Building partnerships in the perfect college town


Cedar Rapids is the perfect college town, boasting both large and small corporations as well as a multitude of non-profit organizations. Your annual support helps students go outside the walls of Coe to make an impact through volunteering, research and internships in our community. Some of this year’s highlights included:
  • Coe was named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, service learning and community engagement.
  • 20,000 hours were donated to entities outside the Coe community, combining to save over $400,000 in operation and labor costs. Case in point: an initiative formed with the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter,whereby the Coe community covered 100 overnight shifts at the shelter, saving Willis Dady over $11,000 in operation costs.
  • Coe’s 12th annual Playground of Science welcomed local students of all ages to levitate objects, launch pumpkins, shatter grapes and make ice cream with liquid nitrogen. The event, which grows more popular each year, is interdisciplinary academics at its best. Approximately 70 faculty members and students from the physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, nursing, psychology and ROTC departments provided dozens of demonstrations to show that science can be fun.
  • Local alumni gathered each month through Coe Corridor Network (CCN), which was formed this year. CCN provides ongoing, monthly opportunities to network with each other, learn more about present-day Coe, and help current students with career and networking advice. Visit for more information.