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Richelle Kelly, of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services, is the January Employee of the Month

Richelle Kelly, an assistant to the dean of students and associate vice-president of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services (SEES), is Old Dominion University's January Employee of the Month.

Kelly has been employed by the University since 2010.

She was recognized for exhibiting professionalism and dedication in her role every day. According to Kelly's supervisor, Don Stansberry, "I have witnessed Richelle in a variety of situations and have been impressed with her professionalism and ability to make others feel comfortable. I'm also impressed with the amount of respect and admiration the students have for her. She is truly a role model, mentor, friend and effective advisor for them."

Nicole Kiger, director of leadership and student involvement in SEES, added that Kelly provides exceptional customer service.

"She always has a positive attitude, responds quickly and goes above and beyond," Kiger said. "I know that if I need anything, a quick call to Richelle is all that is needed."


The University Employee of the Month Selection Committee encourages employees to nominate their outstanding, "go the extra mile" colleagues and employees. This program is designed to acknowledge and reward employees whose accomplishments and/or demeanor exemplify excellence, quality service and commitment to ODU. Classified and AP faculty employees receive a framed certificate from the president, $175 and one day of leave. Hourly winners get $250, since they are not eligible to receive recognition leave.

Note: The selection committee needs specific examples that relate to each applicable criterion in order to select a nominee for the award. Nominations remain active for six months from date of submission and nominators may submit additional documentation to support a nominee during the active six months.

The criteria used to nominate an employee include the following:

  • An outstanding accomplishment that benefited the department/students;
  • Extraordinary service to internal and/or external customers;
  • Inspiring initiative/leadership;
  • Enthusiasm/energy given to assigned work;
  • Teamwork;
  • Exemplary efforts to nurture a climate of care, concern and civility; and
  • Creative innovations to service, process or work tools.

For more information, contact Tony Belk at jbelk@odu.edu or 683-3046, or visit ODU's Employee of the Month website.

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