Whiting, the first student to graduate from the University of Arkansas at Monticello with a journalism degree, is one of nine students nationwide to earn All-American honors from Pi Kappa Delta, the national collegiate honor society for debate and forensics students.
“I am very excited to know that I am the first to declare a journalism degree at UAM and that it has become an optional major for students,” Whiting said.
According to Linda Webster, professor of Speech Communication, a journalism minor was designed in the mid-1990s due to increased interest shown by students. In spring 2003, Webster designed a journalism major to implement the next fall. The program was designed to be comprehensive with a publications lab (in Jeter Hall) to house both student newspaper and yearbook work as well as provide a classroom and meeting place. UAM now has a full-time journalism faculty and an online newspaper that is continuing operation.
Presentation of the PKD All-American Award goes to the student who demonstrates excellence in the classroom, outstanding performance in communications and/or forensics, as well as being outstanding citizens as demonstrated by service to their chapter, school and community.
Whiting served in many different offices in the UAM Debate Society and the UAM chapter of Pi Kappa Delta.
“Will is a tremendous competitor and has made incredible contributions to the forensics program,” said Scott Kuttenkuler, director of Forensics.
In addition to being a member of the forensics team, Whiting served as president of the Student Ambassadors, vice president of the national collegiate honor society Alpha Chi, treasurer of the Student Government Association and managing editor of the UAM Voice.
Whiting interned at KATV Channel 7 last summer and currently interns in the vice chancellor for Academic Affair’s office at UAM. He works as regional distributor for Hallmark, Inc., and serves as program coordinator for the chancellor’s office at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
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