246 THE HISTORY OF WAKE FOREST COLLEGE
on radio and television, and he returned to Wake Forest as an in-
structor in speech and radio, with the supervision of WFDD as part of
In 1961 departmental status was approved for speech, with Dr.
Shirley as chairman. He would remain in that position through the
Tribble years. Coincidentally with the new status, Bruce Hopper
joined the department as a speech instructor and technical director of
the theater. The following year Dr. Calvin Knobeloch, a speech
therapist at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital, was briefly a visiting
lecturer. Hopper left at the end of the spring term in 1964, and Sheron
J. Daily, who had been active in both debating and the theater, served
as instructor for a year. During the summer of 1965 Walton resigned
to accept a position at the University of Delaware, and in the fall Dr.
Harold C. Tedford, who held the doctorate from Louisiana State
University and was on the faculty at Southwest Texas State College,
came to Wake Forest and was made theater director. Martin J.
Bennison was employed to assist him as technical director.
Under the new arrangement WFDD prospered and the debate squad
continued to win honors. The theater, even though operating in
makeshift quarters in the library, presented plays of professional
quality through the ingenuity of the staff. Further accounts of
debating, radio, and campus drama are presented in Chapter XIV
The Asian Studies program was established in 1960 as an inter-
disciplinary and intercollegiate venture to be shared by Wake Forest,
Salem, and Winston-Salem Teachers colleges. Especially active in the
planning stages were Dean William C. Archie and Dr. Roy Jumper,
an associate professor of political science at Wake Forest. Faculty
members taking part in the initial discussions in 1958 agreed that their
purpose should be to broaden the college community's traditional
academic concerns through the introduction of systematic study of
Asian cultures. They decided to invite an Asian scholar to direct a
program focusing on South Asia, which was to include close
institutional and inter-institutional coordination, faculty workshops,
seminars for high school teachers, and strengthening of library
resources on the non-Western world.