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Degi Betcher, International Services Coordinator, is the October Employee of the Month

Degi Betcher, international services coordinator, Visa & Immigration Service Advising, is Old Dominion University's October Employee of the Month.

Betcher has worked for the University since June of 2014. Since that time, she has performed extraordinarily well and been instrumental in the rollout of health insurance for graduate students. Betcher played a major role in planning and implementing new insurance offerings for the international students she serves.

According to colleagues, "Degi provides timely responses, is proactive and goes the extra mile on behalf of all international students. Most importantly, Degi is kind and generous of her time. She is enthusiastic, and demonstrates teamwork, energy, care and dedication in her role."

Additionally, Betcher regularly goes above and beyond her role to participate in information sessions, aid international students who have questions about their new policy and assist the Office of Graduate Studies with her expertise related to the University population she regularly supports.


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.
  • 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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