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

Tuesday, May 5, 2020


Record number of Flyers set to receive degrees

The University of Dayton is poised to send a record-setting number of Flyers into the world ready to learn, lead and serve. Nearly 2,100 students will receive degrees in three separate virtual ceremonies this weekend. Combined with degrees granted in August and December, nearly 3,000 Flyers will earn degrees this academic year. Both marks eclipse records set last year. A projected 1,490 students will receive undergraduate degrees at noon Sunday, May 10. Nearly 500 students will receive graduate degrees at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, following the 11 a.m. ceremony to confer degrees for about 100 law school graduates. Each ceremony will be broadcast at Diplomas will then be mailed to graduates. The celebrations do not replace commencement exercises, but are an extra way to mark an important milestone in the lives of graduates. The University is planning a formal commencement ceremony to be held at a later date, once the current health crisis has passed and public health authorities allow large-scale gatherings.

UD in the news April 25-May 1

Athletic Business magazine wrote about how UD Arena quickly transformed from an NCAA tournament site to a COVID-19 testing site. Local media featured efforts to assist students in need and a River Stewards book for quarantined kids, plus faculty experts on financial markets and voting by mail. Visit UD in the news April 25-May 1 to read more.

Donahue takes new position at Ohio Wesleyan University

After 22 years at UD, Maura Donahue ’90, associate dean for finance and administration in the College of Arts and Sciences, has accepted a new position at Ohio Wesleyan University, effective June 1. Visit the College of Arts and Sciences newsroom for a full story

Faculty innovation

From leading virtual choirs to advising online businesses, UD faculty across disciplines quickly converted courses designed for classroom delivery to an entirely virtual format to close out the spring semester. Visit Campus Report online to read installments from this ongoing series exploring the creative ways faculty have adapted to the online environment.

Appointment-only tech support offered during summer

As of May 4, the UDit Service Center is offering in-person support by appointment only. Call 937-229-3888 or email to talk with a technician about remote support options or schedule an appointment to visit Anderson 28 for equipment drop-offs, hardware assistance and other issues that can’t be resolved remotely. Click here for UDit service center hours.

Marianist digital retreat for a pandemic

Join members of the Marianist family nationwide for a digital retreat that uses Marianist history to reflect on isolation amidst the pandemic. This experience is split into four 20-minute modules and can be completed at your own pace. Faculty, staff and alumni can access the retreat at Students should register here to receive a link to the retreat experience.

Go light your world

Campus Ministry invites all to a special evening of prayer and reflection at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, to mark the end of the spring semester and academic year. This live event from the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception will feature music, scripture and prayer from a familiar and comforting place in the midst of uncertain times. A special blessing will be offered for those preparing for a year of service, as well as all who are leaving the University.


Move-out procedure announcement forthcoming

The Department of Housing and Residence Life will provide details by May 6 about the procedure approved by Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County for students to retrieve belongings from their residences. UD reminds students not currently on campus that they are required to remain off campus. It's important students do not make plans to return until we communicate our plan with you. The University has secured all buildings and has restricted door access. UD police will continue to patrol campus and the student neighborhoods to prevent thefts and unauthorized entry into buildings and residences. We appreciate your patience as we work with public health officials to finalize plans to move out of University housing that keeps you and your families safe and complies with governmental guidance to control the spread of COVID-19.


Reminder: Virtual town hall meetings May 6 and 7 

Join virtual town hall meetings with President Eric F. Spina, Provost Paul Benson, Vice President for Mission and Rector Father Jim Fitz, S.M., Executive Vice President for Business and Administrative Services Andy Horner, and Vice President for Human Resources Troy Washington, for an update on the University's financial situation and what's ahead. Meetings are scheduled 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, and Thursday, May 7. Check the email you received Monday for instructions on how to log in or listen to the meetings. 

Stay secure while WFH

Working remotely makes it harder for UDit to ensure our computers are safely up to date. Help keep your and UD’s data secure by making sure you’re running the most current versions of software, including Zoom. Periodically check for updates on your UD-owned computer or follow these tips for updating your personally-owned Windows or Mac computer.


Campus News Digest

Every Tuesday (and sometimes Friday) during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University news and communications team will share news to help us stay connected. To submit an item, 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. 

Catch up with Campus Report

In addition to the Campus News Digest newsletter, the Campus Report within Porches continues to provide news and information of interest to the University community. Be sure to visit regularly to learn more about campus happenings and updates on faculty, staff and student accomplishments. 

Virtual community 

Stay in touch with the University community while staying at home through social media. Follow and tag UD on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn or use #FlyersAtHome.