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Center for Academic Excellence Quarterly Update: Summer 2016

The Center for Academic Excellence Quarterly Update includes information from the Academic Skills Center, Career Services Center, Library, and Writing Center (Students)

Back to Basics

Academic Skills Center

Could you benefit from some help with Microsoft Office basics? 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 you just starting research on a new topic? Encyclopedias and handbooks can provide basic background information to help you gain an understanding of a topic. Take a look at SAGE Encyclopedias and Handbooks next time you start exploring an unfamiliar topic.

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.



Library Webinars

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

Academic Skills Center

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: Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. Eastern 

Career Services Overview: Monday, July 18, 2016 from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Eastern

Cover Letter Café: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 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

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

Presenting Data and Describing Analysis: Wednesday, July 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern

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

Welcome to the Summer 2016 Issue!

Football coaches and baseball managers often use the term “back to basics” when teams are struggling or a star player is having a slump. The players just “need to get back to basics” or “focus on the fundamentals.”

The Center for Academic Excellence is ready to help get back to the basics that you need to be a successful student and independent scholar-practitioner. Just like a professional baseball pitcher goes back to what he learned in junior high school about pitching, sometimes we all need to go back to a long-ago lesson to be able to move forward with more skill and knowledge. Our staff is here to help you work on your academic game, whether it’s improving your writing, increasing your information-seeking skills, mastering statistics, or moving your career ahead. Check out the great ideas in this newsletter, and come see us soon.

Staff Spotlight: Lajmar Anderson, Library

  1. Please describe your primary role at Walden.

I am currently the library liaison for the Policy and Administration and Criminal Justice programs.

  1. How do you support students at Walden?

I support students by providing reference assistance and assignment-based instructional tools. I also develop and present Library labs focused around specific research and information literacy skills to assist students at all levels. Additionally, I provide one-on-one research consultations to students currently working on their doctoral study.

  1. What is your favorite part about your job?

Working one-on-one with doctoral students.

  1. What do you do when you’re not working?

Bake, run, garden.

  1. If you could offer one helpful tip to Walden students, what would it be?

When doing research, don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

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

What is your passion for positive social change? How would you like to connect virtually and internationally with students, alumni, faculty, and staff who share your social change interests? 

Join the Walden University Career Services Center on Thursday, July 21, 7:00 p.m. Eastern, for our first Walden Social Change Networking Hour!  During this community-building event, you will chat live with up to eight individuals via your computer or mobile device. You will make valuable interdisciplinary connections based on your social change efforts.   

Engage in networking that’s purposeful, fast, and fun!

Register here for this incredible opportunity to expand your network, share your passion for positive social change, and establish new professional relationships!  

We invite you to stay in touch with more than 4,000 members of the Walden community by joining our Walden University Career Services Center LinkedIn Group!  For more information on the Career Services Center, please visit our website

Doctoral Resources Page Featuring New CV Guide

Have you visited our new Doctoral Resources Page? 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: