, the Advisory Board to the National Endowment for the Arts, I am a strong advocate for the arts. As a college President what would you tell parents who might not share this view?
Companies and organizations that want to stay globally competitive realize they need employees who are multi-disciplinary, creative thinkers able collaborate with other team members. Those qualities are at the heart of staging a play or performing in a jazz quartet. Like the liberal arts in general, training in the arts improves our ability to pull together and synthesize seemingly disparate ideas and information into a coherent and meaningful whole. Further, taking a studio art course or studying art history helps build an aesthetic sensibility that can influence other areas of thinking. The Conference Board, an independent association that provides its members with business and economic research, has reported that creativity is among the top five applied skills sought by business leaders
Beyond that, your resume and job interview will reflect a broader understanding of what it means to be cultured and cosmopolitan; really, what it means to be fully human. Every business needs people who understand the big picture and who can communicate effectively about its mission and values.
Anything else you would like to mention?
I consider myself one of the least artistically talented people on the planet, but I love the arts! Even those of us who can't put oil to canvas, hold a note or write a sonnet can appreciate and learn from the artist's interpretation of the human experience. At their best, the arts strike a universal chord that suggests that we are not alone in our experience of joy, or grief, or courage. Studying the arts in college prepares the person for a lifetime of pleasure and appreciation, of being open to new experiences and of becoming that ideal every liberal arts college strives to produce--a life-long learner.
The importance of values
For humans, some things have always been more important than others. That is why we value people, ideas, activities and objects according to their significance in our life.
However, the criteria used to give value to those elements have varied throughout history, and depend on the values each person assumes.
Values allow the members of an organization to interact harmoniously. Values affect their formation and development as individuals, and make it easier to reach goals that would be impossible to achieve individually.
For the well-being of a community, it is necessary to have shared rules that guide the behavior of its members, otherwise the community will not function satisfactorily for the majority.
When families, schools, companies, and society in general function poorly, many times it is due to a lack of shared values, which is reflected in a lack of consistency between what is said and what is done.
For example, it is difficult to teach our children “tolerance” if our leaders and rulers constantly insult those with whom they disagree.
By the same token, it’s difficult to promote “respect” if teachers, professors, bosses, or parents, when faced with complex situations, defend their decisions by saying, “Here you do what I say” or, “Things are like that because I say so”.
In practical terms, a community is unlikely to function well, much less perfectly, if its members don’t share certain principles that permanently guide the way they relate to each other, in good times and in bad times.
The word “community” means couples, families, the workplace, the classroom, the neighborhood, the city, the country, and any other place where people interact. If we don’t share their values, we will neither feel at ease nor function properly in that community, and we’ll feel little satisfaction in being a part of it.
In a company’s organizational culture values are the foundation of employee attitudes, motivations and expectations. Values define their behavior.
If values don’t have the same meaning for all employees, their daily work will be more difficult and cumbersome. The work environment becomes tense, people feel that they are not all moving in the same direction, and clients pay the consequences.
Being a pillar of a company, values not only need to be defined, they must also be maintained, promoted and disseminated. Only then will workers have a better chance of understanding and using them in their daily activities.