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Press release re National Hazing Prevention Week

PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Tracy Maxwell
720-252-5189
Maxwell@hazingprevention.org

Announcing HazingPrevention.Org:
National Hazing Symposium and Prevention Week under new structure

National Hazing Prevention Week 2007 will take place on campuses across the country September 24-28.  As campuses and organizations prepare for this third annual event, CAMPUSPEAK is pleased to announce a new structure for the program. Beginning in September, these two important programs will be separated from the organization that founded them and continue on their own as a non-profit.

The National Hazing Symposium and Prevention Week have given campuses, organizations and students resources and education to fight hazing for the past three years. CAMPUSPEAK began these programs in 2004, as an extension of the hazing prevention training they already offered.

“We had hoped to raise awareness of the problem and provide additional resources to campuses and organizations fighting hazing,” said T.J. Sullivan, Vice President & CEO of CAMPUSPEAK.  “That goal has been accomplished, and we are hoping this new structure will allow even more focus on these efforts in the future.”

More than 20,000 anti-hazing resource guides have been distributed over the past three years to individuals and campuses to assist with programming for National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW).  In addition, more than 300 professionals have participated in hazing prevention education through the National Hazing Symposium since 2004.

“Moving to a non-profit structure will facilitate expansion of the current efforts and the addition of new programs and services,” said Tracy Maxwell, Executive Director of HazingPrevention.Org. “I am looking forward to continuing to lead these important efforts under this new structure.”

National Hazing Prevention Week takes place every year during the third week of September.  In addition to week-long programming on campuses across the country, there is a national essay contest and several anti-hazing heroes are recognized.  Both of these programs offer cash prizes. The 2007 National Hazing Symposium will take place Sunday, November 4, on the campus of Purdue University.  For more information on these contests and the upcoming Symposium, go to www.NHPW.com.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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