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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 cases increase in Dayton; students asked to wear face coverings, avoid gatherings

Students received an email Thursday from UD President Eric F. Spina and Vice President for Student Development Bill Fischer about the increase in COVID-19 cases in Dayton and Montgomery County, and the possibility of stronger local measures from local and state officials. Read the message here.  

Location set for free flu shot clinics Oct. 21-23 and 26-30

Free on-campus flu shot clinics through Premier Community Health and UD on Oct. 21-23 and 26-30 will be in the former Day Air Credit Union around the corner from Marianist Hall and across from the UD Student Health Center entrance. Students should use the same entrance as the post office or the back entrance for the bookstore. Other dates and times may be added so check the registration link periodically. Students may show up any time within the reserved 30-minute time block. Because of the volume of appointment requests, the Student Health Center is not accepting appointments for flu shots, and recommends students 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. Read more here for complete information. 

Print and copy services offers online ordering for student printing

Students can submit their file as a pdf to We'll process payment using FLYER EXPRESS accounts, then print the order (black prints only, please) and set it out in the hallway of the Powerhouse for pick up.  

Need a notary on campus?  

Students needing a notary on campus can usually find one available in St. Mary’s Hall, Suite 400 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays. Students should schedule an appointment by emailing Be sure to bring a government-issued ID and do not sign the document needing notarized since the notary must witness the actual signature.   

Sacred Stories podcast

Campus Ministry's Office for Christian Leadership, Vocation and Retreats is excited to introduce its Sacred Stories podcast. Episodes are released every other Monday highlighting a member of the University community and how their story connects to a sacred text. Find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and the Campus Ministry website. Contact Mike Bennett to share your story.  

Nominations needed for Romero Human Rights Award

The nomination and selection process for the 2021 recipient of the Romero Human Rights Award is now open. The theme for the 2021 Romero ceremony and symposium, scheduled for next March, is Environmental Justice, and nominees’ individual work or organization work should fit this theme. Members of the UD and greater Dayton community are encouraged to submit a nomination through the Romero Human Rights Award nomination form by Nov. 13.   

Wear purple Oct. 22

October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the University invites students to join the conversation by wearing purple on Thursday, Oct. 22. Known as “Purple Thursday,” this is a simple way to show that you stand in solidarity with survivors and victims of domestic and dating violence. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to wear purple and then post a photo on social media for #PurpleThursday.  

Flyers United T-shirts for sale

The University of Dayton Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has partnered with the UD Bookstore to create a shirt to help spread awareness of social justice and show there is unity in strength. Show your support by purchasing a FLYERS UNITED T-shirt for $15 until Oct. 23. Shirts will be available for pickup at the UD Bookstore Nov. 9.  

Finding home

On the 50th anniversary of UD’s multicultural center, students share why MEC — the Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center  — feels like home. View the video here. Also, read a feature article in the autumn issue of UD Magazine about the center’s contributions to UD and our students.  

Meet UD’s Alumni Awards recipients

Help the University community recognize this year’s Alumni Awards recipients and learn about their careers and how UD shaped their path at a special digital event 7 p.m. Nov. 5. Honorees include the president of the National Civil Rights Museum; a business leader who advocates for underrepresented students and urban communities; and a refugee who became a public speaker, author and community organizer. Please register in advance. 

Invisible Disabilities Week

The Student Government Association is inviting the campus community to wear blue on Friday in honor of those who struggle with their invisible illnesses. In 2019, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine declared the third week of October as Invisible Disabilities Week, dedicated to the promotion and education of illnesses one may not readily see. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to post their “blue” on social media with the hashtag #InvisibleDisabilitiesWeek. For more information, contact the SGA Mental Health Committee or Invisible Disabilities Association to find ways to get more involved. 

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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