Student Life and Services

Walsh University Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning supports students applying knowledge to real-world problems through guided experiences outside the classroom. The Office of Service Learning, the Career Center and the Office of Global Learning collaborate to offer numerous experiences for students to engage in authentic opportunities on campus and with the outside community. Students will engage in real world experiences that prepare them for a profession or career, strengthen their professional skill set and deepen their overall understanding of their discipline. 

SERVICE LEARNING

The Office of Service Learning's mission is to facilitate mutually beneficial service learning opportunities among Walsh and the local community. This is accomplished by supporting faculty as they develop and incorporate service learning into courses and by understanding community needs via established relationships with local organizations. Through Service Learning courses students will:

  • Apply course content to the service experience in the community.
  • Apply knowledge from the service experience to the course content.
  • Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of issues and needs in the community based on the service experience.

To discover a service learning course that fits with your academic goals, visit the Service Learning webpage or contact the Office of Service Learning.

CAREER CENTER

The Career Center — located in the David Campus Center — empowers students and alumni to connect their academic preparation to employment or continued study beyond graduation. The staff of the Career Center use a systematic approach of self-assessment, experiential learning, and best-practice coaching to help students and alumni succeed in both identifying and reaching the next step in their professional journey, whether that step includes employment or graduate school.

The Career Center also works to cultivate relationships with local employers in order to connect student/alumni talent with internship and job opportunities in northeast Ohio and beyond. Through a series of on-campus and regional job fairs, students and alumni have opportunities to meet face-to-face with local professionals and graduate degree programs seeking new candidates.

Also, students and alumni have 24/7 access to College Central Network(CCN) -- the Career Center’s database of available opportunities with regional employers. CCN also features a robust library of career development materials and best practices to follow when conducting a job, internship, or graduate school search.

Take the next step in your career journey by connecting with the Career Center at walsh.edu/career-center.

GLOBAL LEARNING

Through the Office of Global Learning, students have the opportunity to participate in a number of faculty-led courses in Europe, Uganda, Tanzania, Haiti, and beyond. Walsh’s Rome campus in Castel Gandolfo, Italy provides faculty-led courses in a number of disciplines throughout the academic year and into the summer academic sessions. Global Learning programs offer students unique academic experiences that broaden their intellectual awareness, cultural sensitivity, professional preparedness, and exposure to the world. This is why Walsh University students are encouraged to participate in at least one Global Learning experience before they graduate.

Students may also seek study abroad opportunities through a number of providers or our consortia partner, the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA). Walsh University also partners with CAPA –The Global Education Network to offer students a number of international internship opportunities in locations such as Buenos Aires, Dublin, London, Shanghai, and Sydney. Students interested in exploring such opportunities should contact the Office of Global Learning.

The Office of Global Learning offers students the opportunity to participate in the Br. Francis Blouin Global Scholars academic living-learning community. This living learning community brings together students from a variety of disciplines and requires students to take a critical look at major issues facing the world today. Students are admitted to the program through a competitive interview process as incoming freshmen and asked to commit to the program for their four-year undergraduate career. During this time, students will take cohort courses and a prescribed curriculum that supports a critical look at a major world problem. Past cohorts have studied food sustainability, global healthcare, justice and technology. Scholarships are awarded to freshmen or sophomore students after a competitive interview process. Students accepted to the program must commit to the program for the entirety of their undergraduate career and participate in the Global Learning programs supporting the community. Students are awarded two education abroad experiences with courses that relate to their topic of study, live in a common space for two years and receive recognition upon completion of the program.

Walsh University is also proud of its status as a Peace Corps Preparatory Institution. The Peace Corps Prep program will prepare students for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. To accomplish this, students build four core competencies through interrelated coursework, hands-on experience, and professional development support. 

Details for the application process for any of these programs can be found on the Global Learning webpage or by contacting the Office of Global Learning.

Commuter Student Services

Walsh University offers a broad range of commuter student services, including the Going the Distance newsletter, the Snowbird Program, commuter incentive programs and programs designed specifically for commuters. Commuter Student Services supports joint efforts with other departments to meet the special needs of the Walsh commuter student population.

The David Campus Center and the Barrette Center are commuter hubs on campus, with numerous lounges, TV access, fitness center, Cavalier Cafe, cafeteria, the Grille and more. For further information please contact the Director of Student Activities & Commuter Student Services located in the David Campus Center.

Counseling Services

Like everyone, college students face difficult life transitions and circumstances, experience painful emotions, and need assistance in developing clear and meaningful goals.  Counseling is a collaborative process that involves the development of a unique, confidential helping relationship.  Counselors act as facilitators to help students better understand themselves and the world around them.  Open and honest discussions of feelings, behaviors, relationships, life experiences, and circumstances with a trained counselor in a non-judgmental, safe, confidential environment enables individuals to grow towards greater freedom in making healthy choices and taking appropriate actions for more satisfying relationships, self-concept, academic progress, and life goals.

Counseling Services is staffed by licensed professional clinical counselors, counseling interns, and graduate practicum students, trained to help students cope with a wide variety of educational, adjustment, and mental health issues. Counseling Services is free to all enrolled students. This office offers a confidential place to dis-cuss concerns when difficult situations arise, when problems seem overwhelming or options appear limited.  Counseling Services staff work with the student to help identify strengths, locate support resources, and to begin a process of change and growth.  Counseling Services staff will respect your values, choices, and life-style and will see you as an individual with your own unique strengths and limitations.

Depending on the nature of the concern, counseling may be one session, short term (2-5 sessions) or long term (all semester).  If necessary, appropriate referrals to outside health care professions are made.  Counseling Services is open during the Fall and Spring Semesters and follows the Walsh Academic Calendar.  All counseling is discontinued at the end of each semester and students can return in the future of they choose.

Intramurals

The Walsh University Department of Intramurals plans, coordinates, and implements a broad range of activities and programs designed to help meet the physical, social, and recreational interest and needs of the Walsh Community. Intramurals are open to all members of the Walsh Community including residential students, commuter students, faculty/staff, and alumni.

Intramurals offers competitive league play in sports such as flag football, dodgeball, softball, outdoor soccer, 5-on-5 basketball, 3-on3-basketball, volleyball, kickball and bowling. Each year, participants compete in teams to win the annual Dean’s Cup award for participation throughout the year. Intramurals also sponsors various weekend tournaments, including golf, billiards, table tennis, and corn-hole.

For information on upcoming events, contact the Intramurals Office at 330-244-4743.

Multicultural Affairs

The University believes that diversity should not be merely tolerated, but embraced and celebrated. With this belief as its guiding principle, the Office of Multicultural Affairs seeks to foster awareness, understanding and sensitivity to the perspectives of groups who have currently and historically been subject to unfair treatment and perceptions due to race, gender, class, sexual preference and others. The office offers support services to under-represented groups to increase their chances of a successful academic experience, presents an opportunity for cultural exploration through programming, and acts as a liaison to various departments on campus for the multicultural student. In addition, the office actively educates and promotes multicultural learning and development for the entire Walsh community. The Multicultural Affairs Office is located in the Paul and Carol David Family Campus Center, we encourage all students, faculty and staff to participate in our activities and services.

On-Campus Living/Office of Residence Life

Walsh University offers its residents the opportunity for a rich experience in group living as it strives to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning. To be eligible for campus residence, students must be full-time and in good academic and judicial standing with the University. Summer housing is also available.

Policies and procedures are designed to give students freedom for growth and self-discipline; at the same time, the policies help to ensure the environment needed for study and respect for other members of the community.

All full-time, traditional-aged undergraduate students are required to live in University housing. Students apply for housing by completing a housing application, contract and medical history form; and submitting a $200 housing deposit. Full-time students who are over 23, married or have dependent child(ren) living with them, have lived in a group living environment for eight semesters (excluding summer semesters), live at home with parents or legal guardians within a 50-mile range from Walsh, have been discharged from the armed forces, or have special needs, may request exemption from the on-campus living requirement. All exemptions must be approved in advance by the Housing Review Board. Further information about on-campus living is found in the student handbook.

Menard Hall (1996) is a four-story residence hall providing comfortable accommodations for about 240 students. Freshman and sophomore student rooms are designed for double-occupancy, and each two-room suite includes a private bathroom with shower. Fully carpeted, the rooms have twin, loftable beds as well as desks, chairs, dressers, sinks, and closets. Menard Hall also features a fitness center, computer lab, common areas and laundry facility.

Betzler Tower (2006), located in Menard Hall, offers single rooms, double rooms, and suite style accommodations for upperclass students. Each room is equipped with twin sized loftable beds, dressers, desk, private bathroom and shower, a refrigerator, and a microwave.

Alexis Hall (1968) is a three-story residence hall providing comfortable accommodations for about 200 students. This Freshman building features double-occupancy rooms. Each two-room suite includes a private bathroom and shower. Fully carpeted, the rooms have twin, loftable beds as well as desk, chairs, dressers, sinks, and closets. It also features a computer lab, a common area, and a laundry facility.

As many as three students may occupy one double-occupancy room in either Alexis or Menard due to fluctuations in enrollment. Triples are usually a temporary situation with a discount in cost provided.

Lemmon Hall (1995) offers apartment-style suites, complete with kitchenettes. A classroom, community room, computer lab and laundry facilities are located on the first floor.

Brauchler (1999), Meier (2000) and Stein (2002) Halls offer apartment style living with a focus on privacy. Each 1,200 square-foot apartment comes with a full kitchen, washer and dryer, three single bedrooms and one double bedroom, and two bathrooms.

The Marie and Ervin Wilkof Towers (2004) offers single-room, double-room, and suite style accommodations for 140 students. Each room is equipped with twin size loftable beds, dressers, desk, a private bathroom and shower, a refrigerator, and a microwave. A computer lab and laundry machines are also located in this facility.

Olivieri Family Towers (2007) offers single-room, double-room, and suite style accommodations for 155 students. Each room is equipped with twin, loftable beds, dressers, desk, desk chair, a private bathroom and shower, a refrigerator, and a microwave.

"The Commons" (2012) offers apartment-style suites, complete with kitchenettes. The facility features two classrooms, a computer lab, quiet study rooms and laundry facilities.

All first-year, traditional-aged undergraduate students are required to live in Alexis or Menard Halls, both of which are single gender, alcohol-free, and smoke-free environments. Each living environment is staffed by an undergraduate Resident Assistant. Hall Directors supervise each living area under the supervision of the Chief Housing Officer.

If space permits, private rooms are available in each hall at an additional cost per semester.

International Student Services

The Office of International Student Services aims to broaden the cultural experiences of both American and international students. The office meets the particular needs of international students to help them succeed both in and out of the classroom while providing opportunities to connect with American culture through orientations, excursions, and personal interaction.

International Student Services seeks to support the mission of Walsh University in the areas of expanding the international perspective of students, promoting diversity, and facilitating cultural growth and awareness. The office is dedicated to serving the campus community and developing programs to enhance awareness of multiple perspectives. The office aims to provide effective immigration advising and foster a sense of community among international students, while expanding opportunities for international students and Americans to interact both on and off campus.

Campus Ministry

The crux of Catholic Campus Ministry, rooted in the sacraments of the Church, is to help students recognize and respond to God's transformative grace in their lives. The office of Campus Ministry is dedicated to modeling Christ's self-giving love in a very practical way and challenging others to do the same. Offering a variety of opportunities for prayer, reception of the sacraments, retreats, service programs and fellowship, Campus Ministry is a safe place where students can grow holistically, mind, body and spirit and discern how God is calling them in a given vocation and profession. Campus Ministry at Walsh University commits to the 6 aspects of Catholic Campus Ministry outlined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

  1. Forming the Faith Community
  2. Appropriating the Faith
  3. Forming the Christian Conscience
  4. Educating for Justice
  5. Facilitating Personal Development
  6. Developing Leaders for the Future

The department of Campus Ministry embraces diversity of faith and religion and is here to serve students of all faith backgrounds, connecting them to appropriate faith communities.

Campus Ministry also houses the office of student service and outreach, which provides a plethora of service opportunities and experiences for students who wish to dedicate their time and talents to better the community, locally and globally. Campus Ministry, committed to justice, educates and challenges students to be a voice for the voiceless in the world, especially the most vulnerable.

The offices of Campus Ministry are located in the Campus Ministry Center in the lower level of the Paul and Carol David Family Campus Center and in Residence Hall Towers Connector.

Health Services

Health services are provided by Mercy Medical Center; a nurse coordinates medical care/services at the Student Health Center located in the Cecchini Center. A working relationship with area hospitals provides students with physician and emergency care coverage.

Bookstore

The bookstore/gift shop, located in the David Campus Center, sells new and used textbooks, school supplies, books, novelties, gift items, sundries,  toiletries, clothing, accessories, and other items. The bookstore also offers textbook rentals and digital books. Visit www.walsh.bncollege.com for details.

University Wellness

Walsh University Wellness is dedicated to our students by promoting a holistic and value-based approach to a healthy life-style. University Wellness provides campus and community-wide health educational opportunities as well as diverse mind, body, and spirit programming that enhances a whole person’s well-being.

Our Get Physical Series program offers a wide range of group exercise classes throughout the year. The Get Physical Series schedule, which includes classes such as Yogalates, Zumba, and Circuit Training, can be found on my.walsh.edu/wellness.

Our Healthy Lifestyle Management programing offers the opportunity for students to take control of their well-being by practicing preventive medicine through screening opportunities such as blood pressure, body composition, body mass index, and cholesterol. University Wellness offers the educational tools required to live a healthy lifestyle with programs such as our Equipment Orientation program and Physical Fitness Assessment program. 

Mercy Wellness Center - Health Services

Mercy Wellness Center-Health Services is located in the Mercy Wellness Center of the Gaetano M. Cecchini Family Health & Wellness Complex. Mercy Medical Center and Akron Childrens’ Hospital healthcare professionals assist students in addressing their health care concerns while they are enrolled at the university. Health Services has a close relationship with nearby medical facilties to offer extensive healthcare in the event it is necessary. Some health services requested may require additional fees.

Fitness Centers

Walsh University offers four separate fitness centers. A current Walsh ID, full t-shirt, and clean tennis shoes are required for all fitness center participants.

The Cavalier Fitness Center, located in the Gaetano M. Cecchini Family Health and Wellness Complex, is fully staffed and equipped with free weights and power stations. This fitness center caters to all students, athletic teams, faculty/staff and community clinic participants.

The David Center Fitness Center, located in the Paul & Carol David Campus Center, caters to all students, faculty and staff. Locker and shower rooms are located across the hall within close proximity of the center. 

Betzler and Olivieri Towers Fitness Centers are two residential fitness centers located in, Betzler and Olivieri Towers residence halls. These fitness facilities are available to any residential student living on campus.  

Dining Services

The Schervish Dining Centre and the Cavalier Cafe in the David Campus Center are open at designated hours, as well as the Betzler Grille in the Barrette Business and Community Center.

Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities (OSA) serves the needs of Walsh University students through providing diverse social and educational programming that enhances the collegiate experience. The office also provides resources and services for Walsh's many student organizations. If you are interested in learning about the extra-curricular and co-curricular opportunities at Walsh University, email the Office of Student Activities at osa@walsh.edu.

University Program Board

The University Programming Board (UPB) is a student run organization responsible for providing diverse social programming for Walsh University. The organization is comprised of students who design and implement a wide range of programs. These programs include events such as Homecoming, on campus concerts and comedians, outdoor festivals, trips to professional sporting events and much more. If you would like more information or are interested in joining the University Programming Board, email osa@walsh.edu.