Four named to Alumni Hall of Fame
Monday, May 07, 2012
Jamestown College Alumni Association has inducted four distinguished alumni into the Jamestown College Alumni Hall of Fame for 2012.
From left to right: Peggy Foss, Sherry Cox, Elmer Schindel, Muriel Peterson
Colonel Sherry (Andersen) Cox '82 was born in Fargo,
N.D., and entered active duty in January, 1983 after graduating with her
bachelor's degree in Nursing from Jamestown College. She is presently serving
as the Chief Nurse Executive at Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews Air Force
Base, Md. She was previously assigned as Inpatient Squadron Commander at
Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, and before that spent time as Air Force Chief
Nurse at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany. Prior assignments included
Aviano Air Base, Italy, and several bases around the United States.
Col. Cox is dual board certified in both medical surgical
nursing and nursing administration. She holds a Master of Science degree in
Nursing Administration and is a graduate of Air War College. She oversees Air
Force critical care nurses working at Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir Medical
Centers in Washington, D.C., who provide care for the acute war wounded, and
she oversees nursing staff caring for patients traveling through the
aero-medical evacuation system in the D.C. area, coming from the battlefield, to
various medical facilities throughout the nation. Her major commendations
include eight Meritorious Service Medals, four Air Force Achievement Medals,
and Air Force Nurse of the Year.
Col. Cox is
married to Lewis Franklin Cox, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Retired), and they
have a son, Hunter who is currently attending Air Force Navigator training.
Dr. Peggy (Meister) Foss ’58 is
originally from Wolf Point, Mont., and holds a bachelor’s degree from Jamestown
College, a master’s degree from South Dakota State University, and a Ph.D. from
Michigan State University. She retired in 2004 after serving for 24 years as
the Director of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics at the University
Prior to her career at the University of
Michigan-Dearborn, Dr. Foss was a professor/administrator of recreation and
athletics at Luther College, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, and
Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Foss has received numerous awards from the
University of Michigan – Dearborn and service awards from the Association for
Fitness in Business and the NAIA. She was elected to the Jamestown College
Board of Trustees in 1998 and is currently Second Vice Chair.
Dr. Foss’ husband, Dr. Merle Foss, is
also a member of the class of 1958. The $2.5 million Foss Wellness Center and
the Peggy (Meister) Foss Physical Education Wing opened at Jamestown College in
2008. The Drs. Foss have also provided a substantial endowed gift to support
ongoing improvements to the academic program in Physical Education.
Muriel Peterson ’63 is originally from Steele, N.D., and
received degrees in Christian Education and Psychology from Jamestown College
as well as a degree in Business Administration from the University of Mary. She
spent her career as an advocate for low-income elderly and disabled persons and,
as a program administrator with the North Dakota Department of Human Services’
Aging Services Division, developed non-traditional approaches, now being
adopted nationally, for delivery of in-home and community-based services to the
elderly and disabled.
Ms. Peterson has received numerous awards for her work and
advocacy including the Francis T. Ishida Award for Excellence in Customer
Service, the Your Women-Community Achievers Award, an Appreciation Award from
the North Dakota County Social Service Directors Association, a Certificate of
Appreciation from the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Thumbs Up Award from the
North Dakota Head Injury Association. In retirement, she is the volunteer State
Coordinator for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program.
The Peterson Technology Wing in Jamestown College’s Unruh
and Sheldon Center for Business and Computer Science, which opened in 2006, was
a gift to Jamestown College from Ms. Peterson.
Elmer Schindel ’63 was born on a farm near Melville,
Saskatchewan, Canada, and graduated from Jamestown College with a degree in
music. He taught music and German in public schools around North Dakota before beginning
his career as an investment broker. He joined Dain Bosworth in 1972 and worked
as broker, manager, and finally Senior Vice President Branch Manager before forming
the Investment Management Consulting Group in 1991.
A member of Jamestown College’s Board of Trustees since
2002, Mr. Schindel is chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee and
previously served as chair of the Investment Committee. He has played an
integral part in overseeing the College’s endowment nearly double in size. He
oversaw the reorganization of the Alumni Association into what has become a
strong and vital board of 15 members who work to engage the alumni in the areas
of enrollment, development, and alumni relations.
Mr. Schindel has established three scholarships at Jamestown
College, including those in memory of his wife, Bonnie (Prochaska) ’64, and
daughter, LoriAnn. He has a son, Jay, and a grandson, Jacob.
The Jamestown College Alumni Hall of
Fame honors alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their alma mater
and humanity. Admission to this Hall of Fame is the highest honor
presented by the Jamestown College Alumni Association.