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Parents of Hazing Victims to Share Their Experience

When Steve and Rae Ann Gruver moved their son, Max, to his university campus as a freshmen, they had no idea their goodbye hug would be their last. Eager to join a brotherhood, the alcohol-fueled hazing Max endured ultimately cost him his life.

Lianne Kowiak shares the Gruver’s pain. Her son Harrison died as a result of brain trauma suffered during a hazing incident in 2008 at his university. Since then, she has spoken to over 8,000 students at universities and high schools across the country to raise awareness and education about the dangers of hazing.

On March 13, Rae Ann and Lianne will share their stories during “Love, Mom and Dad: A Discussion About Hazing.” They will present two sessions at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.

The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life is hosting this event in an effort to support greater awareness and prevention of hazing. Attendance is open to all, but seating is limited. For more information, accommodations, or to RSVP call 865-974-2236.

Visit to learn more about the Max Gruver Foundation.

Visit to learn more about the Harrison Kowiak Scholarship.