Why OTM's?

Why write an OTM

An OTM recongizes signifigant contributions of someone or something in the residence halls over the past month. They encourage a higher goal and set standards of excellence upon which resident life in university resicence halls is based upon. They also can give your school recognition at national conferences and show off the talents of the university to other universities nationwide.

Ten Tips for Writing a Good OTM

10. OTM nominations are due to the Associate Director (AD-NRHH) via the OTM Database (otms.nrhh.org) on the 10th of every month at 12:01am CST. UCR level submissions are due on the 5th of each month at 12:01am CST.

9. Paint a clear picture of the event, individual, or group of individuals in which you are writing about.

8. Obtain background information on the event or individuals in which you are writing about. Sometimes getting a couple of quotes or general statements from attendees gives an OTM a little extra pizzazz.

7. Aspire to max out the OTM word count.

6. Submit correct information on the form. Type the complete address and name of the nominator and nominee on the form in the space provided. This is the name that will be printed on the certificate if you win regionally and/or nationally. Anonymity of the nominator may be maintained by the NSRO.

5. Use the correct forms!

4. Define acronyms; they are not always universal! The only acronyms you should use are NRHH, NACURH, RHA, NCC, and region name (e.g. SAACURH).

3. Make sure you are using the correct category for your nominee. This is a common error people make. To avoid mistakes look at the criteria on the previous pages.

2. Presentation is key! Proofread the OTM to make sure you are clearly saying what you want to say. Look out for bad grammar and spelling errors.

1. Make sure your nomination is month specific! It is very important to highlight the outstanding things that the nominee did and how they did it in the month of nomination. Leave out background information that cannot be considered pertinent (ex. All this year, _______ ) to the month of nomination.