Press Release Writing Exercise 2: External

West Virginia University President is fired after proven accusations of granting credit hours for increase of state funding in 2007.

After much denial, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette proved that William Garrison wrongfully granted a student a EMBD degree in October 2007. While Garrison was Dean of Business at West Virginia University, he sent a letter to the board of admissions granting permission to add six classes to a students record, as well as changing two others from “Incomplete” to letter grades.

After graduation, this student held the job as the chief operating officer at Mylan, a Cecil Township, Pennsylvania-based generic drug maker.

A West Virginia University spokesperson announced that officials verified that Bresch had “completed all the requirements for an executive masters of business administration degree,” but did not receive her diploma because she failed to pay a $50 graduation fee. This announcement made Garrison look as though he was innocent of any wrong doing.

The controversies with the West Virginia officials and staff led to public interest. After two years, the university made the decision to fire Garrison for his actions. The new West Virginia University President is Mark Dalessrandro.

 

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Press Release Writing Exercise 2: Internal

Dear students and staff,

As the new President of West Virginia University, I would like to formally inform you that the university fired William Garrison from office for wrongly granting a EMBD degree to a student who did not have the required credit hours. While he was the Dean of Business in 2007, Garrison sent a letter to the admissions board granting the student six classes with letter grades, and changing two incomplete classes to classes with letter grades.

The arrangement included the student’s degree for an increase in state funding. Not only did he allow the student to graduate, he denied all accusations of this crime afterward. Garrison became the president of WVU in 2009, but the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette did not  prove him guilty until this time.

The WVU Registrar told the newspaper that Bresch had earned an undergraduate degree, but did not finish her graduate degree. However, in October 2007, Garrison the WVU spokesperson talked of a misunderstanding regarding transfer credit hours, claiming there was no wrongdoing.

Every student has a right to fair treatment at WVU. Garrison misused his power by deceiving the students and staff of the university, as well as the public. As the new President, I assure that each student will earn their degree from this university.

Thank you,

President Dalessrandro

Press Release Writing Exercise

External:

Current chief operating officer at Mylan, Pennsylvania-based generic drug maker allegedly did not complete necessary hours for an EMBA degree at West Virginia University in October 2007.

Heather Bresch, daughter of United States Senator Joe Manchin, graduated from West Virginia University with an EMBA degree in October 2007. Recent claims state that Bresch only completed 22 of the 48 credit-hour program and did not pay the $50 dollar graduation fee in order to graduate.

The claims say that, the governor at the time, Joe Manchin, agreed with William Garrison to provide an increase in state funding in return for his daughter to graduate. William Garrison at the time was the Dean of business, and is now the president of West Virginia University. The claimed that Garrison sent a letter to the admissions board granting six classes to Bresch’s record with letter grades, and changing two classes with “Incomplete” grades to letter grades.

As proof against the false accusations, on October 15, 2007, a West Virginia University spokesperson announced that WVU verified that that Bresch “completed all the requirements for an executive masters of business administration degree.” However, Bresch did not receive her diploma because she did not pay the $50 dollar fee to graduate. 

The spokeswoman then assured that the misunderstanding was due to the business school’s failure to transfer records from nearly half of the her course work. This misunderstanding creates the illusion that Bresch did not complete all 48 credit hours. President Garrison had no part in the miscommunication.

Revised Bullying Report

The Kentucky Department of Education conducted an anonymous survey on the statistics of bullying in schools, and the conductors were shocked at the numbers. The survey showed, in fact, bullying is still a prevalent struggle on school grounds.

When the students took the survey, almost one-half of the middle school students said that they have been bullied on school grounds, and 13 percent of high school students admitted to have been bullied electronically. In addition, when the Kentucky Department of Education partnered with family recourse and youth service centers they found that bullying is only one of the many lingering issues in Kentucky schools.

As these students completed the survey, the Department of Education concluded that 47 percent of high school students said they have tried smoking. Among these students, over 12 percent of the high school students said they had even taken prescription drugs without a doctors prescription. Lastly, almost 45 percent of high school students claimed to have already had sexual intercourse. These statistics were taken from the article “Review Provides a Glimpse of KY Teens’ Behaviors” on the website kentucky.com.

The Kentucky Department of Education has made strenuous efforts into decreasing the amount of children that continue to bully in schools. The department has gone so far to recognize the entire month of October as the “National Bullying Prevention Month”.

In Rush County, Indiana, two boys were physically bullied on camera at their own school. The two best friends were beaten only a couple weeks apart.  In the article “Two beatings at middle school highlight bullying problems”  taken from wbrd.com, the reporter says, “The eighth grader says his eyes were closed and he doesn’t remember what happened because he was beaten unconscious. Five of his teeth were knocked loose and he was left with a bruised and bloody lip.” The second boy had very similar injuries.

One of the mothers explained after watching the video herself, “He was knocked completely unconscious. The boy came at a dead run, jumped into the air, drew back and hit him with everything he had — knocked him off his feet and his head hit the floor.”

Now after the separate beatings, two boys have withdrawn from school. But there is nothing that can stop the two boys from constantly reliving the bullying. The article states, “Anytime Austin and Logan go outside their homes, they live in fear. Austin says, ‘I just know if I keep looking over my shoulder, I can see what’s coming.’ And Logan says although he still likes to ‘hang out with people and stuff, it isn’t the same.’  When asked what it would take to get everything back to normal, he replies, ‘For them to not come back at all?'”

Story source from http://www.wdrb.com/story/20005652/two-beatings-at-middle-school-highlight-bullying-problems.

Even after the school removed them from school and punished the other children, it will never really make the two boys feel safe again. This is why The Kentucky Department of Education promotes the prevention of bullying.

The “Bullying and Harassment” section found at http://education.ky.gov/school/sdfs/Pages/Bullying.aspx has a sort of tag line: “In schools across Kentucky, students and educators are working together to raise awareness of bullying prevention and show people how to create a school culture where bullying is not an option.” This statement is used as a type of reassurance in order to comfort the students and families effected by bullying.

The website clearly defines and differentiates between the different types of bullying. The idea is that the Kentucky Department of Education is not taking a passive approach to the lurking issue of bullying, they want to stop it completely.