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O'Bannon panels will focus on critical topics

The Herald-Times
April 8, 2010

The public portions of Ivy Tech Community College’s O’Bannon Institute will open tonight with headliner former First Lady Laura Bush. Friday’s capstone event will feature a conversation with provocative columnist and “new media” star Arianna Huffington. Those presentations represent the sizzle and will no doubt provide serious food for thought.

The steak of the annual event will come in between their appearances, with three strong and timely panels about major issues facing all Hoosiers.

Critical issues facing K-16 education are the focus of this year’s events. Could anything be more timely in Bloomington?

The presidents of Ball State and Indiana State will be joined by vice presidents and vice provosts of Indiana University, Purdue University and Ivy Tech to talk about higher education. Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett will share the stage with area school superintendents — some of whom have been quite critical of him.

A third panel will include high ranking administrators from IU along with representatives of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the chair of the Indiana House Education Committee.

Each panel has the potential for fireworks along with thoughtful discussion of how the recession is affecting education funding, policy and delivery. The public will be educated and enlightened.

The panels and the rest of the annual O’Bannon Institute show again how Ivy Tech uniquely serves its community.

Copyright: 2010