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Welcome to Campus News Digest, a weekly e-newsletter for the University of Dayton community

Friday, April 10, 2020


Holy Week prayers

Campus Ministry has created resources for Holy Week observations, including an online retreat for Triduum, live-stream events, prayer resources, and more. The Institute for Pastoral Initiatives is offering a weekly prayer to provide hope and support. A Holy Week prayer from Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, can be viewed here. Campus Ministry will also place each week’s prayer recording on its website

When ingenuity meets the human spirit

President Spina blogs about ingenuity and the human spirit in a piece about how a young UDRI researcher, largely on his own time, handed off the baton to a fellow UD graduate and a global team of experts in a sprint to find a reliable technology that can quickly diagnose COVID-19. You can find the piece here.

Great work, great place

The Dayton Business Journal named the University of Dayton Research Institute as a 2020 Best Places to Work honoree. Read about the honor through University Libraries' free access for up to 10 users at a time for Dayton Business Journal articles. Click here to access the article. 

A quiet campus this summer

Not a surprise, but due to pandemic uncertainty, all on-campus events have been canceled through July 6, including Reunion Weekend, conferences and other programs. Check with individual programs for information about rescheduling or virtual events.  


Discounted summer tuition & housing credit update

To help students continue to make progress toward their degrees, the University is discounting summer 2020 tuition nearly by half for all online undergraduate courses and will automatically apply housing credits to summer tuition. New course offerings are also available. For more, see Provost Paul Benson's April 10 message to students.

Virtual success

Having trouble getting the hang of online learning? The Student Success Network offers resources to help students thrive in online learning. View a short video here to learn more about managing online learning challenges through the network. 


Town hall meetings recorded

If you missed University leaders' virtual town hall meetings this week, a video recording of Tuesday’s town hall is available at this link. Wednesday’s town hall is here. Login at the red bar that says "UD Users."

Learn more about retirement benefits

Human Resources will conduct virtual sessions for anyone interested in learning more about UD retiree benefits 9-10 a.m. on May 6, and 10-11 a.m. on May 14. The session will cover qualifying for retirement, retiree benefits and health insurance premiums, among other topics. For information, contact Alex Polzella at 937-229-4895 or the HR learning and development team at To register, visit Seats are limited.

Step it Up

Register for the UD Step it Up Challenge, a four-week team wellness initiative beginning April 20. Participants will receive weekly newsletters with tips for walking and healthy living. The top three teams and individuals will be announced weekly, and the top three final teams will receive wellness prizes. All participants will earn 10 Health Activity Tracker points for completing the challenge. The registration deadline is April 15.

Vocation proposals welcomed 

The Vocation Implementation Team welcomes abstracts from UD faculty and staff for book chapters that explore vocations at UD from various perspectives. UD faculty and staff responsible for teaching, directing, and/or facilitating vocation activities and programs inside and beyond the classroom are invited to submit. Please visit this website for more information, including how to submit a proposal. Deadline is May 4. 


Zoom safely

UDit reminds users to make sure they're running the most current version of Zoom software and review the eLearning team's guide for preventing and stopping Zoom disruptions. UDit continues to monitor Zoom's ongoing response to evolving security issues to keep online meetings secure.  

Marian Library Newsletter debuts expanded format

The Spring 2020 Marian Library Newsletter is available now on eCommons. The newsletter — now in its 70th issue — has undergone many transformations since its launch in 1944, but this format is the largest to date, doubling in size from eight pages to 16. Read more about the redesign here 

Campus News Digest

Every Tuesday (and sometimes Friday) during the COVID-19 outbreak, the University news and communications team will share news, announcements and articles from across campus to help us stay connected while we work remotely. To submit an announcement, please send a brief introduction (no more than 2-3 sentences) with a website link (not a pdf) to no later than noon each Friday for consideration for the following Tuesday's newsletter. 

Stay social (media)

Sheet signs for solidarity. Socially distant selfies by Flyer doctors. Even a virtual concert by the Pride of Dayton Marching Band. Don’t forget you can stay connected with the University community through social media. Follow and tag UD on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn or use #FlyersAtHome.