Corporations Sponsor Vice Presidential Debate at Washington University

Three area corporations are sponsoring the vice presidential debate to be held Oct. 2 at Washington University in St. Louis.

AT&T, Emerson and Wachovia Securities are the debate sponsors.

“Washington University is pleased to welcome its first vice presidential debate,” said Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. “As we have learned from our past experience with presidential debates, hosting such an event is a great privilege that requires support from a variety of sources both within the Washington University community and from the St. Louis community. We would like to thank AT&T, Emerson and Wachovia Securities for their commitment to serve as sponsors of the vice presidential debate at Washington University.”

AT&T will provide the communications network for the debate.

“The debates bring great recognition to Missouri – and rightly so,” said Dave Nichols, president of AT&T Missouri. “This is a state rich in political history, and we are honored to support the event by providing the communications facilities to help make it a success. We are, in effect, building a mini-central office at Washington University to ensure communications are unsurpassed.”

Emerson and Wachovia Securities are also backing the event.

“This is an important election and voters deserve the opportunity to see the major parties’ presidential and vice presidential candidates discuss the issues in a face-to-face setting,” said David N. Farr, Emerson’s chairman, CEO and president. “Emerson is proud to be a sponsor of the 2008 Vice Presidential Debate at Washington University in St. Louis as the university and our community host this historic television event.”

Daniel J. Ludeman, president and chief executive officer of Wachovia Securities LLC, said, “Wachovia Securities is extremely proud to be among the sponsors bringing an event of such national importance to St. Louis. We believe it is vital that citizens around the country have an opportunity to hear the vice presidential candidates discuss their views on a number of key issues that affect us all. We especially look forward to hearing the candidates’ views on the economy and the financial markets, as well as on legislation that can impact investors’ financial decisions in the future.”

AT&T is the top U.S. provider of wireless, high-speed Internet access, Wi-Fi, local and long-distance voice, and directory publishing and advertising services.

Emerson is a diversified global manufacturing company that operates network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies and appliance and tools businesses.

Wachovia Securities provides financial advisory, brokerage, asset management and other financial services through more than 18,000 registered representatives nationwide.

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Washington University in St. Louis is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching and research, and it draws students and faculty to St. Louis from all 50 states and more than 125 nations. Some 13,400 undergraduate, graduate and professional students enroll each year.

The university’s 3,140 faculty teach in seven schools: Arts & Sciences, Olin Business School, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, School of Engineering & Applied Science, School of Law, School of Medicine and George Warren Brown School of Social Work. Twenty-two Nobel laureates have been associated with Washington University, with nine doing the major portion of their pioneering research here.

The university offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs.

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