2021 Year in Review at Coe


Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at CoeKohawks celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a variety of virtual offerings including a keynote speaker, prayer and slam poetry.

The 2021 presidential inauguration plays on a TVKohawks were invited to an online Inauguration Day Watch Party with Director of Community and Civic Engagement Joe Demarest.

Safe Campus InitiativeStudents, faculty and staff completed COVID-19 testing as Kohawks returned to campus and began the spring term.

Board of Trustees UpdateThe Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution addressing diversity, equity and inclusion. Board of Trustees Chair Ken Golder ’82 provided the Coe community with an update which can be found at www.coe.edu/why-coe/discover-coe/trustees/update-chair.


Black History Month 2021The Coe community celebrated Black History Month with a book and movie display in Stewart Memorial Library, visits to the African American Museum of Iowa, panel discussions, soul food and more.

Fulbright StudentsOnce again Coe was named a Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. students.

Angelina RamirezAngelina Ramirez ’22 was named a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship.


Kohawks declared their majors during the annual Major Declaration Day celebration on March 10.

Pi-DayMath Club celebrated Pi Day with mini pies and virtual pi-related activities.

Wrestling TrioKohawk wrestlers Alex Friddle, Brock Henderson and Josh Gerke topped the podium in their respective weight classes at the NWCA Division III National Championships.

Admitted Student DayFuture Kohawks registered for fall classes during a Virtual Admitted Student Day.

A new scoreboard dedicated to the memory of Coach Steve Staker was installed on Clark Field.


Student Research Symposium April 7, 2021 via Zoom with icons representing music, math, science and artCoe held its annual Student Research Symposium as a virtual event via Zoom.

#KohawkDay imposed over five smiling students standing outside on Coe stepsMore than 800 donors contributed $660,739.68 on Coe’s annual Day of Giving.

From The Princeton Review: #10 Best Schools for Internships; #20 Best Alumni Network; Top 200 Best Value CollegesCoe was the only college or university in Iowa ranked in the Top 10 Best Schools for Internships and was chosen to be in the Top 20 Best Alumni Networks among private colleges by The Princeton Review.

Happy Flunk Day! with '90s-themed graphicsThis year’s Flunk Day kept decades of festive traditions alive while enforcing pandemic-related restrictions.


Coe celebrated the classes of 2020 and 2021 during a weekend of graduation events.

The recycling symbol is shown on an outdoors receptacle with Coe's apartments in the backgroundCoe ranked second in the small school category, and ninth overall nationally, for per capita recycling in the Campus Race to Zero Waste. Coe students, faculty and staff recycled 37.46 pounds of waste per person.

Coe creates a new data science majorCoe announced its newest major: data science.

Maria Dean is pictured with shelves on lab equipment in the backgroundProfessor of Chemistry Maria Dean was chosen for a HER Women of Achievement Award. She was nominated by peers for her contributions as a faculty member, researcher and STEM field program mentor.

Graphic saying Society of Physics Students Awards — American Institute of PhysicsMakyla Boyd ’21 received a Leadership Scholarship and Ian Slagle ’21 the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award from the American Institute of Physics’ Society of Physics Students.


Crystal MaldonadoCrystal Maldonado was awarded a prestigious Critical Language Scholarship to pursue learning a fourth language — Swahili.

Summer 2021 CourierThe summer edition of the Courier was published online.

JuneteenthCoe College was closed in observance of Juneteenth to ensure our community had the opportunity to reflect and attend events. 


CHS RenderingCoe College will enhance corridor health care education with construction of its Center for Health and Society.

MyKeisha WellsMyKeisha Wells ’22 received the U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study in Turkey.


Graham Beckler stands in front of a whiteboardGraham Beckler '22 was named the first runner-up for the 2021 Alfred R. Cooper Young Scholars Award from the Glass and Optical Materials Division of the American Ceramic Society.

The entire Class of 2025 gathers for a photo in the front of the libraryCoe welcomed to campus 438 incoming students, the third-largest class in the college’s 170-year history and the largest domestic first-year population ever.

The Princeton Review Best 387 CollegesCoe was announced as one of The Princeton Review's Best 387 Colleges, which places Coe in the top 14% of four-year colleges and universities nationally.


The Coe College sign marks the corner of campus with McCabe Hall in the backgroundCoe was recognized as a leader among its peers regarding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

The sun shines on the Victory BellCoe College earned a Top 100 spot in Washington Monthly’s College Guide and Rankings, which recognize college’s contributions to the public good.

U.S. News & World Report Best National Liberal Arts CollegeCoe College is one of only six Iowa colleges to make U.S. News & World Report's Best National Liberal Arts Colleges list.

David Hayes, Tim Sagers, Janice McInally, Dave McInally and Ken Golder stand with markers ready to sign a red steel beamCoe kicked off construction of the David and Janice McInally Center for Health and Society with a steel signing event.

Dave McInally socializes with Kohawks at a campus barbecueStudents, faculty, staff and trustees showed their appreciation of David and Janice McInally, who served as president and first lady for many years, with a campus barbecue.


David and Heather HayesAfter a competitive national search, the Coe College Board of Trustees selected Interim President David T. Hayes ’93 as the college’s 16th president.

The 2021-2022 Clark Merit Scholars Lila Dabill, Natalie Hansen, Zach Niemeyer, Ally Roeker and Luke VanderSchaaff pose for a picture with some facultyThe Coe College Board of Trustees honored the 2021-2022 Clark Merit Scholars: Lila Dabill ’22, Natalie Hansen ’22, Zach Niemeyer ’22, Ally Roeker ’22 and Luke VanderSchaaff ’22.

Students choose from the cafeteria options made with student-supplied recipesKohawks enjoyed a taste of home in the cafeteria when Dining Services recreated family recipes submitted by students.

An actor stands alone on the stage in "The Living."Coe College Theatre Arts kicked off this year’s season with performances of “The Living.”

After a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, alumni return to Coe College for a full weekend of Homecoming festivities.


Kohawks took part in Coe’s first Orientation 2.0 featuring llamas, music, lawn games and a photobooth.

A psychology conference program rests on a tableCoe hosted the 30th Annual Tri-State Undergraduate Psychology Conference, during which Kohawks presented their research, met with graduate programs and learned about career opportunities.

Coe hosted the fourth annual Kohawk Startup.

Students play handbells in Sinclair AuditoriumThe Music Department presented Coe’s annual Christmas Convocation and Vespers programs.

A group of students works with a C3 staff memberGivingTuesday raised $38,483 for the Coe College Annual Fund, supporting scholarships and aid packages as well as student services across campus.


Kohawks enjoyed a traditional Late-Night Breakfast to fuel up for finals.

The front and back of the esports jersey features a Kohawk eyeCoe’s esports team won a nationwide collegiate jersey competition conducted via social media voting.

Male nurse in scrubs with a stethoscopeCoe was named one of the Best Nursing Programs in Iowa for 2022 by Nursing School Hub.