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COURIER World Tour S U M M E R C O E C O L L E G E 2 0 1 0 Filmmaker takes his show on the road Creative Writing Menefee inspires New major bears fruit Commencement 2010 Volunteer Extraordinaire Robby Marvin 06

E DITORS N O T E S A nyone who thinks young people are slackers is not paying attention. Robby Marvin 06 is a prime example of a young adult doing good in the world. While his efforts may have been above and beyond the typical call of duty, they are also more the rule than the exception among todays serviceoriented students. Coe students have helped Iowa become second in the nation in volunteerism, according to a report by Volunteering in America. In 2006, when this years graduates arrived at

COURI ER Vol. 110 No. 1 Summer 2010 EDITOR Lonnie Zingula G RAPHIC DESIGNER Christina Kroemer PHOTOGRAPHERS George Henry 49 Ed Kempf CLASS NOTES ASSISTANT Tara Richards 10 PROOFREADER James Larkin SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR Ryan Workman DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS Rod Pritchard VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADVANCEMENT Dick Meisterling DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI PROGRAMS Jean Johnson ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT Susan Koenig Gehring 89 COE COLLEGE PRESIDENT James Phifer C O E C O L L E G

WIDGEY Q. BUTTERFLUFF By Steph Cherrywell 02 Widgey Q. Butterfluff is the most sickeningly cute person in the Snugglepump Valley, a place that has been stuck on Saturday morning for over 20 years. With little more than a sunny personality, a hearty appetite, and a figureflattering sundress, the eponymous heroine of SLG Publishings new graphic novel by Steph Cherrywell takes on the full range of kiddycartoon villains, from teenaged ennui to armored skeletons to timeslotappropriate drug metaphors.

in consulting for schools and hospitals. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Pirnot has spoken to groups and lectured in universities. In addition to her work with children and families, Pirnot has worked with female inmates in the prison system and with death and dying issues with geriatric residents in long term care facilities. After moving from Iowa, she had a private practice in Sarasota, Fla. prior to her retirement in 2005. Following her retirement, Pirnot began to publish books she had

COE RECEIVES NSF GRANT TO EXTEND STUDENT SUMMER RESEARCH Coe College has received an award of nearly 215,000 from the National Science Foundation NSF to support student research from 201012. The grant, which is funded by the United States Department of Defense, will be used to extend the colleges highly successful Research Experiences for Undergraduates REU summer research program. Coe remains one of only a handful of small colleges nationally in physics andor chemistry to host an REU site. The

2008 New York Term. It was a spring 2007 May Term in Serbia, however, that was the catalyst for Blanchards interest in Eastern Europe. The Fulbright program encourages graduating college seniors to apply for programs in Eastern European countries that traditionally do not attract a large number of applicants. Blanchard was eager to return to the region and felt compelled to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Eastern Europe is particularly fascinating to me, said Blanchard. I find it to b

other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. The Fulbright Program is the largest international exchange program, providing funding for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research and teaching. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program sends approximately 1,500 students per year to more than 140 countries. to the Coe Chemistry Department to be used toward the purchase of a flame atomic absorption spectrophotometer for use by students i

Additionally, students will utilize the instrument to measure concentrations of calcium, magnesium and sodium in two local streams. With one of the leading undergraduate science programs in the country, Coe science departments have received more than 3 million in grants over the past decade. year, working on projects normally reserved for graduate students. Coe physics students have the opportunity to travel around the world for research and conferences. Recent destinations have included China,

WRESTLING SENDS 10 TO NCAAs For the thirdstraight year, the Coe wrestling team turned in a fourthplace finish at the NCAA Championships. The Kohawks sent a school record 10 wrestlers to the championships, held at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids for the thirdstraight year. Clayton Rush 11, the number one seed at 125 pounds, became the second National Champion in Coe wrestling history with his dominating performance on the mat. Rush went 40 during the tournament, winning twice by major de

The Kohawks were led by a pair of Kaylas this year, with Kayla Lincoln 11 and Kayla Waskow 12 averaging 9.1 and 13.4 points, respectively. Waskow broke the school record for points in a season with 395 Amber Karkosh 08 scored 388 points in 200607. She also finished second in singleseason field goal percentage, hitting 55.6 percent of her shots. Lincoln finished 12th on the singleseason points list with a careerhigh 319 points. Lincoln and Leslie Ware 12 hit 54 3point baskets apiece, the third mo

SOFTBALL REBUILDING A WINNER A year after the best season in school history, the Kohawks looked to rebuild back to national prominence. Predicted to win the Iowa Conference by the coaches in the preseason poll, Coe was left searching for replacements for five seniors, three of whom played in two NCAA Division III College World Series over the past four years. During the Kohawks fourth fourgame winning streak of the year, Ashley Simon 12 became the fifth player in school history to strike out 500

seven continents one year in just ALAN WEBBERS EXCELLENT ADVENTURE International contacts fostered through his work as a filmmaker, the freedom from familial responsibilities and a background in creative writing fostered at Coe came together in 2009 for Alan Webber 98. The Elkader, Iowa native visited all seven continents in what amounted to a continuous yearlong world tour for his Rural Route Film Festival. It felt great to let loose with my writing for the first time in years said Webber, who

Queenstown, New Zealand Freefalling outside of Queenstown, New Zealand. I had to do something Mt. Dew commercial style crazy in New Zealandits the king of Xtreme adventure sports raftit, helibikeit, bungyjumpit, jetboatit, freeboardit, mountainbikeit, skydiveit, snowboardit, hikeit, paraglideit, dowhateveryoucanthinkoftobextreme. This was probably the coolest, most lifeaffirming 3 minutes I spent here jumping off a cliff, freefalling 200 feet in the air and then swaying across the Shotover Cany

Moscow, Russia With Russian film documentary producer friend Vlad Ketkovich in front of St. Basils Cathedral in Red Square. My first few days in Moscow were fascinating, just riding around with Vlad and Masha as they went about their film errands, seeing the city, then going into Red Square, having a woman try to set me up with her 17yearold daughter, hanging out at Artiomes, seeing a couple of bands at a popular club, bribing the cops out of a traffic ticket that wouldve meant court and multipa

1 1. Between delivering the senior address at Baccalaureate and graduating summa cum laude at Commencement, Kelly Carlblom 10 took her turn at the Victory Bell. 2. Vaclav Shatillo 10 was one of three summa cum laude graduates. 3. Teacher Education Professor Christy Wolfe was honored by the senior class as the 2010 Charles J. Lynch Outstanding Teacher. 4. President James Phifer receives the senior class gift from Jenna DeHoet 10, Sarah Fedorowicz 10, Leigh Freidhof 10 , Katheryn Paulsen 10 and n

4 6 5 7 6. In addition to receiving emeritus status upon his retirement from a teaching career that began in 1969, Professor of English James Randall received the Eliza Hickok Kesler Outstanding Service Award, which honors superior longterm service to the college. 7. Members of the Commencement platform party included left to right College Chaplain Kristin Hutson, Baccalaureate speaker Precious Rasheeda Muhammad, President James Phifer, Curt Menefee 87, Board of Trustees Secretary David Gehrin

Creative writing major bears early fruit Published author. Awardwinning poet. Fulbright scholar. Top flight grad school student. Lofty goals for graduates of Coes Creative Writing program, these are among the outcomes for members of the Class of 2010. Offered as a collateral track since 2002 and a fullfledged major since 2007, creative writing has quickly established itself as a premier area of study at Coe. Housed in the English Department, the creative writing major offers courses in fiction,

PHILANTHROPY HURTS SO GOOD Lukes Hospice and other organizations in Cedar Rapids in the pastUntiedts speech got him thinking about what more he could do for the community. Everyone has something to offer, Marvin says. Though your contribution may seem small, he says, when theyre all combined with other peoples gifts theyre huge and can really make a difference. While The Robject was his idea, friends and family were instrumental in making it a reality. To meet his personal challenge, Marvin adju

35 75TH REUNION OCT. 1417, 2010 54 55 75TH REUNION SEPT. 1518, 2011 70TH REUNION OCT. 1417, 2010 Zula Cacek Oujiri of Cedar Rapids celebrated her 90th birthday on June 28. 36 40 41 Ruth Glasheen and her husband, Jack, of San Diego, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October. 55TH REUNION OCT. 1417, 2010 David Marner is senior partner at Nazette, Marner, Nathanson Shea, formed in 2009 with the merger of two law firms. David and Pauline Frank Marner live in Cedar Rapids. Retired A

Karin Saral Hoffman of Salisbury, Md., directed a national juried art exhibit at the Salisury Art Institute and Gallery last fall. Ann Hoffman of Arvada, Colo., owns and operates two businesses, the Manta Ray Travel Club and Intention Your Life Unlock Your Life Passions, helping people discover their passions. 68 Rear Adm. Harold Robinson of New York City was the keynote speaker at the 38th annual meeting of the Indiana Jewish Historical Society on Oct. 25, with a presentation entitled Jews

Ruth Kinzey of Salisbury, N.C., was selected by the U.S. Chambers Business Civic Leadership Center to be one of its seven guest editorial network contributors. She is president of The Kinzey Co. Kimberly Wasson of Marion, 1994. He retired from coaching in 2006. Jack Lemmon of Denver is Verlynn Schmalle of executive director of Colorado Ballet. Stoughton, Wis., is the chief financial officer at the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Robyn Wright Ireland of Marion, Iowa, is a sen

for the Conklin Players, recently performing in The Wizard of Oz and Annie. She also organized her schools first Shakespeare Week in conjunction with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Heather Pritchard Dankert of Cedar Rapids is senior manager of sales operations at PAETEC. Sigrid Strong Reynolds moved rehabilitation unit at the Mayo Clinic. Jennifer Pacha of Brighton, Melissa Coeur of Cedar Rapids is a research assistant at the University of Iowa. Angie Fullarton Benson of to Hagerstown,

Vicki Stoner Bausch of Mount Vernon, Iowa, is a stayathome mom. Fortytwo Coe basketball alumni returned to Eby Fieldhouse Jan. 30 for alumni basketball. In the womens game, Gold beat Crimson 4241. Gold was led by Laci Palar Lower 01 with 12 points. Crimson was led by Shanon Nelson 08 and Erin Jones 08 with 10 points each. Amber Karkosh Bolen 08 won the shooting contest with 30 points. Alumnae basketball participants included front row, left to right Sarah Dolan Meyer 07, Amber Karkosh Bolen 08,

Alinda Buckingham of Davenport, 04 Kim Walsh of Miami received her J.D. from the University of Denver in May 2009. volunteer coordinator for the One Iowa Marriage Equality campaign. Christina Chiusano of Burbank, Calif., is a lighting technician for Nickelodeon Animation Studios. Laura Dostal of Cedar Rapids Iowa, is a veterinarian at Kimberly Pines Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Masumi Fottral of San Antonio is a resident physician at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Hilary Harris

MARRIAGES Aaron Staker and Amanda Dickinson 07 of Walnut, Fla., on June 21. Aaron is a technical analyst for CGH Medical Center. 02 03 05 Jackie Garifo and Karl Ribas of La Salle, Ill., on April 18, 2009. Tonya Keefer and Jake Vitense of Tipton, Iowa, on July 3. Erica Houck and Matthew Piurkowski of Las Vegas on June 25. Jane Lehmann and Jeff Schieltz of Peosta, Iowa, on Sept. 18. Patrick Miller and AnnaKate Eftink of Newman, Ga., on Oct. 10. Jamie Thomann and Troy Hansen of Cedar Rapids on

Attending the July 11, 2009 wedding of Brett Karkosh 06 and Carrie Ehrmann 07 in Amana, Iowa, were front row, left to right Kory Winsor 06, Megan Manske Winsor 07, Lindsey Driscoll 07, Darcy Ehrmann 04, Brett and Carrie, Amber Karkosh Bolen 08, Mitchell Zmolek 07, Ashley Buol 07 and Ted Drees 06. Back row Head wrestling coach John Oostendorp, Cody Kriegel 11 and Mike McCabe 06. The couple lives in Cedar Rapids, where Carrie works for Walgreens Pharmacy and Brett works at Tanager Place. Photo by

Jennifer TempsTurner and her husband, Gregory, of Florissant, Mo., a son, Ethan, on March 27, 2009. Angie Huitink Fuentes and her husband, Hoss, of Fairfax, Va., a son, Zander, on Feb. 21. Sara Meggers Carey and her husband, Jim, of Long Beach, Calif., a son, Liam, on Jan. 4. Damien Meyer and his wife, Anne, of Scottsdale, Ariz., twins, Hannah and Isaac, on Feb. 17. 90 91 97 Cari Long Lamb and her husband, Daniel, of Cedar Rapids, a daughter, Ella, on Sept. 16. Jacob McCandless and Erin Redm

DEATHS indicates decedent was a member of the Coe College Heritage Club. For information, contact Heritage Club Director Kelly Allen at 319 3998582 or kallencoe.edu. 26 Alta Stentz McGrew, 105, of Springville, Iowa, on Jan. 13. She was a bookkeeper, working last at the Springville Coop. She was preceded in death by a sister, Hilda Stentz Armstrong 32. Survivors include nephew Clayton Armstrong 63, 418 S. Linn 193, Roland, IA 50236, great nephew, Matthew Armstrong 97 of Marion, and great nieces

DEATHS E. Carleton Rollie Rollins, 94, of Chippewa Falls, Wis., on Sept. 29. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a funeral director for Turner Funeral Home until retirement in 1980, when he worked for Murdoch Funeral Homes. He is survived by his daughter, Carol Grenko of Chippewa Falls three grandsons and nine greatgrandchildren. his wife of 66 years, Vee, 972 Goldstrike Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249 a daughter, Kathleen Krantz of San Andreas two sons, Philip of Kooskia, Idaho, and K

Heritage Center Library in Dolores, Colo. She is survived by her husband, Ralph, 35654 Road H5, Mancoast, CO 81328 two children, Debi Cox of Fort Collins, Colo., and Ralph III of Mancos, Colo. a sister, Bettie Miller of Anamosa, Iowa and a granddaughter. M. Robert Silberberg, 88, of Chicago, on Jan. 12, 2009. He served in World War II. He is survived by his wife, Muriel, 7000 N. McCormick Blvd. Apt. 614, Lincolnwood, IL 60712. Dr. John Berney, 80, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Dec. 24. He ear

DEATHS Citizen of the Year in 1996. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marilynn, 3405 Park Crest Ct., Marion, IA 52302 three children, Lisa Lacher, Dana Etzel and Dr. Eric Etzel and seven grandchildren. Dessie Jean Owens, 77, of Palo, Iowa, on Dec. 11. She graduated from the University of Arizona. She was a teacher for the Palo School District. She is survived by a sister, Janis, and a brother, John, both of Palo. Ronald Schirm, 78, of Cedar Rapids, on April 21. He served in the United Stat

Carol VanMaanen Akers, 68, of Des Moines, Iowa, on Oct. 22 while vacationing in Loveland, Colo. She received her masters in music composition from Drake University. She taught music for over 30 years, including 16 years at Greenwood Elementary School. She was also the organist and choir director at First Presbyterian Church. She is survived by two sisters, Nellie Meinders of New Sharon, Iowa, and Betty Hendrickson of Ontario, Canada two stepsons, Steve of Mission Hills, Kan., and Tom of Charlest

FACULTY STAFF For a more complete list of faculty accomplishments, visit www.coe. eduDean and click on faculty accomplishments. Howard Hall Professor of English Terry Heller had his essay, To Each Body a Spirit Jewett and African Americans accepted for publication by New England Quarterly. Heller was invited to prepare an evaluation of a book manuscript on Gothic fiction for University of Alabama Press. Assistant Professor of Religion Meira Kensky successfully Psychological Record, a journal p

BY GEORGE A L O O K B A C K AT C O E T H R O U G H T H E L E N S O F G E O R G E H E N R Y 4 9 sampling of photos from the George T. Henry College Archives at Stewart Memorial Library, this page is dedicated to Coes history as captured through the lens of George Henry 49. The collection includes an unparalleled record of the life of a college over more than half a century by a single photographer. 50 YEARS AGO Marvin D. Cone Professor Emeritus of Art Bob Kocher at an exhibit of his paintings in

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