Ten Quick Tips for Writing Winning OTMs
1. Make sure your OTM 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. Use phrases such as “in the month of ______, they did…” Keep this in mind throughout the whole OTM nomination.
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.
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 under “Categories” on the Recognition Page.
4. Define acronyms – they are not always universal! The only acronyms you should use are NRHH, NACURH, RHA, NCC, and region names (e.g. PACURH).
5. Use the correct forms! This means not changing the forms – they were made for your use.
6. 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. Write the address clearly because this is where any, and all, notifications will be sent. Anonymity of the nominator may be maintained by the National Office.
7. Nominations must not go over the maximum word count limit. Do not attach any additional information or include information on the back of the form.
8. Each NACURH affiliated school may submit ONLY one nomination for each category per month. That means that your OTM will be voted on (if there is more than one in that category in that month) first at University of Oregon, then at PACURH (one can only submit one per category per month also), then at NACURH. Getting a National OTM Award is a great honor.
9. TYPE, TYPE, TYPE!! Make those OTMs look great by typing them. The National Office will not accept them in any other form.
10. OTM Nominations are due to the Regional Office via the online database by the 10th of the month following the month of nomination. That means you need to get your OTM to the National Communications Coordinator by the 5th of the month following the month of nomination.