2009 Walden In the News

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Distance Learning Opens a Wide Range of Options
California Job Journal, December 13, 2009

Walden University is an accredited institution which has distance-learning degree certificate courses tailored to the needs of adult learners. Degree programs are available at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate levels.

At Home in Ourselves
Demo Dirt, December 1, 2009

Ethnic pride may play a key factor in bolstering teens’ mental health, even for those who suffer from low self-esteem, say researchers from Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago, and Walden University.


At Atlanta VA Medical Center, Achieving Advanced Degrees Comes With the Territory
Advance for Nurses, November 18, 2009

Kenya Barbour, RN, a nursing student earning her MSN at Walden University, is also a full-time nurse with a caseload of up to four patients each day. She is one of 10 nurses in her unit pursing a higher level of education.

Ethnic Pride Can Improve Teen Mental Health
Psych Central, November 16, 2009

A new study shows that a rise in young people’s ethnic pride can positively affect their mental health. The study, carried out by researchers at Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago and Walden University, appears in the November/December 2009 issue of the journal Child Development.

Walden University’s President and Chief Academic Officer Talk to Radio Hosts Across the Country

Walden University President Jonathan Kaplan and Chief Academic Officer Denise DeZolt recently took to the airwaves nationwide, giving interviews to radio talk show hosts in Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Cincinnati; Chicago; Knoxville, Tenn.; Minot, N.D.; Bismarck, N.D.; New York; Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix; Richmond, Va.; St. Louis; Tampa, Fla.; and regional Tennessee. Kaplan and DeZolt explained the benefits of pursuing an online education for working adults in today’s economic climate and offered advice about what to look for in a quality online university.

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Sierra Leone Commercial Bank Gets New Deputy Managing Director
Standard Times Press (Sierra Leone), November 3, 2009

Patrick Saidu Conteh, a Walden PhD student in Applied Management and Decision Sciences specializing in Finance, was appointed deputy managing director of Sierra Leone Commercial Bank Ltd.


Without a Job, it's Back to School
Reporter-News (Abilene, Texas), October 28, 2009

At a graduate and professional school fair in Texas, Mark Cortez of Walden University noted increased interest in higher education degrees because of the weak economy.

Day of Service at Westport Heights Elementary School
The Argonaut (Los Angeles), October 22, 2009

Los Angeles-based volunteers from Walden University took part in beautification projects at Westport Heights Elementary School in Westchester on Oct. 3 as part of the university’s annual Global Day of Service.

2009 Social Change Conference
Gen Y PR Prescriptions, October 12, 2009

A self-described Gen Y-er describes an enriching experience at Walden University’s 2009 Social Change Conference held Sept. 30 in Washington, D.C.

Walden Graduate Helps Promote Global Education
Gloucester County Times (Woodbury, N.J.), October 8, 2009

Michael T. Beckett, who earned his MS in Education from Walden University, is a high school social studies teacher in New Holland, Pa., and a faculty representative to the board of International Model United Nations Association, Inc., a nonprofit which focuses on global education through simulation.

Walden Nursing Graduate to Lead College Nursing Program
The Dalles Chronicle (The Dalles, Ore.), October 6, 2009

Doris Jepson, who earned her MSN at Walden University, is the new director of Columbia Gorge Community College’s Nursing program.

Breast Cancer Volunteer Celebrates Living by Giving
The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.), October 1, 2009

Her family’s cancer victories compelled Shene Smith, a volunteer at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, to comfort those still fighting the battle. Smith is working on her Master of Public Health at Walden University.


What Matters More Than Education? Passion, Responsibility and Worldview
Change.org, September 30, 2009

At Walden University’s annual Social Change Conference, held Sept. 30 in Washington, D.C., Dr. Cheryl Dorsey, president of Echoing Green, discussed the qualities of successful social entrepreneurs.

Gateway President and Walden Graduate to Receive Two Major Awards
New Haven Register (New Haven, Conn.), September 30, 2009

Gateway Community College President Dr. Dorsey L. Kendrick, who holds a PhD in Education with a specialization in Higher Education from Walden University, has been selected to receive two prestigious awards this fall: one from the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund, the other from the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches.

Walden Graduate Named Director of Critical Care Services
BurlingtonFreePress.com (Burlington, Vt.), September 28, 2009

Derek Kouwenhoven, RN, CEN, MSN, was named director of critical care services at Central Vermont Medical Center. Kouwenhoven earned a Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University.
Social Change Talk with Jon Kaplan, President of Walden University
Triple Pundit, September 11, 2009

Jonathan Kaplan, president of Walden University, is interviewed about Walden’s multimedia campaign focused on its mission of positive social change, and how that commitment is supported throughout the institution. “Social change has been at the heart of our mission at Walden University for nearly 40 years. Part of what drives our students, faculty, staff, and alumni is a shared desire to make a positive difference in their neighborhoods, their communities, their careers, and in the broader world,” he explains.

Flexible Learning: University Develops Its Own Mobile Platform for Students
Campus Technology, September 2, 2009

Dr. Gary Burkholder, Walden University’s vice president for academic affairs, discusses the development and implementation of MobileLearnTM, Walden’s online course-content delivery tool that allows students to access course materials in a format that best fits their own individual learning styles. “We’re constantly looking for new ways to incorporate technology into our classrooms,” Burkholder said, “and to help students learn the material.”


Honoring U.S. troops
Big Spring Herald (Big Spring, Texas), August 31, 2009
Sinh Tho Nguyen is walking across the country in honor of the U.S. and its military troops. Nguyen is earning his PhD in Psychology from Walden University.

Tonganoxie Resident Writes Book on State of Education
Lawrence Journal-World (Lawrence, Kan.), August 31, 2009
With 15 years of teaching experience, Malinda Daniel has seen enough of public schools to know there’s room for improvement in what are constantly changing sociocultural trends. She discusses those areas in her new book, Fallacy or Truth: The State of American Education Today. Dr. Daniel recently earned a Ph.D. in Education from Walden University.

Arcadia Grad Set for U.S. Embassy Role
Leader-Telegram (Eau Claire, Wis.), August 22, 2009
Molly Hillig is going to Bolivia to work as a nurse in the U.S. Embassy. She started working on a Master of Public Health degree at Walden University, expecting to finish in a year, but she also wanted to learn about other countries’ health care. 

New Portland-Area School Will Serve Students With Autism, Other Disorders
The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.), August 20, 2009

Sameera Abdulaziz, a Portland resident who sees a void in Oregon education, is starting a private school for students with neurological differences, such as autism and attention deficit disorder. Abdulaziz is a Ph.D. in Psychology student at Walden University.

Learning Roots: Tatiana Cantrell Opens Downtown Infant and Toddler Center
The Willits News (Willits, Calif.), August 19, 2009

After seeing a need for a center to help new parents with their infants and toddlers, Tatiana Cantrell decided to open Learning Roots in Willits, Calif. She is working on her PhD in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education at Walden University and hopes to complete her program by 2011.

Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers 2009
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, August 15, 2009

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has posted its 2009 analysis of top graduate degree producers, ranking Walden University a top producer of master’s and doctoral graduates in the following disciplines:

Education—African-American No. 3
Psychology—Native American No. 3
Education—Total Minority No. 4
Health Professions—African-American No. 7
Education—Asian-American No. 9
Education—Hispanic No. 10
Education—Native American No. 10

Business—African-American No. 5
Psychology—African-American No. 6
Business—Total Minority No. 6

The Medium is Not the Message
Inside Higher Ed, August 11, 2009

Jonathan Kaplan, president of Walden University, writes about the positive aspects of online education including greater student engagement, increased faculty attention, and constant access. “In higher education, there is still too much debate about how we are delivering content: Is it online education, face-to-face teaching, or hybrid instruction? It’s time for us to stop categorizing higher education by the medium of delivery and start focusing on its impact and outcomes,” he concludes.

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Warm Welcome for Jackson; Area Residents Greet County’s Superintendent
Martinsville Bulletin (Martinsville, Va.), August 4, 2009

Anthony Jackson, who is working toward his doctorate in Education from Walden University, will face many challenges as the new Henry County (Va.) schools superintendent, but his optimism and experience have led him to believe that the school system can become an asset that benefits the broader community.

New Superintendent Taking Over in East Hanover Schools
Daily Record (Parsippany, N.J.), August 1, 2009
Joseph L. Ricca, a Walden University EdD student who has been serving as the principal of East Hanover Middle School, was approved by the Board of Education to serve as the superintendent overseeing East Hanover schools.

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College-Degree Business Courses in Spanish to be Online
The Miami Herald (Miami), August 1, 2009

An article about Walden University’s new BS in Business Administration (taught in Spanish with an option to learn English) program appeared in the newspaper with the largest circulation in South Florida.


Clases en la Internet para Hispanos (Classes via the Internet for Hispanics)
El Nuevo Herald (Miami), July 31, 2009

Walden University’s new BS in Business Administration (taught in Spanish with an option to learn English) program was featured in one of Miami’s top Spanish-language newspapers.

Time-Efficient Documentation; Tips for Completing Necessary Paperwork While You’re Still on the Clock
ADVANCE for Nurses July 22, 2009

Linda Snyder, a wound care nurse and Walden University Master of Science in Nursing student, wrote an article about advising nurses on tactics they can use to increase their efficiency when handling paperwork.

Potter Preview
Eyewitness News at 11 KLAS-TV (Las Vegas), July 15, 2009

Walden University hosted a free screening of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” for Clark County (Nev.) School District educators.

George Ready to Serve State in Agriculture Department
The Daily Star (Grenada, Miss.), July 13, 2009

Trina George, a Walden University student working toward her PhD in Public Policy and Administration, was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Mississippi State Director for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

County Schools Chief: Outreach is Goal
Martinsville Bulletin (Martinsville, VA), July 13, 2009

Anthony D. Jackson, who is working toward his doctorate in Educational Leadership at Walden University, talked about his efforts to make community outreach his first priority as he begins his service as the Henry County (VA) Schools superintendent.

We All Have a Part, but She’s the Icon
AAUW Dialog blog, July 8, 2009

Equal-pay activist Lilly Ledbetter’s scheduled July 25 summer commencement address at Walden University was mentioned on the blog of the American Association of University Women.

Local Resident’s Book Examines State of Education System
The Chieftain (Bonner Springs, KS), July 8, 2009

Malinda Daniel, a teacher who recently received her PhD in Education from Walden University, has written a book about the ways she believes public schools need to change to better adapt to constantly changing sociocultural trends. Daniel said Fallacy or Truth: The State of American Education Today is an extension of her doctoral dissertation.

Walden Rolls Out Mobile Learning Platform for Adult Students
Campus Technology July 8, 2009

Walden University’s MobileLearn™ tool, which allows students to access course content on their personal mobile devices, such as smartphones and MP3 players, was discussed in this article on the website of Campus Technology.

The Career Coach Debate
Go Magazine, July 2009

Walden University’s Dr. Ivonne Chirino-Klevans was featured arguing the case for working with a career coach in Go Magazine, the in-flight magazine of AirTran Airways.


Walden Helps Nurses Keep Education, Skills Up in Evolving Field
Hispanic Outlook, June 2009

Dr. Doris Milton, coordinator of Walden University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion program, was quoted in an article discussing how earning a bachelor’s degree can open up new opportunities for registered nurses.

New Librarian Adds Programs in Tuckerton
Ocean County Observer (Toms River, NJ), June 25, 2009

Toni Smirniw, a student enrolled in Walden University’s MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership program, has been named the new head librarian at the Tuckerton branch of the Ocean County Library system in New Jersey.

GCP Honors CCC Nursing Faculty Member
Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ), June 10, 2009

Robynn F. Anwar, a professor at Camden County College who received an MS in Nursing from Walden University, was honored with the 2009 Camden Hero Award from the Greater Camden Partnership for her contributions to workforce training for the local healthcare industry.

Dealing With Difficult People: The New Diversity In Tough Times?
HispanicBusiness.com and HireDiversity.com, June 9, 2009

Walden University’s Dr. Ivonne Chirino-Klevans was featured as a visiting columnist writing about how to deal with difficult personality types often found in professional environments.

Vanderbilt Researcher Receives Distinguished Davis-Galloway Empowerment Award
The Tennessee Tribune, June 4–10, 2009

Vanessa Briscoe, who received her PhD in Health Services from Walden University in 2004, has been named the recipient of the 2009 Davis-Galloway Empowerment Award by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Metropolitan Nashville Chapter. Briscoe is a research assistant and professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University. The Davis-Galloway Empowerment Award is given to recognize and honor women of color across Middle Tennessee who ascend to leadership through outstanding advocacy, effective networking and superlative community service.

Walden University Announces up to $5 Million in Scholarships for Educators
National Society for Hispanic Professionals Network Blog, June 3, 2009

The blog of the National Society for Hispanic Professionals posted Walden University’s announcement detailing available scholarships for teachers.

New EVSC Leadership Announced
WFIE-TV (Evansville, IN), June 2, 2009

Katherine White, an assistant principal who earned her master’s degree from Walden University, has been named head principal at West Terrace Elementary School.


Shift Course; Yesterday's Career Tracks May Not be Right for You Today, but There Are Promising Alternatives Out There
Boston Globe Magazine, May 31, 2009

Walden University was included in a feature article about approaches to updated career paths, including preparing teachers in the advanced use of technology in education.

Becas para Educadores: Walden University Entregará Más de 200 Ayudas (Scholarships for Teachers: Walden University Will Deliver More Than 200)
El Nuevo Día (Puerto Rico), May 30, 2009

The largest daily newspaper in Puerto Rico reported on Walden University’s Riley Scholarships for educators.

Beverly A. Copper-Butler: Teacher Got Doctorate While Battling ALS
Toledo Blade (Toledo, Ohio), May 29, 2009

Beverly Copper-Butler’s obituary described how the former teacher earned her doctorate from Walden University in 2005 despite being bed-bound due to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

School Director Named
Latah Eagle (Latah County, Idaho), May 28, 2009

Summer Clayton, a Walden University doctoral candidate in Education, has been named the new director of the Palouse Prairie School of Expeditionary Learning, a public charter school that will be based on the Expeditionary Learning Schools Outward Bound model.

Three Join North Alumni Hall of Fame
Delaware News (Delaware, Ohio), May 20, 2009

Ben Hartnell, an EdD student at Walden University, was inducted into the Hall of Fame at his Westerville, Ohio, high school alma mater, as a result of the renowned history class he now teaches at that same school.

Closer With Distance: How Online Training Can Bring Employees Together
HispanicBusiness.com and HireDiversity.com, May 19, 2009

Walden University’s Ivonne Chirino-Klevans authored this article on how companies using online training programs can renew the sense of connectedness in their programs that often is lost when continuing education programs move to the online space.

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Richards Receives Recognition
Lewiston SunJournal (Lewiston, Maine), May 19, 2009

Scott Richards, a physician assistant with an MS in Psychology from Walden University who also is working toward a PhD in Psychology from Walden, has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Cada Vez Más Hispanos Optan por Estudiar en la Red
(More and more, Latinos choose to study on the internet)
New York Daily News—Español, May 14, 2009

A Walden University alumnus and a member of the faculty were featured in an article about online education. Alberto Vargas Jr. described his experience in Walden’s MBA program and how his online courses helped him develop strengths that support his career today. Dr. Ivonne Chirino-Klevans discussed Walden’s online programs, mission of social change, and communities of learning.

Hoving Named All Saints Principal
The Bay City Times (Mich.), May 14, 2009

John Hoving, who earned his MS in Education from Walden University, has been named principal at All Saints Central Catholic High School and Middle School.

Interview with Dr. Ivonne Chirino-Klevans/Walden University
Clickeando—Univision Radio Network, May 9, 2009

On this radio show about technology in everyday lives, host Sergio Papatolios asked Walden University’s Dr. Ivonne Chirino-Klevans about Walden degrees, what technology is needed to study online, and how the online learning process works. 

New Leaders Assume Roles in Tribe
The Spectrum (Southern Utah), May 7, 2009

The Paiute Tribe of Utah has approved a letter of intent to support a breast cancer screening project coordinated by Rena Barron, a PhD in Public Health student at Walden who is specializing in American Indian and Alaskan native populations.

Online Education Offers Access and Affordability: Improvements in the Quality of Online Courses are Attracting Millions of People to Enroll
U.S. News & World Report, May 2009

The May print edition of U.S. News & World Report included Walden University in the section on online higher education in its annual ranking of America’s Best Graduate Schools. 


Destination Matriculation
ADVANCE for Nurses, April 29, 2009

In an article about small colleges that are expanding their nursing programs to include online degrees, Walden University is mentioned as one of the schools that have been offering online nursing degrees on the national level.

Business School’s Global Outreach
Latin Trade, April 2009

Walden University is the only distance-learning program included in a list of M.B.A. programs published with the magazine’s article on international MBA programs. The list was compiled from Latin Trade’s 2009 MBA Online Survey and includes a quote from a student who described Walden’s MBA degree as “a very comprehensive program.”

The MBA: The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Hispanic Career World, Winter/Spring 2009

Alberto Vargas Jr., who received his MBA from Walden University, discussed his new responsibilities at Citigroup since earning his master’s degree, as well as his desire to mentor others who are beginning their careers.

Clear Kayaks Extend Local Business Owner’s Vision
The Walton Sun (Walton County, Fla.), April 27, 2009
This local newspaper profiles a new business venture by Walden University PhD student Joe Moore, who is also the co-founder and president of a successful non-profit business that coordinates educational trips for students. 

Latinas in Corporate America
TheGlassHammer.com, April 23, 2009

Ramona Armijo, a PhD candidate at Walden, discussed the experiences of Latina professionals in this online feature. “Latinas are statistically the most under-represented group in the workforce amongst minorities in the U.S.,” she said. “The good news is that their cultural understanding and language skills make Latinas extremely competitive candidates for filling top positions in the private sector to serve the growing Hispanic segment in the U.S.”

Fort Morgan Principals Hired from Within District
Fort Morgan Times (Fort Morgan, Colo.), April 21, 2009

Rena Frasco, who received her doctorate from Walden University in 2008, has been named principal of the elementary school where she had been serving as an instructional coach.

Wilson-Giarratano Named President, CEO of Girls Inc.
The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY), April 21, 2009

Gail Wilson-Giarratano, a PhD candidate in Applied Management/Decision Science at Walden University, has been named president and CEO of Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region. 

Online Program Helps Nurses Complete BSN Degree
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 19, 2009

Walden University’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program is featured in this in-depth article. Doris Milton, PhD, RN, coordinator of the BSN program for Walden’s School of Nursing, discussed why online learning is especially beneficial for nurses.

New School Superintendent Praises ‘Tradition of Excellence’
Martinsville Bulletin (Martinsville, VA), April 19, 2009

Anthony Jackson has been named the new school superintendent in Henry County, Virginia, effective July 1, 2009. He is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership at Walden University.

Chesterfield Wins Top Transition Awards
Midlothian Review (Midlothian, VA), April 15, 2009

Judy Averill, who holds a master’s degree from Walden University, has been named Virginia’s Transition Practitioner of the Year. In her position as lead transition coordinator for the Office of Exceptional Education of Chesterfield County Public Schools, she oversees the school system’s efforts to help students with disabilities transition to life after high school

Spread the Word Sunday: National Public Health Week
Pulse+Signal blog, April 5, 2009

A top public health blogger mentioned the prominent speakers participating in the speaker series during Walden’s celebration of National Public Health Week.

Nuevas Opciones Para Estudiantes Mexicanos (New Options for Mexican Students) and Se Abren Nuevas Opciones Para Estudiantes Mexicanos en EU (New Options Open for Mexican Students in U.S.)
El Mundo (Austin and San Antonio, Texas) and DiarioSanDiego.com (San Diego), April 3, 2009

These two articles focused on Walden University and Universidad del Valle de México’s (UVM) dual-degree B.S. in Business Administration program available to UVM students in Mexico.

Knowledge Capital Loss: Collateral Damage From Layoffs
Hispanic Business, April 2, 2009

Walden University’s Dr. Ivonne Chirino-Klevans was featured as a visiting columnist writing about how companies can define knowledge capital, and why they need to manage it when considering downsizing.


Barnegat Hires New Schools Superintendent
Barnegat School Board, March 27, 2009

Jason Bing-Schetelick, who earned a Doctorate in Education from Walden, was the unanimous choice for the new schools superintendent of Barnegat Township in New Jersey.

Ed. Schools Expand Web-Only Offerings
Education Week, March 26, 2009

Dr. Richard Simms, associate dean of undergraduate and educator licensure programs in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, talked about Walden’s work to provide teacher candidates with state-required clinical field experience, as well as how online programs are “rethinking long-standing features of teacher education.”

Lessons From the Ivory Tower: K–12 Learns From Higher Education's Online Experiences.
Education Week, March 26, 2009

Dr. Stephen Canipe, program director in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, was quoted in an article illustrating how Walden is a model for developers of K–12 online education programs. 

Governor Faces Task of Determining Who Deserves Pardon
Dayton Daily News (Dayton, Ohio), March 23, 2009

A Walden doctoral student was featured as an example of an ex-convict who turned his life around after early brushes with the law, and who was waiting to learn of the Ohio governor’s decision on his appeal for a pardon.

Riding Out the Recession in a Virtual Classroom
CNN.com/technology, March 18, 2009

Walden University President Jonathan A. Kaplan was quoted discussing the increasing number of adults turning to online education during the economic downturn.


Walden University Adds 3 Degree Programs
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, February 16, 2009

The Twin Cities’ Business Journal provided coverage of Walden University’s launch of three new degree programs: an M.S. in Leadership and bachelor’s degrees in nursing and instructional design and technology.

Branding Yourself in Times of Uncertainty
HispanicBusiness.com, February 2, 2009

Dr. Ivonne Chirino-Klevans, program director for Walden University’s Center for International Programs and a Walden faculty member, wrote this article describing how workers can use branding tactics to get ahead and stand out in the job market.

Top 10 Colleges for Adults
MSN-Encarta, February 2009

Walden University was listed as one of the top 10 colleges for adult students in this online article, which emphasized Walden’s commitment to student support and social change.


Celebran Graduación de Profesionistas a Distancia (Celebrating the Graduation of Distance-Learning Professionals)
Diario La Estrella (Fort Worth, Texas), January 20, 2009 
Spanish-language news site Diario La Estrella provided coverage of Walden University’s 2009 Winter Commencement in Dallas, highlighting Walden’s commitment to increasing the number of Latinos in higher education.

Counselor, Comedian, Role Model: Carman-Ainsworth Board of Education Member Recco Richardson Reaches Out to Help Kids in Many Ways
The Flint Journal (Flint, Mich.), January 13, 2009
Recco Richardson, who earned his PhD in Psychology from Walden University, is known for playing an active role in his community as both a licensed counselor and a member of the Carman-Ainsworth Board of Education.

González Named Santa Fe Springs Mayor
Whittier Daily News (Whittier, Calif.), January 13, 2009

Luis M. González, who received his MS in Education from Walden University, was selected by his city council colleagues to serve as mayor of Santa Fe Springs, Calif.