Coe College - Center for Community Engagement



Grasping the Roots: Community Engagement at Work

December 6th, 2017

Skylor Andrews | 12.6.17 I sat down with Briana Gipson, a junior majoring in Economics and African American Studies, to discuss her presentation at the inaugural Iowa Civic Action Academy. Held by the Iowa Campus Compact in Des Moines, Iowa on November 3rd and 4th, this conference focused on professional development for students interested in…

ACE Spotlight: Marissa Hedlund

October 10th, 2017

Skylor Andrews | 10.10.2017 Continuing our series of highlighting Advocates for Community Engagement, October’s ACE Spotlight features Marissa Hedlund, a junior Chemistry and Physics double major. Her area of focus is environmentalism. Skylor Andrews: What do you do for fun? Marissa Hedlund: I like to go for walks in nature, watch good movies, play video games, cook,…

7 Action-Oriented Ways to Respond to the Las Vegas Shooting

October 4th, 2017

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, you may find yourself wondering what you can do or feeling that ‘thoughts and prayers’ are not enough. Here are some suggestions of action-oriented ways to respond to this tragedy. – Contact your legislators. If change is what you seek, contacting your Senators and Representatives is a…

Finding the Connection: Tirzah Gaul and JDRF

October 3rd, 2017

A common question received by students working in the Office of Community Engagement is “what do you do?”. Each of us has a unique combination of interests and experiences that led us to our positions today. In an effort to showcase some of these experiences, Tirzah Gaul volunteered to share a bit of her story….

ACE Spotlight: Claire Tupper

September 22nd, 2017

Skylor Andrews | 9.22.17 A new school year means new blog posts! This year we will be running a monthly feature on our Advocates for Community Engagement (ACE). Each ACE will be spotlighted, giving them a chance to showcase what they’re passionate about and who they are! In this September edition, I got in touch…

Ways to Volunteer this Holiday Season

November 28th, 2016

The holidays are a fun and exciting time for college students – mostly. There’s holiday parties, cookies, final care packages sent from home, and preparation for Fall finals. But it’s also a wonderful time of year to volunteer. There are so many simple ways that college students can volunteer both at school or back home…

Service Spotlight: Tom Wieseler

February 17th, 2016

Tom Wieseler, the Sodexo General Manager at Coe College, has a very active and engaged life off the Coe campus. He has gone to great lengths to make our community, and more specifically the Mt. Vernon, IA community better. Two major ways that he has done this is through a position on the Mt. Vernon School…

ICAP: Emmy Laing

February 12th, 2016

My name is Emmy Laing, and I am a junior majoring in psychology and neuroscience. This is also my first year as an ICAP! I got to know Kayla [Lyftogt] through working in the Office of Community Engagement here at Coe, and she approached me with an opening for becoming an ICAP, and suggested it…

Service Spotlight: Patricia Ochs

February 8th, 2016

First, I am a Big Sister at Big Brothers Big Sisters. I have been mentoring since the beginning of December and my Little’s name is Logan. He is 7 years old. So far, we have went and eaten pizza, gone to The Peanuts Movie, talked to prospective members of BBBS [at] a fundraising event at…

ICAP Spotlight: Katie Gerhart

February 5th, 2016

A Day at Prairiewoods This year I chose to volunteer with Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center through the Iowa College Americorps Program (ICAP). Prairiewoods, located in Hiawatha, is a nonprofit organization focused on improving the community through a variety of environmentally-minded events and spiritual retreats. Many of these events are held on their beautiful land which…