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Family News Digest


Welcome to Family News Digest, a weekly newsletter especially for University of Dayton parents and guardians.  

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the first Family News Digest of 2021. We hope you had a chance to connect with your family during Christmas break and are starting the new year with a renewed sense of energy and motivation. The Family News Digest team looks forward to another great year of sharing UD news and events. 

COVID-19 protocol for start of spring semester 

The University has updated the COVID-19 protocols and student agreement to provide more clarity and include measures added during the fall to promote safety and reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading on campus. The student code of conduct also has been updated to clarify students’ obligations to comply with COVID-19 protocols. Students should visit the COVID-19 protocols and student agreement online to review the materials prior to Jan. 15. 

Spring semester questions and concerns

If you have questions after you have visited the spring semester 2021 details page or our frequently asked questions page, please fill out our online question form. Someone from the appropriate area will respond as quickly as possible. Completing the form will be the quickest way for you to receive a response. 

COVID-19 dashboard schedule

The COVID-19 dashboard was last updated Jan. 4, and no more updates will be published until Jan. 11. Daily updates will resume after that date. 

Students are encouraged to order books for spring 

To avoid the delays and ensure materials are ready for pick-up when students arrive on campus, the UD Bookstore encourages course materials to be ordered as soon as possible.  Bookstore orders can only be done online at Students should choose in-store pick-up if they plan to learn on campus, or ship to home if the student will not be on campus. Remember to check expiration dates on digital content. Subscriptions like Cengage Unlimited with a year-long subscription do not need to be purchased multiple times. For more detailed information, visit the blog on the Bookstore website or email  

Updated policies for Roesch Library

The University Libraries have updated Roesch Library’s policies to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. No food or eating is allowed; drinks are permitted. All group study rooms are closed until further notice. Review the Libraries’ COVID-19 response website. 

Brother Don Geiger, S.M. passes away

Brother Donald Raymond Geiger, S.M. '55, a retired professor of biology, plant physiologist and founder of the Marianist Environmental Education Center, died Dec. 29. Geiger, 87, had 68 years of religious profession. Read about Brother Don Geiger on Porches.

Autism/social communication support group 

College can come with new stress and pressures. Struggling to connect and find support may be one of those. If your student is someone diagnosed with autism or has a difficult time with social or communication skills, this weekly drop-in support group may be helpful. This group will focus on providing support, problem-solving, building and maintaining interpersonal relationships, and how to be successful in college. Students do not need to be referred by a therapist to this group. All academic years, all majors welcome! Fridays, 2:30-3:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 22 via Zoom. 

University of Dayton Sustainability graduate fellowship

The Hanley Sustainability Institute has launched a graduate fellowship program for the 2021-22 academic year to attract high-quality students with an interest in sustainability to UD. Applications are invited for the following: Community Based Integrative Sustainable Strategies to Address Climate Change and Build Resilience, Forest Ecology & Sustainable Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, Sustainability Education, Behavioral Activation at the Shelter Farm, and Business Waste Assessment. Applicants also must apply and be accepted to the UD graduate program of their choice. Successful candidates will receive financial support in the form of tuition and a stipend, guaranteed for the 2021-22 academic year and renewable for an additional semester or academic year pending satisfactory progress. To apply, send a cover letter describing your interest, the specific fellowship opportunity and relevant experience, a curriculum vitae, and an unofficial transcript to by Jan. 31. See the fellowship webpage for more details. 

Learning how to job search in the current climate

Students are invited to join alumni from our southeast communities, along with Jason Eckert, executive director of career services, and Gartner recruiter Emily Spicer '08 from 7-8 p.m. EST Jan. 12, as they explore job searching during a pandemic, including tips and helpful information. Students can register for this event or contact Jonina Kelley at with any questions.  

Running on faith

Junior Emily Sreenan, a member of the women's cross country and track teams, believes that her faith is the most important element of who she is. Running for the Flyers has helped her grow it even more. Read her story here.

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