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Coe News & Features

In-person Thursday Forum lectures return for the 2021-2022 year

Aug 27, 2021

Coe College is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 Thursday Forum lecture schedule. The lecture series is for older adults seeking to expand their knowledge in an academic setting. Throughout the academic year, the forums will explore topics in music, science, politics, literature and education using a blend of lecture, media and discussion.
Kohawk Rachael Murtaugh leads post-derecho Cedar Rapids reforestation efforts

Aug 27, 2021

On August 10, 2020, Cedar Rapids experienced a severe storm with damaging winds reaching more than 100 mph. Called a derecho, the storm left thousands without power for weeks, affecting access to food, fuel and even shelter. Coe College lost more than 200 trees alone, while Cedar Rapids lost more than 670,000 trees. With over half a million trees destroyed, ReLeaf Cedar Rapids was born to lead the reforestation of Cedar Rapids with Rachael leading the charge.
‘Leaving her at a place I love’ Another Coe legacy began this Move-In Weekend

Aug 18, 2021

Ella Brazell ’25 was facing a decision typical of others her age on May 1, National College Decision Day. The then-high school senior had narrowed down her college list to two — one of the options being Coe College. But, it was time to decide where she would enroll in the fall.
Shattering glass ceilings and paving the way for opportunities

Jul 26, 2021

Coe College attracts those who are bold, passionate and engaged, even if they don’t find their way to campus until later in life. Joan Lipsky is a prime example of someone who had the qualities of a Kohawk well before becoming a member of the Coe community.
Kohawk finds passion for nonprofits with writing

Jul 21, 2021

Kailey Blunk '22 is a go-getter. As a first-year student, she planned her four years at Coe College in seven hours and now is leveraging her talent to get the most out of summer. The communication studies and public relations double major, with double minors in creative writing and gender studies, fills the little free time she has with any opportunity to write.
Kohawk is awarded the U.S Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

Jul 15, 2021

MyKeisha Wells is trading Coe’s campus for the bustling streets of Sharjah as a recipient of the prestigious U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.
Ally Roeker is writing a bright future for life after Coe

Jul 12, 2021

As a peer consultant and executive function coach at the Coe College Writing Center, Ally is taking her coaching talents to a second writing center. She was selected to intern at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia writing center.
Coe College expands corridor health care education with new Center for Health and Society

Jul 6, 2021

Later this year, Coe College will begin construction on its new Center for Health and Society (CHS), which will house the college’s innovative programs related to health and well-being in all aspects of society. HS to be named in honor of Coe’s 15th president, David McInally, and former Coe First Lady Janice McInally.
Inspiring communities with the power of music

Jun 16, 2021

Shayla James ’13 can’t imagine her life without music. After all, she’s played the piano since she was 6 years old.
Coe students gain experience and connect with alumni through summer internships

Jun 11, 2021

This year, The Princeton Review ranked Coe 10th nationally on its list of Best Schools for Internships in the private college category, as well as 20th for Best Alumni Network among private colleges. In keeping with those rankings, nearly 50 Coe students are completing internships this summer, and many of them are making connections with Coe alumni in the process.
Marquis Series events to return next academic year

May 25, 2021

Known for a long tradition of lively lectures and captivating performances, the Marquis Series will return for a complete season during the 2021-22 academic year.
New Coe Kids on Course Scholarship to begin fall 2022

May 21, 2021

Coe College is proud to introduce the Coe Kids on Course Scholarship beginning fall 2022. The college is partnering with the Zach Johnson Foundation to provide a renewable award of $36,000 per year to eligible incoming Kids on Course students who meet admission and renewal criteria.
Coe creates a new data science major

May 14, 2021

Coe College is introducing a new interdisciplinary data science major, beginning fall 2021. As a college dedicated to equipping its students with the tools and connections to be positive change leaders, adding data science is a natural forward-thinking step. Less than one-third of college campuses in Iowa offer a data science degree.
Coe student and professor awarded Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards

May 7, 2021

Harold Walehwa, ’21 and Dr. Neal McNabb, Assistant Professor and Chair of Social & Criminal Justice, have been named Coe College recipients of 2021 Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact (IAMNCC) Presidents’ Awards. About 90 individuals and organizations are honored for accomplishments that exemplify and celebrate the public purpose at the heart of education.
Ryley McMahen takes pride in being the ultimate Kohawk

May 6, 2021

Ryley McMahen ’21 came to Coe intending only to run cross country. He graduated having started a new club sports team, competed on an intramural sports team, embarked on a four week off-campus study trip and embraced a work-study position that completely redefined his pride in being a Kohawk.
Coe College recognized as a Best School for Internships and Best Alumni Network

Apr 23, 2021

The Princeton Review ranked Coe 10th nationally on its list of Best Schools for Internships in the private college category. This is the fourth consecutive year Coe has been ranked in the internship category. Coe also was ranked 20th nationally for Best Alumni Network for private colleges, which is a new recognition for the college.
Coe College announces Commencement speaker

Apr 20, 2021

Coe College alumnus and leader in the COVID-19 response Matt Clark ’95 has been named the college’s Commencement speaker. He will address both the classes of 2020 and 2021 in separate ceremonies the first weekend in May.
Kohawk awarded prestigious National Science Foundation fellowship

Apr 20, 2021

“Complete shock” is how Kalina Eskew ’21 described their reaction when notified they were the recipient of a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award from the National Science Foundation.
Heroes in white coats: A Coe family's vocation for the medical field

Mar 26, 2021

Sophia John ’24 set foot on campus for the first time eagerly facing a future where she graduates from Coe and puts on a white lab coat. John’s medical career aspirations are inspired by her mother, Shivanthi Ponniah ’96, a nurse practitioner who taught John medicine isn’t a profession. It’s a way of life.
The birth of women’s athletics at Coe College and beyond

Mar 25, 2021

Over 100 years ago, Mabel Lee, Class of 1908, enrolled at Coe College after seeing a photograph of the women’s basketball team. Little did she know she would become one of the most influential figures to advance women’s athletics and even serve as substitute for First Lady Lou Hoover in presiding over the women's sessions of the 1932 Olympics.