Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting its 12th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service on April 29-30 and May 1. On May 1, the three-day Institute, focused on the theme “Be the Change: Discover Your Super Power” will close with a conversation with Shiza Shahid, co-founder of the Malala Fund and Bob Zaltsberg, editor, The Herald-Times.

Shahid is an entrepreneur and social activist of Pakistani origin. She is the co-founder and global ambassador of the Malala Fund, the organization representing the young Pakistani activist who was shot by the Taliban for her campaign for girls’ education.

“Recently named one of TIME magazine’s ’30 Under 30 World Changers,’ we’re looking forward to Shiza’s engaging conversation about strengthening the global community through youth education, specifically for girls,” said Chancellor Vaughan. “As an open-access, comprehensive community college, we have a common goal with The Malala Fund– to change lives through the power of education, and to ensure access to it.”

The closing conversation with Shahid and Zaltsberg will take place after a day filled with an opening panel discussion focused on this year’s event theme, an Ivy Tech-Bloomington youth leadership presentation, a provided lunch, and related conference workshops.

Reservations are required for attendance to Friday Institute activities on Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s main campus, and admission is with canned goods or a monetary donation made at entry for Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

Tickets are still available for the O’Bannon Institute fundraising dinner on Thursday, April 30 with singer, songwriter, political activist, philanthropist, and author, Sir Bob Geldof, at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center on Thursday, April 30. Individual tickets are $100 and are tax deductible. Proceeds benefit the Ivy Tech-Bloomington Center for Civic Engagement.

To reserve seats for Friday’s Institute activities on Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s main campus, or to purchase tickets to Thursday’s fundraising dinner, log on http://obannon.ivytech.edu/tickets, contact Tina Phelps at (812) 330-6001, or email tphelps@ivytech.edu.

Event sponsors for the 12th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service include, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Bloomington Ford, Inc., City of Bloomington, CFC Properties, Cook Medical, The Herald-Times, Inc., IU Credit Union, Markey’s Rental and Staging, Sterling Real Estate, Inc., Smithville, and Linda and John Whikehart.

O’Bannon Institute for Community Service at Ivy Tech-Bloomington was established in 2004 as an annual opportunity for the community to come together to discuss issues of importance. Previous speakers of the Institute include U.S Senators, Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, Governors, political advisers and columnists, a presidential candidate, former first Lady of the United States Laura W. Bush, and former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell. The event has grown from a one-day event to a now three-day event that includes a civic engagement awards ceremony, a day of volunteering in the community, a fundraising dinner, panel discussion, workshops, and a closing conversation.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.