Fickbohm, who was going to school full-time while also working full-time, graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in economics. A minor in business administration, he was one of a thousand USD graduates to receive his diploma during commencement last month.

"It was hectic but it kept me busy," noted Fickbohm, who accepted the award at a reception in his honor on Wednesday at the FM Shop #2, which is located off campus along Cherry Street in Vermillion.

Nominated for the award by Kenneth Stoos of the Department of Facilities Management, Fickbohm was cited for being a selfless, dependable employee. He was also praised for his work ethic, particularly during a very busy time in his life.

"Dave has helped me on many projects both big and small," Stoos stated in his nomination of Fickbohm. "His presence at night helps me push many projects later into the day, thus saving Facilities Management and the department money."

Fickbohm, an Alcester, S.D. native, doesn’t work daytime hours at USD. His work schedule usually begins when most people are going home – at 4 p.m. – and ends when most people have turned in for the night. He prefers it this way because of his former class schedule as well as the freedom to perform a variety of tasks on a daily basis.

"The main thing with my job is, it's never the same," said Fickbohm, who has been a USD employee for three years. "I cover all of the daytime positions at night, so you never know what the next phone call is going to be."

He and his wife, Darlene, along with their three children currently reside in Vermillion. A photo of Fickbohm receiving his award from President James W. Abbott is available for download at

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