Coe College E-News

October 31, 2016

New effort launched to prepare students for life after Coe

Coe psychology students networked with trustees, alumni and area professionals in Clark Alumni House on Oct. 20.
Coe psychology students networked with trustees, alumni and area professionals in Clark Alumni House on Oct. 20.

Coe is establishing the Center for Creativity and Careers – one of the first priorities of the college’s new strategic plan – to leverage regional partnerships that offer students opportunities for learning and career preparation in the greater Cedar Rapids area.

Under the direction of Barb Ernst Tupper '89, the center will provide comprehensive career services with a particular emphasis on internships.

"Coe is in the perfect college town, with numerous opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate and network with businesses and alumni,” Tupper said. “The Center for Creativity and Careers' goal is to strengthen those networks and focus on the concept of creativity to help students gain and articulate their liberal arts skills to life beyond Coe, whether that be to employers or graduate schools."

Internship Specialist Joe Demarest was hired to connect students with internships, collaborate with faculty to develop clearer expectations and processes for internships on campus, and work with businesses to develop new opportunities for students. With over 15 years of experience in human resources, Demarest partnered with Coe in creating internship opportunities in multiple departments in his previous position at The Arc of East Central Iowa.

Already, the center has taken steps toward establishing meaningful connections between students and regional alumni and business leaders. On Saturday, local health professionals networked with pre-health club students at a tailgate party before Coe's football game. This Thursday, Coe students will attend the Iowa Accelerator StartUp Launch Day and the center recently partnered with the Applied Contemporary Psychology classes taught by professors Wendy Dunn and Benge Tallman '04 to host a networking event for psychology students. Those same students will be participating in mock interviews with local alumni in the coming weeks.

To learn more – and get involved by completing an alumni interest survey – visit the Center for Creativity and Careers online at www.coe.edu/centerforcreativityandcareers.


Intercultural Center dedicated in Randall’s honor

Qierra Brockman '18 and Steven Sharkey-Dye '18 represented students at the dedication of the James H. Randall Intercultural Center.
Qierra Brockman '18 and Steven Sharkey-Dye '18 represented students at the dedication of the James H. Randall Intercultural Center.

Coe trustees, faculty, staff, students and members of the community gathered in Gage Memorial Union on Oct. 21 for the dedication of the James H. Randall Intercultural Center. The center was named in honor of Stead Professor Emeritus of English and African American Studies James Randall, who dedicated his Coe College career to mentoring students of color and to ensuring that all students had the opportunity to excel.

The first tenured black professor at Coe, Randall taught from 1969 to 2010. He grew up in rural North Carolina, working in the tobacco fields and attending segregated schools. He earned his bachelor's at North Carolina A&T State University and master's in English at Carnegie-Mellon University. His teaching areas included African American Literature, African Literature, American Literature, English Literature, Caribbean Literature and African American History. He also chaired both the African American Studies and American Studies programs at Coe, served as an advisor to the Black Self Educated Organization (BSEO), and spent many terms with the Committee on Diversity.

Since retirement, Randall has stayed busy volunteering at the African American Museum of Iowa and serving on the board of the Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success. He served two six-year terms on the board of the Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC), including a term as president. He has twice received the annual Community Contribution Award from the Cedar Rapids branch of the NAACP.

Opened last spring as a gathering space for students who come from diverse backgrounds, including international students, the Randall Intercultural Center is becoming the hub of student engagement, activity and education.

Click here to view photos from the dedication ceremony.


A sweet solution
Backyard beekeeping spawns Happy Hive Honey Chocolates

Dr. Brian Stork '91, Marisol Bigler Stork '91 and their children, Jack and Marin, have turned a backyard beekeeping operation into a benefit for two Michigan non-profits.
Dr. Brian Stork '91, Marisol Bigler Stork '91 and their children, Jack and Marin, have turned a backyard beekeeping operation into a benefit for two Michigan non-profits.

It all began with an effort to create a unique Mother's Day gift for Marisol Bigler Stork '91. Now, Dr. Stork's Happy Hive Honey Chocolates are benefiting two Michigan non-profit organizations.

Dr. Brian Stork '91 and his daughter, Marin, helped create the sweet treat with honey produced by his backyard beekeeping operation. "They turned out so well and were so well received that we thought, wow, we could really do something great for our community with this," Brian said.

He partnered with Patricia's Chocolate to create a honey-filled chocolate ganache. "Since Mother's Day, we have sold over 1,000 of the Happy Hive Chocolates," he said.

A portion of the proceeds from Dr. Stork’s Happy Hive Honey Chocolates is donated to Step Up, a Muskegon non-profit organization that supports young women as they "age out" of foster care and transition into adulthood. A newly launched Happy Hive chocolate bar benefits Reading Enables Adult Development (R.E.A.D.), an adult literacy program serving northwest Ottawa County where Marisol works as learner and tutor pair coordinator.

While the chocolates have been an outlet for Brian to share his passion for beekeeping, they have helped raise community awareness for the causes they support.

"I think they have generated a ton of community interest in the challenges young women face as they transition out of foster care with Step Up," Brian said. "More recently, with the launch of the R.E.A.D bar, people are talking about literacy and illiteracy in our community and volunteering to help."

As an added benefit, putting the honey in chocolates instead of giving away bottles requires far less harvesting. "My bees are less stressed, which makes me a happier beekeeper," Brian said.

To order Dr. Stork's Happy Hive Honey Chocolates, call Patricia's Chocolate at (616) 842-5999 or email patty@patriciaschocolate.com.

Click here to read the story behind Dr. Stork's Happy Hive Chocolates. Click here to visit Happy Hive Honey on Facebook.


Feller recognized as Centenary Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology

 Coe Physics Professor Mario Affatigato '89 (left) congratulates his colleague, Coe Physics Professor Steve Feller, for being named a Centenary Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology (SGT). The prestigious award was presented at a recent meeting of the SGT held at Sheffield Cathedral in Sheffield, England, with about 500 scientists from around the world in attendance.
Coe Physics Professor Mario Affatigato '89 (left) congratulates his colleague, Coe Physics Professor Steve Feller, for being named a Centenary Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology (SGT). The prestigious award was presented at a recent meeting of the SGT held at Sheffield Cathedral in Sheffield, England, with about 500 scientists from around the world in attendance.

B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics Steve Feller is the first recipient of an exceptional and prestigious award granted by the original worldwide glass research organization on its 100th anniversary. Feller was named as a Centenary Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology (SGT).

The newly created award was presented in September at a meeting of the SGT held at Sheffield Cathedral in Sheffield, England, with about 500 scientists from around the world in attendance. The SGT, the first society dedicated to the study of glass, was established in 1916 at Sheffield University.

As part of the organization's celebration of its centenary, the society presented three awards. Each awardee was named a lifetime honorary fellow in the society, called a Centenary Fellow. The recognition was granted in the areas of science, industry and service to the society. Feller was chosen as the scientist to receive the inaugural award.

According to the SGT, Feller was recognized, "For his exceptional contribution to glass technology and the society by way of publication of a large body of world-class scientific work, enthusiastic support of the SGT American section, his excellence as a teacher and the establishment of a new Glass Research Center at Coe College."

"It was a special night and a wonderful ceremony. To me, the great thing about it was that it once again raised the recognition for Coe's physics program," said Feller. "We are well known in the international glass community. It was a very good scientific meeting."

Click here for the complete news release.


14th Playground of Science brings community to Coe

Playground of Science 2016

Students of all ages levitated objects, launched pumpkins with a trebuchet, shattered grapes, made ice cream with liquid nitrogen and much more at the 14th annual Coe Playground of Science night Oct. 20.

Faculty and students from the physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, nursing, psychology and ROTC departments provided demonstrations and facilitated hands-on opportunities to show that science can be fun. More than 1,000 people participated in the Playground of Science, which is one of the largest community events held annually on the Coe campus.

Scientific demonstrations included producing snow and creating dragon’s breath using methanol/salts in flame. In addition, students played with numbers, observed incredibly strong magnets, watched candy make a spray fountain out of soda, learned about the math of bubbles, and heard singing rods. Students also saw how chemistry allows for the creation of useful substances and observed molten glass poured at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit from a crucible. Models of hearts and eyes were on display to allow students to learn about the human body.

Click here to view photos from Playground of Science by Digital and Social Media Assistant Niles George ‘16.


Award-winning Cedar Rapids writer Ed Gorman dies at 74

Ed Gorman '68
Ed Gorman '68

Author Ed Gorman '68 of died Oct. 14 after a long battle with multiple myeloma. He was 74.

A Cedar Rapids native and longtime resident, Gorman was the author of 140 books, mostly mystery, suspense and western novels, including the Sam McCain, Jack Dwyer and Dev Conrad series. He set much of his fiction in small Midwestern towns. His novel “The Poker Club” was adapted into a 2008 film with the same title.

Gorman spent 23 years in advertising, public relations and politics before his first novel, "Rough Cut," was published in 1984. He founded Mystery Scene magazine in 1985 and served as editor until 2002. During his career, he received the Shamus Award, the Spur Award and the International Fiction Writers Award. He received a lifetime achievement award from the Private Eye Writers of America in 2011.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Carol Gorman, a children’s fiction writer who taught creative writing at Coe for many years; a son, Joe Gorman; a stepson, Ben Johnson; his mother, Bernadine Gorman Hixenbaugh; a brother, Dan Gorman; a sister, Julie Lawrence; and six grandchildren.

A gathering to remember Gorman was held Saturday in Perrine Gallery at Coe’s Stewart Memorial Library. Memorial contributions to the newly established Ed Gorman Celebration of Popular Fiction Fund may be directed to Coe College, 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 or call (319) 399-8745. Gifts may be made online here.

Click here to read Gorman’s complete obituary.

Click here to read Gorman’s blog.


Conference champion Kohawks look for perfection

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Kohawk football is a family affair for the Elsbury family of Byron, Illinois. Pictured (left to right) are former and current Kohawk student-athletes Dustin Elsbury '15, Jacob Elsbury '20, Cyndi Klies Elsbury '87, Mike Elsbury '89 and Nick Elsbury '17. Younger brothers Brandon and Tyler missed Senior Day while playing in Byron High School's 44-14 Illinois state playoff victory over Eureka.

The 17th-ranked Coe College football team clinched the Iowa Conference title - and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs - on Saturday, but will have to wait two weeks for a chance at a perfect season. The Kohawks improved to 9-0 with a 48-7 win over Buena Vista on Senior Day at Clark Field.

Coe is led by running back Trevor Heitland '17, who is second in the nation in rushing yards (1,381) and all-purpose yards per game (214.8). Quarterback Gavin Glenn '17 ranks ninth in the nation in passing efficiency at 169.4. Defensive back Dylan Stepleton '17 is tied for the lead across all NCAA Divisions with eight interceptions on the year. With his school-record 12th field goal of the year Saturday, kicker Brandon Abbas '17 has made 92.3 percent of his field goals attempts, the fifth best percentage in the nation.

Following a bye this Saturday, Coe will look to finish an undefeated regular season at Simpson on Nov. 12. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Indianola.

Follow the Kohawk action at www.coeathletics.com.


Nominations sought for alumni awards, Hall of Fame

Alumni award recipients at Homecoming 2016 were (left to right) Terry Hiebert '76, Dr. Bruce Spivey '56 and Herbert Brunkhorst '66.
Alumni award recipients at Homecoming 2016 were (left to right) Terry Hiebert '76, Dr. Bruce Spivey '56 and Herbert Brunkhorst '66.

The Coe College Alumni Association honors alumni and friends who have made significant contributions to the college and to society. Nominations should be submitted by Feb. 1 for consideration for the Alumni Award of Merit, the Distinguished Service Award and the Young Alum Award. Athletic Hall of Fame nominations are due March 1, with recipients selected by a committee of letterwinners. Information about all of the awards, including nomination forms and past recipients, is available here or contact the Alumni Office at (319) 399-8561, 1-877-KOHAWKS or by email at alumni@coe.edu.


Library honors Kay and George Henry

Photographed with Director of Alumni Programs Jean Johnson, George Henry '49 showed up at Homecoming without his camera for the first time anyone can remember.
Photographed with Director of Alumni Programs Jean Johnson, George Henry '49 showed up at Homecoming without his camera for the first time anyone can remember.

As part of its 85th anniversary celebration, Stewart Memorial Library is honoring community activists Kay and George Henry ’49 with a reception on Nov. 11. The event will be held in the library from 4-6 p.m. followed by a retrospective exhibition of George Henry’s photography in the student art gallery in lower Gage Memorial Union.

The reception and exhibition honors the Henrys for their lifelong commitment to the Cedar Rapids community, Coe College and Stewart Memorial Library. With their support, the George T. Henry Archives were dedicated in 1999. In addition to the institutional records of Coe, the archives house photographs by George, whose work is a pictorial history of the college since 1948. The archives also hold the papers of world renowned journalist William Shirer '25 and Iowa poet Paul Engle '31.

To visit the George T. Henry Archives online, click here.


For a complete calendar of events at Coe, click here.