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Family News Digest


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

Student activities set for spring semester

Several new virtual and COVID-appropriate in-person activities for students are on tap for the spring semester, which include an ice skating rink, basketball watch parties, opportunities to be part of simulated game shows "Flyer Feud" and Jeopardy!, and the addition of pickleball, spikeball, human curling and broomball to the intramural sports lineup. Many of the familiar activities from fall semester, including those at RecPlex and Old River Park and, in some cases, free food also return. So students can plan ahead, the UD Division of Student Development has put together this comprehensive website of events through March. Updates will be highlighted there, Wednesday News Digests and on social media. 

Premier After Hours moves to former Day Air Credit Union site in Marianist Hall, testing info

In addition to medical care at UD’s Student Health Center during the day, students can make appointments for their concerns at Premier After Hours, which now is located at the east end of Marianist Hall in the former Day Air Credit Union site. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends. Like the Student Health Center, Premier After Hours can evaluate students with minor illnesses and injuries. Students quarantining on campus can be tested for COVID-19 at either the Student Health Center (call 937-229-3131 to make an appointment) or at Premier After Hours (make an appointment here). 

Have you had COVID-19? CDC says continue to mask up, avoid close contact & gatherings 

Even if you have been infected with the virus or have been vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone continue to wear masks and avoid close contact with others. The CDC says not enough is known yet about natural and vaccine-induced immunity and emerging virus variants to change long-standing recommendations. And because of all of the unknowns if you've been infected with the virus, the CDC says it's important you plan to get the vaccination. You can read more about the COVID-19 and natural and vaccine-induced immunity here. Vaccinations, as they become available, are critical to reducing the risk of serious infection with COVID-19 and the overall prevalence of the virus. But for now, face coverings continue to be required at all times all times on campus, except inside your residences. Also, maintain physical distance; don’t gather in groups larger than 10 and avoid unsafe gatherings of any size.

New guidance for quarantining for students

New guidance for quarantining for students who are close contacts of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 per updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines can be found on the quarantine FAQs page.

Catholic guidance on COVID-19 vaccine

In speaking about the COVID-19 vaccine, Pope Francis said: “I believe that ethically everyone must take the vaccine. It is not an option; it is an ethical action, because you are playing with your health, you are playing with your life, but you are also playing with the lives of others." The Vatican’s doctrinal office also issued a note in December saying it was morally acceptable for Catholics to take the vaccines. Additional guidance comes from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which said receiving the COVID-19 vaccine "ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community. In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.” 

Students can enjoy Spring semester at the Hangar

Students are invited to come relax, study and play at the Hangar, located on the ground floor of Kennedy Union. Priority for bowling lanes and billiard tables is given to those who make a reservation, however, walk-ins are welcome. For students’ health and safety, only four people per lane and two people per billiard table are allowed at a time. Guests must wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. The operating hours are 10 a.m.-12 a.m. weekdays, Saturdays from noon-12 a.m., and Sundays from noon-10 p.m.

Global summer opportunities 2021 mini-fair

The Office of Education Abroad will host a virtual mini-fair from noon to 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.

Student shuttle service start dates

The weekday shuttle will resume service Feb. 1. Click here for the shuttle schedule. The Saturday Governor's Place shuttle will start Saturday, Jan. 23. This transportation service to Walmart can be accessed free with a student ID. Click here for the shopping shuttle schedule

The New York Times online access

Current students can create a free New York Times online account by visiting for step-by-step instructions, a video and important reminders about this service.

Driving through adversity

Destiny Bohanon, a redshirt freshman guard on the women’s basketball team, suffered an ACL tear — the second of her basketball career — before playing a game at UD. The Huber Heights native hasn’t given up on playing for UD, and UD certainly hasn’t given up on her. Read more about Bohanon here.

Praying from the heart

Join an online version of Prayers of the HEART from 12:15-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. Click here for the Zoom link. Participants will virtually gather around the Peace Pole on the third Thursday of every month for a 15-minute prayer between classes focused on current issues in the world, the nation and in our community. 

Blessed Chaminade Feast Day Mass

The Feast Day of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, one of the Marianist Founders, is on Jan. 22. We will honor him at the 12:30 p.m. Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on this day. Please join us either in the chapel or via the Campus Ministry livestream: 

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. 

JCPenney Suit Up event

Career Services invites students to the JCPenney Suit Up event Jan. 26-28 to get an extra 30% off select men's and women's career dress apparel, shoes and accessories. To receive the one-time coupon, which can be used in-store or online, text DAYTON to 67292. More event details can be found on Handshake

Friday appointments with a career advisor

New for spring 2021 semester! If students need a last-minute career advising conversation, they can schedule a 30-minute appointment every Friday during the semester. Appointments open through Handshake each Wednesday morning for Friday scheduling. For quick questions that take about 10 minutes, students can sign into the Zoom Room 12:15-3 p.m. weekdays to chat with a career peer mentor for quick document reviews, Handshake and LinkedIn assistance, or general questions about career services.   

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. 

Spring Semester Calendar Highlights

Please be sure to review the message sent from Provost Benson last week regarding important information about the spring semester calendar including last days to change grading options or drop classes, mini-breaks and Easter.  

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