Val Halamandaris Award nominations sought

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Nominations for the Val J. Halamandaris Award are needed by Friday, March 17. The Caring Award is presented to a USU Eastern student in honor of Halamandaris, who grew up in Price, attended the College of Eastern Utah (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: 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 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 Court Circuit Court of Appeals, and the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Throughout his career, Halamandaris 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, Halamandaris 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 Val. J. Halamandaris Caring Award was established in 1996 by Bill Halamandaris, Val’s brother, and the College of Eastern Utah. It is a fitting tribute to a USU-Eastern student who demonstrates the spirit of caring, humanitarianism, and volunteerism exemplified by Halamandaris.

Any USU Eastern 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 are available in the vice chancellor’s office or the SUN Center.

The Eastern 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 demonstrate: good standing at USU Eastern,

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.

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