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Meredith Hamlet, Director of Donor Relations, is the Employee of the Month for December

Meredith Hamlet, director of Donor Relations, is the December Employee of the Month.

Hamlet has been employed by the University since 2016.

Hamlet serves as an ambassador to the University, volunteers to assist with various events and oversees the planning and administration of donor related events.

Between event planning, Hamlet has also been working on the new Education foundation website, completing six weeks' worth of work within three weeks, putting the project ahead of the scheduled launch date. Additionally, she has collaborated with the Deans to revamp the acknowledgement letter process for gifts to make it more donor centric.

Karen Cook, executive assistant to the Vice President of University Advancement said Hamlet "has been very successful in her endeavors and more than deserves this recognition."

Members of Hamlet's Major Gifts team, Carey Clow, Peter Lawrence, Sarah Martin and Page Stooks, described Hamlet as "one who always has a positive attitude and is willing to help."


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


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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