OTM Categories

Of-the-Month Awards

Of-the-Month awards (OTMs) are monthly appreciation and recognition awards administered by the Northern Kentucky University NRHH. All NKU student leaders, faculty, staff, groups and programs are eligible if they demonstrate positive contributions to the residential community within the month of nomination and correspond with a category of recognition.

OTMs are awarded based on the qualities of the nominee as described in the nomination(s), not the quantity or quality of nomination(s) themselves. Below is a listing of award descriptions intended to help you nominate as precisely as possible.

The NRHH meets monthly to review nominations and select awardees. Members have specific nomination and voting guidelines to mitigate conflict of interest.

In general, nominations are accepted during the first three weeks of the month, with submission deadlines on the 27th of every month at 11:59 pm. Any submissions after that time will be considered for the next month’s cycle.

Want to recognize the efforts of an outstanding individual, group or program? Submit a nomination here.

Award Categories

Individual Awards

Student of the Month (*) recognizes an individual resident for their active work in fostering a sense of community at NKU, especially during the month of the award. Nominees could include, but are not limited to, students who have made a significant contribution to their floor or hall through leadership in programming, volunteering, advocating, and/or role modeling for other residents. The awardee must be a full-time student at NKU and a contractual resident of an NKU residence hall. The awardee must not be an RA in University Housing but can be a Peer Mentor (PM).

First Year Student of the Month (*) recognizes an individual resident who is in their first year at NKU (including new transfer students) and excels at adapting to a new environment in their residence hall, taking an active role in their community, and positively impacting those around them. Nominees could include, but are not limited to, first year students who have made a significant contribution to their floor or hall through leadership in programming, volunteering, advocating, and/or role modeling for other students. The awardee must be a first-year student at NKU and a contractual resident of an NKU residence hall. The awardee must not be an RA in University Housing but can be a Peer Mentor (PM).

Executive Board Member of the Month recognizes an individual executive board member of an NKU student organization who in the month of nomination made significant contributions to their specific community or the community as a whole. Nominees should have gone above and beyond the capacities of their roles on the executive board, and demonstrated a commitment to leadership, involvement, and/or mentorship.

Resident Assistant of the Month recognizes an individual Resident Assistant (RA) for their instrumental work in programming, education, community development, and/or crisis response. Nominees should have gone above and beyond the duties of their job in supporting residents in the communities in which they work, supported their fellow staff, ACR, or NRHH and/or made outstanding contributions to the hall in which they work during the month of nomination.

Advisor of the Month recognizes an individual staff Advisor who created a supportive environment for student leaders to grow, learn, and develop, especially during the month of nomination. Nominations should focus on the work of the nominee in directly advising University Housing student staff, NKU ACR, the Norse Chapter of the NRHH, and/or any other student organization. The awardee must be an employee of University Housing. (NB: Academic advisors, faculty advisors, study abroad advisors, etc. are not as such eligible for this award. For other NKU faculty or staff notable for advising support, see University Faculty or Staff of the Month.)

Residence Life/Housing Staff of the Month recognizes an individual employee of the University Housing/Residence Life who was a significant aid to residents during the month of nomination. This category is intended to recognize the Residence Life Staff who are not eligible for the Advisor of the Month category (if, for example, they did not advise students directly) and who have made significant contributions to the residence life community. Resident Assistants (RAs) are not eligible for this award (see Resident Assistant of the Month).

University Faculty or Staff of the Month recognizes Northern Kentucky University educators and other employees outside of University Housing who aid students in their academic and/or personal affairs. This category is intended to recognize institutional faculty who have contributed to the NKU community both in and out of the classroom. Examples include, but are not limited to: Professors, Instructors, Teaching Assistants, Academic Advisors, Student Affairs or Academic Affairs Staff, Facilities/Maintenance Staff, NKU Police Officers, Dining Services/Chartwells staff, and Health, Counseling, and Student Wellness staff. Employees of University Housing are not eligible for this award (see Residence Life/Housing Staff of the Month).

Group Awards

Organization of the Month recognizes organizations that have actively contributed to student leadership and involvement, recognition, or other aspects of communal life during the month of nomination. This award recognizes the organization as a whole, not just the accomplishments of a few members. Emphasis is placed on the successes of the organization in residence communities as well as how they have shaped campus life in general. Nominees could include, but are not limited to: Executive Boards, Student Councils, Activities Boards, and in general, any organizations outside of University Housing that positively impact students. NKU ACR (as a whole) and the Norse Chapter of NRHH are not eligible for this award. LLC are not eligible for this award (see Residential Community of the Month).

Residential Community of the Month recognizes residential communities, such as floors, suites, and halls. Nominations should emphasize what specifically a community has done within the month of nomination as well as how it has supported others, both within and outside their community. A successful nomination will additionally illustrate what brings such a group of individuals together and how they worked together as a group to accomplish their goals during the month of nomination. Living Learning Communities (LLC) are eligible for this award. The nominee must not be a Greek organization (see Organization of the Month).

Spotlight of the Month recognizes any outstanding individual or group contribution to the NKU community that is ineligible for any other category of award but is still worthy of attention and appreciation. Any nominee eligible for any other category of award is ineligible for this category.

Program Awards

Community Service Program of the Month recognizes a service project that had an exceptional impact on the lives of others, including service or philanthropic programs that benefit groups, charities, or other organizations. The program must have been initiated by a residence-based organization or must otherwise have emphasized the importance of the student body giving back to the broader communities in which they live. Also recognizes the program’s organizer(s). Any program which fits this description is primarily a community service program.

Diversity Program of the Month recognizes a program that challenged students around issues of race, religion, sexuality, socio-economic status, gender and other identities and their relation to power and privilege. Such a program must have illustrated the importance of promoting diversity in residence halls/on-campus as well as embracing diversity in the every-day lives of residents. Also recognizes the program’s organizer(s). Any program which fits this description is primarily a diversity program.

Educational/Academic Program of the Month recognizes a program that engaged students in education about a topic, idea, or issue beyond their classroom settings. Programs nominated for this category may include but are not limited to educational excursions, academic success programming, leadership development, speaker series, career planning, or promoting global citizenship. Also recognizes the program’s organizer(s).

Passive Program of the Month recognizes any program that did not require anyone to actively run or administer it for people to participate in it. This category is generally intended to recognize residential programming that occurs through bulletin boards, newsletters, pamphlets, and social media. Also recognizes the program’s organizer(s). Any program which fits this description, and is not eligible for the Community Service or Diversity Program of the Month awards, is primarily a passive program.

Social Program of the Month recognizes a program that helped build community or transition students to a new environment, with a particular emphasis on programs that focus on resident interaction. Social programs may range in scale from residence hall floor to campus. Also recognizes the program’s organizer(s). Any program which is eligible for another Program of the Month award is not eligible for this award.

 

* The awardee must be an undergraduate student at NKU and a contractual resident in a University Housing.