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  • National Residence Hall Honorary Mercer University

    OTM Guide 2013-2014

  • Table of Contents What is an OTM?………………………………………………………...4 Setting Up Your OTM Account………………………………………….4 Finding the Right Category……………………………………………….5 OTM Category Criteria…………………………………………………...5

    Advisor……………………………………………………...............6 Custodial/Maintenance...…………………………………………...7 Desk Attendant.………………………………………………….....7 Executive Board Member….………………...……………………...8 First Year Student………………………………………………......9 Graduate Assistant…………………………………….…………..10 Institution Faculty/Staff...……………………………………........11 Neighbor…………………………………….…...……………......12 Organization………………………………………………….........12 Passive Program……………………………………………….......13 Programs...…………………………………..………………….....14 Residence Life Faculty/Staff…………………..…………………..16 Resident Assistant…………..……………………………………..17 Residential Community………………………………………........18 Roommate…………………………………….…………………..19 Spotlight…………………………………………………………..19 Student…………………………………………………………....20

  • What is an OTM? Of The Months (OTMs) are ways for National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) to recognize outstanding contributions to Mercer University and other campuses of Colleges and Universities across the United States. OTM’s are the primary source of recognition throughout NRHH. Winning OTM’s written at Mercer University are then graded on the regional and national levels. OTM’s are separated into seventeen different categories that are graded on the various campus, regional and national levels. It is important to submit an OTM by 11:59pm of the 4th day in each month.

    The OTM categories are:

    Advisor **Custodial/Maintenance Desk Attendant Executive Board Member First Year Student **Graduate Assistant Institution Faculty/Staff **Neighbor Organization

    Passive Program Programs Residence Life Faculty/Staff Resident Assistant Residential Community **Roommate Spotlight Student

    Setting up Your OTM Account Visit the NRHH website at http://otms.nrhh.org to set up an account and submit OTMs. On the middle left side of the web page click “Create Account.” This will direct you to a page to select your university. Select “Mercer University.” After selecting your university, fill out the account information and “Submit.” You have successfully created you NRHH OTM account! This account does not deactivate. If you have trouble remembering your password or need to reset your password, contact your chapter’s current administrator, Josh Gaisser.

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  • Finding the Right Category When writing an OTM, you want to choose a category that fits your purpose for recognizing a particular person. Sometimes the OTM categories can overlap when you apply them to specific people on our campus, and especially within the Office of

    In the end, it is all about finding what an OTM writer is trying to recognize a person for, and using your best judgment to pick a fitting category.

    OTM Category Criteria The regional OTM website provides criteria for each category of OTM’s. These criteria are looked at when OTM’s are judged. When writing an OTM, it’s important to remember that our campus may not be the only people reading it. Your OTM might make it to a regional or national level where your readers are unfamiliar with something like an LLC program. Please explain acronyms when first mentioned, and give brief descriptions of positional duties or functions.

  • General OTM Nomination Form

    All OTM’s will be submitted through this form except for the Community Service, Social, Educational, and Diversity programs.

  • Program OTM Nomination Form

    The program nomination form has extra questions to fill out and is a different format than the general OTM form.

  • Advisor of the Month Advisors need to create a supportive environment for the student leaders they advise. The focus of the Advisor OTM should be based on the impact they make in the lives of students. Personal examples are often the best way to express the intangible contributions of an advisor. The nomination should display how the advisor was instrumental in helping the leaders they work with grow, learn and develop.

    Criteria/Questions:

    ! Is the nomination month specific?

    ! Did the individual recognize the students they worked with within the month

    ! How has the individual contributed to their profession?

    ! What outstanding accomplishments merit recognition of this individual this

    ! How has the individual gone “above and beyond” their duties as an advisor?

  • Custodial/Maintenance of the Month This category is intended to recognize the custodians and maintenance people on campus. It is not graded on a regional or national level yet. Criteria/Questions:

    ! Is the nomination month specific?

    ! Did the individual support the students they worked with within the month of

    ! How has the individual contributed to their profession?

    ! What outstanding accomplishments merit recognition of this individual this

    ! How has the individual gone “above and beyond” their duties as an employee?

    This OTM category has a maximum word count of 600 words.

  • Desk Attendant of the Month

    A desk attendant should be an undergraduate who represents and works for a hall or office promoting the halls by going “above and beyond” their duties. Include the job requirements and show how the nominee has exceeded those requirements. Be sure that the nomination is month specific and discusses how the individual has exceeded the expectations of their job. If the OTM discusses any additional work done by the person’s job outside their desk attendant position, it will belong in another category.

    Criteria/Questions

    ! How well does this nominee work with residents and what impact have they had during the month of nomination?

    ! How has the nominee fulfilled and gone above their job responsibility during the month of nomination?

    ! Are there any specific projects in support of residence life or committees in which they participate?

    ! What outstanding contributions has the individual made for the hall they live in during the month of nomination?

  • Executive Board Member of the Month This category recognizes the outstanding contributions of an Executive Board member of a member school's residence life organization and the work of the board member within the Executive Board and across residence halls on their campus. It is extremely important in this category to nominate a person for their duties in an executive board position. Many times, the OTM reads as a Student OTM. Special efforts, not just fulfilling the job requirements of the position, help make this OTM category special. Make sure you include some of the responsibilities of the position so the reader will know how they truly went “above and beyond”. Be sure to briefly include other activities the student is involved in. This shows that they are a well- rounded leader and able to perform well in their position and still participate in other activities.

    Criteria/Questions

    ! Is the nomination specific?

    ! How has the individual exceeded their job responsibilities this month?

    ! How has the individual grown as a result of their work this month?

    ! Did the nominee make outstanding contributions to the organization during

    this month of nomination?

    ! What contributions did the nominee make to the SAACURH region this past

    month?

  • First Year Student of the Month

    Any student first year student leader (freshman, transfer student, non-traditional, etc) who excels in adapting to a new environment within their residence hall and taking an active role in their communities and positively impacting those around them. Submissions in this category may emphasize academics, leadership, involvement, contributions to community, floor, hall, residence life organizations, etc. Individuals that would be eligible for nomination in any other category are ineligible for nomination in the First Year Student category.

    Criteria/Questions

    ! What outstanding contribution has the nominee made to the residence hall community during the month?

    ! How has this person impacted the residence halls and campus?

    ! What interaction did the nominee have with their residence hall government or individual hall during the month of nomination?

    ! What organizations and activities was the individual in during the month of nomination?

    ! How does that student recognize and motivate others?

    ! How