Coe College E-News

May 1, 2017

Levy receives Coe Founders' Medal

Coe College bestowed its highest honor - the Founders' Medal - on Marv Levy '50 on April 22. As a past recipient of Coe's Alumni Award of Merit (1972), Athletic Hall of Fame (1973), and honorary degree (1991), Levy was formally awarded the Founders' Medal for "exemplifying in extraordinary degree the qualities of a liberally educated person."

Marv Levy '50 receives the Founders' Medal from Board of Trustees Chairman Dave Carson '72 as President David McInally applauds.
Marv Levy '50 receives the Founders' Medal from Board of Trustees Chairman Dave Carson '72 as President David McInally applauds.
Marv Levy '50 chats with fellow Buffalo Bill Fred Jackson '03 and his wife, Danielle Allen Jackson '05.
Marv Levy '50 chats with fellow Buffalo Bill Fred Jackson '03 and his wife, Danielle Allen Jackson '05.
Athletics Director John Chandler assists Marv Levy '50 with the unveiling of Marv Levy Way.
Athletics Director John Chandler assists Marv Levy '50 with the unveiling of Marv Levy Way.

The celebration began with a light breakfast buffet in Stewart Memorial Library as Coe showcased improvements to the gallery spaces due to the generosity of Kim Benjamin '75 and his family. The Founders' Medal Ceremony was followed by the dedication of Marv Levy Way at the corner of College Drive and D Avenue.

Born in Chicago, Levy served in the Army Air Corps from 1943-46. At Coe he lettered in football, track and basketball. He graduated magna cum laude in 1950 and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He later earned a master's in English history at Harvard University.

After coaching in the college ranks at Coe, the University of New Mexico, the University of California (Berkeley), and the College of William & Mary, Levy transitioned to NFL coaching stints as an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles (1969), the Los Angeles Rams (1970) and the Washington Redskins (1971-72). He was the special teams coach on the Redskins team that lost 14-7 in the 1972 Super Bowl to the undefeated Miami Dolphins. Later, Levy won two Grey Cup championships with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, and then got his first NFL head coaching job with the Kansas City Chiefs from 1978-82. He coached in the USFL with the Chicago Blitz in 1984 before becoming the head coach in Buffalo from 1987 through 1997. He was also the Bills general manager in 2006-07. His lifetime coaching record is 185-143-4 (.565), including a 43-31-4 mark in Canada.

Levy, who lives in Chicago with his wife, Fran, was named Coach of the Year in 1988 and AFC Coach of the Year in 1988, 1993 and 1995. From 1987-97, the Bills were first in AFC winning percentage and second only to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

The former coach has also become an accomplished author. Along with his autobiography "Where Else Would You Rather Be?," Levy collaborated with Jeffrey Miller in penning "Game Changers - Greatest Plays in Buffalo Bills Football History." He has also authored "Between the Lies," a fictional novel about a rigged Super Bowl as well as a book of poetry entitled "It's Time for a Rhyme." Recently, Levy released his first children's book "Go Cubs Go!" He signed copies of the book for members of the Coe community on April 21.

Levy became the eighth Founders' Medal recipient, joining Paul Engle '31 and William Shirer '25 in 1976; F. Gaynor Evans '31 and S. Donald Stookey '36 in 1980; and Don Ebinger '47, Russell Knapp '30 and William Whipple '35 in 2001 as part of Coe's sesquicentennial celebration.

Coe rededicates Hickok Hall

Coe hosted a Hickok Hall rededication and donor recognition ceremony on April 21. An open house and tours preceded the dedication in Kesler Lecture Hall. Along with celebrating the renovation, the college dedicated the new 5,000-square-foot addition in honor of longtime Coe Mathematics Professor W. Kent Herron, made possible through a seven-figure gift from Coe alumnus John Eckstein '85.

Back on campus for the first time since he graduated, John Eckstein '85 was recognized for his gift in honor of his Coe faculty mentor Kent Herron.
Back on campus for the first time since he graduated, John Eckstein '85 was recognized for his gift in honor of his Coe faculty mentor Kent Herron.

During the dedication ceremony, those who provided funding for named classroom and office spaces were recognized. The Hickok renovation was funded in part by a generous grant from the Hall-Perrine Foundation, along with support from alumni and friends of the college.

Along with serving as one of Coe's main academic buildings for nearly 70 years, many public lectures and other events take place in Hickok Hall each year, including the Thursday Forum series. With the completion of the $3 million renovation and addition project, more community events can take place in the facility.

"Hickok Hall has been transformed into a place where Coe's hallmarks - top-quality academics and close student-faculty relationships - can take place in modern, spacious, technology-enabled classrooms - in a building that is accessible to all," said Coe President David McInally. "With a special thanks to John Eckstein for his major gift for the Hickok addition as well as the support of the Hall-Perrine Foundation, we are grateful to Coe alumni and friends of the college for making this project possible."

Hickok Hall is home to several academic departments, including English, foreign languages, gender studies, history, humanities, philosophy and religion, and political science. Coe's enrollment has grown by 30 percent over the past 15 years, creating many more course offerings. In response, Coe has added numerous faculty members and class sections during that period, necessitating additional classrooms and faculty offices.

The Hickok project has been a high priority to provide a first-rate educational environment for the academic programs housed in the building. The renovations and addition include the following:

  • Full accessibility - The new and renovated facility is now fully accessible to all. An elevator has been installed in the building and new restrooms have been built to enhance accessibility.
  • Complete interior renovation - The entire building has received a facelift that includes new energy efficient windows, floor coverings, classroom furnishings and office furniture for the faculty and staff. In addition, the project includes new energy-efficient lighting and wall coverings. The lobby has also been completely refurbished, creating a welcoming environment.
  • Additional space - The attractive 5,000-square-foot addition on the west side of the building provides additional classroom space and a new student lounge.

To get the project underway, new windows were installed in Hickok Hall in 2015. The renovation work and construction of the addition was done during the summer of 2016, with the project essentially completed by the start of classes last fall.

In October 2015, Coe embarked on the largest capital project in its history, one which will provide unparalleled benefits for future generations of students while creating pride among all Kohawks. Make Your Move - the Campaign for Eby and Hickok - includes $24 million in essential campus enhancements, including the athletic and recreation complex project as well as the renovation and expansion of Hickok Hall. The result will be vastly improved academic, recreational, wellness and competition facilities.

The $21 million athletic and recreation complex project, including the renovation of Eby Fieldhouse, is slated to be finished in August 2017.

Record number of Coe scholars receive Fulbright awards

Six graduating Coe seniors and a recent alumna have received prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the 2017-18 academic year. The seven recipients represent a new record number of Coe students and recent alumni who have received Fulbrights in a given year.

Coe has established itself as a leading national producer of Fulbright scholars, with 20 in the past five years, and 28 awardees in the past decade. This builds upon the tradition of Coe students, alumni and faculty who have received Fulbrights since the program was established.

"Once again, the Coe community is pleased by the college's extraordinarily large number of Fulbright recipients," said Coe President David McInally. "The hard work and dedication of our bright scholars to earn these Fulbright grants results in life-changing experiences for each award winner. We are exceedingly proud of these Coe students and alumni, and we congratulate them for their achievements."

Each of the Coe students was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant to teach during the 2017-18 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board. This year's Fulbright recipients from Coe include:

  • Justine Arcand '17 from Bonne Terre, Missouri. An Asian Studies and film studies major with a minor in creative writing, she will teach in South Korea.
  • Allison Bailey '17 from Webster City, Iowa. A political science major with minors in French and theatre arts, she will teach in Bulgaria next year.
  • Andrew Koehler '17 from Bel Aire, Kansas. A chemistry and physics major with a minor in mathematics, he will teach in Sri Lanka next year.
  • Gibson Odderstol '17 from Park Ridge, Illinois. A political science and religion major, he will teach in Malaysia next year.
  • Leeann Oelrich '16 from Mount Vernon, Iowa. An English and Spanish major, she will teach in South Korea next year.
  • Thomas Petrino '17 from Onalaska, Washington. A political science major with a minor in creative writing, he will teach in Bulgaria next year.
  • Hannah Wiles '17 from Urbandale, Iowa. A major in communication studies with a minor in Asian Studies and creative writing, she will teach in Thailand next year.

All of the Coe awardees received guidance from Professor Amber Shaw, who serves as the college's national fellowship advisor, as well as other faculty members.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More than 1,900 U.S. students, artists and early-career professionals in over 100 fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English and conduct research annually in over 140 countries around the world.

Fulbright Award recipients (from left to right) Justine Arcand '17, Allison Bailey '17, Andrew Koehler '17, Gibson Odderstol '17, Leeann Oelrich '16, Thomas Petrino '17 and Hannah Wiles '17.
Fulbright Award recipients (from left to right) Justine Arcand '17, Allison Bailey '17, Andrew Koehler '17, Gibson Odderstol '17, Leeann Oelrich '16, Thomas Petrino '17 and Hannah Wiles '17.

Franke receives Goldwater Scholarship honor

Mareena Franke '19 received an honorable mention in the 2017 Goldwater Scholarship competition.
Mareena Franke '19 received an honorable mention in the 2017 Goldwater Scholarship competition.

Coe College sophomore Mareena Franke '19 of Neenah, Wisconsin, has received an honorable mention in the 2017 Goldwater Scholarship competition. Students such as Franke who are nominated for the Goldwater and who show exceptional promise, but who do not receive a scholarship, may receive an honorable mention.

Franke is a double major in chemistry and physics, with a minor in mathematics. She was nominated for the Goldwater by the Coe Chemistry Department and the college's Goldwater Committee. Franke is a founding member of the Women in Sciences Technology Engineering and Math (WinSTEM) chapter at Coe. She is also actively involved in the chemistry and physics clubs at Coe, as well as runs in Kohawk cross country and track.

During the application process, Franke received support and encouragement from several Coe faculty members, including Chemistry Professor Scott Stoudt, with whom she has conducted organic chemistry research, Physics Professors Steve Feller and Ugur Akgun, Special Assistant to the President Marie Baehr, and Coe Professor Amber Shaw, who also serves as Coe's national fellowship advisor. Franke works with Physics Professor Firdevs Duru to digitize data from a NASA-funded research study on the ionosphere of Mars.

Although still an underclassman, Franke has taken full advantage of the academic and research opportunities offered at Coe.

"Coe has prepared me well, especially with the research opportunities available at the college," said Franke. "I was amazed at being able to start research my first summer and the ability to explore research opportunities in both chemistry and physics."

With the honorable mention award signaling her competitive application, Franke is poised to reapply for the Goldwater Scholarship next year.

"It was cool to get the honorable mention this year, and I'm looking forward to applying for the Goldwater again next year,” said Franke.

In the future, Franke plans to enroll in graduate school to earn an advanced degree in organic chemistry, and eventually pursue a career in research or chemical engineering in industry. A graduate of Neenah High School, she is the daughter of Maripat and Mark Franke.

The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. Many of the scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering and computer disciplines. Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 86 Rhodes Scholarships, 125 Marshall Awards, and numerous other distinguished fellowships.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law 99-661 on November 14, 1986. The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. In its 21-year history, the foundation has awarded more than 5,800 scholarships worth approximately $56 million dollars.

Coe College Day of Giving - Thank You!

Goals surpassed at third Day of Giving

On April 6, Kohawks from around the world united on Coe's Day of Giving. Thank you to everyone who donated, participated in celebrations, and connected on social media. #KohawkDay is a 24-hour giving day, but it's not just about raising money. It's a day to connect members of the entire Coe community, no matter how far away from campus they may be, through school spirit and the common goal of supporting the college.

Because of you, we were able to surpass our goal of 700 donors! Again this year, monetary challenges were offered when specific goals were met, creating momentum and goals to reach throughout the day. A special thank you to all of our challenge leaders and social ambassadors who helped promote #KohawkDay.

If you haven't already done so, we hope you will visit our website to check out the complete results. If you missed #KohawkDay, please consider a gift today to keep the momentum going for Kohawk Nation! Please reach out with any questions to Coe Fund Director Mary Springer at 319-399-8569 or

Steven Marc Weiss remembered

Steven Marc Weiss
Steven Marc Weiss

The Coe community continues to mourn the passing of Theatre Professor Steven Marc Weiss, who passed away on April 22 following a long battle with cancer. An on-campus Remembrance and Celebration of Life was held on Sunday in Dows Theatre.

Since he came to Coe in 2000, Weiss has brought his deep passion for theatre to the many student productions he directed in Dows Theatre. As an accomplished actor and musician, Weiss performed in numerous productions across the country over the decades. As a director and teacher - whether it was during rehearsals or in the classroom - he had high expectations for students as he shared his knowledge and experience on acting and all aspects of theatre. He was known as an outstanding mentor who inspired his students by enthusiastically sharing the love of his craft.

For much of his tenure at Coe, Weiss tirelessly chaired the Marquis Committee. He strived to bring world-renowned performers to the Coe campus to enrich both the educational program and entertainment opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the greater Cedar Rapids community. In recent years, Weiss also directed Coe's New York Term. Among many honors and scholarly presentations, he served as the visiting faculty director in London for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest off-campus program in London and Florence during 2014.

Weiss will be remembered for his quick wit and incisive intellect. He took great pride in the performances his son, Ian, has given in everything from show choir to the Theatre Cedar Rapids stage. Our thoughts and prayers are with Steven's partner, Theatre Professor Susan Wolverton, and Ian during this time.

A formal Remembrance and Celebration of Life for Steven will be held at Cedar Memorial in Cedar Rapids at a later date.

Kline honors life mentor Lipsky with campaign gift

Steve Kline '76
Steve Kline '76

Steve Kline '76 met fellow Coe trustee Joan Lipsky before he arrived on campus. As a high school student in Sioux City, Iowa, Kline was a page for the Iowa House of Representatives when he first met Lipsky, who became the first woman elected to represent Linn County in the Iowa General Assembly in 1966.

"She was such a welcoming person and such a larger-than-life figure," he said. "She was inspiring to watch and get to know."

At Lipsky's urging, Kline visited, applied and eventually attended Coe, where their friendship grew. "My years at Coe were also years getting to know Joan and to respect her even more," he said.

After earning his bachelor's in political science and economics, he went on to earn his master's in diplomacy from the Patterson School of Diplomacy. He is also a graduate of the University of Michigan's Executive Business Program.

"Coe did a great job of providing me with the liberal arts context for life," he said. "It provided me the perfect mix of that broad liberal arts context and some specific knowledge in technical areas. I have very warm feelings about my time there."

Kline retired in 2012 as vice president and chief sustainability officer at PG&E Corp. Over a 32-year career, he served as director of corporate planning and vice president for regulation at Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and vice president for corporate environmental and federal affairs at PG&E Corp. In 2010, he was named PG&E's first chief sustainability officer.

He joined the Coe Board of Trustees in 2004 and renewed his friendship with Lipsky. "When I joined the board as a trustee, it was a delight to be able to see her in person and catch up with her and get her thoughts on things," Kline said. "We were able to renew our friendship over that time."

After six terms in the General Assembly from 1967 to 1978, Lipsky graduated from law school at the University of Iowa in 1980. She joined the Coe Board of Trustees in 1982 and was elected as chair in 1997, becoming the first woman to assume that role. In 1998, she and her husband established the Joan and Abbott Lipsky Chair in Political Science.

"Supporting education is the most satisfying thing you can do as an individual to enhance life for everyone," she said at that time.

After receiving an honorary doctorate from Coe and delivering the 2014 Commencement address, Lipsky died in 2015 at age 96.

Kline said it has been rewarding to witness the many facets of running an institution like Coe, with broad responsibilities more complicated in some ways that what large corporations face. He is especially pleased that Coe has been able to grow and thrive while maintaining its liberal arts focus.

"The college has been very fortunate that at critical moments in its life that I've been able to observe that it's had the kind of leadership that it's had," he said. "For each moment it has had the right leader."

Make Your Move - The Campaign for Eby and Hickok presented an opportunity to have an impact on Coe's continuing role in an increasingly complex world, while honoring a life mentor. So Kline pledged a six-figure gift to name a Hickok Hall classroom in Lipsky's memory.

"As I look at places where I can help and have an impact, the role that Coe continues to play if anything is more important as the world becomes more complex," he said. "It's critical for the school to grow and assure that it remains relevant. This campaign is a concrete way of helping that."

You can join Kline to help these large-scale projects become reality and multiply the impact of your gift. By raising $6 million for Make Your Move, the college can receive a generous $3 million grant from the Hall-Perrine Foundation of Cedar Rapids. Visit today.

Bike ride honors Lehn's memory

Among nearly 250 participants in Bike Lehn 2017 were Chris Paasch '06, Tom Pietras '02 and Dean of Students Tom Hicks.
Among nearly 250 participants in Bike Lehn 2017 were Chris Paasch '06, Tom Pietras '02 and Dean of Students Tom Hicks.

Nearly 250 registered cyclists, walkers and runners turned out for a glorious afternoon April 23 to celebrate the memory of former Coe Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of the Faculty Dan Lehn. Proceeds from the inaugural Bike Lehn benefitted the newly created Dan Lehn Memorial Scholarship.

Lehn, 58, died July 19 from injuries sustained in a bicycle-automobile accident. Cyclists honored his memory by biking 35 miles round trip between the Sag Wagon Deli & Brew in Cedar Rapids and Sag Wagon North in Center Point. Runners and walkers circled the Cedar Lake Loop while enjoying food and drink specials, prizes and entertainment.

Bike Lehn 2017 was sponsored by the Sag Wagon, Bleu Vodka, Iowa Running Company, Via Sophia's, Raygun, the Coe Bookstore, Laura Van Buer, the Coe Alumni Office, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Cedar River Landing, HyVee, Joe Sorensen '13, Northtowne Cycling and Fitness, Casa Las Glorias and Coe Athletics.

With many people generously donating on top of registration fees, the event raised nearly $8,000 for the Dan Lehn Memorial Scholarship. The fund is now less than $6,000 short of the $25,000 needed to endow the scholarship, which will support one or more annual scholarships for deserving psychology students at Coe.

To add your contribution, visit the scholarship crowdfunding page here.

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend Bike Lehn II on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Coe alumnus, Google X engineer to deliver Coe commencement address

Sandeep Giri '04 will deliver the 2017 commencement address and Teaierra Curry '17 will be the inaugural student speaker. The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III is this year's baccalaureate speaker.
Sandeep Giri '04 will deliver the 2017 commencement address and Teaierra Curry '17 will be the inaugural student speaker. The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III is this year's baccalaureate speaker.

Sandeep Giri '04
, the manager of a team of advanced technology manufacturing engineers at Google X, will deliver the Coe College commencement address on May 7 at 10 a.m. This year for the first time, a graduating senior - Teaierra Curry '17 - will represent the class of 2017 as the student speaker.

This year's baccalaureate speaker is the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, the senior pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago. Baccalaureate will be held on May 6 beginning at 3 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

At Coe's commencement, President David McInally will confer Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Music degrees on 315 graduates. In addition, several Coe professors will be honored with emeritus status.

Through a competitive process open to all members of the class of 2017, Curry was selected as the inaugural Coe commencement senior speaker. A native of Chicago, Curry is a biology and neuroscience major, with a Spanish minor. She has been involved in many activities at Coe, including Student Activities Committee, Children of Promise, Rock Climbing Club, Cooking Club and Mortar Board.

Giri serves as the manager, advanced technology manufacturing engineering at Google X in Mountain View, California, a semi-secret facility dedicated to making major technological advancements. He works at the lab focused on "moonshot" projects like self-driving cars, balloon-powered Internet service, wind power via kites and self-flying vehicles for delivery.

Giri learned about Coe from a high school friend in Kolkata, India. He planned to major in computer science, but added physics after taking an introductory class with B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics Steve Feller. He graduated cum laude in 2004 and made a lifelong friend in Feller.

Research opportunities available through the Coe Physics Department allowed Giri to publish five papers and present them at over a dozen conferences as an undergraduate student. While at Coe, Sandeep also served research internships at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. He was active in Alpha Lambda Delta, Physics Club, Chess Club and intramural sports at Coe.

Accepted at eight of the nine graduate schools to which he applied, Giri chose to attend Stanford University. He earned a master's degree in material science in 2006.

Giri was hired as an engineer by Qualcomm in San Jose, Calif., and worked on display technology for e-readers, smart phones and smart watches. He also worked on solar technologies and filed several patents. When Qualcomm moved its manufacturing to Taiwan, they sent Giri there in 2011. He gained valuable high volume manufacturing experience and enjoyed life as an expatriate. He joined the Google special projects team in April 2013 and relishes the fast-paced culture that thinks big and empowers innovation.

Moss, this year's baccalaureate speaker, has built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. He is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching a prophetic message of love and justice, which he believes are inseparable companions that form the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

As part of his community engagement through Trinity United Church of Christ, Moss led the team that came up with the "My Life Matters" curriculum, which includes the viral video, "Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival" created in the aftermath of Michael Brown's death at the hands of the police in Ferguson, Missouri.

With a unique gift to communicate across generations, Moss' creative Bible-based messages have inspired young and old alike. His intergenerational preaching gift has made Moss a popular speaker on college campuses and at conferences and churches across the globe. He is highly influenced by the works of Zora Neale Hurston, August Wilson and Howard Thurman, as well as jazz and hip-hop music.

A native of Cleveland, Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College who earned a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Scholarly work featured at Student Research Symposium

Alvon Reed '03 was the plenary speaker for Coe's 17th annual Student Research Symposium on April 11.
Alvon Reed '03 was the plenary speaker for Coe's 17th annual Student Research Symposium on April 11.

Alvon Reed '03 presented "Afrocentric Movement in environments of oppression: The Juke Joint" as the plenary speaker for the college's 17th annual Student Research Symposium. The event was held on April 11, with dozens of Coe students showcasing their academic projects.

A Spanish major at Coe, Reed recently earned his Master of Fine Arts in dance with an emphasis in choreography from the University of Iowa. He has performed lead roles with Inland Pacific Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Opus Dance Theatre and Jennifer Muller/The Works. In addition, he has toured the Caribbean and the Hawaiian Islands with Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Reed had the distinct honor of working with renowned post-modern choreographer Bill T. Jones on the Broadway workshop entitled "Superfly! The Musical." He has also performed at the world-renowned Apollo Theatre with tap dancing legend, Maurice Hines in a variety show called "Apollo Club Harlem."

At Theatre Cedar Rapids, Reed served as assistant choreographer for "Shrek The Musical," and was the choreographer of "The Little Mermaid" and "Sister Act The Musical." Reed is currently choreographing TCR's production of "Peter Pan." Additional choreographic credits include "American Idiot," his own original musical about juke joint life in post-war America entitled "Hattie Mae's Juke Joint," and "Evita" with Revival Theatre Company. Reed currently teaches at Cornell College as dance artist-in-residence.

The symposium presentations, which ranged from academic research projects to artistic displays and performances, are the culmination of work done by students over the past academic year. Some of the student work has been done independently, with some accomplished as part of a student and faculty team. The featured work represented in the symposium is the result of honors projects, student participation in ongoing professional research programs, and the cumulative products of undergraduate careers of achievement in the arts. Each case reflects an extraordinary effort by a highly motivated student.

The symposium followed a format similar to that of a professional conference. There were panels, moderated by faculty members, in which students presented papers. There was also a poster session where students displayed and discussed the results of their work.

Upcoming alumni events

  • May 9 - Coe Corridor Network Meet-Up,12-12:55 p.m. in Clark Alumni House. Join us for lunch and hear from Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Event Planner Jenn Draper about events going on in Cedar Rapids over the summer including Farmer's Markets and Market After Dark. Lunch included for $10. Please register by May 5.
  • June 13 - Denver Open House for Jean Johnson, 4-7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Household, 15057 E. Grand Place, Aurora, CO 80015. Join Steve Kennedy '78 and Debra LaPour Kennedy '77 at their home to celebrate Alumni Director Jean Johnson's retirement from Coe. RSVP by registering online or by e-mail to Steve at or by phone at 303-815-9738.
  • June 26 - 36th Annual Golf Outing, 10:30 a.m. registration and driving range open, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, Elmcrest Country Club, Cedar Rapids. Join us for our 36th annual golf outing. This is the Athletic Department's major annual fundraiser to support Coe's 21 men's and women's varsity sports in the Iowa Conference. We will be serving lunch where participants will be able to greet the coaches prior to golf. There will be silent auction items so be ready to bid and support Coe Athletics. Golf, cart, lunch and give-aways included for $160. Lunch only is $35.

For a complete list of upcoming events at Coe, click here.