National OTM Descriptions
Section 4: National OTM Descriptions
A. General Requirements
1. Each national OTM should be written and judged according to the following
2. OTM nominees that are eligible for multiple categories must be submitted in the
category most applicable to the language of the written OTM.
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.
Any residential community, such as wings, halls, floor, complexes, etc. This award
should emphasize what this community has done as well as how it has supported others
(both within and outside their community). This community being recognized must not
be an official campus organization. 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 in the Community category.
D. Community Service Program
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 the residents giving back to
their broader communities in which they live.
E. Diversity Program
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 everyday lives of the residents.
F. Educational Program
A program meant to educate residents about a topic, issue or idea. Programs nominated
in this category can range from academic success programming, learning a new skill or
promoting global citizenship, etc.
G. Executive Board Member
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.
H. First Year Student
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.
I. Institution Faculty/Staff
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 who have made a contribution to the
residence life community both in and out of the classroom
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
members. Emphasis should be placed on the successes of the organization as well as
how they have helped the campus in general and the residence life community.
Any individual within a residence hall student staff who has worked with/impacted
residents on their floor or in their hall, gone above and beyond the duties of their
job, supporting residents in the communities in which they work, supported their
residence life organizations, and/or made outstanding contributions to the hall in which
they work 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 the above-mentioned
K. Residence Life Faculty/Staff
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
L. Passive Program
Any program that does not require anyone to actively run it for people to participate
in it. This category is intended to recognize the residential programming that occurs
through bulletin boards, newsletters, pamphlets, etc.
M. Social Program
Any social program that focuses on resident interaction and their ability to meet new
people and socialize. Programs in this category can range from being a floor social
program to a campus wide program.
Anything that does not fall under any of the other categories that you feel is worthy
of an Of the Month recognition. Individuals or groups that would be eligible for
nomination in any other category are ineligible for nomination in the Spotlight category.
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 leadership, 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 their roles as a leader and a
student and the display of good academic choices. Advisors, executive board members,
first year students and anyone that can be classified as being in the resident assistant
category are not eligible for an award in this category.