Smulyan to Keynote Cook Center Event

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Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. (Nasdaq: EMMS) Chief Executive Officer Jeff Smulyan is set to deliver the keynote address at the annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship. The event will be held at Ivy Tech Community College's Bloomington campus.

September 16, 2013

News Release

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting its fourth annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College's Bloomington campus on Tuesday, October 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jeffrey Smulyan, Founder of Emmis Communications Corporation, is the keynote speaker. The Cook Institute luncheon will be held in the Hoosier-Times Student Commons, in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building, on the college's main campus.

"It is the mission of the Cook Center to engage the community and foster entrepreneurship in the region, and the Cook Institute is an example of how the Center connects the community through its programs," said Chancellor John Whikehart. "The Cook Center looks forward to hosting keynote speaker, and visionary leader of the radio industry, Jeffrey Smulyan."

Smulyan, the luncheon's keynote speaker, is Founder and Chairman of the Board of Emmis Communications Corporation, an Indianapolis-based radio and magazine publishing company with operations in eight U.S. markets. Smulyan has been inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and Indiana Business Hall of Fame. Emmis was named one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work for."

Individual tickets for Ivy Tech's fourth annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship luncheon are $75, a table of eight can be purchased for $600, and full event sponsorships for $1,500.

Proceeds go to support scholarships for Ivy Tech-Bloomington entrepreneurship students and Cook Center programs. A portion of ticket purchases are tax deductible.

To purchase tickets, log on www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship or call (812) 330-6261.

About the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship (www.ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship) at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus was established in 2010 to develop and implement practical tools and resources for students, individuals, and the community to foster entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech-Bloomington and in the broader economic development region it serves.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) 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 communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Full Speaker Bio:

Jeffrey H. Smulyan, serves as Founder and Chairman of the Board of Emmis Communications Corporation, an Indianapolis–based radio and magazine publishing company with operations in eight U.S. markets.

Smulyan formed and became principal shareholder of Emmis in 1980. Emmis owns and operates 18 FM and 3 AM radio stations in the nation’s largest markets and city/regional magazines, including national titles Texas Monthly and Los Angeles. Emmis owns the two top hip-hop brands in the world, KPWR in Los Angeles and HOT 97 in New York City.

A former director of the National Association of Broadcasters and former Chairman of the Radio Advertising Bureau, Smulyan served as past chair of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, a consortium of CEOs from central Indiana’s largest corporations, and sits on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, the University of Southern California. He is a member of numerous civic boards and committees. As principal shareholder, he led a group that purchased the Seattle Mariners baseball team in 1989, selling the club three years later. During that time, Smulyan served on the Major League Baseball owner's Ownership and Television committees.

He has been inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and the Indiana Business Hall of Fame. The Broadcasters' Foundation honored him with its Golden Mike Award in recognition of his charitable efforts. Emmis was named one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For."

In 1994, Smulyan was named by The White House to head the U.S. Delegation to the Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union. As a United States Ambassador, he represented the U.S. in various bilateral meetings, negotiating a landmark agreement between Israel and the PLO.

In 2013, Smulyan was named a "Giant of Broadcasting" by the Library of American Broadcasting alongside such media luminaries as Barry Diller, Alex Trebek, Morley Safer and Dick Cavett.

A cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. in History and Telecommunications, Smulyan earned a Juris Doctor degree from USC School of Law, where he served as note and comment editor of the USC Law Review. Smulyan resides in Indianapolis with his wife and three children.

Source: Ivy Tech Community College