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Family News Digest


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

Holiday schedule for COVID-19 dashboard 

During the upcoming holidays when campus activities will slow, the COVID-19 dashboard will be updated weekly on Mondays. During Thanksgiving week, the dashboard will be updated Nov. 23 and resume daily updates on Nov. 30. During the Christmas and semester break, the dashboard will be updated Dec. 21, 28 and Jan. 4, and resume daily updates Jan. 11. 

UD asks students to share intentions for Spring 2021 study

The office of the provost and department of housing and residence life are planning for spring semester 2021. Students are asked to please fill out the “Spring 2021 Learning Survey” to let us know if they intend to be on campus and take in-person and/or blended courses, intend to take classes remotely, if they're not taking classes at UD at all, or are uncertain at this point. Student cooperation in filling out this survey is very important to how we allocate housing and classroom space in the spring. The deadline to fill out the survey is Dec. 1. They can change their response before the spring term or change to remote learning during the spring term (if classes are available online) should their circumstances change. Click here for room and board refund information should your student move off campus during the spring semester.

Textbook ordering for Spring 21 

Course materials (print and digital) can be ordered starting Nov. 24. We encourage students to order course materials as early as possible and before Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, so that materials are ready for pick-up when they arrive on campus for spring semester. Bookstore orders can only be done online at; no walk-in or phone orders will be accepted. Remember to check the expiration dates on online material or subscriptions as some may be good for the year. When students order, they can select in-store pick up or ship to home. For more detailed information, visit the blog on the Bookstore website.  

​December 2020 Virtual Commencement

The University has partnered with the company, StageClip, to produce the December 2020 Commencement as a virtual ceremony to honor August and December graduates. It mirrors our in-person ceremony – with an exciting addition. Your graduate has the opportunity to provide a photo, typed message, or personalized 10-second video that will be displayed after their name is read. The virtual ceremony will be broadcast at 9:45 ET Dec. 19, the scheduled date for commencement. A recording of the ceremony will be available on demand after the event. In addition, each student will be provided with their own individual graduation video clip to post and share via social media.

Marian Library virtual Advent wreath 

A virtual Advent wreath will light the way to Christmas, week by week, with gifts from the Marian Library. Visit Your gift for the first week of Advent will be available beginning Nov. 29. 

More virtual internships = More virtual interviews

With the rise of virtual internships students should expect and prepare to interview virtually. Students can use Big Interview, a free practice tool, to build confidence and present their best self. With Big Interview students can learn different interview formats, respond to questions and watch recordings of how they did. If students are still searching for an internship or job, these industries are thriving and looking for good workers: healthcare, information technology, transportation and logistics, environment and sustainability, accounting and finance, insurance, consumer packaged goods, food and beverage manufacturers, social services, pharmaceuticals and the federal government. Reminder: Career Services will be closed Dec. 19-Jan. 3.

PLC members thank the UD community

Members of the Parent Leadership Council shared a video message in a Nov. 19 email to faculty and staff thanking them for their hard work and sacrifice to make the fall term possible for students. The PLC is a growing group of highly engaged parents and family members who work closely with UD leaders to advocate for students and increase awareness through leadership, philanthropy and volunteerism. To learn more, visit the PLC page.

Faculty Jazztet releases first album, honor late band member

The release of the University of Dayton Faculty Jazztet’s first album has special meaning for the group’s members. In addition to fulfilling a longtime group goal, it marks the final recorded performances by guitarist and adjunct instructor James Smith, who died in September at age 68. Read the full story here.

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