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Family News Digest


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

COVID-19 status level lowered; some undergraduate classes will move to in-person instruction this week 

With the support of Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, the University on Friday, Sept. 11 lowered the Campus Status level to 3 - CAUTION. and moved some classes to in-person instruction starting today. Read President Spina's full message here. Enhanced safety measures remain in effect:

  • All dining options on campus remain grab-and-go with no indoor seating.
  • No visitors, even from within the University community, are allowed in students’ rooms, suites or houses.
  • To continue the decline in cases and help prevent new clusters, we ask parents not come to campus.
  • To help protect against spread in the greater Dayton community, students should not not leave campus unless there is an approved educational reason such as a co-op, internship or student teaching assignment; outside employment; or for essentials like groceries or medications. Do not visit bars or restaurants. Information about on-campus activities is available for students on 1850, UD’s student involvement online platform.
  • Undergraduate commuter students can now come to campus for classes held in person.
  • Students who have recovered from COVID-19 are still required to follow all University safety protocols. 

Virtual Family Weekend Schedule

Here is the complete Family Weekend schedule. We have a collection of events during Family Weekend that are live streamed and open to everyone. Scheduled events:

At your leisure:

Have questions about virtual family weekend, need technical support or have questions about your student in transition? Drop into our Virtual Information and Support Lounge at your convenience to say hello and allow the STFP team to assist you. Assistance available 1:30-11 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday.

COVID-19 testing for students without symptoms moves to Mac Gym

COVID-19 testing for students without symptoms has moved to the Mac Gym inside the RecPlex. Students should check in at the welcome desk before proceeding to the gym. More details about testing are available online. 

Roesch Library is fully open to students with no appointment necessary

Before visiting, students should check library hours. All entrances are card-access only; students must use their UD ID to enter the building. Please see the website for more information about the reopening and email with any questions.

Some important reminders:

  • Facial coverings are required at all times. Exceptions are when an individual is seated and actively consuming food or when an individual is alone in a library room with the door closed; you may reserve a library room online
  • Elevators are single-occupancy. Keep to the right in stairwells and hallways.
  • Groups working or studying together must wear facial coverings, and everyone must comply with the University’s physical distancing requirements. Watch your wingspan!

If individuals or groups do not comply with these University guidelines, they will be asked to leave. If Libraries faculty and staff observe a general disregard for guidelines, it may be necessary to reinstate access restrictions, reduce hours or take other actions to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Alumnus and business leader hosts webinar on common good
Students are invited to join alumnus Jeff Jones ’90, president and CEO of H&R Block, to discuss serving the common good through a large business platform. Throughout his career, Jones has been committed to equality, advancing work for justice and opportunity. Jones will hold a virtual seminar on Building Business and Community: Total Value Creation at H&R Block at 5 p.m. Sept. 22 via Zoom. Click here for the link.  

Want to study abroad but think it is too expensive? If you receive a Pell Grant, check out the Gilman scholarship!

The Gilman Scholarship provides funding to students studying abroad, with preference to locations outside of Western Europe, Australia or New Zealand. If students want to study abroad during spring, summer or fall semesters 2021, or the entire 2021-22 academic year , they should  apply before 11:59 p.m. Oct. 6. To get the process started, meet with Laura Cotten Howell, study abroad advisor for Gilman, to apply for the scholarship. Contact Laura at Also call 937-229-4311 or visit to schedule a virtual appointment with a Financial Aid Counselor. 

New award to honor student research on Catholic scholarship

The newly established Fr. Jack McGrath Award honors outstanding student research conducted within a CAP course and related in some way to Catholic Intellectual Traditions. Winners will receive $500 and the opportunity to present their research at the annual Catholic Intellectual Tradition Symposium in spring 2021. Students can submit a project completed between fall 2019 and fall 2020 for consideration. Visit the Gudorf Chair in Catholic Intellectual Traditions webpage for more details

Constitution Day

Constitution Day is Sept. 17 and celebrates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. An election year is a good time to refresh your knowledge of the foundation of U.S. democracy. For more information visit

Planning for Global and Intercultural Learning: ETHOS Domestic and International Community Engaged Learning

The ETHOS Center in the School of Engineering is offering a number of virtual and onsite (if permitted) immersion opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students for spring and summer 2021. Domestically, students can tentatively live and work onsite with partners like Aprovecho in Cottage Grove, Oregon; Burn Design in Vashon, Washington; Rich Earth Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont; and many others. Students can also live on campus and work with a Dayton community partner, such as Mission of Mary Cooperative, The Foodbank or Homefull. Students spend 40 hours per week using their engineering skillset and mindset for the common good. This year because of COVID-19, the ETHOS Center is also offering remote immersion opportunities for summer in which students can work on projects for international partners. For more information about these opportunities and to apply, please visit or email

Ohio Secretary of State LaRose, U.S. Sen. Brown, former Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg to headline series on Election 2020

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and former Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg headline the University of Dayton School of Law and Human Rights Center's virtual speakers series Sept. 14 through Oct. 23 — Election 2020: A call for civic engagement to promote democracy. The series is free and open to the public. All sessions are 5 to 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Visit for more information, speaker bios, and to register for the series or individual events. 

Students can gain access to a network of alumni mentors

Flyer Connection is the University's online networking and mentoring platform. Students have access to a network of alumni that want to share advice and insight from years professional experience. The Alumni Mentoring Program is hosted within Flyer Connection and is designed to make a real impact in the lives of undergraduate students and alumni that participate. Students need to complete their profile and sign up for an alumni mentor.

Rosh Hashana begins this weekend

Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year festival, held on the first (also sometimes the second) day of Tishri (in September). It is marked by the blowing of the shofar or ram's horn, and begins 10 days of penitence culminating in Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. Rosh Hashana begins at sundown Sept. 18 and continues through Sept. 20. Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Sept. 27 – Sept. 28. These are followed by the  celebration of Sukkot Oct. 2-4. 

Requesting religious accommodations

As the semester unfolds, we want to remind everyone that students, faculty and staff celebrate important religious holidays spanning many different faith traditions. Observance of some religious traditions may require reasonable accommodation to classroom or workplace schedules, environments or the way tasks or assignments are customarily completed. Visit the Campus Ministry website for recommendations on requesting and granting a religious accommodation. 

Praying from the heart

Join an online version of Prayers of the HEART from 12:15-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. Click here for the Zoom link. Participants will virtually gather around the Peace Pole on the third Thursday of every month for a 15-minute prayer between classes focused on current issues in the world, the nation and in our community.

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