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The 2005 Caring Award is presented to a College of Eastern Utah student in honor of Val J. Halaman-daris, 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 CEU and CHS, Halaman-daris was active in student activities: 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. Halamandaris received his bachelor of arts’ 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 Court Circuit Court of Appeals, and the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Throughout his career, Halaman-daris has remained committed to care. An acknowledged expert in the field of health care and aging, he conducted daring investigations exposing fraud and abuse against the elderly and authors some 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, he has been editor and publisher of two national magazines, Caring and Caring People. 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 Hala-mandaris.
Any CEU student in good standing and who will be graduating this year is eligible for nomination for the Caring Award.
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 application deadline is March 7th.
The CEU student selected for the Caring Award will be presented with a trophy and a $100 cash award at the 2005 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 demonstrate:
• 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.