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Linda Caulkins, of ODU Virginia Beach Center, is the February Employee of the Month

Linda Caulkins, a public relations assistant for the Regional Higher Education Centers, is Old Dominion University's February Employee of the Month.

Caulkins has worked for Old Dominion since 1998.

Recently, she volunteered to spearhead public relations and advertising efforts for the new Graduate School's recruitment open house events, for both the main campus and the Virginia Beach center. She is being recognized for managing the public relations campaign efficiently while increasing the quantity and quality of prospective students who attended the events.

Renée Olander, associate vice president for Regional Higher Education Centers and Caulkins' supervisor, said, "Caulkins has long served as a dedicated, creative and can-do university professional. She has attended to concerns ranging from coordinating visual art installations with local school divisions to placing advertisements and public calendar notices for cultural and community engagement events. Linda also is deeply engaged in service both within the university and the community at-large."


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 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;


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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