The Val J. Hal Caring Award is presented to a College of Eastern Utah student in honor of al J. Halamandaris, who grew up in Price, attended the College of Eastern Utah (then Carbon College) and continued his education and professional career in Washington, D.C. At both Carbon College and Carbon High School, Halamandaris was active in student activities. He was a representative to Boys State and Boys Nation, local and state winner of the Elks Leadership Contest, student body president and honor student in Phi Theta Kappa, just to name a few of his accomplishments Halamandaris received his B.A. degree from George Washington University and his law degree from the Catholic University School of Law, both in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the D.C. bar, the bar of the U.S. District Circuit Court of Appeals and the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Throughout his career. Halamandaris has remained committed to caring for others. An acknowledged expert in the field of health care and aging, he conducted daring investigations exposing fraud and abuse against the elderly and authored 20 hard-hitting congressional reports that resulted in significant legislative reforms. He is the author and editor of books, including Profiles in Caring: Advocates for the Elderly (1991), Faces of Caring: A Search for the 100 Most Caring People in History (1992), and Heroes of the U.S. Congress (1994). For the past 13 years, Halamandaris has been editor and publisher of two national magazines, Caring and Caring People. Along with his brother Bill and former U.S. Senator Frank E. Moss, he helped found the Caring Institute in 1985, which is dedicated to the advancement of caring, integrity, and public service.
THE CARING AWARD
The Val. J. Halamandaris Caring Award was established in 1996 by Bill Halamandaris, Val’s brother, and CEU. It is a fitting tribute to a CEU student who demonstrates the spirit of caring, humanitarianism, and volunteerism exemplified by Halamandaris.
A student may nominate himself or herself or may be nominated by someone else – a faculty or staff member, another student, or someone off campus.
Applications for nominations for the Caring Award are available in the CEU Academic Vice-President’s Office (Reeves 183) or the CEU Sun Center (Student Center 207).
The CEU student selected for the Caring Award will be presented with a trophy and a $100 cash award at the commencement ceremony.
Nominees must have involvement in college activities providing direct service to others and/or similar direct service involvement in the community. Positions of leadership support, as opposed to direct service, are acceptable. The caring award nominee must meet the following criteria:
- Good standing at the College of Eastern Utah
- Graduating this year
- Intrinsic commitment to voluntary service
- Initiative and innovation in problem-solving
- Persistence in overcoming obstacles
- Advocacy for change that alleviates, or considerably improves, the status quo
- And, most important, continual caring as demonstrated by volunteer activities