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Successful Graduates

Coe religion graduates have acquired positions in teaching, social work, law, business and theater. Some have gone on to graduate studies in these same fields as well as in religious ministry, community service, and politics. Here are some examples of what Coe religion graduates are doing now.

Lynnette Volden graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in philosophy with a minor in theatre arts. Originally from St. Charles, Minnesota, Lynnette moved to Vermont after graduation to serve with AmeriCorps through the Vermont Youth Development Corps. After successfully completing her year of service, she returned to Minnesota to work on an organic farm dedicated to community building and environmental stewardship.

"Coming to Coe is all about the people you meet and the community you are a part of. I have the highest respect and regard for all of my professors, both in my department and outside of it. Each one pushed me to develop strong professional and personal skills while supporting the decisions I made. I was given the freedom to explore my own views while being held to the highest academic standard. The Coe community taught me how to be a strong writer, critical thinker, and resilient individual which has prepared me for not only my career but the challenges of life beyond college." - Lynnette Volden '13

Jordan Gunn graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy.  He is currently working towards a Ph.D. in pharmacognosy at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy in Chicago. Jordan studies the biological and chemical properties of traditionally used medicines from China, Thailand and Laos, validating their use and providing the pharmaceutical industry with lead compounds for development.

“My experience at Coe single-handedly created the outlook and experiences which brought me to where I am today. My advisors bread in me a desire to gain technical skills and knowledge in science, while simultaneously pursuing areas of interest in philosophy. This eventually led me to the philosophy of science, whereby in two semesters abroad I discovered a new world of opportunities in a science largely pushed by sound philosophy. This flexibility in transition of disciplines, and the support and guidance of Coe's faculty, was truly responsible for a one-of-a-kind college experience I will forever be grateful for."- Jordan Gunn ’09

Rachel Parr graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in psychology and philosophy. After graduating from Coe, she attended the University of Iowa College of Law, graduating with a J.D. in May of 2010. Currently, she is an attorney at Foulston Siefkin, LLP in Wichita, Kansas, practicing in complex commercial litigation.

"For me, Coe was a perfect fit. Academically, I found my courses intellectually stimulating and, due to small class sizes, my professors knew who I was and they were always available to help if needed. The education I received from Coe definitely prepared me for graduate school and my career. Beyond academics, Coe has an amazing social atmosphere and great extracurricular activities. I was able to participate in multiple activities, including concert choir, AOII, cheerleading, and the Vagina Monologues, all of which helped make my college experience great and helped me meet people I am friends with to this day." - Rachel Parr ’07

Leah Reuber graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in philosophy and interdisciplinary study in journalism, with a minor in gender studies. Currently living in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Leah works as the assistant residence life coordinator for Bender Hall at the University of Northern Iowa. She is in her last semester of graduate school and will graduate with her Master of Arts in postsecondary education: student affairs in May of 2013. She hopes to continue working in higher education in the future as an international education coordinator or director of marketing.

"I never imagined being a philosophy major, but after one class from the Coe Philosophy Department I knew I would hold a philosophy degree from Coe four years later. The faculty in the department are incredibly engaging and charismatic. They hold a quirky fervor for their area of expertise and it makes such an academically challenging area of study exciting to contribute to. This department is emblematic of Coe as whole. Every corner of the campus houses passionate educators who seek to create nothing less than successful graduates. Every department at Coe offers unique opportunities to its students. There is simply no experience that is off limits." – Leah Reuber '07