Rachel Murphy Named Admissions Counselor for Catholic, Homeschool Communities


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Walsh University has appointed Rachel Murphy as Admissions Counselor responsible for outreach to Cardinal Newman Catholic high schools and homeschool communities as well as the territories of SE Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.

Murphy will assist in planning and organizing recruitment programs for students from high schools recognized by the Cardinal Newman Society, working with school administrators and students. Walsh University was recently recommended in the 2016-2017 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, a resource published by The Cardinal Newman Society recommending 29 Catholic colleges, universities and higher education programs for their strong Catholic identity. This is the fourth consecutive year Walsh has been recommended in the Guide.

In addition, Murphy will concentrate on building relationships with homeschool organizations, families and communities, as well as coordinate retention strategies to assist with the transition to college for homeschooled students. She will act as a liaison with Walsh University’s Campus Ministry and Youth Ministry programs in designated areas to help build awareness of Walsh. Her student recruitment efforts will also include assigned territories in the southeast portion of Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.

Rachel Murphy brings a unique perspective to this position as a recent 2016 graduate from Walsh having earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theology degree in May. During her tenure as an undergraduate student, Murphy was a member of the inaugural class of the Brother Francis Blouin Global Scholars program and was involved in the Blouin research project for Caritas International in Rome, Italy, during the summer of 2015.  She was also active on campus as a member of the Walsh Campus Ministry Scholarship Team, founder of CRUX, treasurer of the Walsh Runner’s Club, member of the Massillon Community Garden Coalition, and as a College Tutor.  From 2013-2015, Murphy served Walsh as a Student Ambassador for the University Admissions Office. In this role, she was responsible for welcoming and aiding perspective students to better understand the benefits of attending Walsh, either through campus tours or overnight shadow experiences. Since 2004, she has also worked as a piano technician apprentice assisting with all aspects of piano restoration, maintenance and moving and is a current volunteer with the Refuge of Hope in Canton.