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Family News Digest


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

Student Government Association, Residential Housing Association leadership urges students to keep up good work to stem the tide of COVID-19 on campus

In a letter to the student body, the presidents and vice presidents of the University of Dayton Student Government Association and Residential Housing Association commend students for helping stem the tide of COVID-19 on campus and urge them to keep wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distancing and avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people. "Let’s make it our goal to get down to Status-1-Contained. We wanted nothing more than to come back this fall, so let’s show that we can follow the policies to come back in the spring!," the letter urges. Read the complete letter here.

Download the official University of Dayton mobile app

The UD app is a great way for students to stay connected to what is happening on campus. Features include campus calendars, a campus map, course schedules, dining, grades, graduation communication, mental health resources, notifications, registration status/holds, student accounts and more. The app is available for iOS and Android devices. To download, search for University of Dayton in the App Store and Google Play.

Spring term plan and schedule coming soon

The University is actively working on the spring term academic calendar and course schedule and will be sharing more details with students and families very soon via this weekly newsletter and on our academic calendar here.   

Indoor, in-person events remain suspended

Even though the University has moved to a Status 2 and in-person classes are occurring, non-class, indoor, in-person gatherings remain suspended with very few exceptions. Recognized student organizations that receive approval for an outdoor in-person gathering must have their faculty/staff adviser present for the duration of the gathering to ensure all health and safety guidelines are being followed, including maintaining six feet of distance between all attendees, and wearing face coverings. Restrictions to in-person gatherings will be reviewed in early October, and any changes will be communicated to the campus.

UDayton Votes information

The UDayton Votes team will answer questions about voting and help with mailing and printing voter registration forms 1-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the UD Bookstore. UDayton Votes is a nonpartisan, student-led initiative that encourages voter and civic engagement on campus and helps students register to vote, learn about issues, and create personal voting plans. Click here for info on registering to vote, requesting an absentee ballot and finding your polling place. Ohio's voter registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 5.

Students can now plan their project

Librarians of the University Libraries instruction team have introduced a planning flowchart for students' research and writing projects this semester; services of Book a Librarian and the Write Place can assist with any project, at any time.

Students can explore the Flyer community through Flyer Connection

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 simply need to complete their profile and sign up for an alumni mentor.

The Flyer family — our alumni communities

You are a part of our Flyer community no matter where you live. There are 35 University of Dayton alumni communities across the country, made up of UD graduates, family members, current parents and friends of the University who live within a designated geographic area. You are always invited to connect with local Flyers and University resources for your area. Be sure to check UDigital often for a list of upcoming events. 

Students can pitch a business idea

There will be over $100,000 in cash prizes and $50,000 of in-kind services in this year's Flyer Pitch Competition. Applications will be accepted soon. Students can learn more by signing up for one of the upcoming virtual info sessions.

Mid-Autumn Festival

Members of the University of Dayton community celebrate important religious holidays and cultural celebrations that span many different faith and cultural traditions. Thursday, Oct. 1 is Mid-Autumn Festival, a festival celebrated in China and other countries throughout East Asia. Also known as the Moon Festival, this is the second largest festival in China. It reflects the ancient Chinese observation that the moon has a close relationship with changes in seasons and agricultural production. Some believe the full moon is a symbol of peace, prosperity and a time for family gatherings and celebrating regional customs. Among these customs is eating large meals, burning incense, carrying or displaying brightly lit lanterns and eating mooncakes. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to all UD community members who are celebrating, here at UD and afar. Find out more about the Moon Festival here

Free food and things to do this weekend

This weekend, the University will again have virtual and physically distant activities, thanks to the efforts of several campus departments. Students can see those activities, some of which include free treats thanks to University of Dayton Dining Services, at Students must have their UD ID for entry. Face coverings, physical distancing and other safety precautions are expected and will be enforced at all events and activities (indoor and outdoor, except swimming). While we know members of our community in quarantine or isolation will be unable to enjoy in-person opportunities, we hope they will find community in virtual opportunities until they are cleared to resume in-person activities.

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