RSU To Offer Public Viewing and Discussion of Presidential Debate

Rogers State University will serve as an official Commission on Presidential Debates “Debate Watch 2004” site for the public to view and discuss the third and final presidential debate between President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Members of the public are invited free of charge to join RSU students and faculty in Room 131 of the Health Sciences Building to view the debate and participate in a post-debate discussion, moderated by Dr. Jeff Gentry, RSU associate professor of communications and head of the Department of Communications and Fine Arts. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the 90-minute debate will begin at 8 p.m.

Debate Watch 2004 is a program coordinated by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has sponsored each presidential and vice presidential debate since 1988.

Dr. Gentry, who is a previous Debate Watch host, has conducted research on presidential debates and has organized and moderated two U.S. Congressional debates. He is the author of several publications on college debate. He has 16 years of teaching experience in forensics, theater and communications at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Ottawa University in Kansas and Colorado State University. He received a doctoral degree from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s degree from Colorado State University and bachelor’s degree from Eastern Montana College.

For more information on Debate Watch 2004 at RSU, call (918) 343-7742.