National Residence Hall Honorary

OTM: Of The Month

What is an OTM?

Of The Month awards are ways to recognize outstanding individuals and programs that have made significant impacts on our campus. It is a short essay that allows leaders to say "Good Job" for all of the hard work individuals put in on a daily basis.

Why Write an OTM?

OTMs are easy ways to recognize others for making outstanding contributions during a specific month. An OTM serves to acknowledge the positive accomplishments of individuals while encouraging the continued effort for greater achievement.

Program OTM Submission


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Writing a program OTM should be fun and should be about recognizing your experience, as well as how other students in attendance felt about the program. Some ways to make sure your OTM program stands out is by providing quanitative information: how long did it last?, how many people were there? And should include qualitative information, such as what was the program?, why was the program important?, who put the program together?, etc. Before you submit your program OTM make sure you know what category it falls into. See below for a list of all of the program OTM categories.

  • Program OTM Categories

    Community Service Program

    A Community Service Program is any program that promotes service in the surrounding community. A Community Service Program OTM should focus on these questions: What was the service project? Who did it benefit? What makes the program unique?

    Diversity Program

    A Diversity Program is an experience that promotes and/or celebrates diversity. A Diversity Program OTM should work to answer the following questions: Did the program have a lasting impact on residents? What were the goals of the program and how were they accomplished? How did the program serve to promote diversity and understanding?

    Educational Program

    An Educational Program is a program that increase awareness in a relevant subject matter. An Educational Program OTM should focus on some important questions: How did the program educate students? How were the educational needs of the community met? What were the goals of the program and how were they accomplished?

    Passive Program

    A Passive Program is a function which educates residential students in a non-direct manner. A Passive Program OTM should focus on the following questions: What makes this program unique? How did this program inform others? What impact did this program on the community?

    Social Program

    A Social Program is any that encourages fun interactions, and community building. A Social Program OTM should strive to answer the following questions: What was the purpose of the program? How did it encourage residents to interact with one another? What makes the program unique?


General OTM Submission


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  • General OTM Categories

    Before you write your OTM make sure you know which category it falls under. See below for descriptions of all of the general OTM categories.


    An Advisor OTM should focus on the advisory role of the nominee and how they have impacted the growth and development of leaders during the respective month. The OTM should center on how the advisor has interacted with their residents and encouraged them to reach their potential

    Example: Area Council Advisor, RHA Advisor


    The Community OTM should show the development of the community throughout the month and their interactions with other groups of people to help create a better campus experience.

    Example: SAACURH Delegation, Executive Board, Committee, Residence Hall Floor

    Executive Board Member

    An OTM for an Executive Board Member should recognize a member of a campus-wide organization and show how the nominee has exceeded all expectations of their position for that month.

    Example: RHA Executive Board Member, NRHH Executive Board Member


    The Faculty/ Staff OTM should focus on the contributions a University Faculty/ Staff member has made, through their work, and positively impacted a residential student or the community as a whole.

    Example: Housing and Residence Life Staff, Professors, Maintenance Staff

    First Year Student

    A First Year Student OTM should focus on the outstanding achievements by any first year student in a residence hall throughout the month. As well as emphasizing how much more amazing the accomplishments are coming from a first year student.

    Example: Area Council Members


    The OTM for Organization should show the contributions the entire organization has made throughout the month towards achieving the goals of the organization; as well as highlighting their contributions that month to the campus, state, region, and nation.

    Example: RHA, NRHH, SGA, ACE

    Resident Assistant (RA)

    An RA OTM shows how the RA in their area have surpassed the requirements of their position for that month and effectively enhanced the residential experience for students.

    Example: Apartment C RA


    An OTM written in the Spotlight category is one that fits into no other category but has still made a notable impact on the university community during the month.

    Example: Community Members, Businesses, Traditions


    A Student OTM focuses on the outstanding achievements a student had made throughout their community both inside and outside of their residence halls. Remember even non-residents can make an impact in the residence halls.

    Example: Classmate, Roommate, Area Council President


  • Tips For Writing a Successful OTM

    1. Be Knowledgeable

    Before you begin writing your OTM make sure you know the 5 W's: Who, What, When, Where, Why. If it is about an individual make sure you have a lot of details so you can write a well rounded OTM.

    2. Make Sure it is Month Specific

    The "M" in OTM stands for Month, so make sure your OTM focuses on the impact an individual or program has made during a specific month. It is always important to use specific examples about something, and avoid generalizations.

    3. Spell Check

    Always double check your work. Write your OTM in a Word document before submitting it so you can double check your spelling and grammar. You may be writing about the best program ever but if it is not well written it may not win.

    4. Check Your Word Count

    There are times when you can write and write about an individual's accomplishments but there is a word count set for a reason. Be sure that your OTM comes in under the word count. It is also important to make sure your OTM is a close to the word count a possible to really highlight an individual or group's achievements.

    5. Make it Fun

    OTMs do not have to be boring. Add anecdotes, quotes, or funny sayings to help make your OTM fun and interesting to read. Remember if you are enjoying writing it others will enjoy reading it.

    Good OTM Words: Asset, Community, Contribution, Deliver, Deserving, Development, Encourage, Engage, Enhance, Impressive, Positive, Resource, and Valuable.


OTM Writing Resources