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National Residence Hall Honorary

General Categories

Program Categories

GENERAL DESCRIPTIONS

STUDENT

  • What outstanding contributions did the individual make during the month of nomination?
  • How has this person impacted the residence halls and campus?
  • What interaction did the nominee have with his/her residence hall government or individual hall during the month of nomination?
  • What organizations and activities was the individual involved in during the month of nomination?
  • How does the student recognize and motivate others?

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.

FIRST YEAR STUDENT

  • What outstanding contributions did the individual make during the month of nomination?
  • How has this person impacted the residence halls and campus?
  • What interaction did the nominee have with his/her residence hall government or individual hall during the month of nomination?
  • What organizations and activities was the individual involved in during the month of nomination?
  • How does the student recognize and motivate others?

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.

RESIDENT ASSISTANT

  • How well does the nominee work with residents and what impact has s/he had during the month of nomination?
  • How has the nominee fulfilled and gone above his/her job responsibility during the month of nomination?
  • Are there any specific projects in support of hall government or committees in which she/he participates?
  • What outstanding contributions has the individual made for the hall she/he works in during the month of nomination?

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 organizations.

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER

  • Is the individual from a residence life governing body or NRHH Chapter?
  • Has the nominee used the services and resources of NACURH as well as other campus resources?
  • What outstanding accomplishments merit recognition of this individual this month?
  • How did the Executive Board Member exceed the responsibilities of his/her position during the month of the nomination?
  • How has the individual grown as a result of the challenges s/he has faced?

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 life on their campus.

ADVISOR

  • How did the individual recognize the students s/he advises in the month of nomination?
  • How did the individual impact students s/he advises during the month of nomination?
  • Through the course of his/her work, in what ways is this person contributing to the student affairs profession?
  • What outstanding accomplishments merit recognition of the individual this month?

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.

SPOTLIGHT

  • What outstanding contributions did the individual/group make to the students living in the residence halls during the month of nomination?
  • How has the person/group exceeded what would normally be expected of them in their position?

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.

ORGANIZATION

  • Is the nomination month specific?
  • What is the focus of the organization? (i.e. programming, advocacy, recognition)
  • How did the organization contribute to the residential community and the general community of the institution?
  • How did the organization interact with the region and with NACURH?
  • What set this month apart from other months?

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.

INSTITUTION FACULTY/STAFF

  • How did the individual aid the students s/he comes into contact with in the month of nomination?
  • How did the individual impact students s/he interacts with during the month of nomination?
  • Through the course of his/her work, in what ways has this individual contributed to the academic affairs profession?
  • What educational/developmental contribution has this faculty member given to students in residence life during the month of nomination?
  • What outstanding accomplishments merit recognition of the individual this month?

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.

RESIDENCE LIFE FACULTY/STAFF

  • How did the individual aid the students s/he comes into contact with in the month of nomination?
  • How did the individual impact students s/he interacts with during the month of nomination?
  • What educational/developmental contribution has this faculty member given to students in the residence halls during the month of nomination?
  • What outstanding accomplishments merit recognition of the individual this month?

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 community.

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY

  • What brings the group of people together?
  • What specific positive contributions did this community make this month to enhance the lives of the group members or those around it?
  • How does the community interact with other communities?
  • What makes this community different from other communities? (Examples include participation and enthusiasm as a group.)

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.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Community Service:

  • What was the service project and who did it benefit?
  • How did the project impact the residential community?
  • What makes this program unique?
  • How did students take an active part in the 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.

Diversity:

  • What were the goals of the program and how were they accomplished?
  • How did the program serve to promote diversity and understanding?
  • What makes this program unique?
  • Did the program have a lasting effect on residents?

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.

Educational:

  • How did the program educate students?
  • How were the educational needs of the community addressed?
  • What were the goals of the program and how were they accomplished?
  • What makes the program unique?

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.

Social:

  • What was the purpose of the program?
  • How did it encourage residents to interact with one another?
  • What makes the program unique?
  • How can the program be adapted to other campuses?

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.