Walsh Hall

Walsh Hall

Constructed in 1909 and dedicated in honor of Rev. Thomas Walsh, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s sixth president, Walsh Hall was one of the first residence halls to feature single rooms, closets, private bathrooms, and bay windows, in addition to a bowling alley in the basement. The hall was converted to a women’s hall in 1972 for Notre Dame’s first female students. Walsh’s signature charity is the Ronald McDonald House, although residents participate in a variety of service events throughout the year, including Bike Michiana for the Center for Hospice Care, College Dancing with the Stars for the Center for the Homeless, and Fun Friday for the Boys and Girls Club. Other noteworthy events include Mr. ND, Pie Your President, the Thanksgiving Sustainability Dinner and the Walsh Overnight Retreat. Walsh was last named Hall of the Year in 2014-2015 and Women’s Hall of the Year in 2015-2016. Walsh received major renovation during the 2016-17 academic year and reopened in Fall 2017.

Walsh

Rector

Kate Palko

Kate Palko

Kate Palko grew up in Indiana, Pennsylvania, with her Mom, Dad, and two brothers. An important place she also calls home is Saint Thomas More University Parish, where much of her life in faith was formed within its community. Kate attended Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, where she majored in Philosophy and minored in Cell and Molecular Biology. Throughout her life, Kate was always eager to learn more about her faith and its role in the world, especially in the sciences. Because of this, she went on to complete a master’s degree in theological studies from the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College. At both institutions, she served as a Resident Assistant and grew to love the experiences she had and the people she accompanied.

In her final semester of graduate school, Kate shared her love for student life and growth with a colleague who encouraged her to consider applying to be a rector at Notre Dame. She took the chance, applied for the position, and is absolutely thrilled to be serving in the position.

In reflecting on her journey, Kate said: “Ever since the interview stage, I have been thinking about this as one, big, exciting new adventure. It was so clear to me that the rectors I had spoken with were so passionate about their work and the students that they accompanied, and it sparked a deep inspiration within my heart, too. I am so excited to be here. I can’t wait to meet the students of Walsh Hall and be a part of a great residence life team.”

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Hall Stats

Approximate Capacity
160
Number of Sections
4
Year Established
1909
Quad
God
Sex
Female
Chapel
Our Lady of the Visitation
Number of Floors
4
Number of Rooms
80
Elevator
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Nickname/Mascot
Wild Women