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Dean of students participating in webinars on bullying, hazing

Norm Pollard, Alfred University dean of students, will be participating in two webinars within the next several weeks focusing on bullying and hazing within college campus communities.

The first session, “Addressing Bullying on the College Campus,” will be presented Thursday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. EST. This ACUI online learning program will take a look at bullying among college students and the ways it can be addressed. Pollard will be partnering with Sean Callan, a founding partner of Fraternal Law Partners and regular contributor to the Fraternal Law Newsletter.

The second webinar will take place Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. EST. Titled “There is no ‘Hazing’ in ‘Team’: Why Hazing is Antithetical to Team Sports,” this webinar is sponsored by and United Educators and will offer a discussion on the difference between healthy rites of passage to join a team and hazing, the culture of athletics and hazing in team sports, and effective strategies to present hazing. Co-presenters will include Linda Knight, director of Campus Recreation for the Division of Student Affairs at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, and Elliot Hopkins, director of Educational Services for the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Pollard, a licensed mental health counselor, has professional interests that include effecting positive change to promote campus culture, student mental health issues, and educating students about hazing and bullying. He has appeared on all the major news networks to represent Alfred University's landmark studies on Initiation Rites and Athletics and Initiation Rites in American High Schools. Several high schools, colleges, and communities have consulted to integrate the survey results into their anti-hazing programs. He has been an invited speaker on mental health issues, bullying, hazing, and initiation rites.

Pollard holds a master's degree in agency counseling from Western State College, Gunnison, CO, and doctorate in counseling from Drake University, Des Moines, IA. He has worked on college campuses since 1984 and was director of Alfred University's Counseling and Student Development Center until January 2006, when he became the dean of students. An adjunct associate professor, he has taught graduate courses for college student development, counseling, and school psychology programs.