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Family News Digest


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

COVID-19 status level 2 – GREEN - LOCALIZED

For the most up to date information, check the COVID-19 case dashboard.  

Survey shows UD grads employed, pursuing additional studies soon after graduation

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, nine of 10 recent UD grads who responded to the career services office's Flyer First Destination Survey report being employed, pursuing a graduate degree or participating in a service program within six months of graduation. It's a remarkable track record of success, with at least a 90% success rate for the last 10 years of the survey. View the latest report here.  

Lent 2021

Campus Ministry has launched its 2021 Lent page, which includes the Feb. 17 Ash Wednesday schedule and other opportunities to deepen one’s faith during the Lenten season. Registration for the in-person Ash Wednesday Masses and liturgies is required.

COVID-19 cases rising; student activities at risk

Students received an email last week about the number of new COVID-19 cases and close contacts on campus rising steadily in the past two weeks, creating a situation that requires immediate attention and changes in behavior to avoid additional campus restrictions. The full message can also be found here.  

Residential Wi-Fi improvements

During Christmas break, UD’s network engineers made substantial progress on updating our campus Wi-Fi infrastructure, replacing 645 wireless access points and 125 switches across the residential network. While the transition to Aruba Wi-Fi equipment won’t be fully completed until this summer, the enhancements made during the past several months should greatly improve the stability of the wireless network in residential areas of campus. For students with questions or experiencing issues with the campus network, reach out to UD’s IT Service Center by placing a request online or calling 937-229-3888. 

Summer research fellowships in science and engineering

Applications for the Integrative Science and Engineering Center’s summer research fellowships open this week. These collaborative research projects provide summer fellowships for students in the natural sciences or engineering to conduct full-time research with two or three faculty mentors from different disciplines. Project descriptions are available online and applications are due by March 12. For more information, visit

UD ranked in national index of CPA exam pass rates

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy has ranked UD 4th in the state (out of more than 40 Ohio universities) for 2019 CPA exam pass rates. Accounting Today recently published a U.S. index ranking of 2020 CPA exam success. Out of 251 "large" programs with more than 60 graduates sitting for the exam a year, UD ranked 37th in the nation. For more information please contact Marsha Keune, accounting chair, 

Celebrate Spring Festival

​Members of the University of Dayton community celebrate important religious holidays and cultural celebrations from many different faith and cultural traditions. Lunar New Year is the longest and most important festival in the Chinese calendar and is celebrated in China and in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations. This year, Chinese New Year is on Friday, Feb. 12. "Spring Festival," as it’s referred to in China, is a multi-day celebration that emphasizes family, food and centuries-old customs and traditions. Family celebrations are significantly important during this holiday. To our Chinese students, staff and faculty, we wish you a happy, prosperous and healthy new year. For more information about Chinese New Year, read more here. Happy New Year!  Xīn nián kuài lè! 

Reusable takeout food container pilot program starts at Marycrest

A pilot program offering reusable containers for takeout food has launched at Marycrest Hall. The containers -- which can be returned unwashed on the honor system -- are one way UD students can take part in a zero waste initiative. Read more on the Hanley Sustainability Institute blog.

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