Acting Director in the
fall, William Rees Davis, Mary A Denny Professor of English;
Ray Keesey, A.M. Assistant Professor of English; A.B., A.M., Ohio University; Ohio State University; becomes the director in December.
Thomas Howells, English
Viola Dunbar, English
Edith Blackman Merrell Davis, A.B. (Mrs.) Assistant Professor English, A.B. Ripon College; started in the English department in 1924 (she taught Latin as an instructor prior to that); on leave of absence during 1944; she finishes in 1946 or 1947.
Prizes awarded at this time
The John Brining Prizes in Extemporaneous Speaking of $12.50 each are awarded to the best man and woman speakers in a speaking contest that is open to all members of the freshman class.
The Delta Gamma Reading Prizes of $25, $15, and $10 are awarded at Commencement to the students who read during the year with intelligence and appreciation the largest amount of good literature, apart from their required college work.
The Dovell-Gose Prizes in Oratory of $30 and $20 are awarded at Commencement to students upon the basis of a contest in oratory. The contest is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
The Austin Rice Debate Trophy is awarded to the champion women's intramural debate team.
The John W. Ackley Debate Trophy is awarded to the champion men's intramural debate team.
The Hugh Elmer Brown Debate Trophy is awarded to the man who is adjudged to be the best intramural debater.
Speech Courses within the English Department
ENGLISH 1 or 2. Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. An introduction to the English department basics course.
ENGLISH 15 or 16. Orientation and Speaking, A public speaking course with a diction emphasis.
ENGLISH 27. Reading Aloud.
ENGLISH 29. Theory and Practice of Discussion.
ENGLISH 46. Oral Interpretation.
ENGLISH 47. Argumentation and Debate.
ENGLISH 56. Public Speaking.
ENGLISH 57-58. Dramatic Interpretation
ENGLISH 73-74. Radio Speech
ENGLISH 75 or 76. Advanced Public Speaking.
1. READING. WRITING. LISTENING. SPEAKING 3 hours, each semester.
2. E. B. M. Davis. W. R. Davis.
These courses aim to enable a freshman to improve his ability to listen, to read rapidly and well, to enlarge his vocabulary, to speak and to Write clearly, effectively, and acceptably. At the beginning of the year standard tests are used in vocabulary, in reading, and in English usage to indicate individual deficiencies, and at the end of the year other forms of these same tests are used to measure individual improvement.
The freshman class is organized into two groups. In Group A, training in writing is emphasized in the first semester and training in speaking in the second. In Group B. speaking is emphasized in the first semester and writing in the second. Attention to listening, vocabulary, and reading continues in all sections throughout the year. Sections in which speaking is emphasized are limited to twenty students. In the sections in which writing is emphasized a student brings his work to a personal conference with his instructor each week. The subjects discussed relate closely to the student’s interests and experience, and the discussions in both speaking and writing sections assist a freshman to get his bearings as a college student and to improve his personal equipment to pursue college studies with purpose and with success.
Students who are deficient in their written and spoken English are required to do special work without extra credit in connection with Course I.
Courses in Speech and Dramatic Art
27. READING ALOUD. 2 hours, one semester. E. B. M. Davis
A course aiming to develop the ability of the individual to get the full meaning from the printed page and to give that meaning to the hearer.
29. THEORY AND PRACTICE OF DISCUSSION. 2 or 3 hours, one semester. Keesey
The theory and the practice of informal group discussion, panel discussion the symposium. end the forum. Current problems are studied through discussion techniques.
45. ORAL INTERPRETATION. 2 hours, one semester. E. B. M. Davis
This course aims to develop ability to read aloud and to gain through ~ interpretation an appreciation of literature. Attention is given to voice training.
47. ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE. 3 hours, one semester. Keesey
A study of principles of argumentative discourse and readings in curia social, economic, and political questions. Constant speaking before the class is used to illustrate application of the principles studied to discussion of problems in the field of reading.
56. PUBLIC SPEAKING. 3 hours, one semester. Keesey
A study of the elements of effective public speaking with frequent practice speaking before the class. Standards of vocal habits, of delivery, of diction, and pronunciation are stressed. Minimum registration ten; maximum registration twenty.
57.59. (Unit). DRAMATIC INTERPRETATION AND PLAY PRODUCTION.
2 hours. 1st semesters 3 hours. 2nd semester. E. 3.14. Instruction and practice in dramatic interpretation followed by experiences with problems of play production through public performance of several plays. Consideration is given to scene design, stage lighting, costuming, and directing.
73. 74. RADIO SPEECH. 1 or 2 hours, each semester. lees Training in radio speech and in program planning and directing, together with actual experience in broadcasting. Open to qualified juniors and seniors who have had training in at least one course numbered 27, 29, 45, 47, 56, or 57.58.
75. 76. ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING. 1 or 2 hours, each
Training in debate, oratory, and extempore speaking. Open of instructor to juniors and seniors who have had training in at least five hours Courses 45, 47, 56.
77 78. Advanced Play production. 1 or 2 hours each semester. E.B.M. Davis
A course providing experience in selecting plays, organizing play casts, and directing plays. Prerequisite: course 57-58. Open to qualified students with consent of instructor.
80 Remedial procedures in speech correction
3 hours one semester. Keesey
The purpose of this course is to acquaint students having no special training in speech correction of what they should, and should not, attempt in their desire to assist individuals with voice and speech disorders. Designed primarily for the prospective teacher.
The John Brining Prizes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking—
Shirley Jean Hayes
Henry Andrew Pappas
The Dovell-Gose Prizes in Oratory—
Ralph Emerson Breshears
George Lloyd Carlton
Conference (Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin) plans final
· FDR passes on April 12th
· Hitler commits suicide on April 30th
· May 8th is declared V-E Day
· “Potsdam Conference (Truman, Churchill, Stalin) establishes basis of German reconstruction”
· “United Nations established”
· “First electronic computer, ENIAC, built.”
A. The team began the year without a coach. John Ackley went on leave of absence and then left for San Diego State the year after where he coached two NDT semi-finalists.
B. Dean W. R. Davis served as the temporary debate coach.
C. By December 13, Ray Keesey was the debate coach.
D. Jean McDonald was the student debate manager.
II. The debate topic was whether the federal government should direct its policy of free trade among all nations.
III. Intramural and underclass tournaments were dropped for the year in order to concentrate on varsity debate at the Linfield tournament. First year students were, however, allowed to try out for varsity debate.
IV. Intercollegiate debate
Washington State College in
7 and 8, Whitman competed against Washington State College and the University
of Idaho in the men’s and women’s triangular debates. Whitties
C. On January 31 at Linfield, the team debated labor problems in the U. S. Latourette and Stanton, and McMullen and Garrison competed in the upper division. Elizabeth Franklin and Marguerite Anderson, and Clarence Campbell and Clayton Michaelis competed in the lower division. Whitman lost the previous year’s record to Linfield.
November 8 – first debate contest of the year
varsity debaters go to
Topic: whether the federal government should direct its policy of free trade among all nations
Patty Latourette and Emily Stanton (3rd round broadcast on W.S.C. radio)
Phyllis Garrison and June Mac Mullen
No forensic coach at this time (although W.R. Davis was serving as advisor)
debate cancelled until after
December 7&8 – women’s and men’s triangular debate tournament
Temporary debate coach: Dean W.R. Davis
Competing schools: Whitman,
Jean McDonald (student debate manager)
December 13, 1945
new debate coach: Ray Keesey
Pullman meet results: Phyllis Garrison and June McMullen went 3-8
Intramurals dropped: intramurals and underclass tournaments dropped this year to concentrate on varsity debate at the Linfield tournament. Freshmen can try out for varsity debate.
January 31, 1946
1. Patty Latourette and Emily Garrison
2. June McMullen and Phyllis Garrison
1. Elizabeth Franklin and Marguerite Anderson
2. Clarence Campbell and Clayton Michaelis
Proposition: RESOLVED: That the policy of the United States should be directed toward the establishment of free trade among the nations of the world.
Whitman lost previous year’s record to Linfield