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Family News Digest


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

What it means to be a Flyer in the larger community

University of Dayton students have a collective responsibility to protect our neighbors in the surrounding communities by adhering to all public health guidance, especially maintaining a six-foot distance and wearing face coverings when walking or running by others. Many people are nervous about the rise in local COVID-19 cases. Students are asked to please be mindful when approaching others by offering a wide berth or crossing the street where possible, particularly in the cities of Dayton and Oakwood.

Get into the holiday spirit, warm up your vocal cords, make letter art

Upcoming virtual and physically distant activities, thanks to the efforts of several campus departments, include making a holiday mug and letter art, and a fun night of singing in the comfort of your home. Students must have their UD ID for entry into events. 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 can't enjoy in-person opportunities, we hope they will find community in virtual opportunities until they are cleared to resume in-person activities.  

The Hangar is open

Students can relax, study and play at the Hangar, located on the ground floor of Kennedy Union.  Bowling lanes and billiard tables can be reserved at For the health and safety of all students, only two people per lane and two people per billiard are allowed. Priority is given to those who make a reservation, however, walk-ins are welcome.   

Veterans Day Mass

Campus Ministry and the Office of Military and Veteran Programs and Services will host a Mass to honor veterans at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. A blessing for all service members will be offered. Register here to attend in person. The Mass also will be streamed via YouTube and recorded.

Donor Appreciation Week Nov. 15-20

All UD students are impacted by donors and their gifts whether it be through scholarships, campus facilities or donor sponsored programs. Students are encouraged to participate in these Students for University Advancement events and activities to learn more about the ways they can engage with UD before and after graduation. Not only can students learn more about giving back to the University, but they might make some important connections with alumni. Check out our Donor Appreciation Week page to learn more about UD's week of gratitude. 

International Education Week is Nov. 16-22 

UD recognizes the tremendous value international education brings to our community, individual students, and the world. Check out our International Education Week page to learn more about education abroad and international students, read about how international education is continuing during COVID, and find out how students can join us for some virtual info sessions, as well as an AVIATE event about our global community.  

Learn more about the River Stewards and Dayton Civic Scholars

Calling all first-year students!  Learn about how to apply and become a River Steward/Dayton Civic Scholar. Click here for more information on the Dayton Civic Scholars and here for more on the River Stewards.

Thanksgiving food drive

The University of Dayton has always shown incredible generosity in giving back to the community through the Thanksgiving Food Drive. This year Campus Ministry Center for Social Concern will be conducting the drive virtually. We are partnering with The Foodbank, asking our faculty, staff and students to make monetary donations at The Foodbank site. Make sure that in the section “How Did You Hear About the Foodbank?” you select University of Dayton Thanksgiving Food Drive.

The Flyer family

President Eric F. Spina blogs about the Flyer parents and guardians on the three-year-old Parent Leadership Council, a growing group of highly engaged parents working closely with campus leaders to support all students. Read his blog here.

Spring mini-course on dialogue

Register for a one credit mini-course, UDI268: Building Community through Intergroup Dialogue, to learn how to engage in dialogue, explore your identity and apply dialogic principles to your field of interest. Class is on Monday and Wednesday from 5:05-6:20 p.m., Jan. 20 through March 1 over Zoom. 

Career Services tip of the week - Connect with a career peer mentor

Students looking for quick, career-related assistance can drop into the Career Services’ Zoom Room to connect with a career peer mentor. Mentors are available 12:15-3 p.m. weekdays (no appointment needed) to assist with resume, cover letters, Handshake, LinkedIn tutorials and more. For students unable to drop into the Zoom room, appointments can be scheduled via Handshake or by calling Career Services at 937-229-2045. For more information, visit

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