[eDebate] WDI Scholars Program 2008

David Register regedebate
Mon May 5 08:32:53 CDT 2008

National College Policy Debate Workshop
July 24 ? August 7, 2008
University of Vermont

After sorting through a very strong pool of applicants, we are proud to
announce the 2008 WDI Scholars! Thank you to all who applied and made this a
difficult decision.

Brian Rubaie (Texas ? Dallas)
We are glad to welcome Brian back for a second year with us. Brian is one of
the finest young debate minds in the activity, and has an outstanding work
ethic. After closing out his high school career at Shawnee Mission East with
a win at the state tournament in Kansas, Brian entered UT-D with a passion
for competition. This passion has begun to pay dividends, and this year
Brian cleared at numerous national tournaments and made it to the octafinals
of CEDA.

Nick Watts (Oklahoma)
As part of the next generation of great OU debaters, Nick has shown success
early in his college career. This year, as only a sophomore, Nick advanced
to elimination rounds at both CEDA and the NDT. Nick can execute a variety
of types of arguments in debates, but in particular has a knack for the art
of debating Topicality. Nick is on the precipice of great success in this
activity, and we are happy to be able to work with him this summer.

Lauren Sabino (Wake Forest)
Like many Wake debaters before her, Lauren exudes versatility. With
experience at all speaker positions, Lauren knows the game from many angles.
She is adept at researching all argument types and then executing in
debates. Lauren's versatility paid off this year. She cleared at West
Georgia and both halves of the Texas Two Step, won the Liberty tournament,
advanced to quarters at the University of Texas, and qualified for and
nearly cleared at the NDT.

Dylan Quigley (Kansas)
If you do not know "the professor", you should know that the nickname is not
just a result of his appearance. Dylan's love for teaching is only matched
by his love for learning. We are excited to welcome this rising star from
the Kansas squad. Dylan brings a well-rounded debate resume to the table,
with expertise in both policy and critical arguments as well as the
line-by-line precision you would expect from any top KU debater.

Join us this summer on the beautiful campus of the University of Vermont in
Burlington. UVM (Universitatis virdis Montis or University of the Green
Mountains) is nestled between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain in
upper New England. This is one of the greatest places imaginable in the
summer. The temperature in July and August tends to hover in the 70's, and
is usually accompanied by sunshine and a cool breeze. Lush greens and
vibrant colors punctuate the spectacular views of the lake and the mountains
from the campus.

WDI attendees stay on campus, and have access to a variety of campus
services. This summer, the cost includes computer lab access, scanning,
printing, and photocopying. Attendees also have access to UVM library
services, including a host of electronic databases such as Lexis-Nexis,
Project Muse, and JSTOR.

Emphasis on Skills
Why wait to start debating? All WDI attendees this summer receive a pre-camp
evidence set at the beginning of camp. This evidence will be prepared in a
coordinated effort between scholars and faculty, and will be the basis of
numerous practice debates early in the institute. Plus, you can see this
evidence on display as the scholars open the institute with the first
webcast debate on the 2008-2009 topic.
The WDI provides face time with some of the finest coaches and debaters in
the country. Attendees will participate in small argument groups with
faculty and scholars; ensuring hands-on training in evidence production,
in-round execution, and debate theory.
Look for our full schedule coming soon!

One Week Session: July 24 ? Aug 1, 2008
Two Week Session: July 24 ? Aug 7, 2008

First day is arrival day: check-in between 5 - 7 pm Last day is departure
day: leave between 9 - 11 am

Now there are two different ways to attend the National College Policy
Debate Workshop.

WDI One Week Session ? Arrive on Thursday, July 24 and spend an intense week
working on debate skills, research, elective classes and theory in small
sessions with faculty members.

WDI Full Session (Two Weeks) ? Experience the above program and then in the
last week focus on research project and skill sessions using daily practice
debates. The full package will prepare you to succeed in the upcoming year.


Jackie Massey, Director of Debate, University of Oklahoma
Began the debate program at the University of Oklahoma, and within five
years his team won CEDA Nationals and appeared in the semifinals of the NDT.
Coached teams to the elimination rounds of CEDA and the NDT at every school
where he has worked. His specialties include breaking down resolutions to
reveal underlying grounds for argument, creation of new frameworks for
debate decision-making, getting conservative judges to vote for radical
strategies, making debate relevant to a multicultural world, and gaining
advantages over top teams through innovation. Jackie is one of the best
teachers in the game. He utilizes a holistic approach; teaching research,
argument, and delivery technique simultaneously. The results speak for

Sarah Green, Assistant Director of Debate, Kansas State University
Reached the elimination rounds of CEDA and the NDT as a debater for Vermont.
Part of the first team in history comprised of two debaters with no high
school experience to advance to the elimination rounds of the NDT. Named the
Eastern United States Debater of the year in 2000. Coached the University of
Rochester when they won national championships in the NDT and CEDA
Sweepstakes. Directed the District of Columbia Urban Debate League during
its formation, and led it to strength and security. Now the Assistant
Director of Debate at Kansas State University, Sarah has been instrumental
in the rise of the Wildcats who finished fifth this year in the overall NDT
rankings. In addition to being a fantastic skills trainer, Sarah is adept in
breaking down and researching topics. Her instincts in this regard are
invaluable in the summer, and will ensure excellent topic lectures and a
highly relevant pre-camp evidence set.

Justin Green, Director of Debate, Kansas State University
Where do you start with Justin Green? For almost two decades Justin has
brought debate success to everywhere he's been. As a Wake Forest debater,
Justin won the Kentucky Round Robin, UMKC, and North Carolina. He cleared at
every major national tournament. As Director of Debate at Georgetown, he
coached teams who advanced at numerous national tournaments and the NDT. Now
Director of Debate at Kansas State University, Justin has helped to usher in
a new era of K State dominance. His teams see success at all levels, and the
respect Justin has in the debate world is visible in the caliber of coaches
who surround him. Justin's specialties include developing winning negative
strategies, teaching debate theory, and training debaters to see the big

Scott Herndon, Assistant Director of Debate, University of Texas ? Dallas
If you haven't had a decision after a debate rendered by Scott, you should
get your pref sheets in order. A true flow expert, Scott is one of the best
around at breaking down complicated rounds and elevating the game of all
involved with on-point advice about what could have been done. After
successful years coaching at Kansas State, Scott moved to the Texas
Metroplex to put the University of Texas-Dallas on the map. His success
there has been visible, as his teams now qualify regularly for the NDT and
clear often at national tournaments. We are excited to welcome Scott to the
faculty this year, and feel that his talents in crafting winning arguments
will guarantee a very successful WDI.

David Register, Debate Coach, University of Vermont
After a successful debate career at Emporia State, including numerous
elimination round appearances at CEDA nationals and multiple qualifications
for the NDT, David went on to coach and earn a Masters degree at the
University of North Texas. Now in his second year coaching at the University
of Vermont, David won the Top Judge award at the University of Nevada Las
Vegas Tournament, and directed Vermont to the Northeast Program of the Year
in 2007. David's specializes in critical arguments, teaching debate theory,
and rebuttal execution.

Alfred "Tuna" Snider, Director of Debate, University of Vermont; Director,
World Debate Institute
Reached the semifinal round at the NDT as a debater, coached two teams to
semifinals at nationals, four teams in the quarterfinals. He has coached at
Seton Hall, Boston College, Kansas, Wayne State, and for the last 25 years,
Vermont. Dr. Snider has received every major award given to debate educators
in the USA, including the Pelham Coach of the Year award, the Don Brownlee
Service to Debate award, the Ziegelmueller Debate Achievement award, the
Slappey Diversity in Debate award, the Douglas Dedication to Debate award
and the Jacobsohn Service to Debate award. His work in promoting debate has
also brought him awards from Emory University, the University of Utah,
Cornell University, Binghamton University, the National Forensic League and
the University of South Carolina.

Call: (800) 639-3210 or (802) 656-2085
Web: debate.uvm.edu/wdi

You may enroll for academic credit; call 800-639-3210 or visit the website
for more information.

More information coming soon!

David Register
Lecturer/Debate Coach
Lawrence Debate Union
Department of Theatre
College of Arts & Sciences
University of Vermont
David.Register at uvm.edu
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