O'Bannon Institute Fundraiser to Feature Alan Simpson
March 20, 2006
Bloomington, Indiana-Former United States Senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyoming) will be the featured speaker at the 2006 O'Bannon Institute for Community Service dinner. The fundraising event is held each year as part of the two-day O'Bannon Institute, and proceeds support Ivy Tech's Center for Civic Engagement. The dinner will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2006, at the Bloomington-Monroe County Convention Center.
The O'Bannon Institute was launched in 2004 in an effort by Ivy Tech-Bloomington to bring the community together with leaders from the non-profit, higher education, and political arenas to discuss issues related to public service and to encourage students to become active in their communities. The Institute is part of Ivy Tech-Bloomington's broader Center for Civic Engagement initiative that focuses on service learning, volunteerism, and institutional community involvement.
John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, says that Senator Simpson's experiences and life story are important for students and the community to hear. "Senator Simpson is known for his frank, genuine and humorous commentary about Congress, the press and politics. The O'Bannon Institute was created so that our students and the community could engage in exciting discussions about public service and the importance of giving back to our communities, and I am pleased that the public will have an opportunity to hear from someone who has spent a lifetime in service to his country."
Alan Simpson was elected to the United States Senate in 1978 after decades of service in the Wyoming State Legislature. During his career in the Senate he served as Assistant Majority Leader for ten years and completed his final Senate term in 1997. After retirement from the Senate, Simpson served as Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Former Senator Simpson is currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Political Science Department at his Alma Mater, the University of Wyoming and a partner in the law firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. Simpson continues to serve on numerous corporate and non-profit boards, and most recently he was tapped by the United States Congress to serve on a bipartisan panel studying the U.S. war in Iraq. The panel has been tasked to study the war in Iraq and make policy recommendations for both Capitol Hill and the White House. Senator Simpson is also the author of Right in the Old Gazoo: A Lifetime of Scrapping with the Press, which chronicles his personal clashes with the press and his views of the Fourth Estate.
The O'Bannon Institute is a two-day event, with the second day dedicated to panel discussions and a conversation with a public figure who has spent his/her life in public service. Information about panelists and speakers for the second day of the Institute will be announced later in March.
Those interested in attending the fundraising event featuring Senator Simpson should contact Gretchen Bass in the Chancellor's Office at 812-330-6001 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Information about the dinner is also available on the O'Bannon Institute website at http://obannon.ivytech.edu/. Tickets are $35 per person, or $50 for those wanting to attend a private reception with Senator Simpson.