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NROTC's Donald Nash Is First Recipient of ODU Employee of the Month Award

Old Dominion University presented its first Employee of the Month Award Tuesday morning, Nov. 16,  to Donald Nash, administrative assistant in the Department of Naval Science.

The new awards program, which accepts nominations of classified and hourly employees, and administrative and professional faculty, was announced Nov. 4 by President John Broderick and Glenda Humphreys, vice president for human resources.

"Old Dominion University cares about its faculty, staff and the communities it serves and has initiated numerous programs to enhance services to all our constituents," they said in their letter to the campus community. "In today's business climate, our employees have seen resources dwindle and have been asked to do more with less. While we have always understood the value of personal recognition to employee morale and performance, we realize that such recognition has become more important than ever."

Broderick presented the initial, November award to Nash during a surprise visit to his office on Bluestone Avenue Tuesday morning. Also on hand to congratulate Nash was Cmdr. Emilson Espiritu, associate professor of naval science, who submitted the nomination, Dick Whalen, director of military activities, and members of the selection committee.

In his nomination letter, Espiritu, a 1989 ODU graduate, called Nash an "administrative stalwart" in the naval science department.

"Despite the large volume of students and alumni he is responsible for, I can count on him to show up to work every day with a smile and a 'can do' attitude. Always punctual and meticulous, he epitomizes the true meaning of Monarch pride.

"I've never met anyone so capable at bringing people from different backgrounds together, using his customer service abilities to the benefit of others, not only at work but in all aspects of his life."

Espiritu credited Nash with providing administrative and logistic support to the NROTC Consortium - of which ODU's unit is the leading member - serving more than 450 students and active-duty Navy and Marine Corps personnel. He also lauded Nash for his work in initiating background/security screenings for students entering the NROTC and also preparing students to be commissioned as officers. "He personally ensures each student has met his or her academic obligation prior to commissioning," Espiritu said.

Each Employee of the Month Award winner receives a framed certificate. Winners also receive a recognition bonus - $175 for classified employee and AP faculty winners, and $250 for hourly employee winners. Classified and AP faculty winners also receive one day of recognition leave. (The cash bonus is higher for hourly employees since they are not eligible to receive recognition leave.)

Any employee may submit a nomination for the monthly award (self-nominations are not accepted). Nominees must be employed at the university for a minimum of 12 months and must be in good standing. (Classified nominees must have a "contributor" or better rating on the most recent performance evaluation; administrative and professional faculty nominees must have a "satisfactory" or better rating on the most recent evaluation; hourly nominees must be performing at a satisfactory level as determined by the supervisor.)

Nominations should be forwarded to the immediate supervisor of the nominee. The immediate supervisor must support the nomination by signing the nomination form. To obtain a form, go tohttp://www.odu.edu/ao/humanresources/employeeofthemonth.shtml and click on "Nomination Form & Instructions" at the bottom of the page.

Nominations will remain active for six months from date of receipt in the Department of Human Resources.

A selection committee composed of members of various university departments, the Hourly and Classified Employees Association and the Association of University Administrators reviews the nominations and selects the winners each month. Members of the selection committee are appointed by a vice president and serve two-year terms.

The following criteria should be considered in making a nomination:

• An outstanding accomplishment that benefited the department/students.

• Extraordinary service to internal and external customers.

• Inspiring leadership.

• Enthusiasm/energy given to assigned work.

• Teamwork (especially when challenging circumstances present).

• Exemplary efforts to nurture a climate of care, concern and civility.

• Creative innovations to service, process or work tools.

This article was posted on: November 16, 2010

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