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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

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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