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COVID-19 status level 2 – GREEN - LOCALIZED

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

Winter Wonderland postponed to Saturday, Feb. 20, due to extreme cold predicted this weekend

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. 20. Enjoy winter activities including ice skating, snowball 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. 

Have you enrolled in 2FA yet?

Remember 2-factor authentication (2FA) will be required to access UD resources like Porches and Isidore starting Feb. 23. If you haven’t yet, follow the prompts in the 2FA enrollment portlet in Porches to make sure your UD computing account is protected. Learn more at 

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! 

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. 

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. Visit 1850 to reserve your spot.

Jobs are out there! 

Plan, prepare and persist in your job search. Multiple industries like healthcare, transportation/logistics, groceries/consumer packaged goods, tech, e-commerce, and pharmaceuticals are thriving and posting jobs. Find hundreds of organizations, employers and open positions in Handshake under the "actively recruiting" label on the Employer search page. You can schedule an appointment to virtually meet with a career advisor to discuss your job search strategy in Handshake or by phone at 937-229-2045.

SGA update

The Student Government Association has been working very hard to pass more legislation this semester. Legislation includes allocation of funds, appointment of a new senator, and many groundbreaking pieces of legislation revolving around UD SGA’s commitment to anti-racism. Anyone who wishes to view passed legislation can do so using this link.

Campus Ministry needs your feedback

Campus Ministry is interested in how you make meaning and develop your faith at UD. To learn more about your experiences and ways to better serve and support you, please take a moment to share brief responses to a short survey. Learn more about the survey by watching this short video

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

Transportation options for students

Register here to access Flyer Ride for late-night transportation. The on-campus weekday shuttle has resumed service, and the route/timetable can be found here. For the free off-campus Saturday shuttle timetable, click here

Taking Flight retreat

Taking Flight explores the concept of discernment and next steps beyond UD. During this two-day Zoom workshop for senior students Feb. 19-21, participants will be empowered to examine their call to discipleship, how to engage in faith beyond UD and preparing for the transition of graduation. Register here to attend and contact Mike Bennett with questions.   

Sacred Journey discussion group

Think of this group like a book club, but for the Sacred Stories podcast produced by Campus Ministry. Sacred Stories invites one person each week to reflect on a sacred text, and how their life intersects with the story it tells. Each week, this group will listen to the podcast, spend time in reflection, and do some faith sharing around the reflection questions in each episode. Register at to participate in Wednesday Zoom meetings beginning March 3. Contact Meaghan Crowley with questions. 

Reminder: Apply by Feb. 15 for Dayton Civic Scholars and River Stewards scholarship programs

The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community invites all first year students to apply to their three-year, interdisciplinary, cohort- based, scholarship programs: Dayton Civic Scholars or River Stewards. Students will have the opportunity to engage with community leaders in the City of Dayton, gain leadership skills and so much more. Students receive an upperclass scholarship. Applications due Monday, Feb. 15. Apply and learn more on our websites: Dayton Civic Scholars or River Stewards. 

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