Of the Month Awards, otherwise known as OTMs, are one means for NRHH to recognize outstanding students, advisors, and programs on the campuses of colleges and universities across the United States. OTMs are the primary source of recognition throughout NRHH. Any individual can submit an OTM for American University. These are due by the 5th of the month after the month for which the nominees are being nominated. From these nominations, American University winners are selected and are forwarded on the regional level, where your nominee may be the OTM for the CAACURH Region. Winners in the region are then forwarded on for national consideration. Your OTM could win for the entire nation!
The OTM categories are listed below. Click on each one to find out more!
Program of the Month
Any program that a student, RA, or any organization or department organizes or sponsors can be nominated for the Program OTM. There are four types of Program OTMs. The four categories are Community Service, Diversity, Educational, and Social. When nominating a program chose the category that most closely fits.
Advisor OTMs recognize the work of an individual who advises a Resident Assistant staff, a community, a Hall Council, RHA, or NRHH. An advisor does not have to be a professional staff member, the OTM can be written about a student who has taken on the role of an advisor to a specific group.
This award is intended to recognize outstanding communities since their is currently no other formal way of doing so. The nomination should focus both on what the members of the community have done within their floor or house, as well as the communities contribution to the residence halls.
Any executive board member of any on campus student organization in housing can be nominated for this category. A nominee can be on the executive board of the RHA or NRHH, or can be a hall/council executive board member. This includes NCCs.
Any RA can be nominated for this award. It recognizes work of an RA that has gone above and beyond their job description. It may include an RA who dealt with a difficult situation particularly well or contributed significantly and uniquely to building community.
This award is intended to recognize outstanding OTMs that don't fit into any set category, such as Housekeepers, Food Service Personnel, Public Safety, etc. The nominee cannot be an advisor, executive board member, resident assistant, or student. Include how this person has helped out an individual or contributed to the well being of a building or living community. RHAs are not a spotlight. A spotlight could be a favorite professor (or a faculty in residence). They do not fit in another category and if they have done something to contribute to on campus living (not just by giving a good grade) such as presenting a program for residents, they are a viable candidate. This OTM category has a maximum word count of 600 words.
Any student can be nominated in this category. Resident Assistants are not eligible for this award. You can however nominate RHA and Hall Council executive board members if they recognized for their efforts as a student, not an executive board member.