S. Alex Cooley (BB 1966-68; Tr 1965; BB 1966)
A Grand Forks native, Cooley earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from UND in 1969. Cooley was a three-sport letterwinner at North Dakota (track, 1965; basketball, 1966; baseball, 1966-67-68), gaining all-conference acclaim in 1967-68, all-district honors in '68 and being tabbed team MVP and co-captain in baseball, as well. Cooley played three seasons in the Oakland A's organization after leaving UND, including stops in Bradenton, Fla. ('68), Tri City, Wash. ('69) and Burlington, Ia.('70); he was also an all-star choice in 1968 and 1969.
Donald D. Miller (FB 1954-55; Tr 1955-56)
A native of Bottineau, N.D., Miller is a 1956 graduate of UND. He received a B.S. in physical education after earning varsity letters in football (1954-55), basketball (1955), track (1955-56) and baseball (1956). Miller was an honorable mention All-American choice and all-conference selection in football as a senior in 1955. In football he held the rushing yards records in 1955 and in track had outstanding team, sprint and relay records. He also earned all-conference accolades in basketball. A fine baseball player as well, he signed a professional baseball contract with the Minot Mallard Professional Baseball Association in 1955 as a utility player for one year.
Craig E. Skarperud (BB 1970-72)
A product of Grand Forks, Skarperud lettered for three seasons (1970-72) with the Sioux basketball team as a guard. He gained team MVP acclaim as a sophomore and all-conference honors as a senior. Skarperud also earned all-district honors as well. Besides doing well on the court he was also a strong academic student. He was a member of the Blue Key Society and also on the Dean's List.
Patricia A. Warcup (Women's Athletics Pioneer)
A native of Grand Forks, Warcup earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1956 and a master's degree in education in 1958, both of which were from UND. Afterwards she did her post graduate work at Indiana University. Warcup was a physical education coach and instructor in California before returning to UND in 1965. She initiated and coached the first modern era UND women's basketball team from 1965-70 and did the same with the softball team from1967-70 (she re-organized softball as a varsity sport in 1977 and coached the team until 1982). Warcup was Women's Athletic Director at UND from 1968-70 and 1971-73. She was instrumental in the formation of women's athletic teams beginning in 1965 and played a role in the forming of the Minnkota Conference, one of the first conferences for women in the nation. A teacher at UND's HPER Department from 1965-92, she then retired from that post.