Cinnamon Moore '16
Cinnamon Moore has immersed herself in the Coe experience. A junior from Colorado Springs, Moore is double majoring in political science and African-American studies. Her career goals include becoming an attorney/political scholar and getting involved in politics.
As Coe's student senate president, Moore is already gaining valuable experience for her future. She is an active member of the campus community who serves as the collegiate-alumnae relations chairperson for the Delta Eta Chapter of Delta Delta Delta, an admissions tour guide, and as a summer research assistant for Coe Assistant Professor of History Brie Swenson Arnold. She is the Delta Eta chapter’s nominee for the National Sarah Ida Shaw Award and the recipient of the Coe Diversity Leadership Scholarship.
As she prepares herself for future success, Moore is taking full advantage of the many opportunities the college has to offer.
"Being a student at Coe has provided me with so many priceless opportunities that I don’t know which will prove to be most valuable," said Moore. "The work ethic and responsibility I’ve learned just from challenging myself to reach the standards set by my professors has already proven its worth. Being able to work with the faculty/staff in class and doing research while also building professional skills and networks is the most valuable experience Coe has offered to me. In a nutshell, Coe is endless opportunity."
Moore is also grateful for the support of Coe's alumni and friends, who have made it possible for her to gain so much valuable experience at the college. As a student, she already values the alumni network she will soon be joining.
"The support of alumni provides all of us with inspiration and hope about the future after graduation and I cannot thank all of them enough for their generosity and outstanding contributions," said Moore. "Seeing alumni around campus always reminds me to appreciate my college years and challenges me to work even harder to attain my goals. It's so great to know that once I graduate, I will become a part of this legacy of generous and successful individuals."
AJ Reuter '15
Coe senior Alan Joseph (AJ) Reuter exemplifies success both in and out of the classroom, in the classic liberal arts tradition of Coe. Originally from Monticello, Iowa, Reuter majors in biology and environmental science, with a minor in chemistry. In the future, he is likely to put his science education to work outdoors in a setting such as the Department of Natural Resources, a county conservation organization, or a field related to agriculture.
On campus, Reuter is an outstanding baseball player who has been a two-time First Team All-Conference Selection, Second-Team All Region, Third-Team All Region, and a nominee for the Barron Bremner Outstanding Athlete Award. In addition, he is involved with the National Society of Leadership and Success, and works in admissions.
Through his varied Coe experiences, Reuter has gained appreciation for the value provided by the college.
"Being a member of the Coe College community has meant the entire world to me and I cannot be happier with the decision I made in coming to Coe," said Reuter. "I have had the opportunity to be a part of something not a lot of people get to experience, in that I have not only gotten the college experience, but have also gained new lifelong friends along the way not only with my classmates, but with my coaches and professors, as well."
Reuter believes Coe has given him the tools to be a future leader.
"Along the way, I have expanded my horizons from being a shy high school student, to someone who can start up a conversation with someone I just met, and I do not think I could have been able to acquire this trait without a supportive community behind me," said Reuter. "In the long run, I believe this will help me develop more relationships with employers, as well as making new friends even after college."
As a recipient of the Daniel Coe Scholarship, Reuter is appreciative of the support provided by alumni and friends that makes his Coe education possible.
"Without the support that has been given to me through financial aid, I would not have had the opportunity to experience life here at Coe College," said Reuter. "With their gifts, I have been given the opportunity to play baseball at the college level, as well as get a liberal arts education at a very prestigious institution."
Nicole Johnson '15
|Accompanied by physics professors Mario Affatigato '89 (left) and Steve Feller, Nicole Johnson '15 received the 2014 Cooper Scholars Award at the recent Materials Science & Technology Conference in Pittsburgh.
Coe has provided opportunities for senior Nicole Johnson '15 to take her education well beyond her native Cedar Rapids to some of the most prestigious scientific laboratories in the world. Double majoring in physics and mathematics, Johnson is a Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society member and a Society of Physics Students Leadership Scholar. In 2012, she received a Coe College Alumni Association Award to conduct research at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland.
In addition, Johnson is this year's winner of the Cooper Scholars Award from the Glass & Optical Materials Division of the American Ceramic Society. Physics professors Steve Feller and Mario Affatigato '89 accompanied Johnson to the Materials Science & Technology Conference in Pittsburgh in October, where she accepted the award and presented an invited paper.
The undergraduate award is named in honor of the late Case Western Reserve University Professor Alfred Cooper Jr., a prominent contributor to the understanding of many glass phenomena and problems. The Cooper Scholars Award seeks to encourage and recognize undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellence in research, engineering or study in glass science or technology.
First awarded in 2007, Johnson is Coe's first Cooper Scholar. She received a plaque and $500.
With Affatigato as her research advisor, Johnson has researched electrically conductive glass for use in a new generation of particle detectors since 2011. She was an intern this summer at Corning Inc. under the supervision of glass research associate TJ Kiczenski '99.
In her second year as president of the Coe Physics Club, Johnson plans to study materials science in graduate school.
"Coe has enabled me to pursue and achieve my future goals while making long-lasting friendships and networks," said Johnson. "While at Coe, I have been empowered, through the support of professors and peers, to do independent research. While doing physics research on campus and around the world, I have been able to problem solve and learn skills that will help me while I pursue a graduate degree and beyond."
Johnson has a healthy perspective on the financial support provided by Coe’s alumni and friends. She believes the contributions of others who have helped to provide for her Coe education will allow her to assist future generations of Kohawks through her own lifetime gifts.
"Without financial aid, Coe would have given me a quality education but also left me with significant debt," said Johnson. "Through your donations, you have given me the financial support I need to graduate as a liberally educated individual ready to begin the next step of my life without the worry of massive debt. Starting my future on a more solid financial footing will allow me to give back to future students sooner and in greater magnitude over my lifetime."