Mothers touched by tragedy to share their anti-hazing message at KSU


Nov. 5 program will be led by women whose sons’ deaths were related to fraternity hazing

KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov 2, 2018) — Two mothers on a mission to end hazing on college campuses will bring their message to Kennesaw State University on November 5.

The program “Turning Tragedy into Progress,” presented by KSU’s Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Division of Student Affairs, will be at 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center on the Kennesaw Campus. It is free and open to the public.


Evelyn Piazza and Rae Ann Gruver each lost a son in 2017. Timothy Piazza and Maxwell Gruver were fraternity pledges at Penn State University and Louisiana State University, respectively, and their deaths were related to fraternity hazing.


The two mothers will share their stories and lead an honest discussion about hazing. The program recognizes that hazing affects not only the lives of fraternity and sorority members, but the entire community.


Monday, November 5 at 7 p.m.


Kennesaw State Convocation Center, Kennesaw Campus, 590 Cobb Ave.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit