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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.


Isaac Fox-Poulsen graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion. He now works work at Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families in Cedar Rapids as the Compliance Specialist for Homeless and Housing Services. Isaac plans to pursue his master's degree in social work in the future.

"My time at Coe allowed me to grow, not only academically, but as a whole person. The liberal arts degree I earned at Coe allowed me to adapt to working in victim advocacy and support - a very different field than my religion major. My academic advisor, other professors and staff at Coe encouraged me to do my best, and their support allowed me to become who I am today." - Isaac Fox-Poulsen '12

Noel Rozum graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in religion. Originally from Glendale, Ariz., Noel has been living in Cedar Rapids since 2004. She is currently working as a civic engagement coordinator in the Service-Learning Office at Coe College, developing volunteer and service-leader programming, which she calls "the best job in the world, with many opportunities for meaningful experiences and professional development." In the future, she would like to enroll in graduate school and study organizational development.

"The single most meaningful experience I had as a student at Coe was the ability to study under my advisor, Professor Meira Kensky. Among the many things I learned from her was how to critically read religious texts. She really fueled my love and passion for working with these texts!" – Noel Rozum '11

Kellie Griffin graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in religion and philosophy. After graduation, she served for one year as an Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA member working in the Office of Service-Learning and Campus Engagement at Coe. Kellie is currently taking classes at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago to pursue at Master of Divinity degree.

“I had a great experience at Coe. I don't think I could have asked for better professors within my majors. They did a great job of both supporting me and subtly challenging me to grow both as a student and as a person. I think it is, in part, due to their encouragement that I am now pursuing my Master of Divinity degree. I received a great education and had a great time doing it!” - Kellie Griffin ’10

Brianna Wright graduated in 2010, majoring in history with a minor in religion.  Originally from Albia, Iowa, she is currently earning her master’s degree in museum studies at George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. In addition to her studies, Brianna works at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

"Coe provided me the foundation to be successful after I graduated, both professionally and personally. Professors were always supportive, while challenging me to move out of my comfort zone and develop the skills I needed to feel confident moving on to the next stage of my life. The Coe experience will stay with me: in the friends that became family, the knowledge I gained in and out of the classroom, and the memories that I will always have." - Brianna Wright, ’10

Leta Keane graduated in 2009 with Bachelor of Art degrees in Religion and Creative Writing. She is currently living in Denver, CO and working as a web copywriter at GreenTent Web Design & Development.

"I work for a small, passionate web design company. My education and experiences at Coe - a small but passionate school - equipped me with the skills I use daily in my profession. Liberal arts education encouraged me to think critically and objectively, granting me a unique, wide-angle perspective in a narrow-minded world. Working as a Writing Center consultant gave me confidence in communicating with clients, learning their needs and helping them find creative solutions. But, most importantly, Coe fostered an indelible dedication to the pursuit of knowledge and excellence that sets me apart from the crowd." - Leta Keane '09

  • Amy Wiegert (religion), graduate of Lutheran School of Theology and currently an Associate Pastor in Galesburg, IL.
  • Cheryl McCullough (religion and business administration), graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, now pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Springville, IA.
  • Marisol Bigler (religion), MSW from University of Wisconsin and currently a therapist in Royal Oak, MI.
  • Judith Meyers Cooke (religion), graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, working as a pastor in Connecticut.