2020 Year in Review at Coe


We reminisced about how Coe has grown over the last decade.

New York alumni receptionAlumni helped Kohawks kick off the term in the big apple as part of Coe's New York Term.

Spring orientationNew Kohawks were welcomed to campus during spring orientation.

Involvement FestWe held a spring Involvement Fest for Kohawks to learn how to get involved on campus.

Mockaus (Mock Caucus)CoeVotes held a Mockaus for Kohawks to learn what to expect at the upcoming Iowa caucuses.

Sophomore Purpose RetreatThe Learning Commons hosted a Sophomore Purpose Retreat to assist second-year students realize and reflect on their interests, strengths and life goals.

Martin Luther King Jr. DayWe celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with distinguished speakers and a community service event.

Admitted Student WeekendWe held Admitted Student Weekend bringing new student prospects to campus to #LiveLikeAKohawk.

Patricia StorlieAdjunct Assistant Professor of Biology Patricia Storlie hosted a Thursday Forum series on CRISPR technology.

Head baseball coach Steve Cook was named Coe’s director of athletics and recreation.


Coe College is one of The Princeton Review's Top 25 Best Schools for Internships in the U.S.Coe was ranked among The Princeton Review's Top 25 Best Schools for Internships in the Nation for the third consecutive year.

Kohawks from around the world prepared authentic international foods at the 46th annual International Club Banquet.

STEP Afrika! dancers performAs a part of Coe’s Black History Month celebration, Step Afrika! performed in Coe College's Sinclair Auditorium. This high energy, fast-paced show combined percussive dance and African traditional dance with other art forms.

In collaboration with Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Joseph Coughlin headlined this year’s Contemporary Issues Forum discussing how to reinvent the story about aging.


Obi Nwosu poses with Charlie KohawkIn conjunction with the Learning Commons, Kohawks like Obi Nwosu ’23 declared their major on Major Declaration Day.

Kohawks mix and mingle at C3's Sip and Socialize eventC3: Creativity, Careers, Community hosted a “Summer Well Spent” Sip and Socialize event. Kohawks networked with faculty, staff and alumni while focusing on what they can do during the summer months to propel their future career.

Five Kohawks each model a hijabCoe’s Muslim Student Association hosted the first Muslim Awareness Week on campus. Kohawks learned about the hijab, sampled traditional Muslim dishes, played games and learned about Islam.

Four students and a faculty member pose for a photo at the WinSTEM GalaThe annual WinSTEM Gala brought together Coe’s women in STEM for an evening of networking, learning and fun.

Crimson and gold graphic that says COVID-19 updateIn response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Coe extended its originally planned spring break by one additional week prior to making the decision to shift to online learning for the remainder of the term.


Four everyday heroes wear face masksCoe celebrated an online Day of Gratitude honoring everyday heroes working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mia Resa and Renee PenalverPsychology major Mia Resa ’20 was named an Iowa Campus Compact Presidents’ Award recipient for student leadership.

Graphic announcing Virtual Flunk DayA number of online activities for current Kohawks and alumni were held for Coe’s first-ever virtual Flunk Day.

Former coach Steve Staker waves as friends, family and former players drive past his houseRetired Head Football Coach Steve Staker passed away on April 28 after a courageous battle with cancer. Because he could not have visitors, friends, family and former players held a Caravan for Coach, parading past his house in their cars as a special tribute before his passing. (Photo credit: Doug Thompson)

Graphic for the Virtual Student Research Symposium on April 29Coe’s 20th annual Student Research Symposium went virtual to feature the creative, scholarly and service work of our Kohawks.

Graphic promoting Virtual Kohawk Athletic Visit Day on April 17Coe hosted a special virtual visit event for future Kohawks interested in athletics, as well as one on diversity and inclusion.

Photos of four Fulbright scholarsMary McCormick ’20, Kaylee Skweres ’20, Leslie Ortiz ’20 and Hannah Daley ’20 joined an elite group of 30 Coe students selected as prestigious Fulbright recipients in the past eight years.


Original artwork of a girl with glasses and twinkling lightsThe 2020 Senior Thesis Exhibitions for graduating art majors were presented online.

Graphic that says 2020 RecycleMania Tournament #5 in the nation, recylcing 30.87 pounds per capitaCoe College recycled 30.87 pounds per person, placing fifth, during the 2020 RecycleMania competition among campuses nationwide.

The Class of 2020 graduated and received personalized Commencement videos via email.

Photos of the five Clark Merit ScholarsFive Coe students were selected as Clark Merit Scholars for the 2020-2021 academic year: Kay Beer ’21, Emani Brinkman ’21, McKenna Greenwalt ’21, Julia Rodkey ’21 and Priscila Santiesteban ’21.


Photo of five laughing students outside with the text #KohawkDayCoe’s annual #KohawkDay on June 11 raised $503,656.87.

Graphic that says Safe Campus InitiativeIn preparation for a return to residential learning in the fall, Coe announced the Safe Campus Initiative.

Graphic that says Faces of Coe Virtual Visit along with four headshotsEvery Wednesday in June, future Kohawks were invited to join us for the Faces of Coe Virtual Visit series. Topics varied from Greek life and checking your mail to campus resources and opportunities in Cedar Rapids.


in-person visitsOn July 1, Coe resumed on-campus visits (while also continuing to offer virtual visits) with the requirement of face coverings and social distancing.

Care Counts in CrisisCoe leadership signed the Care Counts in Crisis statement, which commits to taking the unique challenges COVID-19 causes for rising seniors into consideration during the admission process.

Fulbright Alternates
Two Kohawks, Zeki Salah '20 and Gretchen Oelrich '19, were promoted from alternates to full recipients of Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grants, bringing the number of Kohawks awarded Fulbrights this year to six.


On August 14, Coe welcomed students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to campus to help clean up after a severe windstorm caused substantial damage August 10.

Coe College is one of The Princeton Review's Best 386 CollegesCoe was recognized as one of The Princeton Review’s Best 386 Colleges (for nearly 20 years).

Three students are pictured outside in their face masksNew and returning students arrived on campus for the start of fall 2020 classes while following guidelines set forth in Coe’s Safe Campus Initiative.

A student rings the Victory BellWelcoming the largest domestic first-year class ever, Coe College broke enrollment records for the eighth year in a row.


The Courier is now available onlineThe Summer 2020 edition of the Courier was published online.

Flu vaccines were offered on campus to protect Coe students, faculty and staff from a flu season that will be unusually complex due to COVID-19.

A paneled screen of Visit Day Zoom participantsCoe hosted its first large-scale Virtual Crimson & Gold Visit Day.

U.S. News & World Report Best CollegesCoe was named one of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges.


David HayesIt was announced that Vice President for Advancement and Professor of Business Administration and Economics David Hayes ’93 will serve as interim president of Coe College.

Number 5 best biology degree and number 12 best physical science degreeTwo of Coe's academic programs were featured by Learn.org as top degrees in the nation including the #5 Best Biology Degree and #12 Best Physical Science Degree.

Two Kohawks help plant a treeStudents helped plant 120 trees on campus to replace some of the trees lost in August’s derecho.

A Kohawk holds a Kona IceMany socially distanced and virtual Homecoming events took place including food trucks, concerts and BINGO.

Faculty and staff pose with a stormwater management awardCoe College received the Stormwater and Urban Watershed Partner of the Year Award.


Red, white and blue graphic that says voteKohawks participated in the 2020 presidential election.

Three students raise their glasses in cheers while studying in the libraryCoe’s annual Long Night Against Procrastination took place using a hybrid of in-person and virtual activities to celebrate student success.

Angelina RamirezAngelina Ramirez ’22 presented at Iowa Campus Compact’s virtual Civic Action Academy.

Wendy Dunn and Kim PribylDr. Wendy Dunn and Kim Pribyl received the 2020 Eliza Hickok Kesler Outstanding Service Award.

Mario AffatigatoFran Allison and Francis Halpin Professor of Physics Mario Affatigato '89 was named the 2020 C.J. Lynch Outstanding Teacher.

Snow covered campus with a view of Marquis HallThe majority of students left campus for Thanksgiving break and will finish the term remotely.


Giving Tuesday heart and date with a student sitting among leaves#GivingTuesday raised $50,860 for the college, benefitting both the Annual Fund and Campus Storm Relief Fund.

Orchestra students perform on a stageCoe’s annual Christmas Convocation was presented virtually.

A physics professor gestures to work on a white boardCoe's Physics Department was the first in Iowa to receive the Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education from the American Physical Society.

Flowers grow in a pollinator gardenFor the fourth year in a row, The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges recognized Coe as one of the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges.

A physics student takes notes near lab equipmentThe Coe College Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter received an Outstanding SPS Chapter Award from the SPS National Council.