The Faculty


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Remy Wilcox, Director of Forensics






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JoAnne Rasmussen

Instructor, Speech and Drama


Pio Picture

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Whitman News

A.     The SUB caught on fire, damaging the TV lounge.

B.     Whitman employees formed the Whitman College Employees’ Association to improve working conditions, pay, etc.

C.    In February, Whitman started its recycling program by distributing boxes throughout the campus as receptacles for recyclable materials.

D.    Whitman placed a new emphasis on minorities with the creation of the multi-ethnic interest house.

E.     Donald Woods spoke on campus about apartheid.


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A picture of the Hudson brothers in the Pio.


The NDT topic was that the federal government should adopt a comprehensive program to control land use in the United States.


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 was placed under general studies and it was called a "teaching area" (which would be changed back to a department in the 2000-2001 catalog).


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).


January, 1978: The high school tournament tab management is run on a computer. This is probably one of the first attempts to use computers at a tournament.


Dovell-Gose Awards

April 1978

1st Women’s: Maura Walsh, Ethics of Liberation

1st, Men’s: Doug Pauly, Breaking Isolation of Whitman College

2nd, Men’s tie: Bill Way and Tim O’Connell


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Pio picture of Mark.


World News

A.     As South Africa prepared for upcoming parliamentary elections, the South African government engaged in a large scale crackdown on black organizations, arresting 30 leaders.

B.     Twenty people were killed in Nicaragua as civil war broke out.

C.    SALT II arms limitation agreement talks went on between the U. S. and the Soviet Union.

D.    Steve Biko dies in South Africa

E.     Panama and the United States sign a treaty transferring control over the canal to Panama at the end of the 20th century.

F.     Four Palestinians hijack a Lufthansa airlines flight.

G.    The Atari 2600 game system is released.

H.    Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to visit Israel.

I.       The first three nodes of the ARPAnet are connected.

J.      Riots begin against the Somoza government in Nicaragua.

K.     Roman Polanski flees to France after being charged with engaging in sex with a 13 year-old girl.



Team Awards


Remy wrote: Our strength was in individual events this year and CEDA debate began at the U of 0 tournament this year.


Lewis and Clark Tournament, October 21-22, 1977

3rd Jr.Debate – Bill Anderson and Francis Degnin


Idaho Individual Events Tournament, October 28-29, 1977

1st Readers’ Theater – Kent Brisby, David Hartsfield, and Maura Walsh

2nd – Duo Interp – David Hartsfield and Cathy Tanasse

3rd Place Sweepstakes


University of Oregon Tournament, November 3-5, 1977

1st Jr. Extemp – Kent Phillips

Finalist, Jr. Interp – Cathy Tanasse

Quarterfinalist CEDA Debate – Joel Carlson and Chuck Harwood (First year for CEDA)


Pacific University Tournament, November 18-19, 1977

3rd Jr. Interp – Diane Echelbarger

3rd Debate Speaker Award – Brent Stratton


Boise State University Tournament, Feb. 10-12, 1978

4th Place Sweepstakes (out of 21 schools from 7 states)

1st Extemp – Kent Phillips

2nd Oratory – Karen Wishart

2nd After Dinner Speaking – Brent Stratton

3rd After Dinner Speaking – Kent Phillips

Finalist, Interp – Cathy Tanasse

Finalist, Interp – David Hartsfield

Finalist, Duo Interp – David Hartsfield and Cathy Tanasse

Quarterfinalist, Debate – John Leitch and Steve Daniels


Lower Columbia College Tournament, February 10-11, 1978

1st Novice Debate – Brian Tomkins and Mike Ralph

2nd Jr. Impromptu –Bill Anderson

3rd Jr. Debate – Bill Anderson and Francis Degnin

Finalist, Jr. Impromptu – Francis Degnin


Western Washington University Tournament, February 23-25, 1978

1st Jr. Oratory – Mike Bugni

3rd Novice Interp – Karen Nelson

Finalist, Novice Expos – Jennifer Falk


Santa Rosa College Tournament, March 3-4, 1978

Finalist, After Dinner Speaking – Brent Stratton

Finalist, Interpretation – Karen Nelson


Pi Kappa Delta Regionals, Victoria, B.C., March 21-24, 1978

Superior, Oratory – Karen Wishart

Superior, Interp – Maura Walsh

Excellent, Extempore Debate – Karen Wishart and Brent Stratton

Excellent, Duo Interp – David Hartsfield and Cathy Tanasse

Excellent, Extemp – Brent Stratton

Excellent, Expos – Janet Allen

Good, NDT Debate – Bill Anderson and Francis Degnin

Good, Extempore Debate – Tim O’Connell and Don Taylor

Good, Interp – David Hartsfield

Good, Interp - Diane Echelbarger

Good, Extemp – Chuck Harwood