Rebecca and Joe Hawkes-Cates

Rebecca and Joe Hawkes-Cates met in 2009 while volunteering at a Miner football game.

“We handed out fruit and water to the marching band,” she says. “I was in Kappa Kappa Psi and he was in Tau Beta Sigma. We hung out together and just found each other really easy to talk to.”

Rebecca and Joe Hawkes-Cates
Rebecca and Joe Hawkes-Cates

The next year, Rebecca earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and biological sciences. Joe earned bachelor’s degrees in computer engineering and computer science in 2011.

Married in 2013, a few of their favorite shared campus experiences included supporting the marching band at the football games and attending band parties together.

Today Rebecca works as an ICU nurse at St. Luke’s East and Joe works as a platform management engineer at Cerner.

Their relationship advice?

“Be open and honest about everything with your partner,” she says. “You can’t build a solid foundation without communication and trust.”

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