E-News - September 5, 2018

Coe College E-News

Homecoming 2018: "Where Your Story Began"

Homecoming - Where Your Story Began

Coe College will celebrate Homecoming September 27-30 with the theme "Where Your Story Began." Alumni, friends and community members are invited to campus for what promises to be a memorable weekend filled with activities and fun.

Among the featured events are the all-alumni celebration and silent auction, and the all-alumni recognition reception and program. The annual Homecoming Showcase Concert will be held, as well as athletic contests, including Kohawk football versus Nebraska Wesleyan.

Reunion celebrations will include those from the classes of 1968, 1978, 1993, 1997-1999 and 2008. An affinity gathering will be held for the Alpha Xi Delta 100th anniversary.

Go to www.alumni.coe.edu/homecoming18 for more information.

Alumni Council online silent auction back for a third year

The Coe College Alumni Council will host an online silent auction to raise funds for on- and off-campus study experiences for current Coe students. From getaways to a Kohawk cornhole set, the auction continues to be a great way to raise funds to support current Kohawks.

The auction will be open from 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 19, through 12:30 p.m. Saturday, September 29. Whether you will be on campus for Homecoming or thousands of miles away, participating in the silent auction has never been easier.

Stay tuned for more information!

Coe College reaccreditation

Coe College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The college will host a visit November 11-13 from a team of peer reviewers representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The team will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet HLC's Criteria for Accreditation. Coe College has been accredited by HLC since 1913.

Comments must be in writing and must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Submit comments to HLC at https://www.hlcommission.org/Student-Resources/third-party-comment.html or mail them to the address below. All comments must be received by October 14.

Public Comment on Coe College
Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL  60604-1411

Physics — a reunion, poker and a Feller farewell

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Over 125 people attended the physics reunion June 29 through July 1. Alumni were joined by physics faculty, undergraduate student researchers and administration. The reunion weekend featured tours, presentations and introductions.

Student and alumni presentations were plentiful as were tours of Peterson Hall, networking, banquet food, poker and some staggering statistics. In total, 871 Coe physicists have attended 233 national or international conferences since 1985. In the past year, more than a dozen papers have been published, new grants are approaching $1 million and Coe was the host of the All-Iowa Glass Conference.

After 39 years of service at Coe, B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics Dr. Steven "Doc" Feller announced his transition from classroom to research-with-undergraduates professor, making way for his replacement Dr. Caio Barca Bragatto. Also acknowledged was Dr. Firdevs Duru, professor of astrophysics.

In honor of Dr. Feller's incredible career and his commitment to teaching and research, an endowed chair will be established in his name. The purpose of the Steven A. Feller Endowed Chair in Physics will be to carry on his work providing students and faculty with a wide range of research opportunities, making science accessible to young people for generations to come. To honor Steve and support this effort, please click here.

Recapping one of Coe’s most successful fundraising years

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As the new school year begins, Coe reflects on the recently completed fiscal year, which was one of its most successful fundraising years to date. The college recorded over $10 million in external support, with $7.8 million of that total coming from private gifts.

Another milestone Coe celebrated was the completion of the Make Your Move campaign to renovate Eby Fieldhouse and Hickok Hall. The expanded and improved facilities have helped Coe better serve students and continue to support increased enrollment, as well as provide enhanced wellness and educational opportunities for the Cedar Rapids community.

"Thanks to the generosity of our many friends, Coe was able to complete the largest capital project in the college's recent history ahead of schedule. The investment made by so many who love and support Coe will sustain Coe's transformative momentum and we are grateful to everyone who participated in Make Your Move," said Vice President for Advancement David Hayes.

Among the campaign's many accomplishments, contributions from scores of alumni and friends around the country helped raise over $6 million to secure a $3 million challenge grant from the Hall-Perrine Foundation. The college also received a generous $2.2 million gift from Joan Claassen Wallick '52 that benefited both the Wilderness Field Station and the Make Your Move campaign. Coe would like to thank these donors for bringing the campaign to a successful conclusion.

Kohawk families will come together September 14-16 for Family Weekend

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Each fall, we celebrate being a Kohawk by welcoming parents, siblings and loved ones to experience the life of your student. This fall is no exception. Coe faculty, staff, administrators and your students look forward to having you on campus September 14-16 for a weekend of fun.

During Family Weekend, take a look inside Coe College, its beautiful buildings and scenic campus, as well as learn about the academic life, resources, research and opportunities that shape your student's college experience. Take part in Family Fun Night, celebrate with a pregame Tailgate Party, cheer on the Kohawk football team and enjoy the fine arts offerings, just to name a few activities available during this weekend.

Being a Kohawk means more than just a classroom education. As a part of the Kohawk family, we invite you to experience everything the campus has to offer, from athletics and the arts to clubs and activities.

View the complete schedule of events here and register by Thursday, September 6! Be sure to visit the schedule often between now and Family Weekend as new events are added.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • September 27-30 - Homecoming
  • September 30 - Bike Lehn III
  • October 11-14 - African American Alumni Reunion 2018