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Family News Digest


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

Message from Dr. Mary Buchwalder, UD Health Center Medical Director

The University remains committed to sharing information with you in a timely manner, especially dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic on our campus community. 

The University received notice and has been in contact with Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County Tuesday that an individual who has been present on campus has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is in isolation until they have been cleared by health officials. This is the first known confirmed case of COVID-19 connected to the University of Dayton.

After discussion with local public health authorities the University performed an extensive deep sanitization and has isolated the areas with which the individual may have come into contact in accordance with applicable protocols and CDC recommendations. Public Health is following up with close contacts of this individual to determine their level of exposure and provide guidance about next steps, including self-quarantine. The process of contact tracing can take several days. 
We will continue to update as necessary through email and on the COVID-19 resources website. Please send any additional questions you might have to

Changes for dining services this fall

Dining services in the fall will feature touchless payments and more grab-n-go options to help move customers quickly through facilities. Payments will be cashless with touchless card readers so patrons will not have to share cash or cards with cashiers. Dining facilities also will have limited seating, more grab-n-go options and fewer made-to-order options. Patrons are encouraged to place orders on the GET app, which will feature more made-to-order options. Find the latest information and operating hours on the dining services website.

Reminder: If your student(s) come to campus this summer

To limit community spread of the coronavirus, students may only come to campus for essential functions that cannot be performed remotely. However, if students are working on campus or must come to campus, they must be free of COVID-19 symptoms, wear a face covering when near others and maintain physical distancing of at least six feet.

Pandemic and the Common Good

The Human Rights Center and Dr. Kelly Johnson, Fr. Ferree Chair of Social Justice, developed a teach-in to offer insights on this pandemic from diverse perspectives and disciplines:

  • Public Health and the Common Good
  • Social Justice Implications
  • Economics and Workers' Rights
  • Practicing Solidarity

Watch: Virtual Series >>

Serenity Pines prayer service

Join Father Jim Fitz, S.M., vice president for mission and rector, and Crystal Sullivan, executive director of campus ministry, for a virtual prayer service at Serenity Pines 12:30 p.m. July 1. Located on the hillside below Marycrest, Serenity Pines was the vision of Joe Belle ‘73, ‘75 as a space for community members to find peace on a busy campus. Father Jim will share thoughts on how the Marianist tradition and history can provide guidance in today's society, and then lead us through a prayer service.

Register for this Zoom session to receive a link to the webinar via email. For questions, contact McKenzie Morin '06 at

Inspiring greatness

In his latest blog, President Eric F. Spina writes about the 2020 Alumni Award recipients. He describes them as "visionary and selfless," and adds "they're believers in what is possible when you chase your dreams. As I gaze at the list of recipients, I'm struck by their stories of impact."

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