Briar Cliff University is proud to welcome former faculty members, Candice Coffin and Herbert Kuehne into emeriti status.
Candice (Candi) Coffin (Ph.D) was a professor of biology from 1988 before retiring in 2018. While at Briar Cliff, Candice taught one-credit courses which included microbiology (designed primarily for nursing majors), principles of microbiology (designed for biology majors), genetics, nutrition, molecular and cellular biology, human biology and a variety of 1 credit courses. The 1 credit courses included scientific writing and research, advanced microbiology as well as virology.
Candi also supervised a number of internships which were a valuable experience for students and included the chance to observe and work side by side with professionals in the following areas:
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physicians’ Offices
- Trauma Centers
- Industrial Labs
- Medical Labs
- Water and Waste Water Labs
- Athletic Training and more
Briar Cliff had an intensive one-week class format called Fast Forward where Candice taught a new course entitled Nutrition for Life which was geared towards nonscience students interested in nutrition. She also developed a course Forensic Biology, which was to acquaint nonscience majors with techniques primarily genetic techniques, involved in solving crimes.
Other activities that Candice was involved in during her tenure at Briar Cliff University included Science Club, serving as a resource for science fair projects and judging science fair projects. She was a resident scientist for Chautauqua inservice workshop for improving the teaching of science and was a great supporter of women’s athletics at Briar Cliff University.
Herbert (Herb) J. Kuehne (Ph.D) was a professor of anthropology and sociology from 1973 to 2001, going on to serve as a crime analyst for the Sioux City Police Department until 2011.
During his tenure at Briar Cliff, Herb taught a wide range of courses and helped institute a Freshman Liberal Arts curriculum. He organized and conducted many student and community tours to central Mexico to promote intercultural education. For several years, he and his students offered before-school Spanish instruction at several Sioux City elementary schools. In his last years at Briar Cliff, he promoted the use of Geographic Information Systems for local governmental services.
Across 44 years, Herb served the Siouxland community in many ways. He helped found the first Sioux City Recycling Center, served as a member of LULAC, a group that provided scholarships to Hispanic students, was appointed to and served on the Sioux City Human Rights Commission, served several years on the Sioux City Community Mental Health Center Board, and was elected for two terms to the Sioux City Community School Board.
After retirement, he volunteered his time for many organizations including: VITA, a program to assist low-income people with income tax filings, the Sioux City Public Museum, Meals on Wheels, Iowa's Senior Health Insurance Information Program, the Soup Kitchen, the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, Art Splash, and the Missouri River Clean Up.
Herb passed away in 2017 and is survived by his wife Rosie; his children, Bob and Jen; (in Herb's words) three really cool grandchildren, Amanda Tsang, James and Sarah Willmore; his sibling, Alice Kuehne Finn and her husband, John Patrick Finn.
The appointment of emeriti status at Briar Cliff is an honor, and given in recognition of valued teaching, advising, service and scholarship to the University. In order to obtain this status, a professor must be nominated by his or her department, the vice president for academic affairs and the president. The candidate must also have attainment of tenure, a rank of associate professor or higher.