Walden University and its students, alumni, and faculty are making news. The following articles appeared in the media this year. To read each article, please click on the headline.

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Dissertation Explores Trauma Experienced by Spouses of Convicted Felons
The Afro-American Newspapers
March 18, 2015

Convicted felons are not the only ones who feel the isolation of incarceration. According to Dr. Avon Hart-Johnson, a Walden University PhD in Human Services graduate, the families of convicted felons suffer similarly—and not just the grief of the loss. Dr. Hart-Johnson realized the undiscovered impact of the American prison system during her research study for her doctoral dissertation titled, Symbolic Imprisonment, Grief, and Coping Theory: African American Women With Incarcerated Mates.

Devon Nicely Joins DSLCC Nursing Program Faculty
The Roanoke Times, Virginia
March 17, 2015

Devon Nicely, a Walden University Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, has joined Dabney S. Lancaster Community College as an adjunct instructor in the practical nursing program.

Must-Read Fundraising and Social Media Reports for Nonprofits
Nonprofit Tech for Good
March 15, 2015

The 2014 Social Change Impact Report, published by Walden University, is listed as an important resource that can be used to help nonprofits worldwide craft a technology and fundraising strategic plan.

Millikin Professor and Husband are Saving Lives in Nigeria
March 14, 2015

Florence Folami, who earned her PhD in Public Health from Walden University, established Cross of Christ Ministries in her home country of Nigeria, starting with a church in 2006 and continuing with a 10-bed hospital last spring, with plans to open an orphanage this summer.

Top 20: Chris Taylor
Hattiesburg American, Mississippi
March 14, 2015

Chris Taylor, who earned his BS in Business Administration at Walden University, serves as the director of information technology for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a position he has held since 2012. He is based out of NASA's Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi, which houses one of DHS' two information technology hubs in the country.

Join a Virtual Club as an Online Student
U.S. News & World Report
March 12, 2015

Tierra Wilson, PhD in Psychology student at Walden University and active member of Walden’s chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society, says students trying to find out about online clubs and organizations— and about whether they’re a potential fit—should look at a group’s mission, their vision, and how the club can connect back to a student’s academic experience.

New Web Resource Highlights Research-Based Connections Between Food and Disease
The Stanly News & Press, North Carolina
March 3, 2015

Aubrey Mast, who earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Walden University, developed a web resource for N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. Healthy Living is focused on sharing information directly from PHHI researchers, specifically identifying food crops that impact disease and promote a healthy body.


Destination DC Names Jessica Mayorga as Director of Communications
February 26, 2015

Destination DC has announced that Jessica Mayorga, who earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Walden University, has joined the organization as the new director of communications.

Lindsay Oversees Mental Health in Large Swath of Eastern Oregon
East Oregonian
February 26, 2015

Kimberly Lindsay, a Walden University MS in Psychology graduate, serves as mental health director for Morrow, Grant, Gilliam, and Wheeler counties in Oregon.

Bahamian Distance Runner Writes Book on Social Emotional Empowerment
February 26, 2015

Dr. Marilyn Simmons Bowe, a Walden University PhD in Education graduate, was born a child of poverty in Nassau, Bahamas, in an urban low socioeconomic area. Her writing interests center around educating children of poverty, and her dissertation focused on the effects of emotions on outcomes, in particular, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning outcomes.

How Motherhood Changed My Feminism
February 23, 2015

Tamar Shtrambrand, a PhD in Psychology student at Walden University, writes about how, as the mother of three children, she reflected on her value system and is practicing a new kind of feminism.

2015 40 Under Forty: Brian T. Long
Triad Business Journal
February 20, 2015

Brian T. Long, regional former offender specialist for the North Carolina Department of Commerce and a PhD in Human Services student at Walden University, has been named to Triad Business Journal’s 2015 40 Under Forty list.

Lane Tech Principal Chosen to Head Deerfield High
Chicago Tribune
February 19, 2015

Christopher Dignam, who earned his Doctor of Education (EdD) at Walden University, has been named principal of Deerfield High School.

Molding the Future
Index-Journal, South Carolina
February 16, 2015

Leonard Martin, who earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Human Resource Management from Walden, has organized the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Teen Forum for eight years in Greenwood, South Carolina.

Good Governance and Sustainable Development...the case of post-conflict Liberia
Modern Ghana
February 15, 2015

William Deiyan Towah, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration student at Walden University, writes that “the call for particularly post-conflict countries, such as Liberia, to establish good governance system is overwhelming.”

White Plains' Berkeley College Appoints New Dean
White Plains Daily Voice, New York
February 12, 2015

Dr. Beth M. Castiglia, who holds a PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences (now PhD in Management) from Walden University, has been appointed dean of the Larry L. Luing School of Business at Berkeley College.

Unified Government Names New Director for Health Department
February 11, 2015

Dr. Larry Franken, who earned his PhD in Public Health at Walden University, is the new director of the Wyandotte County Public Health Department

Charity's Founder Finds Own Trials Fuel Efforts
The Ledger (Florida)
February 4, 2015

Carol Zoffinger, who is pursuing a PhD in Human Services from Walden University, started Zoe's Journey in 2009. She featured her organization, a nonprofit providing inpatient and outpatient services for mothers who are homeless or struggling with addiction, in her winning Scholars of Change video.


Hamblen County Announces 2015 Teachers of the Year
Citizen Tribune (Tennessee)
January 31, 2015

First-grade teacher Amanda Bowman, who received her MS in Education from Walden University, is a Hamblen County school-level teacher of the year.

Going Back to School – It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore
Parenting PA
January 31, 2015

Dr. Savitri Dixon-Saxon, associate dean of Walden University’s School of Counseling and School of Social Work and Human Services, gives advice to those considering how to balance their education with all of life’s other responsibilities.

Johnson Named Educator of the Year
Southern Maryland News Net
January 25, 2015

Larry Johnson, an instructional specialist for Charles County Public Schools, was recently named the 2014 Arc of Southern Maryland Charles County Educator of the Year. He is currently a Doctor of Education (EdD) student at Walden University.

The Graying of Nurse Educators
Advance for Nurses
January 2015

Dr. Andrea Lindell, associate dean in Walden University’s School of Nursing, discusses the critical need to prepare more nurse educators to meet the future challenges in healthcare. (see page 8)

Revealing Long-Held Secrets Can Be Difficult, Liberating
Detroit Free Press
January 23, 2015

Dr. Colleen Logan, program coordinator of the MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program at Walden University, says she believes well-being, quality of life, and health are positively affected by “coming out” or sharing a secret with loved ones.

T.W. Josey Teacher Creates Children's Show to Make Change
Augusta Chronicle (Georgia)
January 23, 2015

Benjamin Isaac, a Doctor of Education (EdD) student at Walden University, was named a Scholar of Change for producing an inspirational video focusing on the future of education and transforming the way children learn.

Hall Named Lehman Teacher of the Year
Ventura County Star (California)
January 23, 2015

Tracy Hall, a Walden University MS in Education graduate, received the 2014 Distinguished Teaching award at Lehman Catholic High School.

Butler Health System Official to Tackle Healthcare Reimbursement Policies
Tribune-Review (Pennsylvania)
January 17, 2015

Donna Haid, who received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Nursing Informatics from Walden University, is now Butler Health System's director of emerging payment reform, a newly formed position.

Walden U Launches Competency-Based Master's Program in Early Childhood Ed
THE Journal
January 14, 2015

Walden University has unveiled a new initiative designed to allow students to earn degrees online at their own pace. With Tempo Learning, the first program of the initiative will be a competency-based MS in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in Administration, Management, and Leadership.

Faculty Designs Competency-Based Master’s Program
January 13, 2015

Walden University is introducing a new self-paced educational experience to help students customize their learning. Offered through Tempo Learning, the initial program is the new competency-based MS in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in Administration, Management, and Leadership.

Nurse Empowers Las Vegas Women to a Higher Education
CBS Las Vegas
January 12, 2015

Theresa Chevalier, who earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Walden University, is a board-certified advanced-practice registered nurse for Women’s Health Associates of Southern Nevada.

Major General Salihu Uba Appointed Commander of UN Mission in Liberia
Information Nigeria
January 9, 2015

Maj. Gen. Uba, commander of the Training and Doctrine Command of the Nigerian Army, has been appointed as the force commander for the United Nations mission in Liberia by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He is currently a Walden University PhD in Public Policy and Administration student specializing in Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace.

Medical Associates Welcomes Bridget Paris
Independence Bulletin Journal (Iowa)
January 3, 2015

Bridget Paris, who earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Walden University, has joined the team of professionals at Medical Associates as an advanced registered nurse practitioner.

Health Center Welcomes New Physicians
The Emporia Gazette (Kansas)
January 2, 2015

Erin Carlile, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, has joined the Flint Hills Community Health Center as a nurse practitioner.