The Faculty


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Remy Wilcox, Director of Forensics







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JoAnne Rasmussen

Instructor, Speech and Drama



Whitman News


A.     New York actor Jerry Rockwood visited Whitman to perform a special one man show: “Edgar Allen Poe-A Condition of Shadows.”

B.     Olin Gallery displayed an extensive collection of Early American Art.

C.    Over 366 High school Debaters representing over 35 schools visited Whitman for its annual tournament, which was directed by John Stanton.

D.    The Standard grade point system, which awards different grade points for + or -, was implemented.

E.     Jimmy Carter won the Presidency.

F.     Whitman won the Northwest Conference soccer championships.

G.    Poet Diane Wakoski, visited to perform pieces from her collection of poems Diamond Dust.

H.    Whitman began Administering GREs.


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1977 Pi Kappa Delta Nationals; Karen Wishart and Kent Phillips, Superiors in Traditional Debate


Speech Courses

The department's course descriptions reflect a focus on diction and articulation and the debate course offers argumentation training.


Speech Department Description: Courses treat public speaking as a liberal art, proposing that such speaking is not a skill learned by rule but an exercise of judgment that can be no better than the speaker's understanding of the nature of the communicative acts.


SPEECH 11. Fundamentals of Speech, 3 hours.

SPEECH 14. Fundamentals of Articulation and Diction, 3 hours.

SPEECH 43, 44. Principles and Practice of Forensics, 1 hours (individual events), 2 hours (debate).


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1977 Pi Kappa Delta Nationals, second from the right is Kent Phillips, Superior in Extemporaneous Speaking


World News

A.     The Viking 2 spacecraft lands on Mars

B.     Mao Zedong dies.

C.    Jimmy Carter becomes the first president from the deep south since the civil war

D.    “Hotel California” by the Eagles is released.

E.     The first laser printer is introduced by IBM

F.     Snow falls in Miami Florida for the first time in History

G.    Focus on the Family is founded

H.    The Likud party wins Israel’s elections and establishes Menachem Begin as PM.


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Remy proudly showing the Superior certificate that Whitman won at the 1977 Pi Kappa Delta Nationals; Whitman was the smaller of only two schools in the West that won the award.


Team Awards

Lewis and Clark College Tournament, October 809, 1976

Quarterfinalist, Jr. Debate – Karen Wishart and Kent Phillips

Quarterfinalist, Jr. Debate – Michael Snell and Joel Carlson

Finalist, Oratory and Extemp – Kent Phillips


Pacific University Tournament, October 22-23, 1976

Quarterfinalist, Jr. Debate – Mark Craze and Allen Douglas

Finalist, Jr. Expos – Bill Anderson


Gonzaga University Tournament, October 29-31, 1976

2nd Jr. Debate – Karen Wishart and Kent Phillips

Finalist, Interpretation – Janet Scott

Finalist , Persuasive – Karen Wishart


Tacoma Community College Tournament, November 19-20, 1976

1st Place Sweepstakes

1st Place tie, Jr. Debate – Duane Warehime and Keith Walker

1st Place tie, Jr. Debate – Michael Snell and Brad Canady

1st Jr. Interpretation – David Hartsfield

1st Novice Expos – Chris Earle

2nd Jr. Impromptu – Mike Bugni

3rd Jr. Impromptu – Chuck Harwood

3rd Oratory – Mike Bugni

Finalist Jr. Interp – Duane Warehime


Boise State University Tournament, February 11-13, 1977

Quarterfinalist Jr. Debate – Michael Snell and Bill Anderson


Lower Columbia College Tournament, February 18-19, 1977

1st Place Sweepstakes

1st Jr. Debate – Karen Wishart and Kent Phillips

1st Jr. Oratory – Kent Phillips

1st Jr. Interpretation – Cathy Tanasse

3rd Jr. Debate – Michael Snell and Bill Anderson

3rd Dual Interpretation – Cathy Tanasse and David Hartsfield

Finalist Novice Interp – Duane Warehime


Linfield College Tournament, March 4-5, 1977

2nd Lincoln-Douglas Debate – Maura Walsh

3rd After Dinner Speaking – Maura Walsh

Finalist Extemp Speaking – Vicky Bergvall


Willamette University Tournament, March 11-12, 1977

1st Oratory – Mike Bugni

1st Radio – Mike Bugni

3rd Debate – Craig Ellison and Gordon Hsieh

Finalist Expos – Indrani Sigamany


Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament, Seattle, March 18-22, 1977

Superior – Sweepstakes (515 contestants from 105 colleges and universities)

Superior, Debate – Kent Phillips and Karen Wishart (had highest speaker points of all debate teams.)

Superior, Extemp – Kent Phillips (best score)

Excellent, Debate – Mike Snell and Bill Anderson

Excellent, Discussion – Duane Warehime

Good, Lincoln-Douglas Debate – Maura Walsh

Good, Discussion – Kathy Holden

Good, Oratory and Interp – David Harsfield


University of Nevada Tournament, March 31-April 2, 1977

Finalist, Extemp – Kent Phillips

Semi-Finalist, Oratory – Kent Phillips