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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Emory & Henry College Names Founding Chair and Program Director for Physician Assistant Program
Bristol Herald Courier (Virginia)
June 25, 2015

Emory & Henry College has named Scott Richards, the founding chair and program director for its developing Physician Assistant Program, as part of its continued expansion of the School of Health Science in Marion, Virginia. Richards completed both his MS in Psychology and PhD in Psychology from Walden University.

The Best Places for Law Enforcement Officers
June 22, 2015

Dr. Ben Tafoya, program director for undergraduate programs in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Walden University, discusses how local leaders can help nurture trust and positive community relations between police officers and the public they are charged with protecting.

Three Elements Key to Supporting the Success of ‘New Traditional’ Students
The EvoLLLution
June 22, 2015

Dr. Eric Riedel, chief academic officer at Walden University, writes that new traditional students are pursuing their education in a different context, including through online programs. Because of this, the ways to communicate and engage with these students need to be targeted and include three key critical elements: relevance, meaningful faculty engagement, and support services.

Glenwood Elementary Educator Anthony Grisillo Completes Tenure as Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year
The Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania)
June 16, 2015

Rose Tree Media School District’s Anthony Grisillo completed his tenure as Pennsylvania’s 2014 State/Territory Teacher of the Year with a trip to Washington, DC, to represent the commonwealth as its nominee for National Teacher of the Year. As part of the award, he will be pursuing his PhD in Education at Walden University.

Healthcare Education Is a Lifeline for the National Economy
The National (United Arab Emirates)
June 13, 2015

Dr. Mountasser Kadrie, program director for the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program in Walden University’s College of Health Sciences, writes that investment in the healthcare service delivery system in the United Arab Emirates can stimulate sustainable growth and economic benefits in sectors such as construction, medical technology, medical insurance, higher education, training, and finance.

RCSO Chief Deputy Scott Freeman Named Athens-Clarke County Police Chief
Rockdale Citizen (Georgia)
June 9, 2015

Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Scott Freeman has been named police chief for Athens-Clarke County. Freeman earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University.

Dawn Cordova Receives Bishop Afonya Healthcare Scholarship
Crookston Times (Minnesota)
June 1, 2015

The RiverView Foundation announced that Dawn Cordova, a nurse in the inpatient unit at RiverView Health and a student in Walden University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialization, has been awarded the ninth annual $1,000 Bishop Afonya Healthcare Scholarship for the 2015–2016 academic year.

West Africa: Ecowas Diplomat Commends Liberians for Defeating Ebola
June 1, 2015

Weeks after the World Health Organization declared Liberia to be free of the deadly Ebola virus, a top Liberian diplomat for the Economic Community of West African States—William Deiyan Towah, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration student at Walden University—commended the president and the people of Liberia for their steadfastness and collective commitment.


Todd Russ Accepts Top Position at Saint Croix Lutheran
Lillie News (Minnesota)
May 24, 2015

Todd Russ, who received an Educational Specialist Degree (EdS) in Curriculum Instruction and Professional Development from Walden University, has accepted the position of president at St. Croix Lutheran.

While One Police Chief Steps Down, Another Steps Up to the Plate
KUAM (Guam)
May 22, 2015

Governor Eddie Calvo announced that Joseph Cruz, a current Walden University PhD in Public Policy and Administration student specializing in criminal justice, will become the new chief of police of the Guam Police Department.

Students Honored for Academic Achievements
Spring Grove Herald (Minnesota)
May 12, 2015

Leah Morken, who gave an address to honor students at Spring Grove High School, talked about her experience as a student in Walden University’s PhD in Psychology program.

LECOM Nurse Shares Wound Care Knowledge
GoErie.com (Pennsylvania)
May 8, 2015

Jillian Abata, RN, is program director of the LECOM Institute for Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Millcreek Community Hospital. She is also pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Leadership and Management from Walden University. She earned her wound care certification from the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy in Boston and has worked at the LECOM Institute since it opened in January 2014.

Augusta Health Recognizes Top Nurses
Augusta Free Press (Virginia)
May 7, 2015

On Nurses Day, Augusta Health nurses who received academic degrees over the past year were recognized for their achievements. Walden University Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduates honored included Pat Benson, Gena Johnson, Dianne Moody, Kim Nelson and Jeri Pugh.

Elkhart Central Teacher Nominated for National Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year Contest
The Elkhart Truth (Indiana)
May 5, 2015

Janet Riley, a PhD in Education student at Walden University who has taught at Elkhart Central High School for 35 years, was chosen from 129 entries at the Mishawaka Barnes & Noble for the “My Favorite Teacher” contest. Now she has a shot at $10,000 in the national Teacher of the Year contest.

South Salem and Porterdale Elementary Schools Get New Principals for Next School Year
Newtown Citizen (Georgia)
May 4, 2015

Nikkita Warfield, who is working toward her Doctor of Education (EdD) at Walden University, will head Porterdale Elementary in the upcoming school year.


Professionalizing the Early Childhood Field
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) blog
April 29, 2015

Dr. Martha Cheney, program director for MS in Early Childhood Studies in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, says the increased knowledge and specialized skills acquired through continued learning and education can lead to opportunities beyond the classroom for those who work directly with young children in early childhood classroom settings. New competency-based education (CBE) programs, such as Walden’s competency-based MS in Early Childhood Studies offered through Tempo Learning™, allow early childhood educators to apply prior knowledge and skills gained through classroom practice.

How to Get Millennials’ Attention
April 22, 2015

Millennials widely agree that businesses shouldn’t just be about making money; they should be about creating a better world. 81% of them have donated money, goods, or services, according to Walden University’s Social Change Impact Report.

Eakins Will Serve as ISU’s Director of Public Safety
Idaho State Journal
April 20, 2015

Idaho State University has hired Lewis Eakins, a Walden University PhD in Public Policy and Administration student, as its new director of public safety.

Education Dept. Approves Two More Direct Assessment Programs
Inside Higher Ed
April 15, 2015

Walden University received approval from the U.S. Department of Education to disburse Title IV financial aid to students enrolled in its new competency-based MS in Early Childhood Studies program using a direct assessment model. So far, six institutions have earned approval from the department and regional accreditors for direct assessment programs.

Holder Named 2015 Wilson County Teacher of the Year
Lebanon Democrat, Tennessee
April 14, 2015

Kali Meyer Holder, a Walden University PhD in Education student and a seventh-grade math teacher at Walter J. Baird Middle School, was named the 2015 Wilson County Teacher of the Year.

Dallas Police Officer Helping Prepare Report on Ferguson Unrest
The Dallas Morning News
April 12, 2015

Dallas police Lt. Roy Alston, who earned his PhD in Applied Management and Decision Systems (now PhD in Management) from Walden University, is among five researchers from across the country working on an upcoming report for the U.S. Justice Department to determine whether local authorities properly handled the massive protests after the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. Dr. Alston’s dissertation was about why some police officers misbehave on the job, and he has contributed to research at the Caruth Police Institute.

Good Cyber Security Can't Be Bought At Wal-Mart
April 2, 2015

Dr. Gary Griffith, faculty member in the School of Information Systems and Technology at Walden University, explains why it is important that businesses educate employees on cyber security.


The Barriers to Technology in Education
The Huffington Post
March 30, 2015

The Walden University-commissioned 2010 study, Educators, Technology and 21st Century Skills: Dispelling Five Myths, is cited in an article about the effects of technology on student learning and skills.

Lorain Woman Finds Path from Housing Projects to Doctorate Degree
The Morning Journal, Ohio
March 29, 2015

Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Howard, who earned her PhD in Health Services from Walden University, is profiled. “It doesn’t matter your age, your background, your economic status. It doesn’t matter what you do,” Jackson-Howard said, advising to aim high. “You have the ability to do it and it takes a lot of hard work.”

Stuart Bowe Appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of Resort Operations at Atlantis, Paradise Island
Travel Agent Central
March 26, 2015

Stuart Bowe, who earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Walden University, has been named senior vice president and general manager of resort operations at Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

People on the Move in Kalamazoo
March 26, 2015

Sara Bailey, who earned her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from Walden University, has joined the team at Bronson LakeView Family Care – Paw Paw.

Embracing the Ongoing Push for Progress
Counseling Today
March 25, 2015

One of the most effective ways of helping LGBT students is to work toward enacting change on an institutional level, says Dr. Colleen Logan, a past president of the American Counseling Association and the program coordinator for the MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program at Walden University.

GES Teacher is Somerset County 2015 Teacher of the Year
Delmarva Now, Maryland
March 21, 2015

Melodi Power, who earned her MS in Education (MSEd) from Walden University, is a 15-year teaching veteran and media specialist at Greenwood Elementary School and Somerset County's 2015 Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Somaliland: Edna Adan Officiates Walden University Function
Somaliland Sun
March 21, 2015

Keynote speaker for Walden University's 53rd Commencement in Orlando, Florida, Edna Adan, the former foreign minister and first lady of Somalia, shared her words of wisdom with the January 2015 graduating class.

Pursuing a Career in Health Informatics
Military Medical/CBRN Technology
March 20, 2015

Walden University School of Health Sciences faculty member Dr. Ken Bobis discusses the MS in Health Informatics program. “Students benefit from courses designed and taught by industry leaders, health informatics experts, national policymakers and researchers. They also gain in-depth knowledge of health information systems management, quality assessment and improvement, and the business and financial aspects of health information,” he said.

Nigeria: Are Nursing Educators Becoming Endangered Species?
March 20, 2015

Dr. Andrea Lindell, associate dean of Walden University’s School of Nursing, discusses the need for nurse educators in Nigeria and other African countries.

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.