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#028--October 16, 1998; For immediate release
Contact: Wallace Ravven
(415) 338-1665

SF State to show off advanced multimedia conference capability in new NEC-funded facility

Tuesday 11 a.m. dedication and afternoon demo highlight new technology and a continued partnership

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- A new multimedia conference facility at San Francisco State University, employing advanced technology and developed with the support of the NEC corporation, will be dedicated October 20. The ceremony will include NEC executives from Japan and the U.S., the chancellor of the California State University system, and the president of San Francisco State.

The custom-designed NEC Multimedia Conference Center allows as many as 20 participants, each at a networked laptop computer, to communicate their views confidentially so that even the most controversial position can receive the attention it’s due. Those who have used such a system find it offers better access to the heart of what people are thinking.

"I have experienced the enormous benefit this sort of collaborative communication can provide," said Robert A. Corrigan, president of SFSU. "I cannot express strongly enough what a potent tool it is to gain everyone’s full range of thinking on an issue, particularly when some hold vigorous and differeing views on a matter. We are grateful to NEC for again helping us take advantage of the true power of modern communications."

The new conference facility also offers fully interactive video teleconferencing and multimedia presentation capabilities, including a rack containing a VCR player/recorder, laser disc player, a 35 mm slide projector, and a stereo cassette and CD output. It is the third SF State facility in the past two years developed with the support of NEC. Both Knuth Hall and HSS have been provided versatile multimedia presentation equipment during this period.

The 11 a.m. Tuesday ceremony will highlight representatives from NEC, as well as Charles Reed, the chancellor of the California State University system. During the afternoon, students and faculty will interact with NEC executives to demonstrate some of the communication powers of the new multimedia conference facility.


Later today, San Francisco State is also sponsoring a series of campus-community forums NOTE: Media are invited to attend the 11 .am. dedication of the new facility and the afternoon demonstration of its multimedia capabilities, on the 5th floor of the Administration Building.

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