The Faculty

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Dean McSloy, Director of Forensics


Kenneth Garrison was president of Pi Kappa Delta.


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Arlene DuMond

Assistant Professor, Dramatic Arts and Speech

B.F.A., M.F.A., Carnegie Institute of Technology


The Yearbook Said


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Front row, left to right: Lucie Murray, Bob Snelling, Vern Nelson, Mimi Michaelson, Steve Pollock.

Second row: Mark Marshall, Anita Merrell, Nancy Wynstra, Jill Burton, Pat Wise, Larry Davison, Don Dero.

Third row: Jim Gaukroger, Ken Garrison, Dave Upham, Rick Fuhrman, Norm Brock, George Pollock, John Lewallen.


1960-61 was another highly successful year as Whitman debaters in five tournaments won seven first places, eight second places, and five third places debating and speaking individually. Winning at WSU were Steve Pollock and James Carter, first in senior men's debate. Nancy Wynstra and Nancy Poesnecker were first in the senior women's debate at the University of Puget Sound, while Robert Snelling took another first place in impromptu and extemporaneous speaking. During a tournament at Columbia Basin Junior College, Truman Cotten won in interpretive reading; at Idaho he and Steve Pollock were first in debate. Thus the team and their coach, Mr. McSloy, were quite pleased with the year's results.


Whitman News

A. The college added 8 new professors to the faculty.

1. In the division of arts and letters Dr George Ball, professor of religion; and William O. Douglas, Jr., assistant in dramatics, were added.

2. New to the division of social sciences were Richard M. Fontera, instructor of political science and history; and Dr. Arnett A. Elliot, assistant professor of political science.

3. The division of basic sciences received Conrad White, assistant professor in mathematics; Dr. Ross Lomanitz, associate professor of physics; James S. Todd, assistant professor of chemistry; and Dr. Howard R. Hetzel, instructor of biology.

B. Kirk Prindle was student body president.

C. Lewis B. Perry was the college president.

D. A new language lab is opened, with state-of-the-art reproducing and play-back equipment.

E. Whitman's past president, Chester Maxey, is elected mayor of Walla Walla.

F. Construction of the new men's dorm was delayed until more money could be raised. Plans for a new science building were in the works. This was a particularly pressing need, as the current science building, Billings hall, was a refurbished dormitory with inadequate facilities in size and capabilities.

G. The Pioneer ran advertisements for the Roller-Rena, Standard Oil, and Sportleder's clothing store.


Speech Major and Courses

THE MAJOR: Thirteen hours selected from courses in speech; Dramatic Art 47, 48; twelve hours selected from English 25, 26, 35, 36, 39, 40, 75, 76, 79, 80; three hours selected from History 27, 28, 57, 58, 61, 62, 64. Of the total of thirty-six hours, eighteen must be in courses numbered above 50. Advised: As much additional work in dramatic art as time permits.

SPEECH 11, 12. Fundamentals of Speech, 3 hours.

SPEECH 41. Theory and Practice of Discussion, 3 hours.

SPEECH 42. Argumentation and Persuasion, 3 hours.

SPEECH 43, 44. Principles and Practice of Debate, 2hours.

SPEECH 51. Business and Professional Speech, 3 hours.

SPEECH 53. Introduction to Radio and Television, 3 hours.

SPEECH 85, 86. Senior Honors Course, 3 hours.


World News

A. The presidential race was in full gear during the fall, brought to new heights by the first-ever televised presidential debates, between Nixon and Kennedy. Kennedy proves victorious in November.

B. Reverend King is jailed in Georgia for his peaceful civil rights protests.

C. Castro declares Cuba a socialist state, and bans elections. The U.S. charges Russia of shipping arms to Cuba to spread revolt to other parts of the Americas. Tensions begin to heat up.

D. Gains and advances were made weekly by both sides in the 'space race' between Russia and the United States. Alan Shepard rode a capsule 115 miles into space on a sub-orbit mission, making him the United State's first astronaut.


Team Awards

A. 30 students were members of the Whitman debate team.

B. The intramural and intercollegiate topic for the year was "Resolved: That the government should adopt a program of compulsory health insurance for all citizens."

C. Intramural debate was held in the spring this year, and suffered a lack of participants. The winners were Walter Skeeter Minnick and Bill Deschler of Phi Delta Theta and Linda Bowen and Patty Patterson of Kappa Alpha Theta.

D. Intercollegiate debate

1. At the Columbia Basin College junior varsity tournament, Whitman came in second place overall. Truman Cotton placed 1st in interpretive reading and 3rd in oratory. The team of David Sandow and Robert Snelling tied for 2nd in debate with a record of 5 wins and 1 loss. In addition, the team received 5 more 2nd places, and two 3rd places.

2. James Carter and Steve Pollock placed 1st in debate with an undefeated record. David Sandow and Jill Burton and Lawrence Davidson and Russel Dondero tied for 2nd. The tournament had 250 competitors from 26 schools.

3. The Western States Speech Tournament resulted in a 1st for Robert Snelling in extemporaneous speaking and a 3rd in impromptu speaking. Ted Meckstroth reached the semi-finals in impromptu, and Meckstroth and Snelling advanced to the semi-finals in debate.

4. At the University of Puget Sound Speech Tournament, Nancy Wynstra and Nancy Poesnecker won 1st in women's debate. Robert Snelling placed 1st in junior men's extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking. Snelling and Ted Meckstroth tied for 3rd in debate. Truman Cotton placed 3rd in interpretive reading. There were 225 competitors from 26 schools.

5. Whitman had a record of 4-4, to place second in the Triangular Tournament.

6. Season totals for the team were seven 1sts, eight 2nds, and five 3rds.


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