2022 Year in Review at Coe


Student in a mask and winter coat rings the Victory BellStudents beginning their journey as Kohawks rang the Victory Bell on a chilly winter day.

Economics teacher speaks in front of class with whiteboard behind herCoe announced a new partnership with the University of Iowa that will streamline the process for Kohawks to be admitted to the Master of Science in Finance program in the university’s Tippie College of Business.

George Henry holds a camera while taking a self photographKohawks celebrated the 99th birthday of legendary Kohawk and longtime college photographer George Henry '49. Watch this video to learn more about George's legacy.

Faith ZeonwehFaith Zeonweh ’23 was awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study abroad in Japan.


Students and faculty pose together on steps at the Iowa CapitolA group of Coe teacher education students and faculty traveled to Des Moines for the Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Day on the Hill.

Three actors perform on stage in "Fun Home"The Coe College Theatre and Music departments staged “Fun Home.”

Ally RoekerSenior Ally Roeker’s peer reviewed research essay, "To Be an Essential Worker: An Exploration of Rhetoric During Covid-19," was published in the new issue of Young Scholars in Writing.

Coe hosted Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen at the 18th Contemporary Issues Forum.

A signed steal beam is placed during constructionThe beam from September's steel signing ceremony was placed, and the steel structure of the David and Janice McInally Center for Health and Society is closer to completion.


Major Declaration Day 2022Kohawks declared their majors during the annual Major Declaration Day celebration on March 9.

The Restoration ProjectCoe College and The Restoration Project formed a partnership, launching an empowerment program for students.

Humanities Project GrantCoe was awarded an Iowa Humanities Project Grant, which will support a film discussion series on incarceration and community impact. These events are free and open to the public.

C3-ExternshipsC3 hosted a Spring Break Externship program where Kohawks met employers, learned about internship and job opportunities, networked with alumni and learned about life as a young professional in Cedar Rapids.

International Club held its 48th Annual International Banquet on March 27 in The U.


2022 Day of Giving Graphic2022 Day of Giving was a huge success with $745,231.61 pledged and raised.

Coe held its annual Student Research Symposium where students displayed and discussed original research, performed compositions and read creative writings.

Flunk DayThe day Coe students had been waiting on finally arrived! Flunk Day was celebrated with food, games and activities throughout the day. 

CoespesKohawks gathered for the Coespes, a Coe College Athletics award banquet.

Princeton Review 2022 StatisticsFor the fifth consecutive year, Coe was named by the Princeton Review, to be one of the best at connecting students to experience. In fact, Coe was the only college or university in Iowa to be ranked for both internships and alumni network.

Late Night Breakfast was delicious, relaxing and full of laughter. 


The recycling symbol is shown on an outdoors receptacle with Coe's apartments in the backgroundCoe College joined more than 200 colleges and universities in the Campus Race to Zero Waste challenge with the National Wildlife Federation...and won first place for per capita recycling among small colleges! Kohawks ranked third overall nationally with 35.46 pounds per person recycled.

Coe celebrated the class of 2022 during a weekend of graduation events.

Kohawks from across student organizations came together to design and paint the Unity mural on the P.U.B.


Four Oaks IAMNCCCoe College has selected community partner Four Oaks to receive the 2022 Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Community Partner Award. Kohawks gain valuable community engagement experience and help those in need through a variety of opportunities at Four Oaks.

Founders' MedalWilliam "Bill" Johnson ’58, Jack Evans ’70 and Vincent Martin received Coe's highest honor…The Founders' Medal. The medal is awarded to individuals exceptionally distinguished in their career and in service to Coe. They are three of only 12 total Founders' Medal recipients.

Summer 2022 Courier CoverThe summer edition of the Courier was published online.

St. Luke's and Mercy collaborationCoe College Center for Health & Society guided by National Board of Advisors; Coe forms partnerships with UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s and Mercy Medical Center to offer nursing students financial aid and jobs.


Coe College Physics alumni visited campus for the 2022 Physics Reunion.

CHS Update Photo - July 2022The windows were installed in the Center for Health & Society. This building will be a game changer for Kohawks, creating pathways for all majors to the estimated 2.6 million positions that will be open in health care by 2030.


Peterson Hall at NightThe Physics Department received three grants totaling $892,062 to conduct advanced glass research, including separate $600,000 and $262,062 awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Princeton Review RankingsThe Princeton Review ranked Coe College #20 for Most Accessible Professors and #17 for Best Career Services — the only school in Iowa to make the national listing in these categories.

Traveling from as far as 7,500 miles away, and as near as two miles, Coe welcomed 400 new students and a geographically diverse class — both domestically and internationally.

MuralThe College District added a beautiful mural, located between Coe and Mt. Mercy University. This collaborative project was led by Camryn Borchardt ’25, Robert O. Daniel, Associate Professor of Art Jen Rogers and other Kohawks, alongside muralist Ali Hval. 


High schoolers got to take campus tours, sit in on classes and hear directly from current Coe students, faculty, staff and alumni about how awesome it is to be a Kohawk!

Band at LoCoe
Thanks to all the local businesses and organizations who showed Coe's students, faculty and staff just how much there is to see and do in Cedar Rapids during the LoCoe event.

Construction worker adding lettering to CHS buildingThe Center for Health & Society was dedicated in honor of David and Janice McInally. A campuswide open house and celebration marked the occasion.


We understand that transitioning into college can be difficult. Orientation 2.0 is a great way for our new Kohawks to get to know one another better and find additional connections to campus resources while also having fun!

The five Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees for the 2022 class

We were proud to induct five new members into the Coe College Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the 50th Hall of Fame class! These accomplished student-athletes have also found incredible success post-graduation as a teacher, business owner, financial analyst, financial advisor and chemistry researcher!

#HoCoe22 was a smashing success this year! Alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the College got to catch up, attend events, participate in some tailgating, reminisce and ultimately let loose on campus.

A photo of Charlie and others for Charlie's 100th birthday celebration

This fall marks 100 years of Charlie Kohawk! We celebrated a major milestone for Charlie Kohawk at the all-alumni gathering in Eby mid-October.


Students walking on campus with an early voting direction sign in the lawn

Our students had the opportunity to exercise their right to vote in the midterm election, with Gage Memorial Union serving as a satellite early voting site on November 2.

We loved seeing all the smiles during Admitted Student Weekend and Crimson & Gold Visit Day! What a fun, action-packed weekend!

Kohawk volleyball team with the American Rivers Conference trophy and banner

Our 21-ranked volleyball team progressed to the NCAA tournament after winning the American Rivers Conference title. Go Kohawks!


Winter at Coe photo of the dance team

An extravaganza indeed! The Coe Music Department, the Kicking Kohawks and the Student Activities Committee teamed up to fill Eby with joy Friday during the Winter@Coe celebration, which was hosted by President Hayes.

Our Kohawks finished up their semester strong and headed home for winter break. We can’t wait to welcome them back for the spring term!

Dogs and llamas on campus with two students

Some of our favorite furry friends came to visit our campus at the beginning of December for De-Stress Fest! Students got to take a break from studying to pet an alpaca, a llama and some dogs.