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Larry Hayes receives 2011 Ariston Award
Recent graduate honored for work in and out of classroom

May 19, 2011
For more information, contact Bob Luder at 816.501.2434.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo - - Larry Hayes, who recently completed a bachelor of arts in business administration from Avila University, is the 2011 recipient of the Ariston Award, given annually to a top senior undergraduate for work both in and out of the classroom.

The name of the Ariston Award comes from the Greek philosopher Aristotle and has been awarded to senior undergraduates at Avila since 1953. Seniors are nominated by faculty, staff and other students for consideration for the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities Award. Those nominees then apply for the Ariston, applications are reviewed by a committee, and candidates are interviewed by a panel of administrators, staff and faculty.

Hayes, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, came to Avila after having been injured in the line of duty and has been an outstanding student who is recognized for his enthusiasm for learning. He has contributed to the life of the university, especially in his commitment to veterans on campus and has participated on numerous committees, including the university budget committee. He already has applied and been accepted into Avila's MBA program and plans to further his education to prepare him to continue service in civil and veterans' rights advocacy and litigation.

Hayes is married and the father of two children.



Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.