Coker College to Field Debate Team


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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Nov. 16, 2011 – The newest indoor competition at Coker College will require agility and speed, and it may make students sweat, but hiring more physical trainers should not be necessary.

Beginning in fall 2012, Coker College will field a debate team, its first ever.

According to Assistant Professor of Communication Mark Glantz, who will coach the new team, Coker students will step onto the debate stage with a special advantage over their colleagues from other institutions.

At 10:1, Coker’s student/faculty ratio is the lowest of any independent residential college in the region.  Capitalizing on that fact, Coker faculty embrace an interactive, discussion-based teaching approach, Round Table Learning, which Peterson’s Smart Parent’s Guide to College praises as “a model learning experience” and has become a hallmark of the Coker College experience.

“Some of our students may be new to the nuances of formal competitive debate, but all of them are well acquainted with the responsibilities that accompany teamwork and persuasive, collegial argument,” said Glantz.

“And, although many people associate competitive debate with legendary institutions such as Harvard, Dartmouth, Cornell, I’m especially excited about the opportunity to call attention the fact that the finest traditions of debate are not exclusive to large wealthy universities. They are alive and well at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina,” he added.  “This is going to be fun!”

Glantz will teach a new course titled Argumentation and Debate this spring that will give current students an introduction to collegiate debate and help assess their competitive interests.

Glantz joined the Coker faculty in 2010.  He earned a bachelor of science from the State University of New York-Oneonta, a master of art from State University of New York-Brockport, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

For more information about Coker’s new debate team, contact Glantz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

PHOTO:  Assistant Professor of Communication Mark Glantz and freshman Brandon Cain participating in the pinning covenant ceremony of Convocation 2011.

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Established in 1908, Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

 

 
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