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Family News Digest


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

Information on spring semester student activities forthcoming

Keep an eye out toward the end of the week for a message about student activities during the spring 2021 semester, which will include a calendar of events through March.  

COVID-19 vaccine 

UD has enrolled in Ohio's COVID-19 Vaccination Program, which means we may be able to administer the vaccine when supplies are available, although there are no guarantees. The State of Ohio's phased distribution program gives priority to those at greatest risk, with Ohioans age 65 and older in the next priority group, Phase 1B. The oldest of this group are likely to be eligible for vaccination after Jan. 19, and those over 65 likely to be eligible after Feb. 8. The campus will be informed if UD is authorized to distribute the vaccine and who is eligible. UD will continue to work with Public Health - Dayton Montgomery County and the Ohio Dept. of Health. Visit Ohio's COVID-19 Vaccination Program for more information.

The life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The University pays tribute to the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a week of virtual events and engagement. A virtual march and wreath-laying ceremony will take place from noon-12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. monument on campus. The monument represents King’s historic visit to UD. Click here for links to MLK events

Flyer Family united in prayer

The Flyer community is invited to a prayer service from 3-3:30 p.m. Jan. 22, to celebrate the Feast of Blessed Father William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary. Please visit the event webpage to receive the Zoom link and submit your prayer intentions.

Educating during a time of democratic crisis

Join the Human Rights Center from 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, via Zoom to discuss the events surrounding the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and the implications for teaching during the first week of spring semester. Register here.

The American Presidency

Join Assistant Professor of Political Science Christopher Devine and a student for a discussion on what qualities make for a successful presidency from noon-12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. In this afternoon webinar, you’ll learn about the research project and original rating system that students in UD's American Presidency course developed to measure what qualities they value in a president. The session will be moderated by Darius Beckham ’19. Please visit the event webpage to receive the Zoom link.

Global summer opportunities 2021 mini-fair

Students are encouraged to check out the Virtual Mini-Fair from noon-2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22. The schedule has eight 15-minute sessions featuring general information and breakouts with the faculty leading each program. The new Global Learning Academy will be included, along with our international and domestic faculty-led programs. (Note: Travel decisions for summer will be made by early March; each program has a contingency plan outlined on its program page.) 

Save the dates - Virtual Career Fair Week: Feb. 8-10

Students can mark their calendars for the upcoming virtual career fairs: Science, Information Technology, and Healthcare Day on Feb. 8, Engineering, Research, and Sustainability Day on Feb. 9 and Communication, Creative, Business, Human, and Public Services Day on Feb. 10. Students can shop online through the JCPenney Suit Up from Jan. 26-28 to find career fair attire at a discounted price. 

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.

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