O’Bannon Institute to feature duo Carville and Matalin

Carville-MatalinBLOOMINGTON – Husband and wife political strategists James Carville and Mary Matalin will headline the eighth annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service fundraising dinner. The O’Bannon Institute will take place April 6-8, 2011, and is hosted by Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus. This year’s theme for the Institute is “Getting Back to Basics: Jobs, Education and Community Service.”

Carville and Matalin will headline the Institute’s fundraising dinner on Thursday, April 7 at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center, with proceeds benefitting the Ivy Tech Center for Civic Engagement.

“Carville and Matalin come from opposite ends of the political spectrum, and they will share their views and commentary on events that are currently shaping our nation,” John Whikehart, Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor said. “Institute attendees will have the opportunity to hear political discussions that are focused upon a civil discourse.”

Matalin served as an adviser to former President George W. Bush, while Carville was a key strategist in the election of former President Bill Clinton. Today, these best-selling authors both host radio programs and are serving as the host committee co-chairs for the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans.

The O’Bannon Institute launched eight years ago by Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus 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 have included former U.S. Senators, Pulitzer prize-winning authors, Governors, political advisers and columnists, and former First Lady of the United States, Laura W. Bush.

Those interested in attending the O’Bannon Institute featuring Carville and Matalin should contact Tina Phelps, Assistant to the Chancellor, at (812) 330-6001 or tphelps@ivytech.edu to reserve their seats. Tickets are $100 per person for the Institute fundraising dinner. More information can be found at http://obannon.ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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.

Speaker Bios:
Mary Matalin is a celebrated conservative voice and political contributor for CNN. Matalin formerly served as assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, and was the first White House official to hold that double title.

Before joining the Bush/Cheney White House, Matalin hosted CNN’s critically-acclaimed debate show, Crossfire. Matalin is the former founding co-host of the Washington-based political weeknight talk show, Equal Time, which premiered in May 1993 on CNBC. She served as co-host until shortly after the 1996 national political conventions. Her political astuteness and antics contributed to the show’s being called “the best talk show on television” by Knight Ridder News Service. Matalin’s humor, straight-forward discussion and ability to discuss the hottest political issues in Washington helped to make the show one of the most talked about programs in the network’s history.

Matalin is editor-in-chief of Threshold Editions, a conservative publishing imprint at Simon & Schuster. Along with Arianna Huffington, she also co-hosts the nationally syndicated radio program Both Sides Now. She serves on the boards of the Washington Humane Society, the Richard B. and Lynne V. Cheney Cardiovascular Institute at The George Washington University and the Editorial Board of Campaigns and Elections magazine, which features up-to-date campaign information, the latest news about political consultants and the business and trends in the industry.

Matalin and her husband, James Carville, reside in New Orleans with their daughters, Matalin “Matty” Carville and Emerson “Emma” Carville. Matalin and Carville will be the co-chairs of the host committee for the 2013 Super Bowl, which will be played in the Louisiana Superdome.

James “The Ragin’ Cajun” Carville is America’s best-known political consultant. His long list of electoral successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for re-making political underdogs into upset winners.

His winning streak began in 1986, when he managed the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania. In 1987, Carville helped guide Wallace Wilkinson to the governor’s seat in Kentucky. Carville continued his winning streak with wins in New Jersey with Frank Lautenberg elected to the US Senate. He next managed the successful 1990 gubernatorial campaign of Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller, including a tough primary win over Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, and in 1991, Carville—who had already become prominent in political circles—drew national attention when he led Senator Harris Wofford from 40 points behind in the polls to an upset landslide victory over former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. But his most prominent victory was in 1992 when he helped William Jefferson Clinton win the Presidency.

Carville is also a best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restaurateur. His titles include All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President (with wife Mary Matalin); We’re Right, They’re Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives; And the Horse He Rode In On: The People vs. Kenneth Starr; Buck Up, Suck Up… and Come Back When You Foul Up; Had Enough? A Handbook for Fighting Back; Stickin’: The Case for Loyalty; his children’s book, Lu and the Swamp Ghost; and 2006’s Take it Back. His latest book 40 More Years: How the Democrats will Rule the Next Generation was released in May 2009.

Most recently, Carville is hosting Sirius XM radio’s 60/20 Sports show with Luke Russert, and is a frequent political commentator and contributor on CNN. He also serves as a Professor of Practice at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he lives with his wife Mary Matalin and their two daughters.

Ivy Tech Community College offering workforce training courses in Human Resources

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) are partnering to offer a series of workforce training courses for professionals in the HR field. These three courses will begin this month, and are designed for managers and staff with experience in general management or human resource management looking to upgrade their skills. Prepared by subject matter experts, these courses include application exercises that develop and enhance specific competencies and decision-making skills.

The courses include the SHRM Learning System preparation courses for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR)/Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) and Essentials of HR Management.

SHRM Learning System Professional in Human Resources (PHR)/Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR):

  • The course meets on Thursdays, February 17-May 5, from 6-9 p.m.
  • The cost is $1,299.
  • Designed to provide an overview of key areas in HR management as it prepares participants to sit for the PHR/SPHR certification exams.
  • Materials used will include six modules that correspond to the six functional areas, responsibilities and associated knowledge as defined by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).
  • For those not interested in a traditional classroom setting, the SHRM Learning System is also offered in a self-study format for the same cost.
  • The location is the International Medical Group, located at 2960 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis.

Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR):

  • The course meets on Wednesdays, February 23-May 11, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • The cost is $1,299.
  • Designed for anyone with international and cross-border responsibilities or who is interested in earning the GPHR certification.
  • Covers content that corresponds with the GPHR body of knowledge, including legislation from the United States, European Union, United Kingdom, Canada, India and China.
  • The location is at Ivy Tech Community College-Lawrence campus.

Essentials for HR Management:

  • The course meets on Saturdays, February 19-26, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • The cost is $379.
  • Designed for those who hire, train, evaluate and manage employees.
  • The course provides an overview of the functions of a human resource professional and how to handle several HR challenges.
  • The location is the International Medical Group, located at 2960 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis.

To register for any of these courses, visit www.ivytech.edu/actnow or for more information, call 317-921-4539 or email Training@lists.ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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.

Ivy Tech-Columbus offers funded training program in hospitality and tourism

COLUMBUS – Ivy Tech Community College-Columbus has received a grant through EcO15 to offer a primarily funded training program designed to prepare individuals to work in the hospitality and tourism industry. The grant allows for participants to pay only $99 of the $1,099 cost of the training.

The class will meet from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning February 22 and ending April 26. The training will prepare individuals to work in food service, as front desk representatives, guest room attendants, gaming attendants (dealers, etc.), reservationists, bell service attendants, and maintenance employees. The curriculum is also well suited for any front line customer service representative working in such areas as medicine, banking, real estate, apartment complexes, insurance agencies, etc.

Topics to be addressed in the training include fundamental interpersonal skills, such as listening, speaking with confidence, having a positive attitude, and using teamwork effectively. Other topics include providing outstanding customer service and learning about business challenges and conflict resolution.

Information: Rhonda Jackson, rjackson125@ivytech.edu or 812-374-5182.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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.