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Student Affairs Newsletters: Spring 2020 Newsletter

A Message from the Dean

Dear Walden Students,

During this difficult global crisis, we want you to know that we are thinking of you and your families and are working collaboratively to ensure we continue to provide all students with the necessary support to make progress and have a good student experience.  We ask that you please take the coronavirus seriously and take the necessary health and safety precautions advised by the CDC and your state and government officials.  Wash your hands, stay hydrated, practice social distancing, and stay in the house if possible.

As your Dean of Student Affairs, I want to personally express my concern and encourage you to reach out to your faculty and program leadership to inform them if you have been impacted by coronavirus.  During a crisis like this, it is not uncommon to be stressed, anxious and even become depressed.

Our Student Assistance Program provides free, confidential support, resources, and information that can help you and everyone in your household address many issues, including:

·     Stress, anxiety, or depression

·     Family and personal conflict

·     Major life changes

·     Grief and loss

·     Financial and legal concerns

Free, Confidential Counseling Available 24/7 Call our 24-hour hotline at 1-866-465-8942 (TDD: 1-800-697-0353) to receive confidential counseling from experienced clinicians. A guidance consultant will listen to your needs and, if appropriate, refer you to resources in your community. Refer to Walden ID code SAP4EDU when accessing this free service.

Free Online Information, Tools, and Services Visit Guidance Resources Online to access expert information on a range of legal, financial, and other topics important to your well-being. Research answers to specific questions, review fact sheets, or use a variety of planning tools to help navigate your life during this crisis/pandemic.  Simply create a user account, provide Walden’s ID code (SAP4EDU), and get started. Each time you log in, you will receive information customized to your individual needs.

Please know that we miss you and are standing with you during this difficult time.  Please take good care of yourselves and your families!

Best Regards,

Walter R. McCollum, PhD
Walden University
Dean of Student Affairs

Student Awards

Student Awards Nominations

Student Awards are presented biannually during summer and winter commencement weekends. The Q1/Q2 Student Awards will be presented July 2020. The award nomination period is April 1 – April 30, 2020.

If you’d like to be nominated for one of the awards, please coordinate with your faculty or mentor and provide them with the following link to nominate you. Student Award Nominations

Academic Performance (Undergraduate)

This award recognizes excellence in academic performance as an undergraduate student who embodies the ideals expressed in Walden University’s core values and a commitment to serving humankind. Presented bi-annually (Summer and Winter Commencement) for Distinguished Scholarship, Service and Citizenship honoring a graduating undergraduate for excellence in scholarship.

Award-specific criteria:

  • Student must be eligible for graduation at the end of the 2020 spring quarter (May 2020)

  • Student Resume or CV

  • Faculty Nomination (no more than 1 page)

  • Nominees must have a 3.0 GPA

Citizenship (Master’s)

This award recognizes excellence in scholarship and service as a master’s student who embodies the ideals expressed in Walden University’s core values and a commitment to serving humankind. Presented bi-annually (Summer and Winter Commencement) for Distinguished Scholarship, Service and Citizenship honoring a graduating graduate for excellence in citizenship contributions that have impacted positive social change in their community during his or her graduate program.

Award-specific criteria:

  • Student must be eligible for graduation at the end of the 2020 spring quarter (May 2020)

  • Student Resume or CV

  • Faculty Nomination (no more than 1 page)

  • Nominees must have a 3.0 GPA

Leadership Excellence (Doctoral)

This award recognizes doctoral student excellence as a leader who embodies the ideals expressed in the Walden University Mission. Presented bi-annually (Summer and Winter Commencement) for Distinguished Leadership, Scholarship, and Mentorship honoring a graduating doctoral student for leadership contributions that have increased in breadth and depth to the Walden University communities during his or her doctoral program.

Award-specific criteria:

  • Student must be eligible for graduation at the end of the 2020 spring quarter (May 2020)

  • Student Resume or CV

  • Faculty Nomination (no more than 1 page)

  • Nominees must have a 3.0 GPA

Student Spotlight #1

undefinedSteven Stalinsky, PhD in Public Policy Program.  Wall Street Journal written by Steven Stalinsky. He is the Executive Director of the Middle East Media Research Institute. Read Wallstreet Journal

Student Spotlight #2

Francine Bockmon-Ortiz earned her first Walden degree, an M.S. in Clinical Psychology and Counseling, in 2017. Now studying Law and Public Policy, she is also seeking dual licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor/ Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. A bilingual mental health clinician for a non-profit mental health organization, she counsels court-ordered clients. As a Certified Anger Management Specialist, Francine facilitates psychoeducational parenting skills, batterer’s prevention, and anger management. Having counseled in community-based, residential treatment facilities, and juvenile justice settings for almost 20 years, she is an advocate for family maintenance and reunification.

Contact Us

Do you have an article, a news item, or an announcement that you would like to submit? Or are you or another Walden student doing something that you would like us to share with the university community? Questions or comments? E-mail:  charity.adams@mail.waldenu.edu.

Academic Integrity

 

Doctoral Student Classroom Change to SafeAssign from Turnitin

Doctoral classrooms have moved or will move shortly from Turnitin to SafeAssign as our preferred originality check software program. For your Capstone drafts, you have three submission options. Below is a list of those three areas and guidance on when to submit.

From the Submit Assignments area of the classroom:

  1. Capstone Draft (no plagiarism check): Submission of your capstone drafts is not submitted through SafeAssign. This submission area should probably be used when you are working on your Capstone but haven’t yet reached a major milestone. Confirm with your chair
  2. Capstone Formal Draft (include plagiarism check): Submission of your capstone draft is submitted to SafeAssign AND added to the SafeAssign database/repository. This submission area should be used after you have received CAO approval of your Capstone to protect your copyright.
  3. Draft document submission (unlimited submissions and penalty-free plagiarism check): Submission of your capstone draft is submitted to SafeAssign but NOT added to the SafeAssign database/repository. This submission area should be used by you and your chair at Proposal Approval and anytime you or your chair wish to ensure there are no concerns with your Capstone. Note: students are held to our academic integrity policies at all time.

 

 

For technical assistance with SafeAssign, students can contact the Customer Case Team at 1-800-WALDENU, option 2

Walden’s SafeAssign and Academic Integrity Tutorial can be viewed here.

 

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