Please identify and briefly describe officially recognized student clubs and activities at your institution that…
foster spiritual development:
Campus Ministry Club—The Student Campus Ministry club organizes prayers and devotions like holy hours, novenas, and intercession prayer as well as bible studies, service experiences, and prayer vigils in front of Planned Parenthood. Campus Ministry Club meets every week, and is open to all students. Each club night features praise and worship, scripture study, small groups, student testimony, food and fellowship as well as occasional formation from faculty.
Campus Ministry retreats which students (rather than staff) sometimes organize and present to area schools and parishes. These retreats include sacramental formation experiences, hunger fast retreats, and themed programs. Students are trained to facilitate and lead small group gatherings. Each semester Walsh University Campus Ministry invites local Catholic grade schools to campus for daylong retreats organized by students that covers catechesis themes and faith. The days include content in the morning, Adoration and Mass and lunch.
Bible study groups and prayer groups described elsewhere
Crux Student Organization – organized focused Catholic Scripture studies and a speaker series
The Brotherhood – men’s group that meets daily for prayer and fellowship
Fiat – women’s faith group that meets twice a week
From Water into Wine – upper-class discernment group and small Christian community
Students for Life – pro-life club
ELPIS leadership in faith program for Walsh students and areas high schools. This program began with a grant sponsored by the Our Sunday Visitor Institute that includes retreat experiences and a monthly speaker’s series that focuses on themes of faith and leadership. A manual was created and can be attained: www.walsh.edu/elpis
Association of Christian Athletes bi-weekly meeting for athletes seeking to develop their own faith life
Peacemakers residence life peer mentoring and ministry outreach
Praise and Worship – regular time to praise God through music and peaceful reflection
IGNITE holy hour – student-led reflective music during Adoration Holy Hours
AGAPE LATTE – a student –led and run speaker series that originated at Boston College with the theme, “Where faith and life intersect”
Feast Day and special liturgical celebrations – throughout the liturgical year there are certain feast days that we celebrate (St. Teresa of Kolkata, a 1982 honorary graduate and speaker at Walsh University, The feast of St. John Paul II, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Divine Mercy Sunday with Holy hour and confessions, etc.
Marian Consecration retreats throughout the year– using Fr. Michael E. Gaitley’s book, 33 Days to Morning Glory
Prayer runs – students and staff meet regularly to run 5Ks, all while praying in cadence
Annual Pumpkin All Saints Mass – students, staff and faculty adorn the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel with Christian Jack-O’-Lanterns that symbolize the stories of the saints. It is a beautiful catechetical way to teach about the saints!
Beginning and end of the semester late-night adoration and prayer for students: At the beginning and end of each semester students, staff, and faculty gather with community members for adoration that lasts until 3:00a.m. in our campus chapel where we pray for, individually by name, our incoming first-year students and graduating seniors, placing them in the care of the Blessed Sacrament
Liturgy of the Hours – At regular times University Ministry organizes Lauds and Compline for students, staff and faculty.
Rosary Scripture meditations – these often coincide with knot rosary making opportunities
Day of Prayer (8-hour Adoration) opportunities on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
“Light the Campus” personal evangelization and student witness with Adoration – through the semester a team of students are trained by Campus Ministry to go out into the Residence Halls and invite people to prayer in Adoration.
engage in corporal works of mercy:
Campus Ministry Project Homeless Connect:
The Campus Ministry Club partners regularly with a small local parish to serve the needy
Blood Drives: Campus Ministry organized 4 blood drives in collaboration with Red Cross and Life Share
Card Ministry: Cards are sent to faculty, staff, and students for encouragement and support
Office of Service Learning: 47 Service Learning classes in 2017-2018, taught by 25 faculty and enrolling 609 students, completed 10,000 hours of service learning in conjunction with 50 community partners
Walsh University Student Government: All student organizations are required to complete service projects each semester
Walsh University Campus Ministry, in collaboration with Campus Kitchen, prepares and serves food at the Alliance Catholic Worker House in Alliance, Oh 1-2 times every month.
MLK Day of Service
Adopt-a-family program with Catholic Charities
Fall Break Student Service Immersion experience at the Catholic Worker in NYC
Hammer and Nails – home refurbishing program
Project Homeless Count – Campus Ministry graduate students occupied a station in down-town Canton, OH to determine the need of the homeless in the city
address sexual issues (including birth control, abortion, homosexuality):
Students for Life—crosses representing abortions on display on campus during October
Walsh University charters a bus to Washington DC in January for the March for Life
Theology of the Body and bioethics presenters (Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, Janet E. Smith, Leah Darrow, and Christopher West) and study groups in Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry attends Courage conferences and serves on the Diversity taskforce of the University
Fiat—women’s group within Campus Ministry and Wellness
Healing the Culture – Life Advocacy Student Training (L.A.S.T.)
Fertility Awareness Based Methods Speaker: Dr. Kimberly Henkel, Catholic Moral Theologian
Campus Ministry offers presentations on Natural Family Planning
address issues of social concern:
Service and civic engagement collaboration with over 60 community partners and the University – Campus Ministry fair trade project—sale of fair trade coffee providing education regarding economic and social issues
Counseling Services and Campus Ministry work with domestic violence awareness programming
Service and civic engagement collaboration with over 60 community partners and the University
address particular academic interests:
Clubs that prepare students for particular careers and also perform an annual service project:
– American Marketing Association
– Institute of Management Accountants
– Business Club
– Walsh Doctorate of Physical Therapy Club
– Pre-Physical Therapy Club
– Walsh Design Club (graphic design)
– Pre-Occupational Therapy Club
– Pre Healthcare
– Pre Dentistry Club
– Pre-Law Club
Clubs that explore issues of interest to students with particular majors or to those considering the major:
– Art Club—fosters art interests and skills of students
– Education Club—generates awareness of campus and community events promoting education
– Council for Exceptional Children—explores issues related to Special Ed, e.g. sponsoring annual Easter Egg hunt
– Nursing Club—signature activity is gathering items for Christmas packages to be sent to the armed services
– Science Club
– Theology Club
– Dead Philosopher’s Society (Philosophy Club)
Honoraries on campus, each of which inducts new members meeting academic and other criteria and also performing a service project annually
– Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology)
– Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling)
– Kappa Delta Pi (Education)
– Lambda Pi Eta (Communications)
– National Residence Hall Honorary
– Phi Alpha Theta (History)
– Phi Beta Lambda (Business)
– Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy)
– Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
– Psi Chi Honorary (Psychology)
– Sigma Beta Delta (Business)
– Sigma Tau Delta (English)
– Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing)
– Sigma Zeta (Science & Math)
– Theta Alpha Kappa (Theology)
address particular cultural interests:
– Chorale—group of 100 students who have toured the Atlantic Coast and who have performed during a Papal Audience in Rome, at Assisi, and at Castel Gandolfo. On campus they perform at bi-annual concerts drawing hundreds in Cecchini Arena.
– Genesius Players—group of students from widely varying majors who present two plays annually (6 performances each), one of them usually a musical.
– Spanish Club—practice of language and learning of Hispanic culture
– Black Student Union—issues forum and social activities
– World Student Organization—means of fostering interaction among international students and broad campus community; sponsor of highly successful major events each semester
provide opportunities for athletic pursuits:
– Walsh University Athletics compete in NCAA Division II and the G-MAC – Women’s and men’s varsity athletics (baseball, cross-country, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track, volleyball)
– Intramural–basketball, bowling, dodgeball, flag football, golf, kickball, soccer, softball, volleyball. Additional tournaments for other sports vary by year.
– Running Club
– Ski and Snowboard Club
– Student Wellness Organization
– Trek Backpacking Club
If applicable, in which athletic Division and Conference does your institution compete? (Please specify NCAA, NAIA, etc. as well as Division Level.)
Walsh University Athletics compete in NCAA Division II
What athletic teams are offered for men and women?
Track & Field
Track & Field
How do you help develop the mind, body, and soul of student-athletes?
Campus Ministry works with coaches and students to organize opportunities for athletes to grow in their faith. In a collaboration with 2 coaches, Campus Ministry supports a faith group for athletes called, The Association of Christian Athletes. This group meets bi-weekly with a speaker, video presentation, fellowship and prayer. Some athletic coaches work closely with the University Chaplain to organize prayer services for teams. Campus Ministry also collaborates with external constituencies in ministry who understand and embrace the Catholic faith and have special connections with many of our student athletes. One example is Pastor Walter Moss, national pro-life advocate and speaker, who, in 2015, was the Walsh University commencement speaker and recipient of the prestigious Walsh University Founders’ Award.
please list all student clubs not listed in the above categories:
University Programming Board (UPB)
Trek backpacking club
Student Wellness Organization (SWO)
The Spectator (Campus Newspaper)
Student Alumni Association
Speech and Debate Club
Lean In Club
Dance Marathon Club
Literary Society (Raison d’Etre)
Residence Hall Association
Does your institution require all student clubs and activities, including those listed above, to operate in accord with Catholic teaching?
How does your institution address student clubs and activities that may conflict with Catholic teaching?
All student organizations are required to register with the Office of Student Affairs. Recognized organizations must operate and plan activities consistent with the Walsh University mission statement. Any organization or individual who fails to operate in accordance with the Walsh mission and/or violates other requirements for student organizations are referred to the university judicial system.
In addition, the Office of Student Affairs must approve all non-academic speakers and all publicity for campus events to ensure consistency with mission and to determine whether the event is appropriate to be held.
Does your institution require student services like health care, counseling and guidance to conform to Catholic ethical and moral teaching and directives?
Additional Student Activities information, clarification or description (optional):
All student organizations actively participate in numerous community service events in fulfilling their mission.