The Faculty

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Dean McSloy, Director of Forensics



Robert Snelling was the forensics assistant.

Nancy Wynstra, Skeeter Minnick, and Russelll Dondero were the debate managers.


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John Raymond Freimann, MFA; BS New York University, MFA, Fordham University


The Yearbook Said

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Whitman News

A.     A kitchen and dining hall for over 200 was added to Lyman Hall at a cost $160, 000.

B.     The college began raising $3 million over the next three years for a matching grant from the Ford Foundation. The grant was used to complete the Hall of Science, replace and add to dorm furnishings, improve the tennis courts and conservatory, add more rooms to Lyman Hall and the Vollmar Court leg of Prentiss Hall, improve physical education facilities, increase SUB facilities, renovate Memorial Building, and transform Billings Hall into a classroom-laboratory-office building.

C.    Mickey Gillette was the student body president.

D.    Dr. Louis B. Perry was the college president.

E.     The Greek system, which encompassed almost 75 percent of the campus, discussed the questions of deferred fraternity rush and the role which the sorority system played within the college community as a whole.

F.     The student congress curriculum committee proposed changes in the language department, Latin American studies, independent study, classical literature, writing courses, and foreign study.

G.    The Pioneer ran almost exclusively local ads for such places as Falkenberg’s Jewelers whose weekly ads features the latest bridal sets, and for Tallman’s where a 5 x 7 color enlargement cost 69 cents.

H.    Popular fashions included sheath dresses for women and tapered slacks for men.

I.       The IFC considers a deferred rush

J.      5 foreign students attend Whitman, bringing the total to 8

K.     Whitman receives the Ford grant, which matches a 3 million dollar donation

L.     Mary Helen Maclean was the Homecoming Queen

M.    The first speaker on behalf of the Lecture Series is Ambassador Wadsworth

N.    Whitman represented Ceylon at the Model UN conference

O.    The "transitional rally" which marks the end of the football season and start of the basketball season is quite popular


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. Cuba occupied much of the attention in American foreign policy as both countries contemplated the nuclear threats each posed.

B. The European Common Market had a significant impact upon the world economy, so significant, in fact, that it prompted the year’s national debate topic.

C. “An agreement is reached on the establishment of a Malaysian federation comprising of Malaysia,    Singapore, Sarawak, Brunei and British Borneo.”

      D. A border war erupts between China and India.

      E. Burundi gains independence from Belgium.

      F. Uganda gains independence from Great Britain

      G. “In the decision of Engel v. Vitale, the US Supreme Court rules that state-sponsored prayer in schools is unconstitutional.”

      H. “Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black orders the immediate admittance of James Meredith to the University of Mississippi.”

      I. Cuban Missile Crisis occurs.

      J. On July 21, Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space.

      K. The steel industry reduces its prices

      L. “The first international satellite broadcast of television takes place.”


Team Awards

A. The national topic was “Resolved: That the non-communist nations of the world should establish an economic community.”

B. October 26 and 27, 14 Whitman debaters traveled to Pullman to compete against over 100 students from 12 other schools at the annual Washington State University Tournament.

1. Lauralee Smith and Candy Hansen won first in women’s debate with a record of 4-1.

2. Rita O’Brien and Wynstra tied with Weber College and Gonzaga University for second in women’s debate with a 3-2 record.

3. Wynstra won second in impromptu speaking.

4. John Lewallen was a finalist in impromptu speaking.

5. Snelling won second in extemporaneous speaking.

6. Whitman’s three men’s debate teams each had 3-2 records.

C. December 1, five Whitman teams competed at the University of Washington against 20 other Northwest schools.

1. Snelling and Lewallen, and Minnick and Bill Deshler tied for first in senior men’s debate, all with undefeated records.

2. Donald Anderson and Hansen won first in junior men’s debate and were undefeated.

D. January 11 and 12, Whitman competed at the University of Idaho. Results were not published.

E. January 31-February 2, Wynstra and Snelling, and Deshler and Minnick competed at the Harvard University Invitational Tournament in Cambridge, Massachusetts, against 114 other teams.

1. Wynstra and Snelling qualified for octafinals with a 7-1 record and were defeated by Stanford University in outrounds.

2. Deshler and Minnick had a 5-3 record.

3. Snelling, Wynstra, and Minnick also competed in extemporaneous speaking.

F. April 6, Deshler and Minnick, and Lewallen and O’Brien attended the Great Western Tournament at the University of Nevada, competing against 46 other teams from 23 other schools.

1. Deshler and Minnick had a 4-2 record.

2. Lewallen an O’Brien had a 2-4 record.

G. April 29-May 1, Whitman competed against nine other schools at the 40th annual Pacific Forensic League Tournament held at the University of Washington.

1. Snelling was first in extemporaneous speaking with a speech on improving relations between the U.S. and Canada and in after-dinner speaking discussing humility.

2. Deshler and Minnick won first in debate.

H. May 11, Whitman hosted the University of Idaho and Washington State University for the annual Triangular Debate Tournament. The Pioneer did not report the results.

I. During the year, about 14 students traveled with the debate team.