Barbara J. Larew
Elnora H. & William B. Quarton Professor of Business Administration
B.B.A., M.A., Ph.D., The University of Iowa
What is your favorite class to teach and why?
I enjoy meeting incoming students in the Principles of Accounting I and II classes. It is rewarding to see students grasp the basic accounting concepts, especially when members of the class find this field to be the one they want to pursue in their college career.
Teaching Advanced Auditing is also a class I look forward to teaching every other year. After taking the first Auditing class, which is very theoretical, it is rewarding to have students suddenly grasp the "big picture." We work on applying the theoretical concepts to real world situations which causes that light to go on in students' minds. They also work on a group project providing internal control auditing of an organization in the Cedar Rapids community and find this a very rewarding experience. I have been pleased with the quality of the work that these groups have provided for these business organizations.
Name your most memorable Coe concert, performance, lecture or program and what it meant to you.
My most memorable experience at Coe was my participation in the spring break trip to Mississippi for Hurricane Katrina relief in Spring 2006. I knew only a couple of students participating in the trip before we left and knew most of the staff by sight, but not on a very personal basis. It was very moving to see students give of themselves to help with this recovery effort. One student gave up an evening trip to New Orleans so that he could continue working on one of the houses.
Close friendships were made, leaders were developed, and evidence of everyone's concern for our fellow man was seen daily. I have had the wonderful opportunity to experience some of the same outpouring of concern by our students, faculty, and staff during the campus' flood recovery efforts this past summer and fall here in Cedar Rapids.
What do you do outside of class?
I work out at a local health club five to seven days a week. I enjoy the spinning classes and have developed good friendships with other members of these classes. Some of the club's members are Coe alumni and it is fun catching up with them while at the club.
I have taken up golf in the past couple of years, and while my game is mediocre at best, I have a good time. Just don't tee off behind me unless you are very patient! I also spend as much time as possible with my family, especially my two grandsons who live in Minneapolis. I did not realize that being a grandparent could be so much fun. We spend time reading, playing, and just having a good time.
What is your favorite Coe tradition?
My favorite Coe tradition is the ringing of the bell at opening convocation and commencement. It is rewarding to think about the growth our students make during their four years at the college. Watching them ring the bell and walk between the lines of faculty when they arrive on campus and then again when they graduate allows time for reflection and a sense of pride in the accomplishments of these young men and women.
Please share any other information that you find would benefit prospective students.
One of the advantages of a small liberal arts college is the ability to explore a variety of disciplines. Our faculty excels in a wide variety of fields and is very supportive of students' involvement in extracurricular activities. So, get involved in a variety of organizations and take a broad selection of classes. Never again will you have the time to learn about another culture, study the economy, explore different religious beliefs, and appreciate the art masterworks while participating in basketball, singing in the choir, working backstage on a play, and meeting new life-long friends. Make a commitment to do your best in classes and explore your interests, both current and future, while attending college.