Two Fulton residents received awards during Alumni Weekend at William Woods University, April 25-27. Virginia “Piggie” Wallace Herndon received the Outstanding Service Award and Mike Shindler received the Order of the Owl Award.
In addition, Colonel R.J. Rouse of the United States Air Force received the Alumni Award of Distinction. A 1979 William Woods graduate, Rouse has served as Chief in the Personnel Programs Division in the Directorate of Personnel of the Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va., since 2001.
Chris Daniels of Quincy, Ill., received the Green Owl Award. She is a 1979 graduate and current treasurer of the WWU National Alumni Board. Theresa Vonderschmitt of Jasper, Ind., was named an Honorary Alumnus for all the assistance she has given the equestrian division.
A native of Kingdom City, Herndon attended Fulton High School and William Woods College, where she was a member of the class of 1947. She worked in local county and city government offices, including more than 20 years for the USDA Soil Conservation Service.
Herndon received the 1995 Green Owl Award, which honors William Woods alumni who have given years of service to the Alumni Association and the university. She currently serves as president of the WWU National Alumni Board and member of the Ivy Pathway Committee.
She is a past secretary of the Callaway County WWU Alumni Association, served on the WWU Bid & Breakfast organization committee for two years and has been the alumni representative to the President’s Concert and Lecture Series. She also served on the university’s 2 By 2 Campaign Steering Committee.
Her husband, Tom, received the Order of the Owl Award in 2001 for his continual support of his wife’s involvement in William Woods University.
In addition to her William Woods activities, Herndon has served as secretary of the Kingdom of Callaway Supper Committee for more than 20 years and received that organization’s Distinguished Service Award. She is past president of the Callaway Community Hospital Auxiliary and past chairman of the Presbyterian Manor Advisory Committee. She also was the 2000 president of Fulton Board of Associates, which raises money to support both William Woods and Westminster College. She was the recipient of the Board of Associates Alumni Service Award in 1999.
Mike Shindler received the Order of the Owl Award. The award is given to honor the spouse of an alumnus who has shown a special interest in promoting and supporting the activities of the university.
Shindler is the husband of Kenda Shindler, a 1981 William Woods graduate who serves as executive assistant to University President Jahnae H. Barnett. They have two daughters: Morgan Shindler and Tiffany Porter.
A native of Lincoln, Neb., Mike Shindler grew up in Nevada, Mo., where he participated in sports of every kind and decided at a very early age to pursue a sports-related career.
After graduating from Nevada High School in 1978, he attended the University of Missouri, where he received a bachelor of science in 1982 from the Department of Parks and Recreation within the College of Agriculture’s School of Natural Resources.
During his career he has been superintendent of recreation for Parks and Recreation in both Moberly, Mo., and Morton, Ill. He also was grant administrator and parks business manager for the Missouri Division of State Parks. He currently is a sales representative for Musco Sports Lighting.
Among the awards he has received during his career are: Rookie of the Year Award for Musco Sports Lighting, Featured Graduate of the Department of Parks and Recreation at the University of Missouri and Appreciation Award from the Moberly Parks and Recreation Department.