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Bremner, Moye receive awards at Coe commencement ceremony

Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2009-05-18 12:44:23 - General

Two members of the Coe community received special recognition at the college's commencement ceremony on May 10. Former Athletics Director Barron Bremner received the Eliza Hickok Kesler Outstanding Service Award, while Psychology Professor Tom Moye was presented with the Lynch Award for outstanding teaching.

Eliza Hickok Kesler Outstanding Service Award
The Eliza Hickok Kesler Outstanding Service Award is given most years, but not every year, at graduation. It was created in 1999 for the purpose of honoring superior, long-term service to Coe - service that advances the purposes and mission of the institution. Faculty, staff, alumni and trustees are all eligible. This award is named for Eliza Hickok Kesler, class of 1931, known to generations of the Coe family as Roby, whose lifetime of distinguished service to the college is unparalleled.

Barron Bremner is a longtime member of the Coe community, serving from 1971-1978 and again from 1993-2001 in various capacities including athletics director, physical education professor, coach, and special assistant to the president. The Iowa City resident also served as athletics director, physical education professor, coach, and vice president for institutional advancement at Cornell College during his career.

Bremner earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Iowa, while he was a member of the Big 10 Championship wrestling team and a member of the 1957 Big 10 Championship, Rose Bowl and National Championship football team. While at Iowa, he served as president of the Varsity Letterman's Club, the Phi Epsilon Kappa professional fraternity, and the Delta Upsilon society fraternity. Bremner was a highly successful wrestling coach at both Coe and Cornell, and was selected to the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1993.

As a leader in athletics, Bremner significantly advanced both athletic competition and the college as a whole at Coe. He exhibited a fundamental understanding of the role and importance of athletics in a liberal arts education. Bremner spent his career dedicated to the ancient and compelling principle of healthy mind and healthy body. He served as a wise counselor and advisor to generations of Coe presidents, administrators, coaches, faculty, and staff. First and foremost, he was a mentor to legions of Coe athletes, both men and women. The establishment of a vibrant women's sports program at Coe is due in large part to his dedication and visionary efforts. As an ambassador for the college to the larger world, he has at countless points fostered respect and admiration for this institution.

Charles J. Lynch Outstanding Teacher Award
As selected by the Coe College class of 2009, the Charles J. Lynch Outstanding Teacher Award was presented to Psychology Professor Tom Moye. The award was established at Coe College in 1983. It is awarded annually at commencement and consists of a $2,000 prize made possible by an endowment gift.

Moye earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California - Riverside, and his master's degree in experimental psychology and his Ph.D. in experimental psychology-behavioral biology from the University of Colorado. A resident of Davenport, he has taught in the Coe Psychology Department since 1989.

Moye's research interests include the application classical conditioning models to human decision making, associative learning, and survey design and analysis. His work has been published in numerous scientific journals, and he serves on the editorial board for the "Psychological Record." He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Iowa Academy of Science Distinguished Science Teaching Award in 1994, and the Charles J. Lynch Outstanding Teacher Award from Coe in 1992.

Members of the class of 2009 were invited by Coe President James Phifer to nominate a member of the faculty for this award. In doing so they were asked to give careful consideration to three criteria: quality of teaching; concern for students as individuals; and scholarship.

The Charles J. Lynch Outstanding Teacher Award memorializes the values and service of C.J. Lynch, an alumnus of Coe College, class of 1926. Lynch was a prominent Cedar Rapids attorney whose dedication to Coe College was reflected, among other ways, by 43 years of service on the board of trustees of the college. Above all things, C.J. Lynch valued inspirational teaching and sound scholarship.