Struve Communication Center to be dedicated during Coe Homecoming

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2013-10-09 08:51:35 - General

The dedication of the new Struve Communication Center at Coe College will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, in conjunction with Homecoming. Tours will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., with a brief dedication program to be held at 10 a.m. The facility upgrades in Eby Annex were provided through a generous gift from Cedar Rapids native Craig Struve, class of 1970, in honor of his parents, Howard and Mardean Struve, and to recognize his professional success in communications.

Struve became interested in media as a child. "Print, radio and television were my classrooms even before I went to school," said Struve. "My parents taught me to read the newspaper before kindergarten."

After a successful business career, Struve decided to make a career change when he returned to Cedar Rapids in 1989 to care for his parents. At the age of 41, an internship with KGAN-TV led to opportunities in the television field. He became the director of television operations for Vail Resorts in Colorado and remained in that position for 18 years, retiring in 2008. His experience at Coe and a desire to honor his parents led him to support his passion for the profession of media communication. As a result, he established the Struve Communication Center to provide many resources for Coe students.

The Struve Communication Center now houses Coe's communication studies program. Over the past two years, Eby Annex has been renovated with the funding provided by Struve to bolster the facilities and equipment in the communication studies area. Specifically, the project has included extensive remodeling to create communication studies labs and classrooms, the purchase of dozens of computers and other equipment, and the creation of permanent homes for the Coe Cosmos student newspaper and the Coe Speaking Center.