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    Nomination Categories

    These categories are all available for an Of the Month Award.

    • Advisor of the Month
    • Commitment to Diversity Award
    • Executive Board Member of the Month
    • Graduate Assistant / Supervisor of the Month
    • Program of the Month
    • Resident Assistant of the Month
    • Spotlight of the Month
    • Staff Member of the Month
    • Student of the Month

    Advisor of the Month

    Criteria Questions:

    1. Does the individual recognize the students they work with on task or initiatives that were done well during the month of nomination?
    2. How did the individual impact the students they work with during the month of nomination?
    3. Did the individual being nominated go above and beyond their professional contributions by the level of work with students during the month of nomination?
    4. What outstanding accomplishments merit recognition of this individual this month?

    Advice:

        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 s/he makes 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. 


    Commitment to Diversity

    Criteria Questions:
    1. Did the individual being nominated make a conscious effort toward promoting diversity in the residence hall?
    2. Did the individual being nominated coordinate programs whose cultural content served to “bridge the gap” of diversity?
    3. What outstanding actions, programs, or accomplishments merit recognition for such an award?
    Advice:

        The primary focus should be on how the accomplishments of the nominee created dialogue about issues of diversity. Also discuss how the nominee used innovative and creative ways to bring up the subject matter of race relation issues at a predominately white institution. 

    Executive Board Member of the Month

    Criteria Questions:
    1. How well does the nominee work with other executive board members?
    2. Has the nominee fulfilled and gone above his or her officer responsibility during the month of nomination?
    3. Is the nominee truly dedicated to the position and supportive of the organization?
    Advice:

        Be sure the person you are nominating for this award is eligible to receive it. The nominee needs to be from the Residence Hall Association. You also need to be able to bring out the nominee’s special efforts in his/her position.

    Graduate Assistant/ Supervisor of the Month


    Program of the Month

    Criteria Questions:
    1. What makes your program unique to other schools?
    2. What percent of your target group showed up?
    3. Is the cost per person feasible in terms of adaptability to other schools?
    4. Did the program have a lasting effect on the residents?
    5. Did the program meet all the goals that were set?
    6. What was the quality of the program (evaluation)?
    Advice:

        For both educational and social programs, the judging committees look for creativity, originality, financial feasibility, percent of attendance, and adaptability to other campuses. If the nomination is in conjunction with a nationally recognized week or holiday, the nomination needs to display how your campus has approached the program in a new or different way. When writing a nomination for a educational program try to show the relevance or reason the issue being programmed on is needed on your campus. These nominations are not only giving recognition to a group of leaders who have done a super program, but it becomes a resource and a guide for leaders on other campuses.

    Resident Assistant of the Month

    Criteria Questions:
    1. How well does the nominee work with residents and what impact has he or she had during the month of nomination?
    2. Does the nominee support and advise (guide) the student leaders?
    3. Does the nominee motivate others?
    4. Has the nominee fulfilled and gone above his or her job responsibility during the month of nomination?
    5. Are there any specific projects in support of hall government or committees?
    Advice:

        An important thing to keep in mind is that there are different job/programming requirements on various campuses. Include they requirements that have fulfilled and show what they have done beyond that during the month of nomination. When writing the nomination be sure to include any unique contributions to the position the individual makes. 

    Staff Member of the Month

    Criteria Questions:
    1. Does the individual make “overall” outstanding contributions to the desk staff?
    2. Has the nominee fulfilled and gone above his or her job responsibility during the month of nomination?
    3. Has he or she creatively helped the desk run more effectively (i.e. developed a form, come up with a good idea)?
    4. Are the customer service skills (i.e. pleasant phone manners, always says thank you, good resource person) of the nominee above average?
    Advice:

    Staff members need to be polite and hold a professional attitude while performing his/her duties. A nominee needs to exceed every-day expectations and improve the environment of the center desk in some way, whether that be creating an easier working system or handling the terrible situations with a positive attitude. This can include: Center desk staff, custodians, managers, advisors, and other supervising staff.

    Student of the Month

    Criteria Questions:
    1. What outstanding contributions did the individual make during the month of nomination?
    2. How has this person impacted the residence halls and campus?
    3. What interaction did the nominee have with his/her residence hall government or individual hall during the month of nomination?
    4. What organizations and activities was the individual involved in during the month of the nomination?
    5. How does the student recognize and motivate others?
    Advice:

        This category is intended for a student leader who puts forth special effort during the month of nomination. Possible things to include in the nomination could be leadership development, contribution to the people in his/her community, and his/her activities. Please note that RHA executive board members, advisors, and residential assistants are not eligible for this award.


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