What is an OTM?

OTM is an acronym for "Of the Month" award.

What are Of the Month Awards?

Of the Month's are a way that members of NRHH recognize signifigant contributions that people both inside and outside of the organization do to imporove the live of students living in the residence halls.

What is the process of Recognizing People?

First, all members of the organization write OTM's each month for the organization. The best OTM's that month are submitted to the Regional OTM contest. If an OTM from the school is recongized in the region, it moves on to a national competition, which allows for the school to get recognition at the National Conference.

Who can I write an OTM about?

There are several catagories of things that you can write an OTM about. You can write an OTM about programs you attend, people who help you academiclly, Advisors, NRHH Executive Members, RHA Executive Members, different organizations (and that's just a few.)

What are the word limits for OTM's

If writing an OTM about a person or ogranization, there is a 600 character limit. If you are writing an OTM about a program you attended, there are five questions to answer that each have a 200 character limit and one question with a 400 character limit. The questions can be found on the OTM Website in the OTM Menu above or the link in the following question.

How do I write an OTM?

The entire OTM process is online (View). If it will be your first time visiting, please Click Here to create an account.

How many OTM's do I need to Write?

As the name suggests, members should submit at least one OTM a month. There is no maximum number of OTM's that can be written by a member per month. Prospective Members should be aware that the number of OTM's you write will be a determining factor in your induction as a full member.

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.