"This was a great surprise," said Jueden, who gave thanks to her coworkers during a reception in her honor at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD's campus. "I really enjoy working with the music department."
Nominated for the award by Larry Schou, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, and John Banasiak, professor of art, Jueden was cited for her hard work as well as keeping the fine arts facility clean while going above and beyond the call of duty.
"She is always pleasant to work with," Schou said in his nomination of Jueden, "and she helps me and the faculty a great deal in the Department of Music."
A native of Hartington, NE, Jueden had worked for Leprino Foods in her hometown for 18 years before coming to USD three years ago. While working for facilities in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, she is responsible for cleaning the music department as well as helping out as needed in other areas of the building.
"We never need to ask her or tell her what to do," said Lloyd Rowland, Jueden's coworker at USD the past three years. "She's always willing to help, no matter what. Carmen makes (custodial) work teamwork."
Jueden currently lives in Hartington with her husband, Terry. They have six children and four grandchildren.