These nominations are a great way to recognize fellow students, faculty, and staff for their impact on Residence Life and/or residential students each month. Categories include:
- Advisor – Recognition of any individual who directly advises a residence life organization and has made outstanding contributions to the organization(s). The individual may be the main advisor or the graduate advisor.
- Executive Board Member – Recognition of the outstanding contributions of an E-Board member of a member school’s residence life organization and the work of the Board member within the E-Board and across residence halls on his/her campus.
- First Year Student – Recognition of any student, first year leader (freshman, transfer, non-traditional, etc.) who excels in adapting to a new environment within his/her residence hall, taking an active role in his/her community, and positively impacting those around him/her. Submissions may emphasize academics, leadership, involvement, and contributions to community, floor, hall, residence life organization, etc. Individuals who would be eligible for nomination in any other category are ineligible for nomination here.
- Institution Faculty/Staff – Recognition of individuals who aid students in their academics, which includes professors, instructors, teaching assistants, counselors, and other academic affairs staff. This category is intended to recognize institutional faculty/staff who have made a contribution to the residence life community both in and out of the classroom.
- Organization – Recognition of any organization that has actively contributed to the student leadership, recognition, or other aspects of residence life during the month of nomination. This is for recognition of the organization as a whole and not just the accomplishments of a few individuals. Emphasis should be placed on the successes of the organization as well as how it has helped the campus in general and the residence life community.
- Residence Life Faculty/Staff – Recognition of individuals who aid residents within the housing campus community. This category is intended to recognize the Residence Life Faculty/Staff who are not eligible for the Resident Assistant category and who have made contributions to the residence life community.
- Resident Advisor – Recognition of any individual within a residence hall student staff who has worked with/impacted residents on his/her floor or hall, gone above and beyond job duties, supported residents in the communities in which he/she works, supported residence life organizations, and/or made outstanding contributions to the hall in which he/she works during the month of nomination. The OTM should focus on the nominee’s accomplishments within the RA role, but may also include other roles or responsibilities taken on during the month of nomination, such as supporting organizations denoted in the Organization OTMcategory above.
- Residential Community – Recognition of any residential community, such as wings, halls, floors, complexes, etc. It should emphasize what this community has done as well as how it has supported others (both within and outside the community). This community being recognized must not be an official campus organization. The OTM should illustrate what brings a group of individuals together and how they worked together as a group to accomplish their goals during the month of nomination. Communities that would be eligible for nomination in any other category are ineligible for nomination here.
- Spotlight – Recognition for anything that does not fall under any of the other categories that you feel is worthy of an OTM recognition. Individuals or groups that would be eligible for nomination in any other category are ineligible for nomination here.
- Student – Recognition of any individual enrolled as a student at the institution who has made outstanding contributions to the residence halls during the month of nomination. Things to consider may be students who have made a contribution to their floor, hall, residence life organization, etc. through ledaership, motivation, programming, volunteering, and/or being a role model for other residents during the month of nomination. This OTM may address several areas of student life, such as academics, leadership, involvement, and more. Also of importance is how the nominee has balanced his/her role as a leader and a student, and the display of good academic choices. Advisors, Executive Board members, first year students, and anyone eligible in the Resident Advisor category (see above) are not eligible for nomination here.
These nominations provide you with a montly opportunity to recognize individual programs and events impacting Residence Life and/or residential students. Categories include:
- Community Service Program – Recognition of a service or philanthropic program that benefits a group, charity or other organization. This could include drives, fundraising, charity runs and/or book fairs, or other specific events. The program should focus on the importance of residents giving back to their broader communities in which they live.
- Diversity Program – Recognition of a program that promotes and educates about diversity and understanding. This program illustrates the importance of promoting diversity in the residence halls as well as embracing diversity in the every day lives of the residents.
- Educational Program – Recognition of a program meant to educate residents about a topic, issue or idea. These programs can range from academic success programming, learning a new skill or promoting global citizenship, etc.
- Passive Program – Recognition of any program that does not require anyone to actively run it for people to participate in it. This includes residential programming that occurs through bulletin boards, newsletters, pamphlets, etc.
- Social Program – Recognition of any social program that focuses on resident interaction and their ability to meet new people and socialize. These can range from being a floor social program to a campus-wide program.