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Ivy Tech volunteers kick off Annual O'Bannon Institute with a 'Day of Service'

April 29, 2008                                                    

 Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff volunteer their time to serve the community beginning tomorrow at 9 a.m. as part of Ivy Tech’s Annual O’Bannon Institute activities. More than 115 volunteers from Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus will serve at 17 local organizations during this ‘Day of Service.” Volunteers will prepare and serve meals, garden and pull weeds, stock warehouse shelves, perform cleaning duties, work with children and play games, and donate blood, among other community service projects. The public is invited to join the volunteers.

John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus says that one of the tenets of our civic engagement plan is to foster an academic environment which promotes volunteerism. “I am pleased with the wide breadth of campus-wide participation,” he says. “The dedication of our students, faculty and staff demonstrates that we are leaders by example, and that we are truly committed to local community engagement.”

Community agencies participating in service projects throughout the day include:

  • Alterra Sterling House
  • Area 10 Agency on Aging
  • Bell Trace Health and Living Center
  • City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Center for Women’s Ministries
  • Community Kitchen
  • Girls Incorporated
  • Golden Living Center
  • Hilltop Garden and Nature Center
  • Hoosier Hills Food Bank
  • Monroe County United Ministries
  • Owen County Humane Society
  • Penny Lane Day Care West
  • Salvation Army
  • Shalom Community Center
  • Sycamore Land Trust

The now three-day O’Bannon Institute for Community Service event begins tonight with the Civic Engagement Awards Ceremony to honor students, faculty, staff and community partners who have excelled in their commitment to volunteerism, service learning and community involvement.

Thursday activities begin with the “Day of Service”, and then proceed with the O’Bannon Institute Reception and Dinner with world-renowned historian and New York Times best-selling author Doris Kearns Goodwin, at Indiana Memorial Union Alumni Hall. The private reception and fundraising dinner are sold out.

Friday’s activities begin at 9 a.m. in the Ivy Tech - Bloomington ( Student Commons with opening comments made by former Indiana First Lady Judy O’Bannon. Friday activities include panel discussions with experts from around the state on the topics of healthcare, foreign policy and the economy in the first 100 days of the Obama administration. The O’Bannon Conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for The Washington Post and regular contributor to MSNBC, Eugene Robinson, will be the capstone activity of this year’s O’Bannon Institute for Community Service at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus. For more information visit:

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 120,000 students enrolled annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana.  It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.  It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.