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Staff Dream Fund 2014

Human Resources is excited to announce the 2014 Staff Dream Fund! This program is intended to assist deserving employees in realizing a long-held dream. First launched in 2008, this program, which is privately funded through an endowment, will provide monetary awards and up to five days of paid time off for a staff member to fulfill a long-held dream - for example to pursue studies in an area unrelated to work, travel to another country or visit family far away. The awards are not intended to address personal hardship situations, emergencies or job-related professional development.

Dream proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee that includes representatives from the vice presidential areas, HACE and AUA. Human Resources will serve as a non-voting coordinator for the selection process. (In the event that a proposal is submitted from the HR department, an employee from another department will be appointed to coordinate the selection process that year.) The selection process may include an interview with the selection committee to answer questions about the proposals.

Award recipients will be selected based on the merits of their proposal, their past service and promise of future service to the University. The selection committee will consider:

* The quality and detail of the description of the dream
* The detail and explanation of the budget/cost for the dream
* The strength and detail provided in the supervisor's support document
* The strength and detail provided in the colleague's support document
* The steps the employee has taken toward realizing the dream
* The employee's contributions to the University

The winner will be announced in April and funding will be made available to the winner in July.
Full-time classified employees and full-time administrative and professional faculty who have worked at the University for a minimum of five years are eligible. Applicants must also have satisfactory or higher performance evaluations and no formal disciplinary actions issued within the past 12 months.

Applicants must submit a proposal package that includes:

* A letter stating the dream, the reasons for it and a budget
* A statement of support from a direct supervisor indicating the candidate is a valuable and meritorious employee
* A statement of support from an Old Dominion University colleague
* A brief resume
* A statement of intent to remain at Old Dominion University for the foreseeable future

Proposals for the 2014 Dream Fund Award must be received in Human Resources not later than close of business on Monday, March 3, 2014. Please contact Tony Belk at jbelk@odu.edu or 683-3046 if you have questions or need assistance completing a proposal packet.

The nomination form is available on the Human Resources web site at http://www.odu.edu//facultystaff/awards-recognition/staff-dream-fund.