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Center for Student Success Quarterly Update: Faculty: Summer 2016

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Academic Skills Center

Do you have students who could benefit from some help with Microsoft Office basics? Have them check out the Microsoft Office resources on our website!

Career Services

Networking is a basic, key part of proactive career management. Add more than 4,000 colleagues to your network by joining our Walden University Career Services Center LinkedIn Group.


Are your students just starting research on a new topic? Encyclopedias and handbooks can provide basic background information to help them gain an understanding of a topic. Encourage them to take a look at SAGE Encyclopedias and Handbooks next time they start exploring an unfamiliar area.

Writing Center

Summer is a great time to relax and get back to the basics in life. It's also a great time to refresh yourself on the basic fundamentals of writing. Take some time to review our great grammar and punctuation resources on the Writing Center website, both as a refresher for you and for referrals for students.



Library Webinars

Upcoming Library Webinars will be posted to the link above as they are announced.


Academic Skills Center

Skill-Builder Session: T-Tests:  Tuesday, July 12, from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern 

Skill-Builder Session: Graphs: Saturday, July 23, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Eastern

StatsChat Live! Statistical Data Management in MS Excel: Saturday, July 30, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Eastern 

Career Services


Career Services Webinars

Career Services Overview: Friday, July 8, from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. Eastern

Career Services Overview: Thursday, July 14, from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. Eastern 

Career Services Overview: Monday, July 18, from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Eastern

Curriculum Vitae (CV) Café: Monday, July 11, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Eastern 

Resume Café: Tuesday, July 12, from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. Eastern

Cover Letter Café: Wednesday, July 20, from 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. Eastern  

Walden Career Connections Online Networking Events

Walden Social Change Networking Hour: Thursday, July 21, 7:00 p.m. Eastern

Writing Center

Writing Center Webinars (Student-Facing)

Writing and Responding to Discussion Posts: Tuesday, July 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern

Annotated Bibliographies: Thursday, July 21, from 5 to 6 p.m. Eastern

Mastering the Mechanics Part 3: Beyond Basics: Thursday, July 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern

Writing Center Webinars (Faculty-Facing)

The Writing Center in Your Classroom: Thursday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to Noon Eastern

Preparing Students for the Form and Style Review: Thursday, August 4 from 10 to 11 a.m. Eastern

Welcome to the Summer 2016 Issue!

Students struggle with skills that are fundamental to academic success: writing, studying, organization, library use, and other basics. The Center for Academic Excellence has a wealth of resources to assist with strengthening those skills, some of which are outlined in this newsletter.

As faculty members, you have great influence over the academic behaviors of your students. Students are more likely to pursue CSS services through your referrals than on their own. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to learn about those services and make those recommendations. To that end, we have videos, classroom announcements you can cut and paste, and a faculty liaison in each center. After you read through the opportunities mentioned in this newsletter, come visit our dedicated CSS page for faculty at to learn more about what's available to help you support your students.

Academic Skills Center Update

Welcome, Heidi Marshall!

Dr. Heidi Marshall is now part-time Core Faculty for the CAEX courses and workshops. Heidi has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfictive Writing and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Adult Learning. Her research areas include online education, developmental education, and multiliteracy development. She has been with Walden since 2007 in various roles in both the Writing Center and the Academic Skills Center. 

Career Services Center Update

Walden Social Change Networking Hour

All Walden faculty are cordially invited to our first virtual Social Change Networking Hour for Walden students, alumni, faculty, and staff on Thursday, July 21, from 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern.  Our virtual networking platform “breaks the ice” with new connections for our attendees! Participants will engage in as many as eight instant messaging chats within an hour. When one instant messaging chat ends, the system matches each person with another attendee to make a new connection.

Below are the social change topics for our virtual networking booths:

Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability



Social Justice/Discrimination



Open Networking (for those with other interests)

To register, please click the link below or paste it into your Firefox or Chrome browser:

Please join us for this exciting event to connect with other Walden University community members over our passions for social change!

Doctoral Resources Page Featuring New CV Guide 

The Career Services Center’s Doctoral Resources Page features our new CV Guide. This is a “one-stop” career resource for doctoral students to access essential career resources to leverage their career potential and expand their network. It includes links to the following resources:

Library Update

Welcome, New Library Staff!

Kim Burton received her MLIS from Clarion University after working as a paralegal for 25 years, covering all aspects of law. She lives in Southern Chester County Pennsylvania with her husband and two teenage daughters, where they spend most of their free time driving their daughters to and from their numerous sporting events and dance recitals. Besides driving, her family also enjoys watching movies together (and old sitcoms on Netflix!), family game nights, and playing with their rescued pets: cats, Brutus and Harmony, and pitbull, Orry T. Main. 

Andrea Lemieux has spent much of her career working in public libraries, which has fueled her commitment to customer service. After receiving her graduate degree in information resources, she began her library career with the County of Los Angeles Public Library. After moving to Denver, Colorado in 2010, she discovered her passion helping students with the research and writing process when working as a campus librarian in an academic setting. A bit of a nerd at heart, Andrea can be found practicing a zombie tune on her ukulele, downloading genealogy records, or accompanying two preschoolers to story time at the public library.

Traci Hector received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Nicholls State University and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. She has worked as a reference librarian in a public library system and as a medical librarian in a hospital. She spent 7 years as the Virtual Reference Coordinator for Ask a Librarian, Florida's statewide virtual reference service, and is currently a School Librarian for the Terrebonne Parish School District and the User Services Librarian for ACI Information Group. Occasionally wistful for her now-defunct "For Future Reference" column in Library Journal, she has since delivered well over 100 webinars and has produced almost as many video tutorials.

Writing Center Update

Change to Instructional Videos

The Writing Center has embedded all of its short instructional videos throughout the website. These videos used to live on the Writing Center’s YouTube channel, but starting July 8, this YouTube channel will transition to hosting just introductory Writing Center information. Search the Writing Center’s website to view the new home for the videos, and feel free to reach out at if you can’t find one of your favorites! Note: This shift will not impact the Writing Center’s webinar recordings archive.

New Resources

As you know, the Writing Center generates new resources continuously, and it’s sometimes hard to keep up. In case you missed them, here are a few that we’ve created in the last few months: