Press Release Writing Exercise 2

INTERNAL

For more information contact

Robin S. Pittman

West Virginia University

(555) 556-555

robin.pittman823@topper.wku.edu

 

For release after 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

 

Faculty, staff, and students,

As the new president of West Virginia University, I feel the need to address the rumors involving the false degree giving of Governor Joe Mancin’s daughter Heather Bresch and former West Virginia University president, William Garrison.

After investigation from the university and the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, it was found that Bresch failed to finish the required amount of hours for her EMBA degree.  Garrison, who was Dean of the Business School at the time, reported that that Bresch had completed her hours and she had not been given her degree because of a mistake in her transfer records and a failure to pay a graduation fee.  Garrison said he fixed the error and gave Bresch her degree as soon as she paid the graduation fee.  Shortly after, Garrison was appointed university president.  The university and Post-Gazette still continued their investigations, finding that Garrison’s report on the situation was false.  According to the Post-Gazette, Garrison had been covering up for Bresch in exchange for the promotion to university president from the governor.  Garrison was then fired and Bresch’s degree was taken away.

Although it saddens me that one of our own members of West Virginia University has had to leave because of such a thing, I am still looking forward to my new role as university president.  My first task as president will be to make sure no scandal like this one happens again on this campus.

Go Mountaineers!

Mark Dalessandro

West Virginia University President

EXTERNAL

For more information contact

Robin S. Pittman

West Virginia University

(555) 556-555

robin.pittman823@topper.wku.edu

 

For release after 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

 

CLARIFICATION OF BRESCH RUMORS

New West Virginia University President Mark Dalessandro would like to address the rumors involving the false degree giving of Governor Joe Mancin’s daughter Heather Bresch and former West Virginia University president, William Garrison.

After investigation from the university and the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, it was found that Bresch failed to finish the required amount of hours for her EMBA degree.  Garrison, who was Dean of the Business School at the time, reported that that Bresch had completed her hours and she had not been given her degree because of a mistake in her transfer records and a failure to pay a graduation fee.  Garrison said he fixed the error and gave Bresch her degree as soon as she paid the graduation fee.  Shortly after, Garrison was appointed university president.  The university and Post-Gazette still continued their investigations, finding that Garrison’s report on the situation was false.  According to the Post-Gazette, Garrison had been covering up for Bresch in exchange for the promotion to university president from the governor.  Garrison was then fired and Bresch’s degree was taken away.

“Although it saddens me that one of our own members of West Virginia University has had to leave because of such a thing, I am still looking forward to my new role as university president.  My first task as president will be to make sure no scandal like this one happens again on this campus,” states Dalessandro.

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Press Release Writing Exercise

Internal:

For more information contact

Robin S. Pittman

West Virginia University

(555) 556-555

robin.pittman823@topper.wku.edu

 

For release after 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

 

Faculty, staff, and students,

It has come to my attention that rumors of Senator Manchin’s daughter, Heather Bresch, receiving her degree without completing the required number of hours for her program.  I deny these allegations.

There was a mistake made with regard to Bresch’s transfer records for which the School of Business at Western Virginia University takes responsibility.  While it looked as though Bresch had only earned 22 out of her 48 hours required, she actually was just missing her remaining hours because of the misunderstanding in the record’s office.

The real reason Bresch did not receive her diploma was that she failed to pay a $50 graduation fee.  I, being the current Dean of the Business School at the time, fixed the error of Bresch’s transfer records and granted her an EMBA degree as soon as she paid the graduation fee.

If my involvement with this issue helped me be promoted then it was not because of whom I was assisting but because of the actions I took to fix the errors made.

I will be holding a press conference on November 18 to address the issue.  There, I will make a formal apology for the error made in the transfer records and will answer any other questions.

 

William Garrison

West Virginia University President

 

External:

For more information contact

Robin S. Pittman

West Virginia University

(555) 556-555

robin.pittman823@topper.wku.edu

 

For release after 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

 

CLARIFICATION OF BRESCH RUMORS

It has come to the attention of President Garrison of West Virginia University that rumors of Senator Manchin’s daughter, Heather Bresch, receiving her degree without completing the required number of hours for her program.  President Garrison denies these allegations.

There was a mistake made with regard to Bresch’s transfer records for which the School of Business at Western Virginia University takes responsibility.  While it looked as though Bresch had only earned 22 out of her 48 hours required, she actually was just missing her remaining hours because of the misunderstanding in the record’s office.

The real reason, according to President Garrison, that Bresch did not receive her diploma was that she failed to pay a $50 graduation fee.  President Garrison, at the time Dean of the Business School, fixed the error of Bresch’s transfer records and granted her an EMBA degree as soon as she paid the graduation fee.

President Garrison states, “If my involvement with this issue helped me be promoted then it was not because of whom I was assisting but because of the actions I took to fix the errors made.”

President Garrison will be holding a press conference on November 18 to address the issue.  There, he will make a formal apology for the error made in the transfer records and will answer any other questions.

The roots of bullying

Bullying has been going on for years but how do we stop it if we don’t even know how it starts?

Nearly half of all middle school students say that they have been bullied on school grounds and thirteen percent of high school students say they have been bullied electronically.  These are results from a study done by the Kentucky Department of Education in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control.

Being that October is National Bullying Prevention Month, the Kentucky Department of Education has taken a special interest into bullying and cyber-bullying in schools.  Now that we know that bullying is happening, what source is causing it?  There are many theories but much evidence points to drugs.

Also found in the survey mentioned above, over 12 percent of high school students had taken prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription.  Could this be what is causing the bullying?  Well, according to an article from drugfree.org, it might be the cause.  The article gives the statistics of only 1.6 percent not bullied middle school students involved in drugs compared to 11.4 percent middle school bullies involved in drugs.  These statistics are even more shocking in high school: 13.3 percent to 31.7 percent.

It’s hard to believe that so many high school and even middle school students could be involved in drugs, especially so young.  But instead of living in denial of these proven facts, it may be time to take a stand against bullying by first taking a stand against drugs.

The article states “Many schools are mandating anti-bullying programs and policies, and we think they need to take this opportunity to address other forms of deviant behavior, such as substance use.”  Maybe the first step to solving the bullying problem is to stop the drug abuse.  What can you do to prevent this continued abuse in your school system?

 

 

October 28 Assignment

Nearly half of all middle school students say that they have been bullied on school grounds and thirteen percent of high school students say they have been bullied electronically.  These are results from a study done by the Kentucky Department of Education in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control.

Being that October is National Bullying Prevention Month, the Kentucky Department of Education has taken a special interest into bullying and cyber-bullying in schools.  Now that we know that bullying is happening, what source is causing it?

Also found in the survey mentioned above, over 12 percent of high school students had taken prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription.  Could this be what is causing the bullying?  Well, according to an article from drugfree.org, it might be the cause.  The article gives the statistics of only 1.6 percent not bullied middle school students involved in drugs compared to 11.4 percent middle school bullies involved in drugs.  These statistics are even more shocking in high school: 13.3 percent to 31.7 percent.

The article states “Many schools are mandating anti-bullying programs and policies, and we think they need to take this opportunity to address other forms of deviant behavior, such as substance use.”  Maybe the first step to solving the bullying problem is to stop the drug abuse.

http://education.ky.gov/school/sdfs/pages/bullying.aspx

http://www.drugfree.org/join-together/alcohol/study-finds-link-between-school-bullies-and-substance-use

Living on a Budget

There is so much on your mind when you come to college.  How do I study?  How do I stay healthy?  How do I make new friends?  The last thing you want to worry about is how to save money.  Luckily, you shouldn’t have to worry about that.  It’s very easy if you just stick to a few simple rules.

The first rule is to wait until your parents are in town to buy most things.  I know you are an adult now and want independence from your parents, but I promise that mindset will change in college.  When you are running low on groceries and don’t think you can cough up the extra cash to go to the supermarket, that’s when you invite your parents for a visit.  They will happy to see you and happy to help their sweet little angel that they’ve missed by taking you grocery shopping.

The second rule is to find a job.  The best job is one on campus.  It is hard enough to manage your time in college so why not get a job on campus where they are more prone to work with your schedule.

The last rule is to find free/cheap ways to have fun.  It is always tempting to go out to eat or to the movies with your friends, but before you do, think of a cheaper alternative.  There are always free activities going on around campus like sporting events or mini festivals.  These things might even end up being more exciting than your routine expensive night out.

College will be stressful; there’s no denying that, but hopefully by remembering these simple rules money will not be one of these stresses.

Lead Writing Exercises

A. At three pm, October 8 Duane LaChance of Gross Engineers suffered a third-degree burn while installing new pipes on the roof of the plant, accidentally torch wrenching a power line carrying fifteen thousand volts.

B. Famous rock singer, Peter McCartney, checked into the Riverside Hospital on October 8 for exploratory throat surgery after his voice was reduced to a whisper after his performance the night before.

C. At the Hattiesburg Board of education meeting on October 8 the committee put a new dress code in place, discussed a report on low enrollment, and accepted a bid from the Farmer’s Dairy.

D. A plane crash October 8 at Kennedy International Airport left five people dead and only two escaping injury.

E. Pulitzer Prize winner, Norman Meeman spoke about how to become a great writer on October 8 at the William Oxley Thomson memorial Library.

In class interview

Realizing what matters

 

Summary: Kelsey Dudding is a public relations major.  She is very interested in travel and cannot stand the idea of the nine to five job.  Her parents and her love for the Lord has led her to decide on this major.

Kelsey Dudding, a Louisville, KY native, is a sophomore at Western Kentucky University.  She is public relations major and a Non-Profit Administration minor.  Many variables have lead Dudding to these choices.

Dudding emphasizes that she is very much against the American dream in the way of material prosperity.  She is not interested in acquiring material things, but more so on just doing something that makes her happy.  She states, “As long as I’m happy, nothing else matters.”

Dudding’s parent’s also influenced her decision of working in public relations.  Growing up, Dudding watched her mother, a schoolteacher, and her father, a businessman working their nine to five jobs everyday.  She saw how stressful and unhappy they were in their careers.  Dudding has much respect for what her parents do and what they’ve done for her, but by observing them, she realized that neither of their career paths were the one for her.  She knows that with public relations and non-profit work, she will be able to travel all over the world, fulfilling her dream.

Dudding says that she used to be somewhat materialistic, which made her parents skeptical of her working in public relations since it is not always a highly paid job.  Although, Dudding is still optimistic that she has chosen the right career path for herself because she has shed her materialistic ways.  When asked how she did this, Dudding responded with “knowing the Lord.”  She explains that in middle school and high school she was caught up in the world and was trying too hard to please others.  Once she became close with the Lord, she realized what really mattered to her: helping people.  This ultimately brought her to her decision of being public relations major.