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This category includes any individual enrolled as a student at the institution who has made outstanding contributions to the residence halls during the month of nomination. Nominees could include, but are not limited to students who have contributed to their floor, hall, the 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 etc... Also of importance is how the nominee has balanced their roles as a leader and a student and the display of good academic choices.

Resident Assistant

Any individual residence hall student staff who has worked with/impacted residents on their floor or in their hall. Nominees should have gone above and beyond the duties as outlined in their job description to support residents in the communities in which theywork, 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.


Characteristics of a nominated program include:
  • A program meant to educate residents about a topic, issue or idea. Programs nominated can include, but are not limited to programming focused on academic success, learning a new skill, promoting global citizenship, etc...
  • 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. 
  • Any 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.
  • A service or philanthropic program that benefits a group, charity, or other organization. The program should focus on the importance of the residents giving back to the communities in which they live. Examples include, but are not limited to: drives, fundraisers, day of service, etc.


This is the “catch-all” category for anyone else who has worked to make the residence halls a positive place to live. Nominees could be custodians, hall directors, faculty members involved in the hall, etc. This category is also intended to recognize residential programming that occurs through bulletin boards, newsletters, pamphlets, etc.