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15th Annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service
April 26-27, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Michael A. Smerconish 

Broadcast program host on SiriusXM Channel 124 and CNN, newspaper columnist, and New York Times best-selling author

Michael A. Smerconish is the host of The Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM Channel 124, the host of CNN’s Smerconish on Saturday mornings, newspaper columnist and author.

Smerconish has often been recognized for his radio work. In 2011, the National Association of Broadcasters selected him as a “Marconi Award” finalist in the category of Best Network/Syndicated Host. He has often been the recipient of several (Philadelphia) Achievement in Radio awards, including “Best Talk Show Host” and “Best Evening Program”. Philadelphia Magazine has named him the city’s best talk show host, as well as one of the city’s most powerful citizens.

On August 20, 2009, Smerconish became the first radio host to interview President Barack Obama live from the White House.

Smerconish hosts a weekly Saturday TV program on CNN fittingly called Smerconish and in the past has been an MSNBC contributor and frequent guest-host of Hardball for Chris Matthews. He has been a guest on virtually every television program where politics is discussed, including: the NBC Today show, Colbert ReportO’Reilly FactorLarry King LiveThe View, and Real Time With Bill Maher.

He is the author of six books, two of them New York Times’ best sellers. He donated all author proceeds from three manuscripts to charity.

Smerconish became a radio and television commentator after experiences he had at an early age in Republican politics. While still in college he was an advance-man for (then) Vice President George H.W. Bush. At age 29, he was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to a sub-cabinet level position (Regional Administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he reported to HUD Secretary Jack Kemp). 

About the O'Bannon Institute for Community Service:

The O'Bannon Institute is Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington's annual signature event that brings focus to community service, service learning, and civic engagement. The O’Bannon Institute is an annual opportunity for the community to come together to discuss topics related to nonprofits, education and political and civic service. Previous speakers at the Institute include former U.S. Senators, Pulitzer prize-winning authors, Governors, political advisers and columnists, a presidential candidate, and former First Lady of the United States, Laura W. Bush. 

The O'Bannon Institute is named to honor the legacy of the late Governor Frank O'Bannon, in recognition of the role he played in the formation of Indiana's community college system and in commemoration of his lifetime commitment to community service.

Among Ivy Tech Bloomington's goals is that students graduate with academic achievement and a sense of responsibility to serve their communities. The O'Bannon Institute for Community Service fulfills this goal by providing a forum for the discussion of local issues. The O'Bannon Institute for Community Service carries out the mission of Ivy Tech's Bloomington campus to be a comprehensive community college.  sa

O’Bannon Institute 2018





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