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FAU Hosts Presidential Primary Debate with a Number of Interesting Statistics

BOCA RATON, FL (January 24, 2008) - Florida Atlantic University played host to its highest profile event to date, as it welcomed the Republican Presidential Primary Debate on Thursday, January 24 to its Boca Raton campus.

The debate was sponsored by Leadership Florida, the Florida Press Association and Florida Public Broadcasting Service, Inc. and televised by NBC and MSNBC.

FAU’s Join It! Civic Engagement Week, which took place January 13-28, involved the participation of more than 4,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.  More than 700 students, faculty and staff signed up to volunteer for debate activities, with 280 selected to assist with the Republican presidential primary debate.  These volunteers logged a total of 1,500 volunteer hours.

On the technological side, FAU used 300 power strips, 1,000 feet of 25-pair cable to connect system rooms and NBC satellite trucks, installed 84 AT&T phone lines, used 12,000 feet of Cat5E cable, and 5 miles of power and data cable.

Visibility and signage were key, as more than 140 directional signs were designed and printed.  More than 1,000 feet of pipe and drape also were used.

Also, more than 400 members of the local, national and international media were credentialed for coverage of the debates.

FAU’s food catering service Chartwells served 2,560 meals.


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