When students enter Cosgrove cafeteria, chances are good that Pam Fox may be the one sitting on the swivel stool, ready to scan their meal cards. Pam can personally greet about half these students (that's a whopping 400 to 500 names). With her infectious laugh and big heart, Pam is a cafeteria fixture.
> She first worked in the cafeteria at the age of 15.
> Her father ran breakfast and lunch service in the '60s and '70s with only one helper.
> She used to watch Rev. Edward Catich '34 practice calligraphy while he waited for his meals.
> She left and then returned to St. Ambrose in 2003 and now feels like a "second mom" to students who linger at her station.
> Pam loves to bring in old yearbooks to show student-athletes pictures of their coaches as students, especially when it involves 70s-era short shorts.
> She has several nicknames given by students: "Pamcakes," compliments of basketball player Michael Kennedy, and "Pam-a-lam-a-ding-dong," which she hears several times over each day.
> She attends as many ballgames, plays and commencements as possible. "You get close to the kids."
> Why food service? "Everybody's got to eat," says Pam. And then she laughs.
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