Life Lessons With Paterno, Krzyzewski Airs Thursday

A behind-the-scenes look at Duke's state-of-the-art technology for the Coach K special

About 25 Duke students gathered on West Campus this month to join a conversation between two great coaches, Mike Krzyzewski and Joe Paterno, using state-of-the-art video conferencing technology.

The Duke students were invited to watch and participate in the filming of a 90-minute ESPN special, "Difference Makers: Life Lessons with Paterno & Krzyzewski," which airs at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 30, on ESPN.

The two coaches shared a stage in Penn State's Eisenhower Auditorium, and Duke students connected to the event using Cisco TelePresence technology installed this spring in room 119 of the Telecommunications Building. The classroom is one of seven TelePresence-enabled rooms on campus and was designed to connect faculty, students and staff on the Durham campus with other locations such as the Marine Lab in Beaufort. 

"We're hundreds of miles away, but I can sit here and ask a question, and they can look back at me and respond. Using technology like that makes the world smaller," said Sam Marks, a Duke sophomore who asked a question during the filming. "We couldn't all travel up there, but the technology definitely made us feel a part of the event."