Walsh University Celebrates Title IX; Rosie (Giles) Hall

Rosie (Giles) Hall (Volleyball, 1978-79) is one of Walsh’s trailblazing female athletes. She holds the distinction of being of the first female letter winner and is the first woman to graduate from Walsh with a 4.00 grade point average.  She was a member of Walsh’s Club Volleyball Team in 1976 and ’77, and led the way as the program progressed to the varsity level in 1978. Hall played for Barb Josten her first three years and for Missy Long her final year.  As a senior, she was named Team Most Valuable Player and Team Captain.  With Title IX celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, it is only fitting that a trailblazer like Rosie enters the Wall of Fame.  Rosie, now the Honorable Judge Hall, was appointed to the bench of the Stark County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division in August, 2011. She is married to Wall of Famer Charlie Hall (Cross Country/Track 1992).

Rosie Giles came to Walsh at a time when most colleges and universities featured men’s athletics only. Walsh College was one of those institutions,’ noted Giles. “When I came to Walsh in 1976, we really didn’t have sports for female students. We were lucky when we started as a club, because many of our girls had played in high school. So we really had a decent start.”

“I was really fortunate coming from Newark Catholic High School where he had girls’ sports. We had a very strong athletic background at Newark. We had volleyball, basketball and track and our volleyball went 64-0. We only lacked winning a state championship, as they didn’t have those in the early days.”

A 4.00 student, for Rosie the balancing of academics and athletics was easy, especially after playing three sports at Newark.  “I came to Walsh on an academic full-ride, so I knew what my priorities were. But I really missed athletics and Walsh gave me the chance to fulfill my needs. My parents were a little worried at first, but I knew that I had to keep my grades up.  I also worked, answering phones at the campus switchboard from six to midnight.”

The transgression from club to varsity was rewarding, as everyone began to take women’s athletics more seriously. “Once we became a varsity sport the student body began coming to games and cheering us on, it was very rewarding. We were a club the first two years, reaching varsity status in 1978. We never really thought about being a club when we were one. We were just out there playing volleyball. When we became varsity we were competitive, we played the University of Akron, Marietta, Malone, Hiram, Mt. Union. We played some tough schools.”

“The years that I spent at Walsh were just amazing for me. I met my husband here, and still have many of my close friends from Walsh.  It was nice being part of something special, something that was just beginning to take shape. I’m proud of my time at Walsh, and my association with Walsh. It molded me into the person I am today.”