UNH Hosts Nation's First
Student-Led Summit on Promoting Responsible Celebrations Sept. 19-21
Contact: Kim Billings
UNH Media Relations
Sept. 5, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire will host the nation’s
first student-led summit on promoting responsible celebrations Sept.
19 to 21, 2003.
“Student Summit: Promoting Responsible Celebrations”
was initiated by UNH students in response to the disturbing events
surrounding UNH’s trip to the NCAA Hockey Championships in
April 2003, and following the growing trend of similar events taking
place on college campuses across the country.
“Many students are concerned about what happened and why,”
Catherine Clarke, UNH’s student body vice president, said.
“We are very interested in understanding more about this national
trend and what we, as students within our larger community, can
do together to effect positive change among our collective student
The summit will bring together teams of students, university administrators,
faculty and community members from universities across the United
States to discuss such things as the role of campus climate and
culture and the enforcement of campus codes and criminal laws. The
goal of the conference is to build a deeper understanding, develop
constructive ideas, and identify traditions that promote healthy
“The summit is a first step in the process of change. It will
provide an opportunity for people to ‘come to the table’
and begin to think about ways to prevent further events of this
kind,” UNH President Ann Weaver Hart said. “Research
done by Ohio State University and the NCAA shows that solving the
problem will take a long-term, multifaceted approach led by students
and supported by the university and community. UNH is committed
to playing a leading role in changing celebratory behavior, and
we realize that it will require consistent, committed effort over
Keynote speaker for the summit is Daniel Wann, associate professor
of psychology at Murray State University. His talk, “Understanding
Sports Spectator Violence,” will focus on the different levels
and causes of spectator violence – from individual acts to
full-scale riots – and offer suggestions for colleges and
universities to help manage and prevent future events.
His talk takes place Friday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in Huddleston Hall.
It is free and open to the public.
Wann is author of the book Sport Fans: The Psychology and Social
Impact of Spectators. He has written numerous articles on fan
behavior including “Sports Team Identification and Willingness
to Consider Anonymous Acts of Hostile Aggression” (Aggressive
Behavior, in press), and “Relationship Between Sport
Team Identification and Integration into and Perception of a University”
(International Sport Journal, 2002).
Universities expected to attend the summit include Michigan State
University, Ohio State University, Plymouth State University, Syracuse
University, U-Mass Amherst, the University of Connecticut, the University
of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, the University of Rhode
Island, and the University of Vermont. The National Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA) will also participate.
Bruce Mallory, UNH provost and executive vice president for academic
affairs, will present a summary of findings at the conclusion of
the summit Sunday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Building
Strafford Room. This presentation is open to the public.
In addition, the Web site http://www.unh.edu/studentsummit/index.html
will serve as an ongoing reference for colleges and universities.
A conference summary and recommendations will be posted, and an
electronic forum will be available to generate ongoing discussion
of best practices and better management for the benefit of the national
higher education community.
UNH’s Student Senate, Division of Student and Academic Services,
Provost's Office, and President's Office support “Student
Summit: Promoting Responsible Celebrations.”