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Jonas Porter, of Information Systems Development, is the January Employee of the Month

Jonas Porter, who has been with Old Dominion since 1993, and currently serves as director of Information Systems for the development office in University advancement, is Old Dominion's January Employee of the Month.

Porter was honored for work he put forth, during the 85 Hours of Giving campaign, to ensure a successful outcome.

"Jonas pulled numerous lists for direct mail pieces, the call center and college e-newsletters. His knowledge of the university's database was integral to the success of the campaign, said Elli Goyette, assistant director of direct marketing, College Annual Fund. "Additionally, he secured the Text 2 Give option and set up the giving stations at the football game - handling it all with a smile."

Porter spent countless hours ensuring the Text 2 Give donation option was a success and paid special attention to online gifts outside of regular office hours, offering troubleshooting assistance to donors, Goyette said.


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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