E-News - December 9, 2022

Coe College E-News — Updates and information for alumni, parents and friends of Coe

You are Coe's infrastructure

Thank you for supporting Coe College on #GivingTuesday! Because of your generosity, we raised over $40,000 for the Annual Fund and other funds on campus. A special thanks goes out to challenge leaders and Trustees Gene Henderson ’68 and Glenda Sullivan Henderson ’75, and Ed Walsh ’70 and Bobbi Covert Walsh ’70, who matched gifts one-to-one on Giving Tuesday. Your role is an essential part of the Coe infrastructure, and the Kohawk community is incredibly grateful.


Learn more about the Center for Health & Society

Coe College is diligently completing final preparations on the spaces within the David and Janice McInally Center for Health & Society (CHS) to welcome students for classes next term. Retired medical director Mary Jeanne Krob, M.D. ’73 speaks to the importance of CHS and health care from her position as the CHS Advisory Council Chair.

To learn even more about how the greater good starts with Kohawks doing what they’re best at, listen to other Advisory Council members Dustin Arnold, M.D. ’91Paula Kocher Barnes ’77, Tony Patterson ’70 and Malika Wilson ’17, or visit the CHS webpage.


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Science research experts included alumni Makyla Boyd ’22, Arabella Chamberlain ’22, Lila Dabill ’22, Mareena Franke ’19, Marissa Franke ’17, Dylan Gayer ’22, Peyton McGuire ’21, Emily Roberts ’16 and Shawn Simko ’21.

Career communities bring the real world to campus

Coe College excels at preparing and equipping its students with the experiences and skills needed to find a fulfilling path after graduation. This could not be done without C3: Creativity, Careers, Community, which helps develop and manage Coe’s robust network of alumni, employers and community partners eager to provide Kohawks with civic engagement, volunteer, internship and job opportunities. This work is nationally recognized by The Princeton Review — Coe ranks 20th for Alumni Network among private colleges and 17th for Career Services. One way C3 helps students discover their passions and futures is bringing the experts to them with career communities.

Career communities are groups of related career fields that provide informational and networking opportunities for Kohawks. During the fall term, C3 hosted three career community events and invited experts, both community partners and alumni, to talk with students about the field and topics of interest.

The first career community event centered around legal, law enforcement and public service. This event helped students understand what their rights are, how to know if they’re being violated and how to respond. Over a dozen Kohawks seized the opportunity within “Justice 101.”

The science research career community event focused on “Grad School Szn” and how to prepare for the application process and research on a graduate level. Nine recent alumni joined students virtually to discuss how they chose a graduate school and prepared for their research opportunities. More than half of the alumni were from the Classes of 2021 or 2022. They discussed graduate experiences they were currently going through, as well as being a familiar face to many students who attended the event.

This fall’s final event featured the international affairs, government and public policy career community and welcomed representatives from ACM’s Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Students learned about this independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight on critical global issues, advances policy solutions and fosters dialogue about what is happening and the world and why it matters. 

C3 eagerly looks forward to the spring semester where they will be offering seven more career community events including natural resources, agriscience and environment; art, communication, media and entertainment (ACME); business and entrepreneurism; health sciences; social and helping careers; and data and technology. Career communities are just one of the many ways C3 and Coe provide possibilities for students to achieve their aspirations.


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We want to hear from you!

The Advancement Office is looking to make some big changes and improvements in the new year, and we need your input! In order for us to best serve you, our alumni, friends and partners who make up the extended Kohawk community, your experiences and opinions are an essential foundation.

Keep an eye on your email for an all-alumni survey coming the second week of January 2023. The survey will be open for two weeks and should only take 10 minutes of your time. Please take this opportunity to share how we’ve been doing and how we can do better. 

As one example of how your experiences will impact real, immediate projects, the Advancement Office is excited to establish a new online presence and community for alumni and friends in 2023. It will provide many more ways to interact with Coe and engage with each other for a better alumni user experience. We need your opinion as we build this site to figure out how to make it the best it can be.


International Club’s 49th Annual Culture Show celebrated the diverse cultural backgrounds of Kohawk students and the Cedar Rapids community. The event showcased a variety of performance, fashion, food and drink, featuring 10 different groups of students and even audience participation.


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’Tis the season of giving

As we look toward the new year approaching, we know those who support Coe College make all the difference in our success and what we hope to accomplish together. Sincerely, thank you. Your generosity means so much to us, and there are many easy ways to support our work during this giving season, as well as benefit yourself and your loved ones.

  • Make a gift today — If you want to make an impact and receive income tax savings, make your gift now and see the results in action immediately.
  • Avoid capital gains — If you are concerned about preserving your cash resources, consider a gift of an appreciated asset. A gift of securities, business interests or real estate can provide you with significant income and capital gains tax savings, often exceeding the benefits of a cash gift.
  • IRA charitable rollover — People age 70½ or older who own an IRA can make cash gifts directly from their IRA to charity. If you are 72 or older, you may satisfy your required minimum distribution up to $100,000. If you have a spouse with his or her own IRA, they can do the same thing if they have reached age 70½. For many people, this is the best way to give, tax-wise.
  • Start new income — Fund a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust with a gift of cash or appreciated assets, receive a lifetime income and generate a current income tax deduction. You also will bypass all or a portion of the capital gains on appreciated assets, and when you pass away, any remaining funds will come to Coe.
  • Leave a legacy — There are many simple ways you can support Coe College through an estate plan. A bequest through a provision in a will or trust is one of the easiest gifts you can make. You can make a bequest of a dollar amount, a specific asset, a percentage of or the residue from your estate. A beneficiary designation is simply naming Coe College as the beneficiary of an asset you own, such as a retirement account. Most people like the fact that these are revocable and can be modified at any time.
  • Blend your giving — For an even greater impact, consider a gift today of your IRA distribution, real property, appreciated assets or cash, and complement it with a gift in your will or estate plan. You benefit by seeing and knowing you are building a legacy that will grow.

There are many ways we can help you fulfill your philanthropic goals while enjoying tax savings and income advantages. Visit www.alumni.coe.edu/waystogive or contact our gifts specialist at 319.399.8278.


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Upcoming Virtual Visit Day

We know the end of the year is a busy time for high school students and their parents — with a semester ending, holiday parties and application deadlines. That’s why we created a convenient way for students to learn about Coe! Encourage a future Kohawk in your life to join us during a Crimson & Gold Virtual Visit Day on Saturday, December 17 at 10:00 AM…from the comfort of their own home. 

Register here!


In case you missed it...

On November 17, Coe concluded our On the Road Again series of events with President David T. Hayes ’93 by taking in a Minnesota Wild hockey game. Thanks to the incredible generosity of Ken Golder ’82 and Suzanne Roe Golder ’82, over 30 Kohawks gathered in a suite at the Xcel Energy Center to watch the Wild take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite the Wild coming up short, alumni had a wonderful time reminiscing and sharing in a great evening.

Each term during finals, parents and guardians of current Coe students have the opportunity to send packages of snacks and personal messages as their students study and take their exams. These finals packs are organized by the Student Alumni Association (SAA) and are a significant fundraiser. The SAA disburses money to students on campus via their Emergency Student Fund, and fundraisers like finals packs help make those efforts possible.

After all the events of the fall season, the most recent edition of the Courier is here! Physical copies were mailed in the final week of November, and you can also read the online issue any time. The Courier is published three times a year and is one of the best sources for information for alumni, friends and parents of current students.


All of us here at Coe are grateful to be part of the Kohawk community that includes such a wonderful group of alumni and friends. We hope that your winter season is full of joy and relaxation. The Office of Advancement will be closed from December 23, 2022, to January 2, 2023, and we look forward to continuing to serve you in the new year. Happy holidays, Kohawks!