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COVID-19 status level 2 – GREEN - LOCALIZED

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UD extends 2FA protection to student accounts

This month, UD is extending our 2-factor authentication (2FA) account protection to include all enrolled students. All UD students (undergraduate and graduate) need to enroll in 2FA by Feb. 23 by following the prompts in the 2-Factor Authentication enrollment portlet in Porches. Learn more at  

Last day to drop without record

Tuesday, Feb. 9, is the last day to drop classes without record. If you have questions or concerns, please speak to your advisor.   

Ice rink update and student group opportunities with Campus Recreation

The much-anticipated ice rink will open Wednesday, Feb. 3. Reservations are required for open skate, and can be made through Active Flyers. Students interested in intramural broomball or human curling can register on Rink hours are available here. The ice rink is open to UD students only. Student groups and organizations can also make private reservations on the ice rink and rock wall. Group coordinators can find details and request a reservation at either facility here. Please contact Amber Dierking  with additional questions. Click here for a schedule of all spring semester student activities. 

Winter Wonderland Festival

Join the Center for Student Involvement, CAB, Campus Recreation, the Brook Center and Dining Services for a winter festival on campus from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 13. Enjoy winter activities including ice skating, snow ball fights, stuff-a-plush, curling, and inner tube shuffling. You can also take and make custom printed cookies and gingerbread houses. There will be free food and various photo booth stations. Attend for some fun and a chance to win UD swag bags provided by the UD Bookstore and Athletics. Click here for a schedule of all spring semester student activities. 

Student employment supervisor of the year nominations now open

Attention on-campus student employees: nominate your supervisor for student employment supervisor of the year. Celebrate your supervisor's outstanding work. Review this link for details and submit your nomination by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Contact with any questions.  

Campus recreation enrolling for spring semester swim lessons 

Group and private swim lessons are available through the Learn to Swim Program (ages 1-17), along with Adult Skill and Safety Sessions (ages 15+) for those looking to refine their technique and establish comfort and safety in the water. Registration for both programs is open on Active Flyers. Contact Audrey Martin with additional questions.

Brown St. Bistro closed this week, food delivery available from KU

The Brown Street Bistro on the fifth floor of Fitz Hall will be closed through Feb. 5. Students can order through the GET app or website to have food from Kennedy Union restaurants Au Bon Pain, Toss, Spice and Que delivered to the Fitz Hall lobby.

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.

Glorify discussion group

Glorify is a small group for students that want to talk about faith in tangible ways that shape us in mind, body and spirit every day. Some topics that will be discussed include work, rest, shopping and hospitality. Glorify will be held on Zoom on Wednesdays from 7-8:15 p.m. Feb. 10-April 7. Register at and contact Rachel Bell at with questions. 

Interested in serving on the Stander Symposium 2021 planning committee? 

We are looking for student members in all class years. Please fill out this Google form and include your resume and why you want to be on the committee. If you have any questions, contact Jordan Bailes at 

Virtual career fair week

Career Services invites UD students and alumni to attend virtual career fairs 2-5 p.m. Feb. 8-10. The three industry-based fairs will be hosted on Handshake. Students and alumni must register for the fairs and sign up for group or one-on-one sessions to connect with employers. Please encourage students to attend the fairs and contact with any questions. 

Drop-in or schedule time with a career peer mentor

If you need quick, career-related assistance, connect with a Career Peer Mentor during drop-in hours from 12:15-3:00 p.m. weekdays. Mentors can assist with resume and cover letter reviews, LinkedIn, Handshake, and more. Drop into the Zoom Room or schedule a 20-minute drop-in through your Handshake account. Once logged in, click on Career Center, Appointments, and Schedule a New Appointment. Look for the appointment types that start with “Drop-In” and use the Zoom link provided in the email confirmation. 

Entrepreneurship program seeks students for fall cohort

Leonardo Enterprises is a technology entrepreneurship program for students who have heard the call to adventure and who believe they have what it takes to change the world. The fall cohort will fund four to eight students, and is open to all undergraduate majors. Students are encouraged to visit the Leonardo Enterprises website to learn more and submit an application. 

Updates from the Office of Experiential Learning

New experiential learning opportunities are open for students including the virtual career fair, Global Learning Academy, River Stewards, Dayton Civic Scholars and more. Some application deadlines are coming soon. For more information, view our latest update here.  

Women's Leadership Immersion applications and nominations due Feb. 15 

The Women's Leadership Immersion is an intensive cohort-based experience for junior and senior female identifying students that will provide them with critical skills such as leadership, networking, career advancement and financial health as they prepare for their next steps. This year, the program will be held virtually March 3, 10 and 17 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Apply or nominate a friend at

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