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Family News Digest


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

Spring academic calendar 

The University made changes to the spring academic calendar to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses such as the flu; either by taking viruses back to students' hometowns or other destinations, or bringing viruses from home and other destinations to campus. Also, reducing the spread of COVID-19 and flu during flu season will reduce the strain on hospitals and other health services. Highlights include a Jan. 19 date for starting classes and no spring break to discourage travel away from campus during the semester. Check out the revised calendar. The format of the May 8 and 9 spring commencement ceremonies is yet to be determined. The University continues to be in conversation with our medical panel and Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County regarding large indoor gatherings and expects to be able to make a decision in March.

Flu shot clinics scheduled for Oct. 19, Oct. 21 and Oct. 23

Premier Community Health and University of Dayton will hold free flu shot clinics Oct. 19, . 21 and 23. More information, including specific dates and times and a registration link, is forthcoming. If you cannot make it to a flu shot clinic, students can walk in to the Student Health Center for a free flu shot from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Because of the volume of appointment requests, the Student Health Center is not accepting appointments for flu shots at this time, and it recommends you go to walk-in hours or a flu clinic. The deadline to get a flu shot or submit proof of a flu shot or an exemption is Nov. 1. Click here for complete information.

Reminder on COVID-19 testing for students

Students with symptoms or a student notified by a contact tracer they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 can schedule an appointment for evaluation and testing at the UD Student Health Center (937-229-3131), or with a Premier Health after-hours urgent care online by calling 937-208-7250. Students who are selected for surveillance testing will receive instructions on scheduling an appointment at the time of their notification. All tests must be scheduled; no walk-ins will be accepted. No testing for students is taking place at onMain across from Miami Valley Hospital. Please follow all public health guidance, especially for facial coverings, physical distancing and hand washing, at all times and when visiting a testing site.  

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. 

Flyer Pitch competition now open

The Crotty Center and Greater West Dayton Incubator are now accepting submissions for the 2020-2021 Flyer Pitch competition. More than $100,000 in cash prizes and $50,000 of in-kind services will be awarded. This year's competition will also include $20,000 in new prizes for social ventures that advance social justice and equity in the Greater West Dayton area. In addition to UD students and alumni, the competition is open to members of the Dayton community. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 25. More information and the application can be found at

Post-graduate virtual fairs coming up

Thinking about attending grad school or joining a volunteer program after UD? Register for the Graduate & Professional School Fair on October 19 or the Post-Graduate Volunteer Fair on October 21. You must sign-up for group or 1:1 sessions in order to connect with school representatives or service program recruiters. Both fairs will be hosted on Handshake from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. For more information, log into Handshake and click "Events" to find the fairs. 

Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium: Representing Indigeneity

The 2020 Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium: Representing Indigeneity will focus on Native film and social media. The event, which will take place via Zoom, is free and open to the public. Webinar session registration information can be found at Click the link underneath each description to register for that session. 

Volunteer to be a student representative for the Inclusion & Diversity in Education Abroad (IDEA) committee

The IDEA committee is seeking student representatives to aid Education Abroad’s work in creating an inclusive environment and programming that is supportive of participation by diverse student populations. Responsibilities include attending 1 to 3 committee meetings a semester, and sharing honest feedback and ideas related to diversity and inclusion. There are opportunities to participate in and help plan info sessions, develop resources, or undertake additional projects based on personal interest and capacity. To apply, students should fill out this brief form by Monday, Oct. 26. For questions, contact Meghan Gwinn at

Autism/Social communication support group

College can come with new stress and pressures. Struggling to connect and find support may be one of those. If you, or someone you know, is diagnosed with autism or has a difficult time with social or communication skills, this weekly drop-in support group may be helpful. The group will focus on providing support, problem-solving, building and maintaining interpersonal relationships and how to be successful in college. You do not need to be referred by a therapist to participate. Drop in anytime. All academic years, all majors welcome!

Fridays 12:20-1:10 p.m., via Zoom. Register here

Self-compassion seminar

Do you feel that you are overly self-critical? Do you tend to view problems as catastrophes? Are you able to treat yourself with kindness when you experience a setback? This group will provide a weekly supportive space for you to learn how to treat both your mind and body with the kindness you deserve.

Mondays 3-4 p.m. via Zoom. Register here.

Coping with college (Drop-in)

Is college more difficult than you thought it would be? Are you feeling anxious or struggling to find friends? This group will focus on providing weekly drop-in support as well as strategies to make the best of your college experience. You do not need to be referred by a therapist to this group. Drop in anytime. All academic years, all majors welcome! 

Fridays 2:30-3:30 p.m. via Zoom

Click here to sign up

Anxiety toolbox seminar (ATS)

The Anxiety Toolbox Seminar (ATS) could be both helpful and fun. ATS consists of three, one-hour meetings designed to educate and offer strategies for increased effective coping of stress and anxiety. The ATS is not a therapy or a support group; it is a class to help those struggling with anxiety understand it better and gain skills for coping. ATS is currently offered via Zoom. You can learn more and register here.

Celebrate National Transfer Student Week

October 19-23 is National Transfer Student Week, and we’re celebrating at the University of Dayton by recognizing our fantastic transfer students and their higher education journeys. Celebrate with us! You can find all of the events for the week in 1850. And if you know a student at another institution who might love UD just as much as you do, let us know by using our Refer-a-Flyer form: #thrivingthroughtransfer

Alumni professional development series

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, the Alumni Association will host three 45-minute webinars focused on professional development. These sessions will showcase the expertise of our alumni leadership volunteers and provide you with valuable insight as you prepare for a career post-UD. All UD students are invited. Register here. Students that attend at least 2 webinars and complete their profile in Flyer Connection will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a free business suit.

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