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Student News Digest


COVID-19 cases on campus on the rise

Although students have been back on campus for less than two weeks, we are seeing concerning behavior and positive COVID-19 tests that could put in-person classes at risk. We are hoping to stay on the schedule of starting in-person classes on Feb. 1, but much will depend on students' commitment to community. Gatherings with anyone outside of a student’s household are prohibited in any residence and we strongly advise students to avoid bars as these activities carry greater risk for contracting the virus. Ohio's statewide curfew ordering everyone to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., except for work or necessary food, medical care or social services, remains in effect. 

We urge students to continue to follow the safety protocols that were so successful in keeping positive cases down later in the fall, enabling the in-person classes we know students value greatly. With significant community spread, more time spent indoors due to colder weather, and new, more contagious variants of the virus, students must continue to wear face coverings, wash hands, observe 6-feet physical distancing, and stay on campus as much as possible.  

Watch your email: student COVID-19 surveillance testing resumes 

The University has resumed surveillance testing of students to help identify those who may be carrying the coronavirus and to assess the spread of the virus on campus. All undergraduates and graduate students, regardless of where they live, are subject to testing (strictly remote students excluded). Students will be notified and receive instructions via UD email. Students who do not comply and who are not tested by their deadline may be sent home to finish the semester remotely. Read more at

Copy and print services

University of Dayton Print and Copy Services is open to all members of the campus community. Print and Copy Services is located in Powerhouse 102, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit the website for more information

Career fair tips and tricks 

Register for the virtual career fairs in Handshake and start scheduling your group and 1:1 sessions on Jan. 18. Keep in mind, 1:1 sessions are 10-minute conversations that are similar to face-to-face interactions at in-person career fairs. Group meetings are often used as information sessions. Remember: All group and 1:1 sessions are accessed through Handshake the day of the fair. For more career fair assistance, drop into our Zoom room with a career peer mentor Monday-Friday from 12:15-3:00 p.m. 

Spring semester Mass schedule

The spring Mass schedule can now be found on the Campus Ministry website. Please be sure to check it before coming for Mass.  

Flyers for Life prayer service

Flyers for Life will hold a prayer service for students, faculty and staff in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. The prayer service and reciting of the rosary is  in lieu of the annual trip to the national March for Life in Washington, D.C. The service can be viewed via livestream here.

Pulling through by pulling together

Bringing students back to campus and helping the greater Dayton community during the pandemic has been a campuswide effort, and a demonstration of the Marianist spirit in action. Faculty and staff volunteers have served as virtual case managers for students placed in quarantine, transformed UD Arena into a mass vaccination clinic, answered the concerns of worried parents and provided a warm welcome to students taking coronavirus tests upon arrival for the spring semester. Read more from President Eric F. Spina’s blog about how employees are helping UD fulfill its mission to students and the community in the midst of a pandemic. Read more from President Eric F. Spina’s blog.

Considering religious life? Join A Night of Discernment

Following the Light - A Night of Discernment on the Marianist Founders will take place on Zoom from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. Marianist sister Gabby Bibeau will lead a conversation about what the Marianist founders can teach us about discernment when the events surrounding our lives are chaotic and out of our control. Of particular focus of reflection will be how God enlightens our path, a path that is sustained by hope. Contact Sister Nicole Trahan at with any questions.

Sacred Stories podcast

Campus Ministry’s Sacred Stories podcast returns for the spring semester. Episodes are released every other Monday highlighting a member of the University community and how their story connects to a sacred text. Give it a listen, it might help guide some reflection and prayer for you. Find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and the Campus Ministry website. Contact Mike Bennett to share your story.

Counseling Center offers groups for spring semester

Research shows group counseling is an effective mode of treatment for various concerns and offers unique therapeutic benefits compared to individual counseling. As demand for group therapy has increased, the Counseling Center is offering a variety of groups for spring semester. To learn more, visit Seminars and Group Therapy

New computer science building to honor UD's first African American woman graduate 

The newly renovated computer science building — formerly the Music/Theatre Building   — will be named to honor Jessie S. Hathcock ‘30, the first African American woman to graduate from the University and a noted educator and community leader in the Dayton community. Read the full story here

Multi-Ethnic Engineers Program

A 20-year program geared toward increasing the number of underrepresented students in engineering has a new name. Formerly the Minority Engineering Program, the Multi-Ethnic Engineers Program helps students of African American, Asian American, Hispanic American and Native American descent find peer support, mentoring, academic guidance and professional networking necessary to thrive in their engineering education and careers. Learn more about the program here

Vocation mini-grant funding available

The Vocation Implementation Team invites students, faculty and staff to apply for mini-grants up to $3,000 to support development of programs, activities and events that offer students opportunities to explore, discern and act on their vocations. Proposals will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 29, for spring 2021; for more see the Vocation Mini Grants RFP

Racial Equity Challenge dialogue groups

Creating Inclusive Community and the Dialogue Zone are offering Racial Equity Challenge dialogue groups for individuals committed to understanding how racial injustice impacts our community and taking action to dismantle it. The series of weekly virtual dialogues is based on a racial equity challenge curriculum created by Racial Justice Advocates at the Privilege Institute and is open to all students and staff. Register using this link

Reminder — Flyer Funder applications due Feb. 10

Flyer Funder is the University’s official crowdfunding platform showcasing innovative projects seeking financial support. The platform allows students, faculty and staff to tell their stories and accept donations online, similar to KickStarter or GoFundMe. Apply by Feb. 10 to be featured on the platform from March 18-April 15. Visit Porches for more information

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 Student News Digests and on social media.

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