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Talkin’ Proud: “Hazing: Destroying Young Lives” is now on Amazon.

Here is the link to the book!!!!




Elizabeth J. Allan is a professor of Higher Educational Leadership at the University of Maine. Her educational web site is Her research on hazing is often noted by national media.

Travis T. Apgar served Cornell University as the Robert G. Engel Senior Associate Dean of Students since 2006, with a portfolio of responsibilities that include Fraternity and Sorority Life, Off-Campus Living and Cooperative Living. An authority on hazing prevention, Travis is a Cornell representative to the National Hazing Prevention Consortium, and regularly contributes content to the resources section of

Ray Begovich, a former full-time public relations specialist, teaches his PR specialty as a Pulliam School of Journalism faculty member at Franklin College.

Robert A. Biggs is Executive Vice President and CEO of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and the President of the Phi Delta Theta Foundation. He has an MBA from Xavier University and has been a trustee for The ALS Association (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He is also a Past President of the Fraternity Executives Association.

Brian Crow is professor of Sport Management at Slippery Rock University. He has presented and written extensively on hazing in sports.

Douglas Fierberg established the only nationwide legal practice specializing in the representation of victims of school violence nationwide, now operating as The Fierberg National Law Group. Mr. Fierberg also founded the national litigation group, Schools: Violence, Misconduct, and Safety, which operates within and under the authority of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Fierberg is past President of the National Advisory Board of the National Crime Victim Bar Association. Mr. Fierberg graduated from the University of Michigan, with class honors, and received his law degree, with honors, from the National Law Center at George Washington University.

David M. Hovde is associate professor of Library Science and research and instruction librarian at the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center at Purdue University Libraries.

James F. Keenan, SJ, holds the Canisius Chair at Boston College and is director of the Jesuit Institute. He is the author of University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics.

Stacey Kennelly is a California freelance journalist and former associate editor at Diablo magazine.

Michael Kimmel (Q & A)  is the author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men and author or editor on more than twenty books on gender studies. He is professor of Sociology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Morgan B. Kinney is a graduate advisor at University of Maine, Student Life. She has a University of Maine Master’s Degree in Student Development in Higher Education

Peter F. Lake (Q & A) is Professor of Law, Charles A. Dana Chair and Director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy at Stetson University College of Law. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and author of the seminal The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern University.

Chloe Neely is in her final year of law school at New York University and is clerking for The Fierberg National Law Group. Neely secured a federal clerkship upon graduation, and plans to represent survivors of sexual assault upon completion of that clerkship.

Gina Lee-Olukoya is Associate Dean of Students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and serves on the foundation of Hope Street Youth Development.

Malinda Matney works as Senior Research Associate for the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Michigan. Student Affairs Research conducts and assists in a wide variety of studies to learn about university students. Matney is the former National President of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.

Tracy Maxwell is the founder of HazingPrevention.Org. She has been working in and around higher education for more than 25 years. She currently speaks about hazing for CAMPUSPEAK. Her intention is that through sharing our personal stories, we can begin to feel less ashamed, disconnected and alone, and recognize the power we have to prevent and address hazing in our communities. Her work as a healing coach can help survivors of hazing and their families. She can be reached through her website

Colleen McGlone is an associate professor in Recreation and Sport Management at Coastal Carolina University. Her Ph.D. is in Sport Administration from the University of New Mexico.

Hank Nuwer is a professor in the Pulliam School of Journalism at Franklin College. He is the author of a one-man play about hazing called “The Broken Pledge” and a novel that concerns hazing in the American West titled “Sons of the Dawn: A Basque Odyssey.” This is his third book on hazing for Indiana University Press. He was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for his work on hazing from the State University of New York, Buffalo State.’s prestigious “Hank Nuwer Antihazing Award” was named to honor his work on hazing for four decades.

Norm Pollard, EdD, is the Dean of Students at Alfred University, a licensed mental health counselor and certified Title IX investigator. Norm was the co-author of one of the first studies of hazing among athletes and hazing in high schools in the United States. He is an Advisory Group member of the National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention. He is a board member of

Debbie Smith, MM is the founder and CEO of AHA! Movement, a non-profit organization created in memory of her son, college student Matt Carrington.Matt died on February 2, 2005, after enduring a horrific water hazing pledging at a fraternity in Chico, California. Since then, Smith has had one primary mission in life: to bring awareness to the often tortuous and sometimes fatal practice of hazing.

Ashley Stone is an Academic Counselor in the African American Academic Network (AAAN) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). A Student Affairs professional, Stone has used her background in non-violence education and Sociology to create identity-conscious programming for various audiences. Currently, she advises a Black Greek Sorority on UIC’s campus.

Susan P. Stuart has written many perceptive essays on education law. Now retired as dean from the Valparaiso University School of Law, she taught Legal Writing, Trusts and Estates, Insurance Law, and Remedies. Professor Stuart practiced law for 11 years in Indianapolis. Her J.D. is from Indiana University – Indianapolis. She credits her research assistants who assisted her through the years on this study: Colleen Clemons, Emily Calwell France, Adam Miller, William Horvath, and Shay Hughes. Her lengthy piece on Title IX and sexual assault in athletics had to be condensed here but can be accessed in its entirety from the Valparaiso Law School web page:

Allison Swick-Duttine is Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life at SUNY Plattsburgh. She was a founding board member of

David Westol, JD, is the Founder of Limberlost Consulting, providing strategic planning and consulting to campuses, organizations and foundations. A former Executive Director of Theta Chi Fraternity and a long-time hazing speaker, he formerly served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. Presented annually, the David L. Westol Sacred Purpose Award goes to the Theta Chi chapter that most exemplifies the spirit of the organization’s Sacred Purpose movement.

Ed Whipple, a fourth-generation Oregonian, is Vice President for Campus Life at Willamette University. Whipple says his liberal arts education at Willamette shaped his values and influenced his approach to teaching, leading and building community. He holds a doctorate from Oregon State University and is a member of the Phi Delta Theta General Counsel. He is the recipient of many national student life awards.

Sarah Wild is a National Certified Counselor, with a professional background in fraternity/sorority advising and career counseling. She is an active volunteer for inter/national fraternities and sororities, HazingPrevention.Org, and passionate about volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. Although she is originally from New York, she currently resides in North Carolina, near her family.






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-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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