A Google case study spotlights how Walden University’s social work program piloted a virtual reality (VR) experience for its social work program with Daydream and Cardboard to simulate the unpredictable environments of on-site visits. Steve Tom, Walden's chief strategy and transformation officer, discusses how the technology allows for students to learn in a safe, yet realistic environment, while preparing them for situations that can be challenging for even highly-trained social workers.
Walden University Master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology graduate and Army Captain Della Mack recently released her first book, “Confidence is She.” Mack is passionate about sharing knowledge she has gained through her years of education and professional experience and provides practical tools for women of color to maintain their seat at the table, achieve work/life balance and stay on course to maximize their abilities.
Dr. Celeste Schwartz, who received a PhD in Education from Walden University, was honored at a women’s lifestyle conference with the Growth Award due to her successful professional career and commitment to being a role model to other women. Dr. Schwartz is vice president of Information Technology at Montgomery County Community College, as well as the recipient of the 2018 EDUCAUSE Leadership Award.
Tina King, a certified nurse midwife who received her Master’s in Nursing from Walden University, recently joined Granite Falls Health and says that her mission is to help women gain control over their own healthcare choices. She says that establishing personal connections with her patients is critical to providing them the type of healthcare they deserve.
Erica Crawley, a first-generation college graduate who received a Master’s in Public Administration from Walden University, was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. Crawley is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, who has served in the Navy, and worked for various public and private organizations in her lifelong effort to pursue her dreams to make a difference in her community.
Tonya Howard-Calhoun, a Walden PhD in Public Policy and Administration graduate, shares her story of entrepreneurship and highlights the struggles she had along her journey. She offers advice to aspiring entrepreneurs on how to overcome roadblocks and be successful.
Dr. Patty Costello, program director of Walden University’s BS in Psychology program, explains why time seems to speed up as we age. She says that children’s working memory and attention are all undergoing development at the neural circuit level and are physically slower compared to adults. By the time people are grown, their time circuits are finished wiring and they have learned from experience how to correctly encode for the passage of time.
Dr. Kimberly Kick, academic coordinator of Walden University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program and licensed clinical social worker, says that studies show an authoritative discipline style to be the most effective approach with children. She says that authoritative discipline’s combination of affection and warmth with clear limits and expectations helps children become thoughtful and independent.
Walden University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Vice Provost Dr. Savitri Dixon-Saxon shares tips on how best to handle family functions when relationships are strained and how to maintain your mental health during the holidays.
Amanda Cole, a Walden University PhD in Education student and Cox College’s lead nursing research faculty member, was named a healthcare champion by the Springfield Business Journal. Cole says that she aims to encourage and empower her students to never give up their pursuit of education and higher training.
Jeremy Haynes, a Walden University Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) student, discusses his journey in overcoming injuries sustained in combat in Afghanistan to pursue a graduate degree. Haynes knew a traditional brick-and-mortar education would have logistical difficulties and discovered that online learning allowed him the flexibility and opportunity he needed.
Dr. Judi Kuric, academic program coordinator at Walden University's School of Nursing, offers tips on preventing patient falls, which occur at a rate of nearly one million a year in the United States. She says that screening patients for risk factors, assessing their ability, and utilizing safety protocols will help nurses prevent patient injuries due to falls.
Dr. Patty Costello, program director of Walden University’s BS in Psychology program, explains how her background in neuroscience combined with today’s heated political climate inspired her to author “Catalina and the King’s Wall.” Her new children’s book tells a compelling story of inclusivity and kindness that can serve as a teaching tool for children.
Alexandra Aragno, associate director of operational excellence at Walden’s Center for Faculty Excellence, and Dr. Jim Lenio, executive director of Walden’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, highlight the university’s investment in technology to engage faculty in activity reporting and offer best practices learned along the way.
Walden University’s Global Days of Service community service project with Every Third Saturday was featured on KSTP/5ABC News in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Every Third Saturday assists veterans in finding new purpose after their military service. The Walden community helped the organization move to a new site, performing tasks such as cleaning, painting, organizing donated supplies, and other setup.
Eric Luster, a recent Walden University Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) graduate, reflects on his ambitious path in higher education and how his hard work and tenure in the Army helped him achieve success in and out of the classroom.
Walden University School of Nursing Academic Program Coordinator Dr. Timothy J. Legg provides insight into the current employment of men in nursing, changing stereotypes about male nurses, pay disparities, and the growing demand for nurses.
Bernadette Garth, a 2018 MS in Education (MSEd) graduate, discusses her love of teaching and the greatest challenges in her career as an 11th- and 12th-grade English language arts teacher at Enterprise High School in Alabama.
An article in recognition of World Mental Health Day features a tip from a Walden University article on how exercise can help reduce depression and anxiety because physical activity kicks up endorphin levels, producing feelings of happiness and euphoria.
Kristen Schwartzenberger, a Saline Middle School sixth-grade teacher and Walden University MS in Education (MSEd) graduate, was recently honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery. The award recognizes outstanding public school educators across the state for their excellence, dedication, inspiration, leadership, and effectiveness.
Dr. Wanda Gravett, academic program coordinator for Walden University’s MS in Human Resource Management program, explains how creative job titles can attract new talent and offers advice on how to maximize your recruitment efforts.
Bobbi Barends, a Walden University PhD in Education graduate who currently serves as Delaware Technical Community College's vice president and campus director for the Jack F. Owens Campus, was named the winner of the 2018 Delaware American Council on Education Women’s Network Leadership Award. The award is given to a woman who has excelled in the field of higher education and served as a role model for others.
While a new study indicates cutting back on children’s time on television and tablets may improve school performance, a Walden University article is cited for its list of benefits of technology in the classroom. It can help encourage a more engaging and collaborative environment, turning academic subjects into interactive and fun activities.
Walden University School of Nursing Academic Program Coordinator Dr. Timothy J. Legg, faculty member Dr. Faisal H. Aboul-Enein, and Associate Dean Dr. George Zangaro provide insight into male nurse stereotypes and the importance of education and awareness in eliminating them.
Markey Pierre, a Walden Doctor of Business Administration graduate, has been named the 2018 Virginia K. Shehee Most Influential Woman. The purpose of the award is to celebrate women in northwest Louisiana for their service, leadership, and commitment to a variety of causes. In addition to her volunteering and philanthropy initiatives, Pierre is the president and managing partner of Southern Strategy Group of North Louisiana, a lobbying and government relations firm.
Pamela Glenn, CNM, APRN, and field education supervisor at Walden University’s School of Nursing, offers tips on how nurses can improve their relationships with difficult patients. She says that active listening and honesty are critical skills for nurses.
Michelle LeBeau, a Walden BS in Business Administration and MS in Human Resource Management graduate, is one of two women chosen to receive this year’s Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York’s Distinguished Trailblazer Award, an honor bestowed for strength of character and community service as part of the annual Women of Distinction awards. LeBeau started as a critical care nurse at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in 1991 and ultimately became the chief operating officer at the hospital.
Walden University is one of several Certified B Corporations featured in an article that discusses using business as a “force for good” to create exceptional social and environmental impact. Walden’s Global Days of Service and Scholars of Change video contest are examples of the university’s efforts, which highlight its social change mission.
Louis Teller, a Walden PhD in Psychology graduate, decided to help Luke Dicker, a Wiltshire, England resident, after finding out they shared the bond of being autistic. When Teller heard that Dicker was struggling, he offered to treat Dicker for free if he could find a way to the U.S. Dicker’s fear of flying prompted Teller to instead start a crowdfunding page, where he raised enough money for Dicker to receive about 40 sessions in England with a psychotherapist specializing in treating autism.
Dr. Karen Ouzts, program director of Walden University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) Completion Program, contributed an article on the various specializations within nursing. She discussed the importance of knowing yourself and finding the right specialization that fits you and your lifestyle.
An MBA can offer a path to management positions in many industries. Dr. Rebecca Sidler Krysiak, director of the MBA, MS in Leadership, and MS in Management programs at Walden University, discusses how an MBA provides valuable knowledge and preparation for someone who wants to be an entrepreneur.
A nationwide shortage of nurses specially trained to work with people who have been sexually assaulted means access to optimal care varies geographically. Walden University School of Nursing Field Education Supervisor Pamela Glenn, CNM, APRN explains the important role sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) play in spotting and treating people trapped in human trafficking situations.
Walden University recently introduced a new competency-based pathway for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) Completion Program through Tempo Learning®. Dr. Karen Ouzts, RN-BSN program director, highlights how the program will enable nurses to apply the in-depth experience they acquire on the job toward earning their degree, with the online flexibility that working adults need.
With a growing body of research showing the benefits of early-childhood education and increasing pressure on childcare centers to hire more educated and skilled workers, one of the largest childcare providers in the country is offering full college tuition assistance to its employees. Bright Horizons full-time employees can earn an associate or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at one of four participating schools, including Walden University.
Justin Spaulding, a student in the Walden University PhD in Public Policy and Administration program with a Criminal Justice specialization, explains the difference between criminal justice and homeland security degrees, where and how each program is used, and the limitations of each.
Bright Horizons, a preschool chain that employs 20,000 teachers in 800 child care centers around the United States, has offered to pay college tuition, fees, and books for all full-time employees to earn an associate and bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at one of four participating schools, including Walden University. The new benefit will enable employees to advance their education while maintaining their employment, enhancing the educational background of Bright Horizon’s staff.
Online courses, just like in-person classes, need regular review and frequent updates to stay current. Dr. Ward Ulmer, interim president at Walden University, explains that course updates are a faculty-driven process that is part of a multi-year academic program review. Dr. Ulmer highlights how at Walden the integration of faculty, external experts, and employer feedback are critical to providing a quality education.
Dr. Cyndi Briggs, a licensed professional counselor and faculty member at Walden University, provides insight into why many people respond judgmentally to suicide. She explains that it makes people feel superior and safe to think that they would handle situations better or differently, but it’s not necessarily true.
Dr. Chernoh Wurie, who earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in public policy from Walden University, received the 2018 Excellence in Faculty Mentorship Award from the University Academic Advising Board at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Wurie is a criminal justice instructor whose research focuses on the impact of public perception and policing.
Dr. Patty Costello, program director for the undergraduate psychology program at Walden University, recently authored a children’s book, “Catalina and the King’s Wall,” to address the contemporary topics of discrimination and implicit bias in a way children can understand.
Dr. Orlando Rodriguez, who earned his PhD in Psychology from Walden University, discusses the lessons his father taught him about the importance of hard work and education. He explains how these lessons drove him to pursue the terminal degree in psychology and use his education to establish the successful RDZ Psychological Clinic in Mission, Texas.
Sara A. Neel, a Doctor of Business Administration student at Walden University, learned the financial services industry from the ground up. In six years, she went from executive assistant to chief executive officer of One Advocate Group, a financial planning group in San Antonio that focuses on succession planning. Neel discusses the rise of her career and the challenges she’s faced and offers advice to other women pursuing leadership roles.
Dr. Patty Costello, program director for Walden University’s BS in Psychology program, contributed an opinion piece on the need to recognize implicit bias and have explicit conversations with each other and children on race, bias, and stereotypes.
Eric Hickey, a criminologist and core faculty member in forensic psychology at Walden University, comments on convicted killer Kelly Cochran’s letter to the Post-Tribune. He says her letter demonstrates semantic aphasia, and, though she knew that murder was illegal, she showed no remorse.
Suzanne Collins, a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) student at Walden University, was awarded one of the first Curt Reimann Scholarships from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at its annual Baldrige Examiner Preparation classes.
Dr. Kimberly Mason, a faculty member in the School of Counseling at Walden University, weighs in on how parents should react if their child is being bullied. She recommends contacting the school to initiate an investigation and begin conversations with your child about behavior changes that may be a result of bullying.
Phyllis Freeman-Solomon, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate from Walden University, discusses her success in nursing and her mother’s inspiration that “education was the way out” of poverty. Freeman-Solomon works at Children’s Medical Services of Southeastern Health District in Statesboro, Georgia.
Jacqueline Herd, who earned her doctorate in nursing from Walden University, was named chief nursing officer at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. She recounts her difficult journey from growing up in Compton, California, to pursuing a successful nursing career and education that have led her to lead the nursing staff at Grady.
Sandra Rasmussen, a faculty member in the School of Psychology at Walden University, weighs in on the need for regulation and outlines the psychological and financial pitfalls of sports betting, fantasy sports, and lotteries.
Dr. Renata A. Hedrington Jones, a contributing faculty member at Walden University, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) and is featured for her extensive contributions in the field. Dr. Hedrington Jones received her PhD in Human Services from Walden in 2015.
Sandra E. Fry, who is currently completing her dissertation in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program at Walden University, was recently named executive director of Jacksonville’s The H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Pursue Enrichment) Center.
Michelle LeBeau, RN, who earned her MS in Human Resource Management from Walden University, was named president of Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, N.Y., as well as president and COO of Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Walden University earned two 2018 Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Effective Practice Awards, which recognize innovative digital learning advances in higher education. Katherine Strang, director of learning solutions in digital teaching and learning at Laureate Education, and Fran Reed, program director for special education at Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, were honored for their team’s project “Putting Theory into Practice Using Simulation Scenarios.” Laurie Bedford, PhD, director of faculty excellence, Lyda Downs, PhD, associate director for faculty development, and Melissa McDowell, EdM, associate director for academic leader support, were recognized for the Walden University Center for Faculty Excellence program, “Peer Coaching for Remote Faculty.”
The Online Learning Consortium announced the winners of its annual Effective Practice Awards, which includes Walden University’s Katherine Strang, Fran Reed, Laurie Bedford, Ph.D., Lyda Downs, Ph.D. and Melissa McDowell, Ed.M. The honors reward “effective techniques, strategies and practices” that adhere to the consortium's five pillars of quality: access, learning effectiveness, faculty satisfaction, student satisfaction and scalability.
Dallas-resident Angela Martilik was recently named one of Walden University's Scholars of Change. Martilik was driven to support police officers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after being inspired by a police psychology class she took while pursuing her PhD in Forensic Psychology at Walden. She was honored for her work on suicide prevention and mental health counseling with the local police force.
Dr. John Cech, who earned his PhD in Education from Walden University, has been named the new president of Carroll College. Previously, Dr. Cech served as the Montana deputy commissioner of higher education.
Leonard Martin, who received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Walden University, is profiled for his work in creating a nonprofit, Engaging Men of Color, to connect community leaders with youth to discuss positive decision-making. His organization has been recognized by former Governor Mark Sanford and President Barack Obama for making a difference in his community of Greenwood, South Carolina.
Olyna Doren, who earned her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Walden University, opened the first hospice in Elko, Nevada with a fellow nurse. The hospice recently received accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.
Trae T. Cotton, who earned a PhD in Education from Walden University in 2009, was named vice chancellor for student development at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He previously served as vice chancellor of student affairs for Winston-Salem State University.
Dr. Kimberly Kick, MSW program coordinator and core faculty in Walden’s Barbara Solomon School of Social Work and Human Services, presented at the Wisconsin Conference on Veteran Issues about the high incidence of military sexual trauma and the need for awareness, reporting, and support.
Walden PhD in Psychology graduate and noted sports psychologist Galen Duncan was hired by the Sacramento Kings as vice president of the Kings Academy and professional development. He will be responsible for implementing a program designed to turn young players into well-rounded professionals.
CEOs from the Delmarva region discuss the benefits of online education. Dr. Sharon T. Freeman, entrepreneur and author, discussed the reasons she chose Walden’s PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences program .
Microcontent, or short bursts of information delivered electronically, can be particularly beneficial to nontraditional students. Walden University’s Bonnie Mullinix participated in a recent panel discussion, where she stressed the importance of establishing a venue for online discussion for nontraditional students.
Colleen Logan, program coordinator for the MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling at Walden University, comments on the need for additional data to identify the unique social needs of and issues related to LGBT retirees.
Roger Geertz Gonzalez, a researcher into German higher education at Walden University, discusses the language dilemma facing continental European universities. He says that some University of Hamburg academics are reluctant to teach in English, and believe that international students should learn German, rather than shifting to English.
Crystal Francis, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration student, shares her perspective on her participation in a 3-week road trip with Roadtrip Nation where she interviewed professionals and doctoral graduates about their successes and challenges in achieving their degrees for an upcoming documentary.
Walden Master of Business Administration graduate and PhD in Human and Social Services student Deirdre L. Jones-Lowman talks about the impact of her education and upbringing on life success and paying it forward.
Dr. Mountasser Kadrie, Walden Master of Healthcare Administration program director, says the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) current focus on healthcare investment means the region is poised to position itself as a leader in this critical field and stay at the forefront of implementing new technologies, pioneering new methods, and delivering value to practitioners and patients alike.
Kylie Yearwood, a Walden University PhD in Nursing student, was one of three doctoral students who participated in the latest season of PBS’s Roadtrip Nation. The show has aired since 2001 and is a documentary meant to educate people on different careers.
Dr. Tamar Boyd, who earned her PhD in Psychology from Walden and is a 2016 Scholar of Change video contest winner, is assuming ownership of Juneau’s Wellspring Integrative Medical Center (Alaska). Dr. Boyd’s video illustrated how her Walden education is helping support her work and advancing her own mission to provide psychological and physical guidance to postpartum women, especially those in isolated communities.
Dr. Glenroy Pinnock, a lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica who earned a Doctor of Education (EdD), says more educators need to devise methods that use the arts to improve learning outcomes in science areas.
Dr. Glenroy Pinnock, a lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica who earned a Doctor of Education (EdD), was featured for using live instrumental reggae music to reduce student anxiety and improve performance in mathematics tutorial classes. He tested this for his doctoral study.
Dr. Wanda Gravett, a faculty member in the MS in Human Resource Management program, writes that HR executives are in the unique position of being able to impact every employee at every level within an organization.
Naomi Jones, who earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and is department chair for the practical nursing program at Ivy Tech Community College, was one of four nurses in the nation to receive ATI Nursing Education’s Nurse’s Touch Award.
According to data collected by the National Science Foundation, Walden University has become the largest producer of African American doctoral degree recipients. The data show that African Americans were awarded 682 doctoral degrees by Walden University from 2011 through 2015.
American Health Council Names Katheryn M. Csonka, RN, MSN to Nursing Board
February 24, 2017
Katheryn M. Csonka, who earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), was selected to join the Nursing Board at the American Health Council. She is an assistant professor of nursing at Daytona State College.
“Founded in 1970, Walden ranks first by a wide margin among all U.S. universities in doctoral degrees awarded to black students, NSF (the National Science Foundation) reports. Its total of 682 degrees from 2011 through 2015 is nearly twice the number awarded by second-place Howard University.”
Dr. Allan Fisher, who earned a PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences (now PhD in Management), was appointed assistant secretary for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. “His depth of knowledge of complex budgetary systems, ability to develop and implement strategic partnerships, and experience in organizational management will be a tremendous addition to our leadership team,” said Secretary Mark Belton.
Dr. Terry Jackson, a former corporate executive who earned a PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences (now PhD in Management), has a plan to mobilize the human capital he sees in his community by creating a business incubator and accelerator. The center will serve as a clearinghouse for business knowledge and mentorship as well as an investment fund for promising African-American entrepreneurs.
Dan Knight, who earned a BS in Accounting and an MS in Accounting, was named to San Luis Obispo County’s 20 under 40 list. He is an attorney, a real estate broker, a licensed general engineering contractor, a lecturer at Cal Poly, and a planning commissioner for San Luis Obispo, California.
Tiffany Tynes Curry, who is pursuing a Doctor in Education (EdD), was one of 35 educators nationally (and the only one in Ohio) to receive a Milken Educator Award, which comes with a $25,000 prize. She is a third-grade math and science teacher at Weinland Park Elementary School in Columbus.
Sandi Flores, who earned a MS in Human and Social Services, was named senior programs director for the northern offices of Catholic Charities Community Services northern offices in Bullhead City, Cottonwood, Flagstaff, and Prescott, Arizona.