Bos was nominated for the award by coworkers Rusty Kanne and Nick Vlasman, who praised Bos for his "ability to continue to work even when the work becomes physically exhausting and demanding."

"I'm just grateful for the people I work with," admitted Bos, who accepted the award at a reception in his honor at the Cherry Street Fac Man Shop. "It's just one big family; everyone supports each other."

Since joining the structural shop a year ago, Bos’ day-to-day responsibilities have varied from outdoor concrete projects to indoor remodeling tasks. He says he likes the changing aspects of his work at USD.

"Without hesitation, Duane has taken on monumental projects with very short deadlines," the nomination form stated. "Recently, he has led the charge on remodeling the first floor and second floor hallways at the Al Neuharth Media Center. This project required afterhours work and weekends to avoid the student traffic in the building. His dedication to this project as well as to Facilities Management reflects in his work habits."

"Right now, I’m working on a concrete project on campus after just finishing up a remodeling job in the hallways of the Neuharth building," explained Bos, who has been an employee at The U since April 2003. "It’s something new every day."

Bos, a native of northwest Iowa, currently resides in Vermillion with his wife, Joleen, an ITS programmer analyst at The U. They have a son, Alan, who is a senior at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.

A photo of Bos receiving his award from Richard Van Den Hul, vice president of finance and administration at USD, is available for download at

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