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Student News Digest


Happy New Year!

Welcome to the first Student News Digest of 2021. We hope you had a chance to connect with your family during holidaybreak and are starting the new year with a renewed sense of energy and motivation. The Student 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. 

Don’t forget to order your books for spring 

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

Navigating the new Porches

After nearly three years of research, planning and development, an updated version of Porches has launched. The new platform mirrors the look and functionality of the University's external website. Take a tour of the new Porches here

Changes to UD’s Google Mail, Google Chat

You might have noticed a few changes in your Gmail this week. Google has replaced Google Hangouts with an updated collaboration product, Google Chat. This video provides a quick tour. If you used Google Hangouts for group chats, you’ll find your group chat history at Make sure you’re using the Google Chat app on your phone (and have deleted the Google Hangouts app) so you don’t miss any messages from your chat groups. Learn more about differences between Hangouts and Chat

Stay alert in the job search

While the Career Services staff makes every effort to ensure the validity of employers in Handshake, there’s a chance a fraudulent employer could get through. It is also important to pay attention to other job search sites, such as LinkedIn, Monster, Indeed, etc., to avoid fraudulent activity. Some of your information, especially contact information, could be seen through public platforms like LinkedIn, so it’s important to review these warning signs and tips. If you question the authenticity of an employment opportunity, contact Career Services at 937-229-2045.

Panhellenic primary recruitment registration open

Interested in joining a Panhellenic sorority? Primary recruitment will take place virtually Feb. 4-7. You can register for recruitment using this link. Registration closes Jan. 11 at 11:55 p.m. EST. Please email the Panhellenic VP for Membership Kate Ryan at or contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority life with questions. 

Updated policies for Roesch Library

University Libraries has updated Roesch Library’s policies to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 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.

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 you are someone diagnosed with autism or have a difficult time with social or communication skills, this weekly drop-in support group may be helpful for you. This group will focus on providing support, problem solving, building and maintaining interpersonal relationships, and how to be successful in college. You do not need to be referred by a therapist to this group. Drop in anytime. All academic years, all majors welcome. Fridays, 2:30-3:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 22 via Zoom. Click here to sign up. 

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

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

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

Running on faith

Junior Emily Sreenan, a member of the women's cross country and track teams, believes 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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