SFCC to Present Televised Presidential Debates, Public Forums

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Contact: Jill Janov
Contact: Gail Terzuola
For Immediate Release
The Santa Fe Community College Service-Learning unit will host four presidential debate
watches and community forums at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30, Oct. 5, 8 and 13 in the Jemez Rooms,
SFCC, 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe. These FREE events are designed to educate community
residents, especially students, about the candidates and the issues and are intended to encourage
dialogue. Please call (505) 428-1702 for information.
SFCC to Present Televised Presidential Debates, Public Forums
Santa Fe, NM, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004 -Santa Fe Community College's Service-Learning unit
will present simulcasts of presidential and vice-presidential debates followed by public forums
moderated by various political party officials and members of the media.
The large-screen simulcast, presented through the national organization DebateWatch, will offer
students, faculty, staff and community members the opportunity to view the debates in a public
setting and participate in a moderated discussion.
"The college is televising the debates on a large screen to reach young voters and community
members who want to experience the debate with others who are interested in the political
process and the outcome of the election," said Gail Terzuola, director of SFCC's service-learning
unit. "We also are working to mobilize voting among young people and increase political
awareness, education and involvement."
Debate Watch (page 2)
All debates begin at 7 p.m. in the Jemez Rooms at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards
Ave., Santa Fe. Each debate lasts for 90 minutes with moderated discussions following.
* Thursday, Sept. 30
o First presidential debate. Focus on domestic policy.
* Tuesday, Oct. 5
o Vice-presidential debate. Focus on foreign and domestic policy.
* Friday, Oct. 8
o Second presidential debate. Town hall-type meeting.
* Wednesday, Oct. 13
o Third presidential debate. Focus on foreign policy.
Tickets are not required to attend the simulcasts, which are offered free of charge. The doors will
open at 6:30 p.m. and programming will begin at 7 p.m. For information, call (505) 428-1702.
About Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe Community College serves more than 14,500 students per year in its credit, noncredit
and adult basic education programs. The college contributes to the area's economic,
technological and cultural development by offering programs ranging from art to business
management and directly addresses regional job shortages through its nursing, teacher education
and culinary arts programs. For further information, visit www.sfccnm.edu or call (505) 4281000.
About DebateWatch
DebateWatch is a non-partisan voter education program of the Commission on Presidential
Debates (CPD). DebateWatch brings citizens together to watch the televised debates, talk about
what they learned, and report its findings to the commission.