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  The Whitman Curriculum: From First Class to Faculty Collaboration
  December 6, 2012 5:30 PM
Hotel Captain Cook, Quadrant Room
939 W 5th Ave
Anchorage, AK
(907) 343-2207


Whitman alumni, parents, and friends, plus prospective students and their families, are invited to a Whitman College gathering with Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies Robert "Bob" Withycombe. Professor Withycombe will talk about the first year Encounters course and illustrate the opportunities available to Whitman students by describing his research collaborations with students on civil rights, from Birmingham to Greensboro. Join us for this intimate look into student-faculty research at Whitman College.

Robert "Bob" Withycombe joined Whitman College in 1980 and was promoted to full professor in 1994. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he directed the forensics program from 1980 to 1992. Under his leadership, Whitman's program earned national recognition with students garnering numerous awards, including top speaker in the nation two years in a row, second in the nation in individual events and fifth in the nation in debate and nearly a dozen academic and competitive All Americans in debate. With Withycombe's guidance, Whitman students have won more than 425 individual and team awards in speech and debate. In 2009, he was named Washington State’s Professor of the Year.

Encounters not only provides a challenging yet smooth transition from high school to college-level writing, but it also gives all first-year students a common experience through which we bond. Whether Encounters is a particular student's favorite hour of the day or a trial of endurance, we all find that we discuss the texts and ideas outside of class — and these discussions can lead to both new friendships and a deeper understanding of the texts.
--Russell Arkin ’15, Eugene, Ore.

Kindly RSVP by November 30 using the form below.  After the lecture beverages and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided and alumni will be happy to answer questions for prospective students.

Are you a prospective student?  Sign up for an admission interview with Professor Withycombe using the link here.



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