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Ken Owen '82 & Stan Jastrzebski '03 Among Participants in 2011 O'Bannon Institute for Community Service

March 31, 2011

92539March 31, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — Two alumni of DePauw University -- Ken Owen '82, executive director of media relations at DePauw, and Stan Jastrzebski '03, news director of NPR affiliate WFIU, in Bloomington, Indiana -- will be among the participants in the 2011 O'Bannon Institute for Community Service.  The event will take place next April 7-8 at Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington with a theme of "Getting Back to Basics: Jobs, Education, and Community." The sessions will be highlighted by political strategists James Carville and Mary Matalin and Oscar-winning actor and activist Richard Dreyfuss.

Owen will lead a panel, "Making Jobs Number One," on Friday, April 8. Participating in the discussion will be: Jeremiah 'Jere' Boyle, managing director the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's economic development, community development and policy studies division; Lauren Damme, policy 92509analyst for the New American Foundation; Steve Ferguson, chairman of the board of Cook Group, Inc.; and Greg Goodnight, mayor of Kokomo, Indiana.

Jastrzebski's panel on Friday afternoon will discuss "Making Hay in a Civil Way." He'll be joined by: Fred Cate, Distinguished Professor, C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law and director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law; Dan Maffei, former congressman and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Third Way; Leslie Stedman Weidenbener; Indiana Statehouse reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal; and Robert Vane, former  deputy chief of staff and communications director for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and former communications director for Indiana Republican Party.

Now in its seventh year, the O'Bannon Institute brings focus to community service, service learning, and civic engagement.  The event 92550honors the legacy of former Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon, who passed away in 2003, to commemorate his years of public service, his dedication to education, and particularly his legacy of Indiana's community college system.

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Ken Owen returned to DePauw in 2001 after two decades in TV news. Along his responsibilities to raise the University's external visibility, he coordinates the Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture Series and the annual Monon Bell telecast. His efforts to make pieces of DePauw's past more relevant and accessible include the recent restoration of a 1941 admission film, and he has created "Monon Memories" of every football game between DePauw and Wabash College for the Monon Bell since the rivalry began in 1890. The video vignettes were the subject of features in the Chronicle of Higher Education and during HDNet's telecast of the 115th Monon Bell Classic in November 2008. A communication major and Rector Scholar at DePauw, where he delivered broadcasts over WGRE, Owen has 92538also taught journalism at Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis. He serves on the board of directors of the Indianapolis Public Relations Society and co-chairs the Annapolis Group communications committee. (photos: above left: Owen, right: Jastrzebski)

Stan Jastrzebski was named WFIU's news director in June 2008.  He came to the station from WGN in Chicago. He previously served as wire service editor at Network Indiana and is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the Radio-Television News Director's Association, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. A communication major, Media Fellow and WGRE reporter while at DePauw, Jastrzebski also earned a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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