New Campus Admission Center Dedicated in Honor of Walsh’s First Student

Located in the Paul and Carol David Family Campus Center, the Walsh University admissions center has served as the campus welcome setting for thousands of prospective students since it opened in 2001. On Friday, October 16, the Walsh community celebrated the completion of the Admissions Center’s recent enhancements by officially dedicating and blessing the renovated suite in the name of the University’s first registered applicant, Willis “Bill” Rambo ’64.

“Bill was the very first student to enroll at Walsh College and during his time here, he studied history and was a student leader. He was a graduate of our first class in 1964, and since that time, there have been 15,000 people who have followed in his footsteps,” said Walsh President Dr. Tim Collins during the dedication ceremony. “This new Admissions Center serves as the front door for all of our prospective students who are thinking about Walsh University. It will serve as the gateway to their educational experience and is a facility we are proud to share. We couldn’t have done this without your generosity.”

The Rambo Admissions Center renovations included an enhanced welcome lounge for visitors, new kitchenette area for refreshments, expanded office space for admissions counselors and private interview rooms for meetings with families.

The new Center is only one of many initiatives that Bill and Trina Rambo have generously supported at Walsh University, including the Rambo Family Advanced Nursing Lab, The Rambo Family Endowed Scholarship and the Trina Rambo R.N., Dean’s Chair of the Byers School of Nursing, among others. 

During his visit to campus prior to the dedication, Bill had the opportunity to serve as a “Student for the Day” and was treated to a campus admissions tour, lunch, an overview of the Byers School of Nursing and Holy Mass in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel. 

“Thank you for the kind words and welcome today. But, you know, really, its Gods generosity working through us,” said Bill Rambo during the dedication and blessing. “When I look around at this Center, I’m so proud to be a part of this University. It feels so good to be here spending the day with our Walsh family again. I only wish I could live my time as a student all over again.”