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Swetha Thiriveedhi, Senior Software Developer, is the Employee of the Month for May

Swetha Thiriveedhi, a senior software developer for the University's information technology services department, is the Employee of the Month for May.

Thiriveedhi has been employed by the University since 2016.

Matt Newton, the director of CRM and integrated systems in the office of enrollment management, stated that "Swetha has served as the technical point person for many admissions and enrollment management projects and has been an outstanding partner. Her tireless effort and perseverance have ensured a smooth and successful transition into our new system. We can all learn something from Swetha's work ethic and endless positivity."

Thiriveedhi is being recognized for her work performance and dedication to her role.

"it is truly refreshing to have someone like Swetha to work with," said Bill Heffelfinger, director of graduate admissions. "She is dependable and her great spirit and tireless work habits are an asset to the University."


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 Jerry Dye at jedye@odu.edu or 683-3046, or visit ODU's Employee of the Month website.

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