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The Coe College Touring Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band will be traveling to Europe Aug. 4-14, presenting concerts in Warsaw and Krakow, Poland, and Prague in the Czech Republic. The concerts will celebrate music by Iowa composers, American icons, and the cause of freedom so recently won by the residents of this region.

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Prospective students who visit the Coe campus during Iowa Private College Week (IPCW) will learn about everything the college and the Cedar Rapids area have to offer during the "Student Takeover," Aug. 4-8.

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Four graduating Coe seniors and a recent alumna have received prestigious Fulbright awards for the 2014-15 academic year. The five recipients tie a previous record set in 2012 of Coe students and recent alumni who have received Fulbrights in a given year.

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Coe College alumna Sandra Krueger has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant. The Fulbright award will allow Krueger to teach in Malaysia during the 2014-15 academic year.

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Coe College alumnus Max Stanford has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant. The Fulbright award will allow Stanford to teach in Malaysia during the 2014-15 academic year.

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Coe College alumna Hilary Gehin has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant. The Fulbright award will allow Gehin to teach in Amasya, Turkey during the 2014-15 academic year.

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To provide families with a guaranteed way to lock in tomorrow's tuition at today's prices, Coe College has joined Private College 529 Plan provided by Tuition Plan Consortium, LLC. Coe will start accepting tuition certificates purchased under the Private College 529 Plan, which essentially freezes tuition costs for those in the program, even if they will not graduate from high school for many years to come.

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Coe College is embarking on a major energy reduction program that will decrease the institution's electricity use by 25 percent and natural gas consumption by almost 50 percent, and deliver approximately $220,000 in guaranteed energy and operational savings each year. Combined with a transition to gas-fired heating through the construction of a new steam plant with St. Luke's Hospital in 2010, the college expects to cut its carbon footprint in half.

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Coe College and Cornell College have jointly received a $10,000 Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant (PCMNG) award to help purchase a new scientific instrument that will aid in a wide variety of experiments. The grant was awarded jointly to the Coe and Cornell Chemistry Departments to be used toward the purchase of a portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF). Although primarily used in chemistry, the instrument will be available for use by faculty and students in a variety of academic disciplines, including geology, art, archaeology, biology and physics.

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Coe College students will have the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years thanks to a new partnership with the University of Iowa College of Law.

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Coe College has received a $620,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to be used for student-faculty research on the science of glass over the next four years. This year alone, the Coe physics program has been awarded more than $1 million in competitive grant support - a remarkable achievement for a small college.

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Coe was announced in April as one of nine new collegiate members of the EPA's Food Recovery Challenge (FRC), a national initiative aimed at encouraging businesses, organizations and institutions to actively participate in food waste prevention, surplus food donation and food waste recycling activities.

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Cedar Rapids community leader Joan Lipsky will deliver the commencement address on Sunday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at Coe College. At his first commencement as college president, David McInally will confer Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees on 280 graduates.

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The Coe College Concert Choir will present a program showcasing the sounds of springtime on Saturday, April 26, beginning at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

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Coe College will host the 34th annual Student Art and Pottery Sale on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., on the front lawn and in the lobby of the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium.

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Coe College has received an award of more than $273,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support student research for the three-year period from 2013 to 2016. The grant will be used to extend the college’s highly successful Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer research program.

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Accomplished actor, award-winning author and playwright Jim DeVita will bring new life to Sir Ian McKellen's play "Acting Shakespeare" in a Coe College Marquis Series performance on Wednesday, April 23, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Dows Theatre.

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Dr. Sharon Stephenson of Gettysburg College will speak informally on "Innovations in Nuclear Energy" in a "Cosmic Café" community event. The presentation will be held at Tomaso's Pizza at 1061 North Center Point Road, Hiawatha, on Saturday, April 12, beginning at 7 p.m. Pizza and soda will be served, and the public is invited to participate at no charge.

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Coe College alumnus Drew Davies will present "Saving Democracy: Using Design to Make Every Vote Count" as the plenary speaker for the college's 14th annual Student Research Symposium. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 15, with dozens of Coe students showcasing their academic projects. The event runs throughout the day in various locations on the Coe campus. It is free and open to the public.

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The Coe College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of guest conductor Chun-Ming Chen, will feature a celebration of spring in a concert on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The program is open to the public at no charge.

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Coe College President David McInally has appointed David Hayes as the new vice president for advancement. Hayes replaces Dick Meisterling, who is leaving to pursue other interests in July following 18 years of service to the college. As vice president for advancement, Hayes will have overall responsibility for development efforts and alumni relations for the college.

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Archaeologist Nicholas Blackwell will present "Artisan Mobility and Craft Interaction during the Late Bronze Age: the Case of the Lion Gate Relief at Mycenae" in a Coe College presentation. The event will be held on Monday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall. It is open to the public at no charge.

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Distinguished poet Pimone Triplett will share her poetry at the annual Paul Engle Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe College campus. The event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

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In commemoration of Women's History Month, the Cedar Rapids Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has honored Coe College with a Gateway to Equity Award. Coe was chosen for this award for promoting equity for women and girls by hosting the "Open Minds, Open Doors" conference for middle school girls since its inception.

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Holocaust survivor Cesare Frustaci will speak about his World War II era experiences at Coe College on Wednesday, April 9, at 3:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall. The presentation is open to the public at no charge.

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"The Unsung Hero" is the theme for this year's Coe College Festival of Bands Gala Concert, to be held on Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The event features the Coe College Concert Band and several guest soloists, under the direction of Coe Music Professor William Carson. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors, and they will be available at the door.

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More than 400 middle and high school students from 27 schools across the state will compete in the 2014 Iowa Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 29 at Coe College. The contests will be held throughout the day in Peterson Hall of Science, Stuart Hall and Eby Fieldhouse. At the end of the competition, an awards ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Eby Fieldhouse. The public is invited to all of the day's activities in Eby Fieldhouse, which will feature competition in math, science and engineering.

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Coe College's Thursday Forum calendar closes the academic year in April with a series on the importance of quantum physics in the last century. Focusing on the major historical figures and their achievements, Physics Professor Ugur Akgun will explain these groundbreaking developments in plain language for the general public.

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Best-selling author Karen Thompson Walker will read from her collection of fiction stories in an upcoming presentation at Coe College. The reading, along with a question and answer session, will take place on Thursday, March 27 at 4 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall. It is free and open to the public.

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"The History of Mound View" will be presented on Tuesday, March 25 beginning at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe College campus. It is free and open to the public.

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Historian Waitman Beorn will speak on his new book "Marching into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus" in an upcoming lecture at Coe College. The presentation will be held on Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall. It is free and open to the public.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present the energetic, jazz-imbued musical comedy "City of Angels" on March 21-23 and 27-29 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, March 23 show, which starts at 2 p.m.

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Grammy Award-winning performer Ron Levine will visit Coe College to discuss stories from his career, including touring with nationally renowned recording artists and his award-winning work on the motion picture “Urban Cowboy.” This event will be held on Monday, March 17 at 7 p.m. in Marquis Hall. It is free and open to the public.

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Chicago writer, art director and curator Fred Sasaki will read from his manuscript of "non-consensual collaborative emails" during an upcoming presentation at Coe College. The event will be held on Thursday, March 13, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall. It is open to the public at no charge.

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David McInally will be inaugurated as the 15th president of Coe College on Friday, March 14, beginning at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. A reception will follow in Gage Memorial Union Dining Hall. The Inauguration and the reception are open to the public.

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The relationship between Hollywood and the Vietnam War will be examined in March at Coe College's Thursday Forum.

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Accomplished guest artists Sherrie Maricle and Tanya Darby from the award-winning DIVA musical ensembles will be featured at the 2014 Coe College Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m., in Sinclair Auditorium. This year, more than 80 middle school and high school jazz bands from across the Midwest are participating in the Jazz Summit. Award winners will be recognized during the Grand Finale Concert intermission.

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Cuisine from around the world will be featured at the Coe College International Club's 40th annual banquet on Sunday, Feb. 23. Appetizers will be served during a reception at 6 p.m. in the Phifer Commons of Gage Memorial Union, followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Gage Dining Hall.

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Nearly 1,200 third graders from 21 area elementary schools will display their artwork at Coe College as part of a longtime collaboration between the college and the Cedar Rapids Community School District. "Third Grade Clay" runs from Friday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, March 9 in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium.

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Coe College will host a presentation by Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar Penelope Boston, an extreme environment scientist who is a professor of earth and environmental sciences and director of Cave and Karst Studies at New Mexico Tech. The title of her talk is "The Planet Within: Caves from Earth to Mars and Beyond." The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall. It is open to the public at no charge.

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Area poets Daniel Khalastchi, Dora Malech and Marc Rahe will read their poetry and participate in a question and answer session on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe College campus. The event is open to the public at no charge.

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Award-winning journalist and accomplished author Michele Norris will speak at Coe College, focusing on her work with "The Race Card Project." The Marquis Series event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

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The opening Thursday Forum series of 2014 will explore how human beings create and sustain meaningful places, and how social changes may affect our relationships to places in the future.

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Former Senate Majority Leader and Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell will be the speaker for the 11th Coe College Contemporary Issues Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. An engaging speaker with a deserved international reputation for defusing some of the world's most complicated situations, Mitchell will offer insight on foreign policy and the current state of the U.S. political climate.

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The secrets of the skies will be revealed in the upcoming "Evidence of Air" exhibit at Coe College, featuring the creative work of 13 artists. The exhibition will be on display in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium, with an opening reception in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Jan. 17, from 5 - 7 p.m. Gallery hours are 4 - 6 p.m. daily from Saturday, Jan. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 9. Both the reception and the exhibit are open to the public at no charge.

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The Grammy-nominated Imani Winds quintet will perform in a Coe College Marquis Series concert on Saturday, Jan. 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

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Founding Director Daniel Kleinknecht and members of the artistic team from Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre discuss the process of building the upcoming production of "Carmen" in a special one-day presentation at Coe College's Thursday Forum on Jan. 16.

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Internationally acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller will present "Glory Box," a production exploring same-sex marriage, on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, in Cedar Rapids. Tickets are available for $16 in advance on the Legion Arts website (www.legionarts.org) or $20 at the door.

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Christmas will be celebrated at Coe College's annual Christmas Convocation and Christmas Vespers on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The Christmas Convocation will begin at 11 a.m., with a repeat program held as Christmas Vespers at 7:30 p.m., both in Sinclair Auditorium. The celebrations are free and open to the public, with a special reception featuring hot cider and frosted holiday cookies following each service.

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Two dynamic poets with emerging national reputations - Darcie Dennigan and Farnoosh Fathi - will read together in a Coe College English Department Showcase event. The reading will take place on Monday, Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall. It is open to the public at no charge.

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The Coe College Spellman Speaker Series will host a presentation by Coe alumni Steven T. Bohr and Dr. Keri Jacobs on the economics of Iowa's agricultural land values and the resulting implications for the financial planning of inter-generational transfers of land and wealth. The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Stuart Hall 405. It is open to the public at no charge.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present the popular British comedy "Blithe Spirit" on Nov. 15-17 and 21-23 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, Nov. 17 show, which starts at 2 p.m.

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The Coe College Concert Band and Coe College Jazz Ensemble will perform in concert on Sunday, Nov. 17 beginning at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Featuring a tribute in memory of President John F. Kennedy, less than one week before the 50th anniversary of his assassination, the concert is free and open to the public.

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Coe College is ranked 86th on Kiplinger's Personal Finance 2014 list of the country's best values in liberal arts colleges. Kiplinger's annual list ranks 100 liberal arts colleges and 100 private universities.

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The internationally renowned and critically acclaimed ensemble Morgenstern Trio will perform in a Coe College Marquis Series concert on Sunday, Nov. 10, beginning at 2 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

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As the nation marks the 50-year anniversary since President John Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963, Coe's Thursday Forum casts light on the legacies of Kennedy and his successor Lyndon Johnson.

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Members of the Coe College International Club will present the 40th annual Cultural Show on Saturday, Nov. 2, beginning at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. It is free and open to the public with no tickets required.

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Rob Hogg will discuss climate change in an upcoming presentation at Coe College entitled "Remember Hurricane Sandy - And Unite For Climate Action." The event will be held on Monday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. Sponsored by the Coe Sustainability Council and Coe Environmental Club, the program is open to the public at no charge.

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The Coe College Concert Choir and Camerata will present a Kids' Concert on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. It is open to the public at no charge.

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Coe College will host "Minnesota Grown," a multi-media exhibition featuring artwork from five artists living and working in the Twin Cities. All five artists work for the Department for Art at the University of Minnesota. The exhibition will be on display in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium, with an opening reception in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Oct. 25, from 5 - 7 p.m. All of the events are free and open to the public, with gallery hours from 4 - 6 p.m. daily from Oct. 26 through Nov. 16.

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The period instrument duo Adastra will perform in concert at Coe College on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall. Adastra is also performing at Coe’s recital hour in Daehler-Kitchen on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 2:30 p.m. Both performances are free and open to the public at no charge.

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Artist Felix de la Concha will speak on "Painting Places: Iowa and Portraying Memories: Holocaust Survivors" during an upcoming presentation at Coe College. The event will be held at Clark Alumni House on Wednesday, Oct. 23 beginning at 6 p.m. It is open to the public at no charge.

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Middle Eastern history scholar Aaron Hagler will discuss "Crusaded: What the Crusades Mean to Muslims" at Coe College on Wednesday, Oct. 23, beginning at 7 p.m. at Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall. The lecture is open to the public at no charge.

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In conjunction with Coe’s 100th anniversary Homecoming celebration, eight Coe alumni are returning to campus for a concert celebrating the music and 90th birthday of American composer Ned Rorem. The concert will take place on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium in Marquis Hall, with a reception to follow. The event is open to the public at no charge.

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Students of all ages are invited to levitate objects, launch pumpkins, shatter grapes, make ice cream with liquid nitrogen and much more at the 11th annual Coe Playground of Science night. The free event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6 - 9 p.m. in the newly renovated Peterson Hall of Science on the Coe campus. Faculty and students from the physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, nursing, psychology and ROTC departments will provide demonstrations and facilitate hands-on opportunities to show that science can be fun.

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A lecture entitled "The Syrian Conflict: Origins and Impacts" will be given by Middle Eastern expert Nathan Stock at Coe College. The presentation will take place in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

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The dedication of the new Struve Communication Center at Coe College will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, in conjunction with Homecoming. Tours will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., with a brief dedication program to be held at 10 a.m. The facility upgrades in Eby Annex were provided through a generous gift from Cedar Rapids native Craig Struve, class of 1970, in honor of his parents, Howard and Mardean Struve, and to recognize his professional success in communications.

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Cedar Rapids native Ruth Kinzey will be speaking about nonprofit reputation management at Coe College on Friday, Oct. 18, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Her presentation is part of Coe's 2013 Homecoming program.

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Coe College will celebrate its 100th anniversary Homecoming Oct. 18-20 with the theme "Once a Kohawk, Always a Kohawk." Alumni, friends and community members are invited to campus for what promises to be a memorable weekend filled with activities and fun.

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Two of North Carolina's finest old-time musicians - Riley Baugus and Trevor Stuart - will perform in a Coe College Marquis Series event on Saturday, Oct. 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Dows Theatre.

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Archaeology and the history of Greece are the subjects of Coe College's Thursday Forum in October.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is the focus of a special one-day presentation at Coe College's Thursday Forum on Oct. 3.

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University of Iowa Professor Emerita Miriam Gilbert will give an illustrated talk on "Shakespeare and the 'likeness of a Jew': Shylock, Fagin and Disraeli" on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe College campus. The lecture is open to the public at no charge.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will open the season with a drama that examines the tenuous relationship between assertion and believability. David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Proof" will be presented on Sept. 20-22 and 26-28 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, Sept. 22 show, which starts at 2 p.m.

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The opening art show of the 2013-14 season at Coe College features an exhibition by ceramic artists in conjunction with the Iowa Clay Conference being held Sept. 20-22 at The Ceramics Center in Cedar Rapids. The "Residents and Presenters" exhibit will be open from Sept. 20 through Oct. 13 from 4-6 p.m. daily in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium.

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Coe College has a record number of first-year students and the largest number of full-time students enrolled in its history this fall. In addition, the college has the largest-ever number of students in residence and posted a record number of applications. Meanwhile, the average academic profile of the Coe class of 2017 remains historically strong.

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Archaeological scholar Kristian Lorenzo will discuss "The Sphinx's Tragic Tale: from Egyptian Solar Deity to Greek Cannibalistic Femme-fatale" at Coe College on Monday, Sept. 16, beginning at 6 p.m. at Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Coe College has received a $4,000 grant from the American Heart Association (AHA) to support scientific research. Specifically, this grant allowed Coe biology, neuroscience and molecular biology student Justin Jagodinsky to work alongside Assistant Professor of Physics Ugur Akgun by providing Jagodinsky with a stipend during the summer months.

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Accomplished author, foreign correspondent, documentary maker and screenwriter Peter Godwin will kickoff this year's Coe College Marquis Series with a lecture entitled "When a Crocodile Eats the Sun." The event will take place on Monday, Sept. 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

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Coe College has received a $2,000 grant from the Southeast Iowa Regional STEM Program in support of the annual Playground of Science. The grant funds will be used on equipment, supplies and consumables for the popular event.

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Coe College's Thursday Forum opens Sept. 5 with a series on the cultural output of the Harlem Renaissance and ends April 24 with a review of quantum physics in the last century. In between, the 2013-14 academic calendar touches on Madeleine Albright, the archaeology of Greece, the legacies of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of Bizet’s “Carmen,” the human sense of place, and Hollywood’s Vietnam War.

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Coe College and the city of Cedar Rapids have reached an agreement to allow the college to purchase the fire station located at 1424 B Avenue NE. The Cedar Rapids Fire Department plans to close the facility when the new west-side fire station opens later this year.

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The Coe College 2013-14 theatre season has something for everyone - drama, comedy and music. It is an exciting mix of styles, including the poetic realism of an American prize-winning play from 2000, a British high comedy from the 1930s, and closing out with an energetic, jazz-imbued musical comedy. All three main stage productions will feature all-student casts.

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The Coe College Marquis Series has a long tradition of bringing high quality entertainment to the Cedar Rapids community. The 2013-14 Marquis Series features the best in speakers and talent, ranging from internationally renowned writer Peter Godwin and award-winning journalist Michele Norris to the artistry of old-time musicians Riley Baugus and Trevor Stuart. The award-winning Morgenstern Trio, the Grammy-nominated quintet Imani Winds, and accomplished actor, award-winning author and playwright Jim DeVita round out this season’s performances.

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Members of the Coe College community invite prospective students and their families to visit campus during Iowa Private College Week (IPCW), Aug. 5-9. In a unique twist, all IPCW tours and activities at Coe will be entirely planned and presented by current students. This "Student Takeover" event will have tours and information sessions available beginning at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily. Each session departs from the Phifer Commons in Gage Memorial Union.

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Coe College has received a $97,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to be used for student/faculty research on the science of glass over the next year. With one of the leading undergraduate science programs in the country, the college has now received NSF research grants continuously since 1986. Over the past 25 years, Coe has garnered more than $8.7 million in funding from the NSF to support scientific research and equipment, as well as the renovation of Peterson Hall.

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Gina Sterk, a 2013 Coe College graduate, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant. The Fulbright will provide funding for Sterk to teach in Mongolia during the 2013-14 academic year.

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Emily Hipps, a 2011 Coe College graduate, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant. The Fulbright will provide funding for Hipps to teach in Turkey during the 2013-14 academic year.

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Several members of the Coe community received special recognition at the college's commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 12. Coe English Professor Ann Struthers received the Eliza Hickok Kesler Outstanding Service Award, while Religion Professor Meira Kensky was honored with the Lynch Award for outstanding teaching. In addition, Howard Hall Professor of English Terry Heller was granted emeritus status following 38 years of teaching at Coe.

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Coe President James Phifer, who is retiring in June following 28 years of service, received special recognition at the college's commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 12. Coe Board of Trustees Chair Dave Carson, class of 1972, surprised Phifer by awarding him both President Emeritus and Professor of History Emeritus status.

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A Coe College graduating senior and a recent alumna have received prestigious Fulbright awards for the 2013-14 academic year. This continues a rich tradition of Coe students and recent alumni who have received Fulbrights in recent years.

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Cedar Rapids native and Coe alumnus Bruce Spivey will deliver the commencement address on Sunday, May 12, at 10 a.m. at Coe College. At his final commencement as college president, James Phifer will confer Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees on 280 graduates.

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Coe College senior Jason Maldonis has been awarded one of two R.J. McElroy Trust Fellowships for graduate study beginning in the fall of 2013. Characterizing himself as a student who "loves to learn," Maldonis was selected from a field of six finalists who attend colleges and universities in northeast Iowa.

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Coe College will host the 33rd annual Student Art and Pottery Sale on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., on the front lawn and in the lobby of the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium.

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The final Coe College Marquis Series event for the 2012-13 school year will feature the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet on Thursday, April 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

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In observance of Earth Week, the documentary movie "Thin Ice, the Inside Story of Climate Change" will be shown at Coe College on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. The showing is free and open to the public, with a discussion to follow.

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Coe College alumnus Alex Michaud will present "Exposing an Ecosystem Beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet" as the plenary speaker for the college's 13th annual Student Research Symposium. The event will be held on Thursday, April 18, with dozens of Coe students showcasing their academic projects. The event runs throughout the day in various locations on the Coe campus. It is free and open to the public.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will conclude its season with a mystical contemporary play with classic themes of prophecy and fate loosely based on the legend of Medea. "By the Bogs of Cats" will be presented on April 19-21 and 25-27 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, April 21 show, which starts at 2 p.m.

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In celebration of 20 years of the Coe College Festival of Bands, this year's concerts will feature more than 500 musicians of all ages from across Eastern Iowa, April 19-21. To observe this milestone, the Festival will feature two guest composers/conductors, along with a featured soloist, and several local composers. With four performances featuring eight bands, the Coe Festival of Bands has grown to become one of the largest non-competitive events of its kind in Iowa.

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Holocaust survivor Renee Firestone will speak about her World War II era experiences at Coe College on Wednesday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. Firestone's presentation will be open to the public at no charge.

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The Coe College Concert Choir will join with the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale and a professional orchestra in a presentation of two choral masterworks. The concert, featuring J.S. Bach's "Magnificat" and Morten Lauriden's "Lux Aeterna," will be held on Saturday, April 13 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. It is open to the public at no charge.

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The Coe College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Joseph Dangerfield, will present a concert on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Featuring Coe student soloists and conductors as well as guest cellist Timothy Gill, the program is open to the public at no charge.

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Coe College's Thursday Forum lecture series closes the academic year in April with an examination of four American movie directors whose 1930s films have come to exemplify "classical Hollywood" style.

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Award-winning poet Alice Notley will share her poetry at the annual Paul Engle Poetry Reading on Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe College campus. The event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present a staged reading of the first-prize winner in the 2013 Coe Playwriting Festival and Competition. The reading of "Honor Student" by playwright Michael Erickson will take place in Mills Theatre in the Dows Fine Arts Center on Thursday evening, March 28, starting at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public, with a discussion to follow the reading.

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A March 28 reading and book signing is scheduled at Coe for the memoir of Minneapolis attorney Ellen Krug. "Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change" was published by Stepladder Press.

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Coe College has made substantial reductions in its carbon emissions in recent years, thanks to a new steam production plant constructed jointly with neighboring St. Luke's Hospital and the implementation of energy conservation practices.

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More than 300 middle and high school students from 20 schools across the state will compete in the 2013 Iowa Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 23 at Coe College. The contests will be held throughout the day in Peterson Hall of Science, Hickok Hall, Eby Fieldhouse, and on the Library Quad. At the end of the competition, an awards ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Eby Fieldhouse. The public is invited to all of the day's activities, which will feature competition in math, science and engineering.

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Professor David Freidenreich will discuss "Food and Identity in Judaism, Christianity and Islam" at Coe College on Sunday, March 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. It is free and open to the public.

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Internationally renowned American pianist Jonathan Biss will perform in a Coe College Marquis Series event on Friday, March 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Entitled "Schumann: Under the Influence," his repertoire will feature the music of Robert Schumann, Leos Janacek and Alban Berg.

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As part of its 2013 concert tour, Ensemble: Périphérie will perform in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall at Coe College on Saturday, March 9, beginning at 7 p.m. It is open to the public at no charge. Ensemble: Périphérie is appearing at venues throughout the Midwest in March as a prelude to the group's debut performance in New York City’s Carnegie Hall in October.

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Controversial subjects like the XL pipeline, fracking and global climate change provide context for discussion of contemporary energy issues in March at Coe College's Thursday Forum lecture series.

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In observance of the 40th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords, Coe will host historian Dr. Robert Brigham who will present "Negotiating Normalization: The United States and Vietnam, 1973-1995." The event will be held in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. It is open to the public at no charge.

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To culminate Black History Month activities at Coe, author Terrie M. Williams will give a presentation on her book "Black Pain: It Only Looks Like We’re Not Hurting." The event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in Cherry Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

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Cuisine from around the world will be featured at the Coe College International Club's 39th annual banquet on Sunday, Feb. 24. Appetizers will be served during a reception at 6 p.m. in the upper lobby of Gage Memorial Union, followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Gage Dining Hall.

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Guest artists Michael B. Nelson and Mark Maegdlin will be featured at the 2013 Coe College Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m., in Sinclair Auditorium. This year, 84 middle school and high school jazz bands from across the Midwest are participating in Jazz Summit. Award winners will be recognized during the Grand Finale Concert intermission.

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Digital literature scholar Jessica Pressman will speak on the future of literary studies in an upcoming lecture at Coe College. The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. Entitled "Electronic Literature: Literary Studies in the 21st Century," the presentation is free and open to the public.

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"Print Show," a juried exhibition featuring the work of 44 artists who exhibit both nationally and internationally, will be featured in an upcoming Coe College art show. The selected works are representative of both traditional and experimental approaches in this dynamic medium.

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Internationally renowned science writer and commentator Margaret Wertheim will speak as part of the Coe College Marquis Series on Friday, Feb. 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

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The work of 15 women who have won the Nobel Peace Prize will be featured in February at Coe College's Thursday Forum lecture series.

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Celebrated author Sir Salman Rushdie will be the speaker for the 10th Coe College Contemporary Issues Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. A brilliant provocateur, Rushdie has written a handful of classic novels, influenced a generation of writers, and received a Queen's Knighthood for "services to literature." He stands as both a pop culture icon and one of the most thought-provoking proponents for free speech today.

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A workshop entitled "Exploring and Experiencing Noh" will be presented by Dr. Mariko Anno on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchen Auditorium of Marquis Hall on the Coe College campus. It is free and open to the public.

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Nearly 1,200 third graders from 21 area elementary schools will display their artwork at Coe College as part of a quarter century collaboration between the college and the Cedar Rapids Community School District. "Third Grade Clay" runs from Friday, Jan. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 3 in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium.

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Waking from a long winter's nap, the Thursday Forum lecture series at Coe College resumes in January with a series on national wealth and poverty.

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Steve Feller, the B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics at Coe College, was recently presented with the prestigious Sigma Pi Sigma Worth Seagondollar Award at the 2012 Quadrennial Physics Congress, held in Orlando, Fla. Presented only once every four years, the award recognizes extraordinary levels of service and commitment to Sigma Pi Sigma - the National Honor Society in Physics - as well as the Society of Physics Students (SPS).

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Coe junior Yafet Mengesha has been awarded a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad during the 2013 spring term. He is the first student in Coe history to receive this competitive national award, which will provide him with $5,000 in financial support.

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The American Chemical Society (ACS) has awarded the Coe College student chapter with an Honorable Mention Award for the 2011-12 academic school year. The Coe chapter was selected from more than 350 ACS student chapters around the country. In addition, Chemistry Professor Martin St. Clair, who serves as faculty advisor to the chapter, received special commendation for his work to make it a successful organization.

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Christmas will be celebrated at Coe College's annual Christmas Convocation and Christmas Vespers on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Both events will feature the Coe College Chorale. The Christmas Convocation will begin at 11 a.m., with a repeat program held as Christmas Vespers at 7:30 p.m., both in Sinclair Auditorium. The celebrations are free and open to the public, with refreshments served following each service.

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The Coe College Low Brass Ensemble will perform in concert on Monday, Nov. 26 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

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The Coe College Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble will provide a live soundtrack for "Rhapsody on Ice," featuring members of the Eastern Iowa Figure Skating Club. The concert and ice show spectacular will be held at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena on Saturday, Dec. 1, with programs at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door prior to each show.

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The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program, recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2012-13 U.S. Fulbright Students. The success of the top-producing institutions - including Coe College - was highlighted in the October 24 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present the classic drama "Iphigenia at Aulis" on Nov. 16, 17, 18, 29, 30 and Dec. 1 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, Nov. 18 show, which starts at 2 p.m.

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The Coe College Jazz Ensemble will perform at the annual Java and Jazz Concert at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Featuring jazz groups from Coe and Washington, the evening includes music, dessert and coffee. The event is held in the Washington band room and is open to the public for $8.

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The Coe College Concert Choir and the Coe Chamber Choir, Camerata, will jointly present a fall program entitled "Dark Journeys" on Sunday, Nov. 11 beginning at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Featuring the world premiere of two new compositions by Coe Music Professor Dr. Marc Falk, it is free and open to the public.

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The Coe College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Dangerfield, will present the music of Beethoven, Bartok and Saint-Saens in concert on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. World-renowned violinist Wolfgang David will perform as a guest soloist. The concert is open to the public at no charge.

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David McInally has been selected as the 15th president in the 160-year history of Coe College. McInally, who currently serves as executive vice president and treasurer at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., will take office on July 1, 2013. He succeeds James Phifer, who is retiring next year after serving 18 years as president of the college.

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November's Thursday Forum at Coe College will introduce the scholarly study of the life and letters of the Apostle Paul, one of the most – if not the most – important figures in earliest Christianity.

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The Coe College Marquis Series presents the Royal Drummers & Dancers of Burundi on Monday, Oct. 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. One of the greatest percussion troupes in the world, this group is rooted in centuries of tradition.

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"A Feeble Armada" featuring sculpture works of Rob Millard-Mendez, along with drawings and prints entitled "The Thirteen and The Seventeen" by Nancy Naen-Mendez will be shown in the upcoming Coe College art exhibit.

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Members of the Coe College International Club will present the 39th annual Cultural Show on Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The event is part of Family Weekend activities at the college. It is free and open to the public with no tickets required.

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Students of all ages are invited to levitate objects, launch pumpkins, shatter grapes, make ice cream with liquid nitrogen and much more at the 10th annual Coe Playground of Science night. The free event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6-9 p.m. in the newly renovated Peterson Hall of Science on the Coe campus. Faculty and students from the physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, nursing, psychology and ROTC departments will provide demonstrations and facilitate hands-on opportunities to show that science can be fun.

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The internationally recognized group Ensemble Chaconne will present "European Masters in 18th Century England" on Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium on the Coe College campus. This event is free and open to the public.

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Mario Affatigato, the Fran Allison and Francis Halpin Professor of Physics at Coe College, has been named by the American Physical Society (APS) to receive the 2013 "Prize To A Faculty Member For Research In An Undergraduate Institution." The prestigious award is sponsored by a grant from the Research Corporation, a private foundation for the advancement of science and technology.

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Author D.T. Max will read and sign his New York Times best-seller "Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace" during a Cedar Rapids appearance. Presented by Coe College and New Bo Books, the event will be held at CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, on Wednesday, Oct. 10 beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend at no charge.

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Internationally recognized violinist Wolfgang David, along with renowned pianist and composer David Gompper from the University of Iowa, will be performing a guest recital on Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will open the season with a play focusing on racial inequities. "Elephant in the Room" will be presented on Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 4-6 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, Sept. 30 show, which starts at 2 p.m.

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Beginning Oct. 4, Assistant Professor of Art Andrea Kann examines the richness of Renaissance art in Italy and beyond. Traditionally, the study of Renaissance art begins with the rediscovery of the ancient world by artists and humanists, and focuses on Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael. This Thursday Forum will examine the works of these iconic Italian artists, but also expand the boundaries of the Renaissance to include a broader range of visual imagery across Europe from the 14th to the 16th centuries.

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Coe College will celebrate the reopening of Peterson Hall of Science following this summer's $12 million renovation of the facility. The rededication will take place on Friday, Sept. 28, as part of the college's Homecoming Weekend activities. A reception will be held beginning at 3 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium lobby, with tours taking place at 3:10 p.m. and 4:50 p.m. The rededication ceremony is scheduled at 4 p.m. in Cherry Auditorium, and the general public is invited to attend.

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"Crimson & Gold Never Gets Old" is the theme for Homecoming 2012 at Coe College. Alumni and friends are invited to campus Sept. 27-30 for what promises to be a celebration filled with activities and fun.

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Coe College has a record number of first-year students and the second-largest number of full-time students enrolled in its history this fall. In addition, the college has the largest-ever number of students in residence and posted a record number of applications. Meanwhile, the average academic profile of the incoming students remains historically strong, and campus diversity is increasing.

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Coe College has received a $390,389 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to purchase a new hybrid Raman Spectrometer/Scanning Probe Microscope device. The instrument will allow faculty and students from Coe - as well as researchers from Cornell College, Mount Mercy University, Rockwell-Collins and Square D (Schneider Electric) - to carry out simultaneous measurements on a single sample without the need to move it.

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Philip P. Pfaltzgraff, staff accompanist at Wayne State College, will present a recital of piano etudes by H. Leslie Adams on Friday, Sept. 14 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall on the Coe College campus. The general public is invited to attend the event at no charge.

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The opening art show of the 2012-13 season at Coe College features an exhibition series highlighting the creative work of Zeuxis - an association of still life painters. As the name implies, "Reflections" paintings incorporate a reflected object into each piece. In addition, one of the exhibitors - Tim Kennedy - is serving as this year's Kocher Visiting Guest Artist.

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One of the world's leading neuroscientists, Robert Sapolsky, will speak at a Coe College Marquis Series event on Monday, Sept. 10, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

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The Coe College Marquis Series will present the innovative and bold theatrical approach of Izumi Ashizawa performing "Dreams in the Arms of the Binding Lady" on Saturday, Sept. 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Dows Theatre.

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Coe College's Thursday Forum opens Sept. 6 with a series on the nature of light and ends April 25 in 1930s Hollywood. In between, the 2012-13 academic calendar touches on Renaissance art, Paul of Tarsus, national wealth and poverty, Nobel Peace Prize-winning women, and contemporary energy issues.

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Coe College was selected as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education in the 2013 edition of The Princeton Review's "The Best 377 Colleges."

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Plays centered on social structures, racial inequities and family relationships will be staged by the Coe College Department of Theatre Arts during the upcoming 2012-13 season. The offerings range from a newly adapted 19th-century classic exploring the theme of class and racial divide, to an ancient Greek tragedy highlighting the sometimes-conflicting demands of family versus society, to a mystical contemporary play with classic themes of prophecy and fate loosely based on the legend of Medea. The three mainstage productions will feature all-student casts.

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The Coe College Marquis Series has a long tradition of bringing high quality entertainment to the Cedar Rapids community. The 2012-13 Marquis Series features the best in diverse speakers and talent, ranging from internationally renowned science writers Robert Sapolsky and Margaret Wertheim, to the innovative theatrical approach of Izumi Ashizawa and the traditional percussion of the Royal Drummers & Dancers of Burundi, to accomplished American pianist Jonathan Biss and the critically acclaimed Berlin Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet.

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Coe College will host hundreds of prospective students and their families during Iowa Private College Week (IPCW), Aug. 6-10. Tours and information sessions will be available beginning at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily. Each session departs from the lobby of Stewart Memorial Library.

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Five former Kohawk athletes will be inducted into the Coe College Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend, Sept. 27-30.

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After seven decades as his subject, Coe College is hosting the Iowa debut of a documentary about the life and work of notable Cedar Rapids photographer and distinguished Coe alumnus George Henry.

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Several Coe students and a Coe faculty member recently received the Draper Laboratory 2011 Engineering Vice President's Award for Best Paper/Publication for their piece “All Solid State Ion-Conducting Cesium Source for Atomic Clocks.”  This paper, co-authored by Coe Physics Professor Steve Feller, Joseph North ’11, Jason Maldonis ’13, and Alexander Ramm ’11, was printed in “Solid State Ionics,” a journal published by Elsevier. Other co-authors of the piece included Jon Bernstein, Mark Mescher, Bill Robbins, Rick Stoner and Brian Timmons, all from the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass.

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The Coe College Physics Department has received nearly $32,000 in two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide travel opportunities for students and faculty to conduct glass research and attend scientific conferences. This funding supplements the current $420,000 multi-year Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) grant from the NSF designated for the department.

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Coe College has been named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  The award represents the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, service-learning and community engagement.

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Ellen Burns, a 2012 Coe College graduate, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant.  The Fulbright will provide funding for Burns to teach in Turkey during the 2012-13 academic year.

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Four graduating Coe seniors and a recent alumna have received prestigious Fulbright awards for the 2012-13 academic year. This represents a record number of Coe students and recent alumni who have received Fulbrights in a given year.

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Two members of the Coe community received special recognition at the college’s commencement ceremony on May 6.  The first lady of Coe College, Linnie Phifer, received the Eliza Hickok Kesler Outstanding Service Award, while Biology Professor Harlo Hadow was honored with the Lynch Award for outstanding teaching.  The citations were presented by Gene Henderson, chair of the Coe Board of Trustees and a 1968 alumnus of the college.

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Eastern Iowa native and successful business leader Henry Tippie has given $1 million to establish an endowed chair at Coe College.  The Henry B. Tippie Professorship in Business and Economics was announced by Coe President James Phifer during the college’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 6, at which Mr. Tippie was honored.  He was accompanied by his wife, Patricia, at the ceremony.

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Coe College senior Elizabeth Steele has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant.  The Fulbright will provide funding for Steele to teach in Serbia during the 2012-13 academic year.

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Coe College alumna Christine Kuster has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant. The Fulbright award will allow Kuster to teach in Germany during the 2012-2013 academic year.

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Coe College senior Martha Hughes has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant. The Fulbright award will allow Hughes to teach in Germany during the 2012-2013 academic year.

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Coe College senior Nina Carlson has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant. The Fulbright award will allow Carlson to teach in Germany during the 2012-2013 academic year.

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Three graduating Coe seniors and a recent alumna have received prestigious Fulbright awards for the 2012-13 academic year. This represents a record number of Coe students and recent alumni who have received Fulbrights in a given year.

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Composer, musician and educator Michael Daugherty will give a special musical commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Music degree on Sunday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at Coe College.

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Coe Assistant Professor of Physics Ugur Akgun will be giving the first informal “Cosmic Café” talk entitled “The Dawn of New Physics at the Large Hadron Collider at the Cern Lab – on the Swiss-French border.”  The presentation will be held at the Jambayz Island Grill, 305 Second Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, April 21, beginning at 11 a.m.  Appetizers and beverages will be served, and the public is invited to participate at no charge.

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The Festival of Bands concerts at Coe College will feature more than 500 musicians of all ages from across Eastern Iowa, April 19, 21 and 22. With four performances featuring nine bands, the Coe College Festival of Bands has grown to become one of the largest non-competitive events of its kind in Iowa.

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Coe College will host the 32nd annual Student Art and Pottery Sale on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., on the front lawn and in the lobby of the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium.

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Brandon Palmer, a 2011 Coe alumnus, and Coe Theatre Professor Steven Marc Weiss will be featured in the upcoming On-Location Players and Three Brothers Theatre co-production of “Red,” winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play. Performances will run from Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22, starting at 8 p.m. in room 318 of The Cherry Building, located at 329 10th Street SE in Cedar Rapids.  This production marks the play’s eastern Iowa premiere.

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Holocaust speaker Miriam Kelemen Solis will speak at Coe College on Thursday, April 19, at 3:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. Entitled “Goldie’s Story: Reflections of a Holocaust Survivor,” the event is free and open to the public.

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Students from Coe College will be joining forces with their counterparts from Mount Mercy University and Kirkwood Community College for the second annual Cedar Rapids Dance Marathon (CRDM).  This year’s event will be held at Mount Mercy’s Hennessey Recreation Center on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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A variety of musical selections will be performed by the Coe College Chorale during the group's spring concert. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m., in Sinclair Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

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“Searching for the God Particle” is the title of an upcoming presentation on the Large Hadron Collider by Coe Assistant Professor of Physics Ugur Akgun.  The lecture will be held on Monday, April 16, beginning at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.  It is free and open to the public.

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The Coe College Concert Choir will present a program showcasing music and lyrics inspired by the work of William Shakespeare.  The concert will be held on Sunday, April 15, beginning at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.  It is free and open to the public.

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Constance McCashin, a clinician from the Brandeis University Psychological Counseling Center, will present a talk entitled “Anxiety and Depression: More Common than You Think.”  The presentation will take place as part of the Coe College Student Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 11, beginning at 4 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.  It is open to the public at no charge.

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Coe College alumna Paula Kocher will present “The Federal Response to Public Health Emergencies: A Day in the Life at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” as the plenary speaker for the college’s 12th annual Student Research Symposium.  The event will be held on Wednesday, April 11, with nearly 100 Coe students showcasing their academic projects.  The event runs throughout the day in various locations on the Coe campus.  It is free and open to the public.

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Internationally acclaimed tenor Jeffrey Dowd, a 1978 Coe graduate, will perform the works of several great German composers on Sunday, April 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium on the Coe campus.  In the recital, which is free and open to the public, Dowd will perform works by Beethoven, Schumann, R. Strauss, von Weber, Korngold, and Wagner’s “Winterstürme” from “Die Walküre.”

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Coe College faculty will explore various past, present and future environmental issues in the final Thursday Forum of the academic year.

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More than 300 middle and high school students from 18 schools across the state will compete in the 2012 Iowa Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 24 at Coe College. The contests will be held throughout the day in Peterson Hall of Science, Hickok Hall, Eby Fieldhouse, and on the Library Quad.  At the end of the competition, an awards ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Eby Fieldhouse.  The public is invited to all of the day’s activities, which will feature competition in math, science and engineering.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present the musical mystery “Drood” on March 23 - 25 and 29 - 31 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus.  All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, March 25 show, which starts at 2:30 p.m.

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What do the formation of snowflakes, the shape of a sea coast, and “Jurassic Park” have in common? What do the movements of a pinball machine ball, the weather, and the motion of Neptune have in common? They are all related to chaos, the subject of March’s Thursday Forum at Coe College.

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Keith Schilling, a research geologist at the Iowa DNR Geological and Water Survey, will speak about Iowa flooding potential in an upcoming lecture at Coe College. Schilling’s lecture is a part of the Environmental Studies and Environmental Science Seminar presented by Coe, and will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.  This event is free and open to the public.

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The world-renowned Brentano String Quartet will perform as part of the Coe College Marquis Series on Wednesday, Feb. 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

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Professor Richard A. Shweder, a cultural anthropologist at the University of Chicago, will speak about moral challenges faced during cultural migration in an upcoming lecture at Coe College. Shweder’s lecture is a part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program, and will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

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Cuisine from around the world will be featured at the Coe College International Club’s 38th annual banquet on Sunday, Feb. 26. Appetizers will be served during a reception at 6 p.m. in the upper lobby of Gage Memorial Union, followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Gage Dining Hall.

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Guest artist Steve Allee will be featured at the 2012 Coe College Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m., in Sinclair Auditorium. This year, over 80 middle school and high school jazz bands from across the Midwest are participating in Jazz Summit. Award winners will be recognized during the Grand Finale Concert intermission.

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Photography, paintings and ceramics will be featured in the upcoming Coe College art show, featuring the work of James Snitzer, Susan Coleman and Doug Hanson.  The artwork will be on display in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium, with an opening reception in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Feb. 17 from 5 – 7 p.m., and gallery hours 4 - 6 p.m. daily from Feb. 18 through March 18.  Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

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Coe College students will conduct events every day during the week of Feb. 13 to support V-Day, a global activist movement aimed at ending violence against women and girls.  Each day will feature a different activity or educational event to raise awareness and promote collective action against this overwhelming social problem. In 11 years, the V-Day movement has raised over $85 million, helping fund national and international grassroots organizations and programs that work to support their vision.

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Nationally acclaimed repertory theater production group The Acting Company will perform William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” as part of the Coe College Marquis Series on Sunday, Feb. 12, beginning at 3 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

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Four area educators with strong ties to Southeast Asia will bring the region home to Iowa at the opening Thursday Forum of the calendar year.

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To accommodate record enrollments and a record number of students in residence, Coe College has purchased the Hampton Court Apartments for conversion to student housing.  The facilities are located at 1261 and 1263 First Avenue NE, directly across from Stuart Hall and next to the Brewed Awakenings coffee shop.

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In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Coe College will partner with Cedar Rapids area non-profits and institutions of higher learning on Monday, Jan. 16, for the 2012 Cedar Rapids Martin Luther King Community Day of Service. This event will kickoff with a volunteer reception at 8:30 a.m. in the Hennessey Recreation Center at Mount Mercy University, which will include inspirational music from a gospel choir of Mount Mercy students and an excerpt from MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech, presented by Coe student Tevin Bell.  Guest speakers Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett and Mount Mercy President Christopher Blake will also address the volunteers at the reception. Following the reception, volunteers will disperse into the community to assist local organizations with service projects in the area.

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More than 1,200 third graders from 22 area elementary schools will display their artwork at Coe College as part of a unique collaboration between the college and the Cedar Rapids Community School District.  “Third Grade Clay” runs from Friday, Jan. 20 through Sunday, Feb. 5 in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and best-selling author Leonard Pitts will be the keynote speaker at the ninth Coe College Contemporary Issues Forum on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

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Eight Coe students built a set used in the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” episode featuring the Gibbs’ family in West Union, Iowa. The students built the set during the week of Oct. 2, before the taping of the show, which ABC has scheduled to air on Friday, January 6.  Audrey Gibbs, recipient of the new “Extreme Makeover” home, is a widowed mother of six. The new home was revealed to Gibbs and her children on Sunday, Oct. 9.

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Coe College and Mount Mercy University will be playing for more than just wins during their Friday, Dec. 30 basketball contests.  The teams are encouraging fans to attend and participate in “Teal Night” to support the Cedar Rapids Dance Marathon (CRDM).  The women’s game begins at 5 p.m., with the men’s matchup following at 7 p.m., all in Eby Fieldhouse on the Coe campus.

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Coe College continues to make strides in its “green” efforts with the construction of the campus’s first-ever rain garden. Funded by a $9,600 grant from the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency and a $3,200 contribution from the Coe College class of 2008, the 210 square foot garden is being built on the north side of Hickok Hall on the Coe campus.

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Pam Hoback, a hostess and checker for Sodexo Dining Services at Coe College, has been selected as the national divisional winner of the Customer Service Excellence Award.  Hoback was selected from thousands of Sodexo employees who work at 750 colleges and universities across the country in the campus food service division of the company.

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Christmas will be celebrated at Coe College’s annual Christmas Convocation and Christmas Vespers on Tuesday, Dec. 6.  Both events will feature the Coe College Chorale and the Coe College Concert Choir.  The Christmas Convocation will begin at 11 a.m., with a repeat program held as Christmas Vespers at 7:30 p.m., both in Sinclair Auditorium.  The celebrations are free and open to the public, with refreshments served following each service.

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The Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance in Washington, D.C., will present “’But God said I could be President!’  Is God confused or are we?” in an upcoming speech at Coe College.  The event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.  It is free and open to the public.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - When it comes to getting a first job out of college, gaining admission to graduate school, or generally preparing to meet life’s challenges, graduates of residential liberal arts colleges give their college experience higher marks than do graduates of private or public universities, according to a new national study commissioned by the Annapolis Group, a consortium of America’s leading liberal arts colleges.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, “Twelfth Night” or “What You Will,” on Nov. 18, 19, 20 and Dec. 1, 2, 3 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus.  All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, Nov. 20 show, which starts at 2:30 p.m.

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The Coe College Concert Choir, Crimson & Gold, and Coe College Chorale will perform in concert on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.  Featuring a set of Alleluias, the music of French composer Francis Poulenc, early American carols and more, the concert is free and open to the public.

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The Coe Concert Band and Coe Jazz Ensemble will perform in concert on Saturday, Nov. 12 beginning at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.  Featuring the music of John Philip Sousa, Percy Grainger, Radiohead, Matt Harris and many other composers, the concert is free and open to the public.

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Named as one of the top five “must see” vocal groups in America, Tonic Sol-fa, will perform as part of the Coe College Marquis Series on Friday, Nov. 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

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NFL Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy will sign copies of his debut novel – “Between the Lies” – at his undergraduate alma mater on Friday, Nov. 11. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event, scheduled for 4-6 p.m. in the Coe College Book Store.

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The Coe College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Dangerfield, will present the classic music of Beethoven and Bach in concert on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.  The concert is open to the public at no charge.

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Artistic installations by Rachel Hayes and Liz Miller will be featured in the upcoming Coe College art show “Shaping Space,” along with an artist’s talk by Beili Liu and a panel discussion.  The installations will be on display in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium, with an opening reception in the Sinclair lobby on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5 – 7 p.m.  All of the events are free and open to the public, with gallery hours from 4 - 6 p.m. daily from Oct. 29 through Nov. 20.

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Coe College nursing faculty will contrast current health care practices with those of the 18th and 19th centuries in the final Thursday Forum of the calendar year.

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Internationally recognized violinist Wolfgang David, along with renowned pianist and composer David Gompper from the University of Iowa, will be performing a guest recital on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall on the Coe College campus.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Students of all ages are invited to levitate objects, launch pumpkins, shatter grapes, make ice cream with liquid nitrogen and much more at the ninth annual Coe Playground of Science night. The free event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6 – 9 p.m. in Peterson Hall of Science on the Coe campus. Faculty and students from the physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, nursing, psychology and ROTC departments will provide demonstrations and facilitate hands-on opportunities to show that science can be fun.

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Award-winning Georgian pianist Eteri Andjaparidze and renowned American lighting designer Jennifer Tipton have teamed up to devise a stimulating piano-theatre event, “Spectral Scriabin,” which will be performed as part of the Marquis Series on Saturday, October 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

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Coe College President James Phifer has announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2013, which will culminate a 28-year career of leadership at the Cedar Rapids institution.  The chair of the Coe Board of Trustees, Gene Henderson, class of 1968, praised Phifer for his exemplary service and announced that the college will begin the process of searching for a new chief executive.

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The Coe College Habitat for Humanity Chapter’s 12th annual Shack-A-Thon has been scheduled from 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 12 until 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 13.  According to student organizers, the purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the substandard housing conditions many people endure around the world, as well as raise money for the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

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Members of the Coe College International Club will present the 38th annual Cultural Show on Saturday, Oct. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. It is free and open to the public with no tickets required.

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Classical concert pianist Gustavo Romero will perform a recital at Coe College on Sunday, Oct. 9, beginning at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public, with no tickets required.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present the dramatic mystery “Old Times” on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus.  All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, Oct. 2 performance, which begins at 2:30 p.m.

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Twentieth century music history is the topic of October at Coe College’s Thursday Forum.

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Coe College has set several all-time records for its 2011 fall enrollment, including a record number of full-time students, the largest-ever number of students in residence and a record number of applications.  Meanwhile, the average academic profile of the incoming students has strengthened.

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Coe College students, faculty and staff will gather on Sunday, Sept. 11, to participate in a service activity to support U.S. troops, a roundtable lunch discussion about patriotism, and the community-wide remembrance at Veterans Memorial Stadium.  Members of the community are invited to participate in the on-campus events in remembrance of the 10-year anniversary of the American tragedy.

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The first art show of the 2011-2012 season at Coe College will feature ceramics in conjunction with the Iowa Clay Conference.  The exhibits open with a reception in the Sinclair Auditorium lobby on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 4 - 7 p.m., during Coe’s Homecoming celebration.  The ceramics will continue to be showcased from Sept. 18 through Oct. 9 from 4-6 p.m. daily in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair on the Coe campus. The reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

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“There’s No Place Like Coe” is the theme for Homecoming 2011 at Coe College.  Alumni and friends are invited to campus Sept. 15-18 for what promises to be a celebration filled with activities and fun.

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Firoozeh Dumas, humorous speaker and author of the bestseller “Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America,” will speak as part of the Marquis Series at Coe College on Monday, Sept. 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.  Her message of shared humanity has been embraced by audiences across the country.

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Coe College has been named as one of “America’s Best Kept College Secrets” in a new guidebook.   Written by an expert in college admissions, Peter Arango, the book includes 70 leading colleges and universities from around the country.

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Cedar Rapids Dance Marathon was held for the first time in April at Coe College where students raised over $25,500 to support local children in need through the Children’s Miracle Network. In mid-June, as the sponsor of the national college Dance Marathon program, Children's Miracle Network chose Cedar Rapids as the "Best New Dance Marathon 2011."

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Coe College’s Thursday Forum opens Sept. 1 in medieval Europe and ends April 26 with an exploration of environmental issues. In between, the 2011-12 academic calendar touches on 20th century music, the history of healing in America, Southeast Asia, and the order in chaos.

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Four Coe College students were honored at the Governor’s Lifesaving Awards Program held at the 2011 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Recognized for their heroic actions by Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad, recipients from Coe included Courtney Rogers of Marion, Kaitlin Mitchell of Center Point, Jordan Oberbreckling of Wyoming, and Emily Kleinmeyer of Iowa City. These students were alongside 17 other heroes on stage who were all recognized in an emotional ceremony.

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The Coe College Marquis Series has a long tradition of bringing high quality entertainment to the Cedar Rapids community.  The 2011-2012 Coe College Marquis Series features events representing the best in diverse talent, ranging from humorous speaker and author Frioozeh Dumas and the stimulating music-theater work Spectral Sciabin to Tonic Sol-fa, one of the nation’s top vocal groups, Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” and the critically acclaimed Brentano String Quartet.

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Coe College alumna Jenna Shaw has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Program grant.  The Fulbright will allow Shaw to live and work in southwestern Turkey during the 2011-2012 academic year.  The grant funds will pay for travel, living and research expenses.

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Coe College was selected as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education in the 2012 edition of The Princeton Review’s “The Best 376 Colleges.”

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Members of the Coe College Touring Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band are planning summer tour performances in St. Louis, Nashville, New Orleans and Costa Maya, Mexico, August 3-15.  In addition, the musicians will perform aboard a Norwegian Lines cruise ship during a seven-day cruise of the western Caribbean, including stops in Honduras and Belize.

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Everything from classic humor to mystery will be staged by the Coe College Department of Theatre Arts during the upcoming 2011-2012 season.  The offerings range from a modern play focusing on relationships and memory, to one of Shakespeare’s most humorous works revolving around love, to a musical whodunit based on the last novel of Charles Dickens.  Directed by Coe faculty members, the three main stage productions feature students in the casts.

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Coe College will offer special tours and activities during Iowa Private College Week (IPCW), Aug. 1-5.  Free tours and information sessions will be available for college-bound students and their families at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily, departing from the lobby of Stewart Memorial Library.

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Recent Coe College graduate Holly Bouma-Johnston has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Program grant. The Fulbright will allow Bouma-Johnston to study abroad in Mongolia during the 2011-2012 academic year. The grant funds will pay for travel, living and research expenses.

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As part of a unique collaboration, Coe Physics Professors Mario Affatigato and Steve Feller, along with five college students on campus for scientific research, will be leading summer sessions for young artists at The Ceramics Center in Cedar Rapids.

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Six former Kohawk athletes will be inducted into the Coe College Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend, Sept. 15-18. The 2011 class of inductees includes Iowa residents Joel Holst ’85, Tom Kaloupek ’86, Joe Whitters ’89 and Paige Stamp Telecky ’00. Mike Matzen ’86 of Orion, Ill, will also be honored and Wally “Skip” Swan ’65 is being inducted posthumously.

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Coe College has been named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The award represents the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, service-learning and community engagement.

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Coe College has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Booth Ferris Foundation of New York City for the renovation of Peterson Hall of Science.  The latest funding is in addition to $4.7 million already committed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project.

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Coe College Professor Emeritus of Biology Floyd Sandford will lead a group of Cedar Rapidians to Belize in June. The trip grew out of Sandford’s March 2010 Thursday Forum lecture series called “Armchair Adventures: Earthwatch Expeditions & Great Destinations.”

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Coe College senior Sarah Anciaux has been awarded one of two R.J. McElroy Trust fellowships for graduate study beginning in the fall of 2011.  Anciaux was selected from a field of seven finalists from colleges and universities in northeast Iowa.

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Former Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Law degree on Sunday, May 8, at 10 a.m. at Coe College.

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Questions of justice and societal obligations close out the Thursday Forum academic year in May with an examination of Plato’s “Republic” by Coe Professor of Philosophy John Lemos.

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Coe College senior Mitch Iburg has received national recognition for his ceramic artwork that is usually reserved for more experienced artists. Iburg’s creations have been shown at several competitive national art exhibitions, and he has been accepted into a prestigious Artist-in-Residence program following graduation.

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The National Society of Physics Students has selected the Coe College Chapter of the Society of Physics Students as an Outstanding Chapter for the 2009-2010 school year. Those chapters that are honored excel in physics areas such as research, public science outreach, tutoring programs, representation at physics meetings, and social interaction of chapter members.

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Coe College will host its 31st annual Student Art and Pottery Sale on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., on the front lawn and in the lobby of the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium.

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The newly established Ensemble: Périphérie will present a concert in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall at Coe College on Friday, April 22, beginning at 7 p.m. The concert, part of the group’s 2011 spring inaugural tour, is free and open to the public.

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Classical, spiritual and contemporary music will be performed by the Coe College Chorale during the group’s spring concert. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m., in Sinclair Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

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Raptor expert Dr. Todd Katzner will give two presentations at Coe College on Monday, April 11. “Asian Vulture Decline: Addressing the World’s Greatest Modern Ornithological Conservation Catastrophe” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Cherry Auditorium of Peterson Hall. In addition, Katzner will give a biology seminar entitled “The Impact of Wind Turbines on Golden Eagle Migration in the Southern Appalachians” at 4 p.m. in the AV Theatre of Stewart Memorial Library. Both events are free and open to the public.

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The Festival of Bands concerts at Coe College will feature more than 500 musicians of all ages from across eastern Iowa, April 14, 16 and 17. With four performances featuring eight bands, the Coe College Festival of Bands has grown to become one of the largest non-competitive events of its kind in Iowa.

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Award-winning poet Bob Hicok will share his poetry at the annual Paul Engle Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe College campus. The event is free and open to the public, with a reception and book signing to follow.

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Coe graduate Allison Carr, class of 2005, will present “Room to Fail” as the plenary speaker for the college’s 11th annual Student Research Symposium. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 12, with more than 100 Coe students showcasing their academic projects. The event runs throughout the day in various locations on the Coe campus. It is free and open to the public.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present an award-winning contemporary morality tale in “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” on April 8 - 10 and 14 - 16 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday, April 10 matinee, which starts at 2 p.m. In addition, a themed pre-performance dinner will be held on Friday, April 15, beginning at 6 p.m. in Clark Alumni House.

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Award-winning filmmaker, director and screenwriter Paul Schrader will discuss “Film: Past, Present, Future” in an upcoming presentation at Coe College. The event will be held on Thursday, April 7, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. It is free and open to the public.

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Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin will perform in concert on Saturday, April 9, beginning at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus. Isbin has traveled the globe performing to sold-out audiences in the world’s most prestigious concert halls. A former student of Andres Segovia, she has partnered with the world's finest musicians and shared the stage with several notable personalities including Aretha Franklin and Muhammad Ali.

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The "foreign" influence on 1930s Hollywood comes to Coe College for the penultimate Thursday Forum lecture series of the academic year.

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Holocaust survivor Elane Geller will speak about her World War II era experiences at Coe College on Tuesday, April 5, at 3:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. Titled “Remembering the Holocaust: A Survivor’s Story,” Geller’s presentation will be free and open to the public.

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The Innocence Project of Iowa, the Coe College Political Science Club, and Coe human rights advocates will co-sponsor a screening of the Fox Searchlight feature film "Conviction" on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in the Audiovisual Theater at Stewart Memorial Library on the Coe campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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The Coe College Symphony Orchestra and Concert Choir will present a special concert featuring Mozart’s “Requiem” on Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Scholar Ely Levine will discuss how the study of ancient architecture has shed light on biblical mysteries in an upcoming lecture at Coe College. The event will be held on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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More than 300 middle and high school students from 18 schools across the state will compete in the 2011 Iowa Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 26 at Coe College. The contests will be held throughout the day in Peterson Hall of Science, Hickok Hall, Eby Fieldhouse, and on the Library Quad. At the end of the competition, an awards ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Eby Fieldhouse. The public is invited to all of the day’s activities, which will feature competition in math, science and engineering.

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Eve Ensler’s "The Vagina Monologues" will be performed March 18-20 on the Coe College campus in conjunction with international V-Day. The Friday performance will begin at 7 p.m., with the Saturday and Sunday productions at 3 p.m. All performances will be held in the P.U.B., connected to Gage Memorial Union, along College Drive.

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Frank Warren, the author of one of the most popular blogs on the Web, will speak about his PostSecret Project at Coe College.  The Marquis Series presentation is set for Saturday, March 19, beginning at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

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Coe College’s Thursday Forum lecture series delves into the world of junk science, scientific fraud and all manner of pseudoscience in March.

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Guest artists Craig Boche and Virginia Mayhew will be featured at Coe College’s 2011 Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m., in Sinclair Auditorium. This year, 78 middle school and high school jazz bands are participating from throughout the Midwest. Award winners will be recognized during the Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert intermission.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present a staged reading of the first-prize winner in the 2011 Coe College Playwriting Festival and Competition.  The reading will take place in the Dows Theatre on Friday evening, Feb. 18, starting at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

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Cuisine from around the world will be featured at the Coe College International Club’s 37th annual banquet on Sunday, Feb. 27. Appetizers will be served during a reception at 6 p.m. in the upper lobby of Gage Memorial Union, followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Gage Dining Hall.

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Paintings and drawings by Arbe Bareis, as well as paintings by John Dilg, are featured in an upcoming Coe College art show. The works will be on display in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium, with an opening reception in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Feb. 18, from 5-7 p.m. Both the reception and the exhibitions are free and open to the public, with gallery hours from 3-6 p.m. daily from Feb. 19 through March 20.

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"The Love and Life of Robert and Clara Schumann" will be presented by Peter and Kathleen Van De Graaff on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall on the Coe College campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

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The Thursday Forum at Coe College opens the new calendar year with an exploration of the Gospel of John. Religion Professor Meira Kensky will investigate the unusual literary and theological features of the Gospel in their historical context along with an eye to how this Gospel has been instrumental in the development of Christian theology on issues such as the identity of Jesus, the crisis of the present age, and the relationship between Christians and Jews.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present a thought-provoking play in which two famous atomic physicists find themselves on opposite sides of World War II in “Copenhagen” on Jan. 27, 28, 29 and 30 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday, Jan. 30 performance, which starts at 2 p.m. In addition, themed pre-performance dinners are being held Friday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 29 in Clark Alumni House.

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More than 1,200 third graders from 22 area elementary schools will display their artwork at Coe College as part of a unique collaboration between the college and the Cedar Rapids Community School District. "Third Grade Clay" runs from Friday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 6 in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium.

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Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will be the keynote speaker at the eighth Coe College Contemporary Issues Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

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Coe College Physics Professor Steve Feller will preview an upcoming production of the play “Copenhagen” in a special Thursday Forum presentation. The session will be held on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. It is free and open to the public.

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Christmas will be celebrated at Coe College’s annual Christmas Convocation and Christmas Vespers scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 7. Both events will feature the Coe College Chorale. The Christmas Convocation will begin at 11 a.m., with a repeat program held as Christmas Vespers at 7:30 p.m., both in Sinclair Auditorium. The celebrations are free and open to the public, with refreshments served following each service.

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Coe College Music Professor Joseph Dangerfield has received two outstanding honors this fall. He has been named the winner of the 2010 Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition and is a recipient of the 2010 Aaron Copland Award.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present a classic Chekhov drama focused on the decay of the privileged class in early 20th-century Russia in "Three Sisters" on Dec. 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 and 11 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday, Dec. 5 performance, which starts at 2 p.m.

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Coe College Physics Professor Mario Affatigato has been selected by The American Ceramics Society as one of 19 members elevated to Fellow. The title of "Fellow" is an honor the society gives to distinguished mid-career scientists, engineers and business leaders who specialize in ceramic and glass materials. The new members represent an international cross section of leaders in academia, research labs industry and government.

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The Coe Concert Band and Coe Jazz Band will perform in concert on Sunday, Nov. 21 beginning at 2 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The event features the world premiere of a new band piece and classic Count Basie favorites. It is free and open to the public.

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The Coe College Concert Choir will present a fall concert showcasing material that choir members will be performing on their January 2011 tour to Puerto Rico on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Members of the Coe College International Club will present the 37th annual Cultural Show on Saturday, Nov. 6, beginning at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. It is free and open to the public with no tickets required.

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Renowned pianist Valentina Lisitsa will perform in concert on Friday, Nov. 12, beginning at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Since the age of three, Lisitsa has wowed audiences as a gifted, multifaceted pianist.

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Coe’s Thursday Forum lecture series ends the calendar year by examining how the United States is responding to the shifting landscape of international legal systems. “Does America Lead or Follow? Two Studies of International Law” will be presented beginning Nov. 4 by Business Professor David Hayes.

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Ceramics by Cub Creek are featured in an upcoming Coe College art show, along with a mini-exhibition by photographer and visiting artist Kate Schneider. The ceramics will be on display in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium, with an opening reception in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Oct. 29, from 5 – 7 p.m. Both the reception and the exhibitions are free and open to the public, with gallery hours from 3 - 5 p.m. daily from Oct. 30 through Nov. 21.

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The sixth annual Coe College Men’s Honor Choir Festival will be held on Monday, Nov. 1, culminating with a concert at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.  Emphasizing the joy and camaraderie of men singing together, the event will feature the Men’s Honor Choir, Coe College Concert Choir and Coe Crimson & Gold, with special guests the men of the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale.  The concert is free and open to the public.

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The Coe College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Joseph Dangerfield, will present the semi-annual “Concert of Soloists” in conjunction with members of Orchestra Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The concert is open to the public at no charge.

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The renowned Vienna Boys’ Choir will perform as part of the Marquis Series at Coe College on Thursday, Oct. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Founded in 1498, this internationally known boys’ choir performs nearly 300 concerts to over half a million people around the world each year.

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Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus will speak on “The Rule of Law and the Iowa Supreme Court” at Coe College. The presentation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall, and it is free and open to the public.

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Students of all ages are invited to levitate objects, launch pumpkins, shatter grapes, make ice cream with liquid nitrogen and much more at the eighth annual Coe Playground of Science night. The event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 6 – 9 p.m. in Peterson Hall of Science on the Coe campus. Faculty and students from the physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, nursing, psychology and ROTC departments will provide demonstrations and facilitate hands-on opportunities to show that science can be fun.

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Four former Kohawk athletes will be inducted into the Coe College Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend, Oct. 13-17. The 2010 class of inductees includes Cedar Rapids residents Guy Simons ’94 and Todd Henecke ’96. Cedar Rapids native Marie Strilich Anderson ’88 of Swisher and Shelly Howe ’96 of Shakopee, Minn., will also be honored.

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"Inspired by Tradition" is the theme for Homecoming 2010 at Coe College.  Alumni and friends are invited to Coe Oct. 13-17 for what promises to be the largest Homecoming in the history of the college.

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A Belgrade-based theatre company that emerged amidst the violence and turmoil of the Yugoslav War in 1991 will be performing and offering a guest lecture as part of upcoming appearances at Coe College. DAH Theatre is a globally recognized and revered theatre group famous for its powerful statements against war and violence, particularly dealing with issues of social justice.

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Coe College will honor the professional achievements of a famous alumnus with a major event entitled “A 20th Century Journey: The Influence of William L. Shirer, A Symposium on World Politics, Journalists and Their Impact on Society.” The symposium will be held at various locations on the Coe campus from Wednesday, Oct. 13 through Friday, Oct. 15, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Shirer’s landmark work, “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” All of the seminars offered during the symposium are open to the public at no charge.

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"Zu lieben ist zu leben!" ("To love is to live!") is the theme of a memorial concert in honor of Coe College Teaching Artist in Music (voice) Mark Elliott, set for Sunday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe campus. The event is free and open to the public, with a reception following the concert in the Sinclair lobby.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present a world premiere about German women of the Third Reich in "Women in the Shadow" on Oct. 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday, Oct. 3 performance, which starts at 2 p.m.

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The collective expertise of four Coe College professors will be tapped for the next Thursday Forum lecture series. “It’s All in Your Head: Issues in Contemporary Brain Science” will be presented beginning Sept. 30.

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Coe College has received a prestigious $4.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to renovate Peterson Hall of Science, the largest grant ever received by the college. The funding is an integral part of the $8.7 million required to transform the 40-year-old facility into a modern science center. Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2011 to accommodate the college's academic calendar.

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Coe College has set several all-time records for its 2010 fall enrollment, including a record number of first-year students, the largest-ever number of students in residence and a record number of applications. At the same time, the average academic profile of the incoming students remains high.

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Internationally recognized violinist Wolfgang David, along with renowned pianist and composer David Gompper from the University of Iowa, will be performing a guest recital on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall on the Coe College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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The opening art show of the 2010-2011 season at Coe College features an exhibition series highlighting the creative achievements of the college's Art Department faculty. The featured artists include John Beckelman, Lucy Goodson, Peter Thompson, Priscilla Steele, Shannon Kennedy, Kathleen Caraccio and Jennifer Rogers.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present "Chekhovian Chuckles: three one-act comedies by Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) celebrating his 150th birthday." These special productions will be staged at both the Iowa Theatre Artists Company (ITAC) in Amana and on the Coe campus.

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The mother-daughter duo of Hana and Iva Bartošová will present a duet concert on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus. Sponsored by Friends of Music at Coe, the event is free and open to the public.

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Coe College and St. Luke's Hospital have scheduled a ribbon cutting and open house to commemorate the opening of their new shared steam production plant. The event will be held at the steam plant, located on the northeastern corner of the St. Luke's campus and across Coe Road from Murray Hall on the Coe campus, on Tuesday, Sept. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. Following a brief ceremony, tours of the steam plant will be available until 12:30 p.m.

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Coe College is one of four institutions in the state to be selected as an Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps College Recruiter site for 2010. Coe has received a $3,000 award from the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and Iowa Campus Compact to be used toward hiring a current student who has previously been awarded an AmeriCorps Education Award. The student will work 10 hours per week for 15 weeks in the fall semester to promote and increase awareness about opportunities with AmeriCorps on campus and in the surrounding community.

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Coe College's Thursday Forum lecture series opens Sept. 2 with a serious discussion of humor. "This Is No Joke: Taking Humor Seriously" is the first of seven topics scheduled for a busy 2010-11 academic calendar.

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Coe College has qualified for three Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) projects supported by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). The grant funds will be used for collaborative research and events that strengthen curricula, teaching and student learning outcomes across ACM institutions. The three projects taking shape under the direction of Coe faculty range from a presentation focusing on electronic portfolios, to a conference discussing theatre and dance curriculums in the liberal arts college, to global citizenship on the island of Malta.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts has announced its 2010-2011 season of four main stage productions, directed by faculty members and featuring both students and faculty in the casts. This season's offerings range from a world premiere about German women of the Third Reich, to a classic Chekhov drama focused on the decay of the privileged class in early 20th-century Russia, to a thought-provoking play in which two famous atomic physicists find themselves on opposite sides of World War II, to a morality tale centered on the riots in Los Angeles in the wake of the Rodney King beating.

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Coe College will offer special tours and activities during Iowa Private College Week (IPCW), Aug. 2-6. Free tours and information sessions will be available for college-bound students and their families at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily, departing from the lobby of Stewart Memorial Library.

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Alumni and friends of Coe College living in Iowa can show their school spirit with official Coe license plates. The specialty plates featuring Kohawk crimson and gold were recently introduced by the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) and are available through each county treasurer's office.

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Coe College has received a $9,700 Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant (PCMNG) award to help purchase a new instrument that will aid in experiments focusing on the role of metals in the environment. The grant was awarded to the Coe Chemistry Department to be used toward the purchase of a flame atomic absorption spectrophotometer for use by students in the first-year chemistry curriculum.

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Coe College senior Joseph Ponce has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Program grant. The Fulbright will allow Ponce to study abroad in Turkey during the 2010-2011 academic year. The grant funds will pay for travel, living and research expenses.

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Coe College senior Katie Blanchard has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Program grant. The Fulbright will allow Blanchard to study abroad in Serbia during the 2010-2011 academic year. The grant funds will pay for travel, living and research expenses.

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Coe College senior Tyler Mullenbach has been awarded one of two R.J. McElroy Trust fellowships for graduate study. Mullenbach was selected from a field of six finalists from colleges and universities in northeast Iowa.

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Coe Head Football Coach Steve Staker - previously named the 2009 Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year for NCAA Division III - has announced the beneficiaries of the $50,000 received from Liberty Mutual to the charities of his choice. An additional $20,000 was automatically designated by the insurance company to benefit alumni programs at Coe.

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Coe College has received an award of nearly $215,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support student research for the three-year period of 2010 to 2012. The grant, which is funded by the United States Department of Defense, will be used to extend the college's highly successful Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer research program. Coe remains one of only a handful of small colleges nationally in physics and/or chemistry to host an REU site.

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Coe alumnus Curt Menefee, sportscaster and host of Fox NFL Sunday, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Journalism degree on Sunday, May 9, at 10 a.m. on the Stewart Memorial Library Mall.

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Famed Cedar Rapids and Coe photographer George Henry will present an exhibition entitled "Collection of Nature and Scenery" in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus. An opening reception will take place in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, May 7, from 5 - 7 p.m. Both the reception and the exhibitions are free and open to the public, with gallery hours from 3 - 5 p.m. May 8-9, 13-16, and 20-23.

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The Coe College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of this season's guest conductor Timothy Hankewich, will present classics from Mozart, Debussy and Schubert as part of a spring concert on Sunday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.

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Coe College will host its 30th annual Student Art and Pottery Sale on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., on the front lawn and in the lobby of the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium.

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A colorful musical adventure presented by the Romeo & Julia Kören (Romeo and Juliet Choir) will conclude this season's Marquis Series at Coe College on Saturday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The Romeo & Julia Kören transforms lyrics and music into imagery, making their performances a visual as well as a musical experience.

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A wide variety of music including sacred selections and the music of famed American musical composer Richard Rodgers will be performed by the Coe College Chorale during the group's spring concert. Special featured guest group will be the Chancel Choir from Westminster Presbyterian Church of Cedar Rapids. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., in Sinclair Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

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Coe College will host the Iowa Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More than 300 middle and high school students from 15 schools across the state will be competing in the areas of math, science and engineering. The contests will be held in various buildings on the Coe campus, and many are open to the public at no charge.

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The spring Festival of Bands concerts at Coe College will feature more than 500 musicians of all ages from across eastern Iowa, April 15, 17 and 18. With four performances featuring eight bands, the Coe College Festival of Bands has grown to become one of the largest non-competitive events of its kind in Iowa.

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Coe graduate Jeff Myrom, class of 1998, will present "Life as a Liberal-Arts Science-Based Environmental-Policy Guy" as the plenary speaker for the college's 10th annual Student Research Symposium. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 13, with more than 100 Coe students showcasing their academic projects. The event runs throughout the day in various locations on the Coe campus. It is free and open to the public.

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The Coe College Concert Choir will present a "Psalm Concert" featuring two world premieres by local composers as well as traditional pieces setting biblical psalms. The concert will be held on Saturday, April 10, beginning at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium, and it is free and open to the public.

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Holocaust speaker and author Isaac Levendel, whose mother was an Auschwitz victim, will speak at Coe College on Monday, April 12, at 3:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. Entitled "Isaac Levendel and the Search for the Past: Not the Germans Alone!", the event is open to the public at no charge.

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The Coe College Habitat for Humanity Chapter's annual Shack-A-Thon has been scheduled from 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13 until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14. According to student organizers, the purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the substandard housing conditions many people endure around the world, as well as raise money for the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

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Coe College History Professor David Nordmann closes out the Thursday Forum academic year by examining the history of United States and East Asia relations.

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Poet Major Jackson will read from his poetry at the annual Paul Engle Poetry Reading on Monday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. The event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

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The National Society of Physics Students has selected the Coe College Chapter of the Society of Physics Students as an Outstanding Chapter for the 2008-2009 school year. Those chapters that are honored excel in physics areas such as research, public science outreach, tutoring programs, representation at physics meetings, and social interaction of chapter members.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present an award-winning musical set in New York City that focuses on the ultimate need for human relationships. "Company" will run March 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, and 27 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday, March 21 performance, which starts at 2 p.m.

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Coe College has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The award represents the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, service-learning and community engagement.

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Contemporary art featuring a wide variety of media by eight artists from across the United States is to be featured in an exhibition at Coe College. Entitled "One vertical, unwavering band of light," everything from abstract painting to conceptual sculpture will be displayed in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium. The exhibition will open on Saturday, Feb. 27 and run through Sunday, March 28, with free admission and gallery hours from 3-5 p.m. daily. A special closing reception will take place on March 26 from 5-7 p.m.

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Coe College Professor Emeritus of Biology Floyd Sandford, a frequent world traveler and participant in Earthwatch Expeditions, will transport the Thursday Forum audience to some of the world's great destinations in March.

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Eve Ensler's production, "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, & A Prayer" will be performed Feb. 26 - 28, on the Coe College campus in conjunction with international V-Day. The Friday and Saturday productions will begin at 8 p.m., with the Sunday event at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in the P.U.B., connected to Gage Memorial Union, along College Drive.

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Michael Kessler, a professor and researcher at Georgetown University, will give a presentation entitled, "Should the President Use Religion in War and Does the Constitution Permit it?" The lecture will be held on Monday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. It is free and open to the public.

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Cuisine from around the world will be featured at the Coe College International Club's 36th annual banquet on Sunday, Feb. 28. Appetizers will be served during a reception at 6 p.m. in the upper lobby of Gage Memorial Union, followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Gage Dining Hall.

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Guest artists Doug Talley and Mark Maegdlin will be featured at Coe College's 2010 Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert on Feb. 27, at 8 p.m., in Sinclair Auditorium. This year, 78 middle school and high school jazz bands are participating from throughout the Midwest. Award winners will be recognized during the Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert intermission.

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Musical nationalism is February's topic at Coe College's Thursday Forum lecture series for adult learners.

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More than 1,200 third graders from 22 area elementary schools will display their artwork at Coe College as part of a unique collaboration between the college and the Cedar Rapids Community School District. "Third Grade Clay" runs from Friday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Feb. 7 in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium.

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Ignored in most history books, Native American women will be spotlighted to open the new year at Coe College's Thursday Forum.

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Christmas will be celebrated at Coe College's annual Christmas Convocation and Christmas Vespers scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1. Both events will feature the Coe College Chorale. The Christmas Convocation will begin at 11 a.m., with a repeat program held as Christmas Vespers at 7:30 p.m., both in Sinclair Auditorium. The celebrations are free and open to the public, with refreshments served following each service.

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The Coe College Concert Choir and Coe Crimson & Gold will present "A British Invasion!" on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe campus. Featuring all things British from 15th century war songs and hymns to madrigals, art songs and music by the Beatles, the concert is free and open to the public.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present the bawdy 17th century British Restoration comedy "She Would if She Could on Nov. 13, 14, 15, 19, 20 and 21 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday, Nov. 15 performance, which starts at 2 p.m.

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Phi Beta Kappa's Visiting Scholar Program will present a program at Coe College featuring John H. Coatsworth, dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Coatsworth will lecture on the economic and international history of Latin America. The program will be held on Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. It is free and open to the public.

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A special musical tribute to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln will be featured at an upcoming concert of the Coe College Concert Band and the Coe College Jazz Ensemble. The concert will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

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The Coe College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of this season's guest conductor Timothy Hankewich, will present the "Concerto for 2 Violins in d minor" by J.S. Bach as part of an upcoming concert on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.

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The fifth annual Coe College Men's Honor Choir Festival will be held on Monday, Nov. 2, culminating with a concert at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Featuring the Men's Honor Choir, Coe College Concert Choir, and Coe Crimson & Gold, with special guest the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale, the concert is free and open to the public.

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The alternative rock band Eve 6 will headline the Coe College annual fall student concert, sponsored by student senate. The event will be held in Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe campus on Friday, Oct. 30, with doors opening at 7 p.m. With a Halloween theme, costumes are encouraged!

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Members of the Coe College International Club will present the 36th annual Cultural Show on Saturday, October 24, beginning at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. It is free and open to the public with no tickets required.

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Coe College's Thursday Forum lecture series for adult learners will enter November exploring the technology boom of the last half century.

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Polaroid photographs taken by famed pop artist Andy Warhol and mixed media/installation by Isabel Barbuzza are featured in upcoming Coe College art shows. The works will be on display in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus. An opening reception will take place in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Oct. 16, from 5 - 7 p.m. Both the reception and the exhibitions are free and open to the public, with gallery hours from 3 - 5 p.m. daily from Oct. 17 through Nov. 8.

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Bennett Schwartz, a psychology professor and researcher at Florida International University in Miami, will present a program on primate intelligence at Coe College. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. in room 405 of Stuart Hall on the corner of First Avenue and College Drive. It is free and open to the public.

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Students of all ages are invited to levitate objects, launch pumpkins, shatter grapes, make ice cream with liquid nitrogen and much more at the seventh annual Coe Playground of Science night. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 6 - 9 p.m. in Peterson Hall of Science on the Coe campus. Faculty and students from the physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, nursing, psychology and ROTC departments will provide demonstrations and facilitate hands-on opportunities to show that science can be fun.

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Internationally acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller will present "Lay of the Land," a new production focusing on the issue of gay marriage, on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. In addition, Miller will workshop an all-student performance piece that will be presented in the Mills Experimental Theatre in the Dows Fine Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

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The renowned Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company will perform as part of the Marquis Series at Coe College on Friday, Oct. 16, beginning at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Famous for its bright colors, the unity of content and form, and the vivid embodiment of its stage concept, this magnificent folk dance ensemble has embraced the beauty of its native Ukraine and the wisdom of its people as well as the folk tradition of humor and optimism.

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As a culmination of Homecoming Weekend activities, an Alumni Recital featuring Marion native and Coe vocal performance major Katheryne High Levin '78 will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall. Free tickets are required by calling the music office at 399-8521 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Four former Kohawk athletes will be inducted into the Coe College Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend, Oct. 2-4. The 2009 class of inductees includes Cedar Rapids residents Barrie Ernst '76, Nancy Kahle Netolicky '86 and Jeff Hrubes '88. Ryan Kolpin '91 of Aurelia will also be honored.

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Alumni and friends of Coe are invited to join rock star Charlie Kohawk and "Rock & Shine in 2009" at Homecoming Weekend, set for Oct. 2-4. Alumni, parents and friends of the college are invited back to Coe for a full weekend of activities. Greatest hits for the weekend include the Homecoming Showcase Concert, the alumnae volleyball game, the all-alumni reception and silent auction, and the 21st Annual 5K Run & Walk. Other classic favorites include the Homecoming parade, the 19th Annual Brat 'n Beverage Tent, an alumni art reception, and the football game against the University of Dubuque. The Coe theatre production of "Three Days of Rain" and a special alumni concert are also planned.

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Coe College's Thursday Forum lecture series for adult learners focuses on the 2008 financial crisis in October. Associate Professor of Business Administration and Economics Rick Eichhorn presents "A Tempestuous Season: The 2008 Financial Crisis and its Aftermath" on Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Eichhorn will give a full overview of the crisis, from its origins in the housing market bubble and the bizarre unregulated financial instruments that shook the foundations of the worldwide financial system, to the eventual recovery (we hope).

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will open its 2009-2010 season with a contemporary play concerning misperceptions that can easily be made about the past. "Three Days of Rain" will be presented Sept. 25, 26 and 27 and Oct. 1, 2 and 3 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday, Sept. 27 performance, which starts at 2 p.m.

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Coe College has registered 1,225 full-time students for fall term, the third largest enrollment in its history. The academic profile of the incoming class remained strong, with an average ACT score of 25.4 and grade point average of 3.6.

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"Soprano, Accompanied," a Coe music faculty recital featuring Pearl M. Taylor Professor of Music Margie V. Marrs and a company of accompanists playing diverse instruments will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe campus. The recital is free and open to the public.

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The opening art show of the 2009-2010 season at Coe College features an exhibition series highlighting the creative achievements of the college's art department alumni. The featured artists include Matt Lowe '97 (sculpture), Rachel Dorn '02 (ceramics), Peter Xiao '84 (painting), and Melissa Furness '98 (painting).

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Cedar Rapids has been selected as one of "America's 10 Best Places to Grow Up" by U.S. News and World Report. The list, along with an article and slideshow, was posted on www.usnews.com on August 19, 2009.

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Coe College's Thursday Forum lecture series opens Sept. 3 with an adaptation of an actual Coe class team taught by faculty from two very different disciplines. In all, seven topics sure to interest adult learners are scheduled for a busy 2009-10 academic calendar.

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Coe College has received a $144,450 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to purchase a new instrument that will allow for glass making using a levitation/laser method. The grant was awarded to the Coe physics department, which is known worldwide for its groundbreaking glass research.

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The Coe College Marquis Series has a long tradition of bringing high quality entertainment to the Cedar Rapids community. The 2009-2010 Coe College Marquis Series features events representing the best in diverse international talent, including the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company and the Romeo & Julia Kören.

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Coe College will offer special tours and activities during Iowa Private College Week (IPCW), Aug. 3-7. Free tours and information sessions will be available for college-bound students and their families at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily, departing from the lobby of Stewart Memorial Library.

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With something for everyone, the Coe College Department of Theatre Arts has announced its 2009-2010 season of main stage productions, directed by faculty members and featuring all-student casts. This season's offerings range from a contemporary play concerning misperceptions that can easily be made about the past, to a bawdy 17th century British Restoration comedy, to an award-winning musical set in New York City that focuses on the ultimate need for human relationships.

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Coe College has received a $420,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to be used for student/faculty research on the science of glass over the next four years. With one of the leading undergraduate science programs in the country, the college has now received the prestigious multi-year NSF research grants continuously since 1986. Since 2005, Coe has garnered over $1 million in funding from NSF to support scientific research and equipment.

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Several successful Coe alumni are among the honorees at this year's June Reunion Weekend, set for June 11-14. The Coe Alumni Office is preparing for a festive weekend as alumni from the classes '34, '39, '44, '49, '54, '59 and '69 return to campus to celebrate major reunions.

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Coe College and St. Luke's Hospital have received $4.65 million to construct a shared steam heating plant. The grant was announced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and the assistance comes from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) funds provided to help recover from last summer's flood disaster. Harkin is a senior member of the Senate panel that funds economic development projects.

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Two members of the Coe community received special recognition at the college's commencement ceremony on May 10. Former Athletics Director Barron Bremner received the Eliza Hickok Kesler Outstanding Service Award, while Psychology Professor Tom Moye was presented with the Lynch Award for outstanding teaching.

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Coe College senior Ben Franta has been awarded one of two R.J. McElroy Trust fellowships for graduate study. Franta was selected from a field of six finalists from colleges and universities in northeast Iowa.

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Essa Kazim, the chairman of Borse Dubai and the Dubai Financial Market, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree on Sunday, May 10, at 10 a.m. on the Stewart Memorial Library Mall.

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Coe College sophomore Jack Berkowitz of Lawrence, Kan., has been named as a 2009 Goldwater Scholarship recipient. He is one of 278 national recipients of the scholarship from a field of 1,078 undergraduate sophomore and junior applicants from across the United States. Berkowitz was one of three Iowa college students who received the award.

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The Coe College Concert Choir and Crimson & Gold will present a concert of kid-friendly music and activities, with guest performing groups from local schools and churches, on Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Coe College will host its 29th Annual Student Art and Pottery Sale on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., on the front lawn and in the lobby of the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium.

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Holocaust survivor Irene Furst will speak about her World War II era experiences at Coe College on Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. Furst will be accompanied by her daughter, Linda Hurwitz, former director of the Holocaust Center of the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh. The event is open to the public at no charge.

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A wide variety of music ranging from sacred selections to Broadway hits will be performed by the Coe College Choral during the group's spring concert. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Sinclair Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present "Arcadia" April 17, 18, 19, 23, 24 and 25 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday, April 19 performance, which starts at 2 p.m.

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Christopher Vaughan, a biologist, professor and director of Costa Rica programs for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), will present a program on "Conservation Challenges and Opportunities in Costa Rica" at Coe College. The event will be held in Cherry Auditorium of Peterson Hall along College Drive on Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

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Coe College alumnus Steven Hicks will read from and sign copies of his debut novels "The Gleaner" and "The Fall of Adam" at a reception at Coe on Friday, April 17.

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The Coe College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Joseph Dangerfield, will present three premiere works written by Iowa composers as part of its spring concert on Saturday, April 18, at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The concert will feature guest Viennese violinist Wolfgang Dávid and is a celebration of Germanic music. It is free and open to the public.

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"Behind Barbed Wire," an educational exhibit about the experiences of Midwest prisoners of war (POWs) who were imprisoned in Hitler's Third Reich, will be at Coe College on Monday, April 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The exhibit is displayed in a traveling museum called a "Buseum," which will be parked in front of Stewart Memorial Library at the center of campus. It is free and open to the public.

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Coe College will host the Iowa Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More than 300 middle and high school students from across the state will be competing in the areas of math, science and engineering. The contests will be held in various buildings on the Coe campus, and many are open to the public at no charge.

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Alma A. Turechek Professor of Music Richard Hoffman, Coe College's own "Mr. Broadway," closes out the Thursday Forum academic year in April by examining four relatively new shows that have helped "save" Broadway. Hoffman introduces these shows that have kept the creative quality of Broadway entertainment at the highest level by their excellence. All of these shows have been met with critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences, and some have also earned scads of money.

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Coe graduate Desirae Leipply, class of 2004, will discuss her graduate work in molecular biophysics as part of the college's ninth annual Student Research Symposium. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 8, with more than 100 Coe students showcasing their academic projects. The event runs throughout the day in various locations on the Coe campus. It is free and open to the public.

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A large book sale comprising more than 7,000 books owned by the late David Goodwin, Marvin D. Cone Associate Professor of Art at Coe College, will be held at Stewart Memorial Library April 1-3, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The public is invited to the sale, with book prices starting at $3.

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The spring Festival of Bands concerts at Coe College will feature more than 500 musicians of all ages from across eastern Iowa. The Coe College Festival of Bands event is bigger than ever this year, and has grown to become one of the largest non-competitive events of its kind in the state.

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A professor, author and expert on the relationship between Jesus and Judaism, Amy-Jill Levine, will speak at two upcoming presentations at Coe College. The events are free and open to the public.

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Coe College Music Professor Dr. Joseph Dangerfield has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to teach and compose in the Russian Federation during the 2009-2010 school year. Specifically, Dangerfield will serve as composer-in-residence for the Studio New Music Ensemble at the Moscow Conservatory.

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Poet Jane Gregory from the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop will speak and read her poetry on Tuesday, March 24 at 4 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. The event is open to the public at no charge, with no tickets required.

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The National Society of Physics Students has selected the Coe College Chapter of the Society of Physics Students as an Outstanding Chapter for the 2007-2008 school year. Those chapters that are honored excel in physics areas such as research, public science outreach, tutoring programs, representation at physics meetings, and social interaction of chapter members.

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Water quality expert Mary Skopec will speak at Coe College on "Learning from the Floods of 2008: Water Quality Issues." The event will take place on Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. in Cherry Auditorium of Peterson Hall, located along College Drive. The event is open to the public at no charge.

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Coe College's Thursday Forum will explore "The Photographic Truth" in March while posing the question, does the photograph ever lie?

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Cuisine from around the world will be featured at the Coe College International Club's 35th annual banquet on Sunday, March 1. Appetizers will be served during a reception at 6 p.m. in the upper lobby of Gage Memorial Union, followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of Gage.

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Guests artists Tom Giampietro and Rod Pierson will be featured at Coe College's 2009 Jazz Summit Grand Finale Concert on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m., in Sinclair Auditorium. This year, 69 middle school and high school jazz bands are participating from throughout the Midwest. Award winners will be recognized during the Jazz Summit concert intermission.

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A photography and multi-media installation by Leighton Pierce, ceramics by Sarah German, and ceramics by Tyler Speicher will be featured in upcoming Coe College art shows. The works will be on display in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus. An opening reception will take place in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Feb. 20, from 5 - 7 p.m. Both the reception and the exhibitions are free and open to the public, with gallery hours from 3 - 5 p.m. daily from Feb. 21 through March 20.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz will speak and read his poetry on Monday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. The event is open to the public at no charge, with no tickets required.

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Eve Ensler's production, "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, & A Prayer" will be performed Feb. 13 - 15, on the Coe College campus in conjunction with international V-Day. The Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 8 p.m., with the Sunday performance at 2 p.m., all in Cherry Auditorium of Peterson Hall, located just off First Avenue along College Drive.

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The ceramics of Coe Art Professor John Beckelman are featured in an upcoming ceramics show in the greater Des Moines area. The four-person exhibit, entitled "Ceramics: New Work," will be held at Olson-Larsen Galleries, 203 Fifth Street, West Des Moines. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Feb. 6 from 5-7 p.m., with the exhibit running through March 21.

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A one-of-a-kind, award-winning exhibit of hundreds of pieces of World War II era mail and documents related to the Nazi's attempted extermination of Jews and others will be publicly displayed at Coe College on Feb. 14. The exhibit will be shown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Perrine Gallery of Stewart Memorial Library. It is free and open to the public.

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Coe College's Thursday Forum will make the case for Catalonia as an independent nation from Spain in February.

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Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Guns, Germs and Steel," will be the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Coe College Contemporary Issues Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

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More than 1,200 third graders from 23 area elementary schools will display their artwork at Coe College as part of a unique collaboration between the college and the Cedar Rapids Community School District. "Third Grade Clay" runs from Friday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 8 in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium.

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Coe College's Thursday Forum will conclude January with a two-week exploration of one of the world's most ancient instruments - the harp.

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Coe College's Thursday Forum opens the new year with a two-week examination of two successful city-states that emerged during the late Middle Ages in northern Italy.

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Visiting Professor of English and Writer in Residence Ann Struthers leads Coe College's Thursday Forum into its winter break with a two-week review of her time in Syria as a Fulbright Fellow. From 1996-98 Struthers taught at Syria's University of Aleppo.

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The renowned Guarneri String Quartet will perform as part of the Marquis Series at Coe College, on Friday, Dec. 5, beginning at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets will be available at the door or by calling the Coe College Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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Christmas will be celebrated at Coe College's annual Christmas Convocation and Christmas Vespers scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 2. Both events will feature the Coe College Chorale. The Christmas Convocation will begin at 11 a.m., with a repeat program held as Christmas Vespers at 7:30 p.m., both in Sinclair Auditorium. The celebrations are free and open to the public, with refreshments served following each service.

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The Coe College Concert Choir and Crimson & Gold will present a winter concert on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe campus. Featuring sacred and secular music, the concert is free and open to the public.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present a modern adaptation of the Greek tragedy "Electra" Nov. 14, 15, 16, 20, 21 and 22 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday, Nov. 16 performance, which starts at 2 p.m.

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"Flooding the City with Service" is the theme for Coe's community service activities for the 2008-2009 school year, in response to June's devastating floods. This weekend more than 100 Coe students and family members will volunteer for community service as part of Family Weekend activities.

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The Coe College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Joseph Dangerfield, will present the "Nutcracker Suite" as part of its fall concert on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The concert will feature guest Austrian violinist Wolfgang Dávid and Coe music professor and organist Brett Wolgast. It is free of charge and open to the public.

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The fourth annual Coe College Men's Honor Choir Festival will be held on Monday, Nov. 3, culminating with a concert at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Featuring the Men's Honor Choir, Coe College Concert Choir, and Coe Crimson & Gold, with special guest the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale, the concert is free and open to the public.

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The Coe Concert Band and the Coe Jazz Ensemble will perform in a special non-partisan election concert on Sunday, Nov. 2, beginning at 2 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public, and is part of the college's Family Weekend activities.

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The Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa will perform as part of the Marquis Series at Coe College, on Saturday, Nov. 1, beginning at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets will be available at the door or by calling the Coe College Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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The history of the American West has captured the attention of a wide range of audiences.Beginning Oct. 30, that audience will be Coe College's Thursday Forum lecture series with "'Go West, Young Man': The American West and the Development of the American Character."

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Students of all ages can produce snow, create dragon's breath, shatter grapes and make ice cream with liquid nitrogen at the sixth annual Coe Playground of Science night. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6 - 9 p.m. in Peterson Hall of Science on the Coe campus.

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The photography of Coe Associate Professor of Art Lucy Goodson and mixed media/installation by Jamie Burmeister are featured in upcoming Coe College art shows. The works will be on display in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus. An opening reception will take place in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Oct. 17, from 5 - 7 p.m. Both the reception and the exhibitions are free and open to the public, with gallery hours from 3 - 5 p.m. daily from Oct. 18 through Nov. 7.

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Coe College's Thursday Forum lecture series for adult learners focuses on the Jerusalem Temple in October.

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Fifty years of music making in Marquis Hall on the Coe College campus will be celebrated at two upcoming events. Since the construction of Marquis Hall, thousands of students have studied, practiced, rehearsed, listened, and created and performed music in this veritable Georgian structure attached to the north side of Sinclair Auditorium.

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"Vote for Charlie Kohawk" is the theme for the election year Homecoming celebration at Coe College, Sept. 26 - 28. Alumni, parents and friends of the college are invited back to Coe for a full weekend of activities. Many events are open to the public throughout the weekend including the Homecoming Showcase Concert, the theatre production "A Dream Deferred, A Race Derailed," bonfire and coronation, neighborhood parade, football game, alumni art reception and exhibit, and the 5K Run & Fun Walk.

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Coe College has registered a record 1,249 full-time students for fall term, up from the 1,220 full-time students enrolled last fall, and on pace to maintain the historically stable enrollment at the college. The academic profile of the incoming class remained strong, with an average ACT score of 25.8 and grade point average of 3.6.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present two plays about race relations in the U.S. entitled "A Dream Deferred, A Race Derailed." The performances will be held Sept. 26, 27, 28 and Oct. 2, 3 and 4 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday, Sept. 28 performance, which starts at 2 p.m.

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The first art show of the 2008-2009 season at Coe College features an exhibition series highlighting the creative achievements of the college's art department alumni. The featured artists include Christine Buckton Tillman '99 (sculpture), Fujiko Isomura '95 (paintings), Julia Kottal '03 (landscape paintings), and Kirk Mayhew '95 (ceramics).

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"The Puzzle Master," a musical retelling of the Greek mythological poem "Icarus," will be performed at Coe College on Thursday, Sept. 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall, located directly behind Sinclair Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, with no tickets required.

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"Why do they shut me out of heaven?", a multi-media program combining music and dance, will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus. The event is free and open to the public, with no tickets required.

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Coe College will undergo a standard comprehensive evaluation Sept. 15-18, 2008, during a visit by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Coe is a private, residential, coeducational, liberal arts not-for-profit college offering primarily baccalaureate-degree programs with one master's program. The college has been accredited continuously by the Commission since 1913.

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Coe College's Thursday Forum lecture series opens Sept. 4 with an exploration of the crossroads between science and different civilizations. In all, nine topics sure to interest adult learners are scheduled for a busy 2008-09 academic calendar.

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"Flooding the City with Service" is the theme for Coe's community service activities for the 2008-2009 school year, planned in response to June's devastating floods. Organized by Coordinator of Service Learning and Leadership Mandi McReynolds, members of the Coe community will be working on a regular basis at multiple sites from now through spring.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts has announced its 2008-2009 season of main stage productions, staged by faculty members and featuring all-student casts. This season's offerings range from a pair of one-act plays about race relations in the U.S., to an ancient Greek tragedy about family betrayal and the thirst for revenge, to a contemporary British comedy focused on the unpredictable interrelationship between the past and the present.

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The Coe College Marquis Series has a long tradition of bringing high quality entertainment and outstanding lecturers to the Cedar Rapids community. The 2008-2009 Coe College Marquis Series features three diverse and dynamic events, including the Capitol Steps comedy troupe, the Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa, and, in its last season, the Guarneri String Quartet.

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Nearly 50 members of the Coe College Touring Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band are set to travel to Taiwan and China Aug. 3-11. The ensembles consist of Coe students, faculty, alumni and friends, led by Coe Professor of Music and Band Director William Carson and music instructor Steve Shanley. The groups will perform farewell concerts in Cedar Rapids and the Chicago area, then give three performances in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Concerts will consist of six pieces by the touring wind ensemble and six pieces by the touring jazz ensemble, including the appropriately titled Sousa march, "Hands Across the Sea." While overseas, the students will also visit many historical and cultural sites.

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Coe College will offer special tours and activities during Iowa Private College Week (IPCW), Aug. 4-8. Free tours and information sessions will be available for college-bound students and their families at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily, departing from the lobby of Stewart Memorial Library.

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Coe College will offer special tours and activities during Iowa Private College Week (IPCW), Aug. 4-8. Free tours and information sessions will be available for college-bound students and their families at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily, departing from the lobby of Stewart Memorial Library.

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Despite sustaining damage from last month's floodwaters, Coe College is providing support for flood recovery. The college has provided hundreds of overnight stays in its dormitories and apartments since mid-June, and is making office and meeting space available to organizations affected by the flood.

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Despite sustaining damage from last month's floodwaters, Coe College is providing support for flood recovery. The college has provided hundreds of overnight stays in its dormitories and apartments since mid-June, and is making office and meeting space available to organizations affected by the flood.

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Most of the Coe College campus remained safe and dry during last week's epic Cedar Rapids flood. However, the campus remains on limited power due to floodwaters that invaded the college's Physical Plant building on the northwestern corner of the campus, along Coe Road.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present Natalie Ginzburg's tragicomedy, "The Advertisement," on Sept. 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 and 29 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday, Sept. 23 performance, which starts at 2 p.m.

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The first art show of the 2007-2008 season at Coe College features the inauguration of an exhibition series highlighting the creative achievements of the college's art department alumni. The featured artists include Angela Foley (ceramics) and Erin Wells (illustration) showing together in one gallery, with mixed media from Eric Carroll (installation) and Jennifer Rogers (installation) in the other gallery.

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Lois Jenson, whose life story is the inspiration behind the hit film, "North Country," will speak at Coe College on Tuesday, Sept. 4, beginning at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.  Jenson will discuss gender politics and how her courage and determination made a difference in the national fight against discrimination.

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Coe College's 20th anniversary Thursday Forum lecture series begins with the end of the Greek Empire and ends with the beginning of the United States. In between, lectures will focus on Jewish holidays, the local opera scene, art and gender, a look back at 1968, and the "golden age" of Hollywood.

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Coe College is one of 29 Iowa private colleges and universities that will offer special tours and activities during Iowa Private College Week (IPCW), Aug. 6-10. Free tours and information sessions will be available for college-bound students and their families at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily, departing from the lobby of Stewart Memorial Library.

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The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts has announced its 2007-2008 season of main stage productions, staged by faculty members and featuring all-student casts. The season's offerings range from a tragicomedy about human interaction, to a Shakespeare classic that blends romance and cynicism, to a brilliant German musical from the 1930s.

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