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Family News Digest


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

Plans for spring semester arrival

The University informed students Dec. 9 about plans for returning to campus for the spring semester. Arrival for spring semester will be Jan. 15-31 and will include an on-campus COVID test. Sign-ups for arrival appointments start at noon Dec. 14. All undergraduate students — residential, commuter and those living in landlord houses — as well as graduate students who live in University housing, must sign up for an arrival date to complete check-in procedures for spring semester. Sign-ups start at noon Dec. 14. Students with confirmed positive tested results will be expected to return home if they live closer than 400 miles from campus. All classes will be online Jan. 19-31. If conditions permit, it is our plan to begin in-person components of all relevant courses Feb. 1. Click here to read the message to students sent Dec. 9.

Textbook ordering for spring 2021 semester

Course materials (print and digital) can be ordered now. We encourage students to order course materials as early as possible and before Monday, Dec. 14, so 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.

UD global learning opportunities info sessions

Over the coming weeks, the Office of Education Abroad will be hosting several information sessions about global learning opportunities - international (if permitted), US-based and virtual. Sessions will include information on summer programs, financial aid, diversity and identity, and accommodations onsite (academic and physical). Students can find a list on our website here and can also complete the quick google form to receive reminders and updates as additional sessions are added. Students are welcome to have family members join their session. 

Students encouraged to use the extended winter break for career planning

Once students have completed finals and put away the last holiday decoration, they can use the extended break for career planning. Depending on where your student is in their college career, research What Can I Do With This Major?, organize an internship or full-time job search by researching job boards and employers, finalize their resume, and update their Handshake and LinkedIn profiles. Need assistance? The career advising staff is available for appointments through Dec. 18 and starting again Jan. 4 after the holiday break. Schedule appointments through Handshake. Reminder: Career Services will be closed Dec. 19-Jan. 3.  

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 to open your gift for the second week of Advent.  

Breaking barriers

Colleen McDonnell, a junior on the women's rowing team, made history on the football field before she came to UD. She’s demonstrated that same drive for success in rowing, even as the pandemic dashed her dreams of an Atlantic 10 championship in the spring. Read her story here

Become a Flyer volunteer

Give back through your time and expertise. We are looking for more Flyers to volunteer as:

Digital opportunities

Visit UDigital to learn about future events and resources for entertainment, networking, spiritual growth and more. You can view the this playlist for recordings of past events, such as webinars with student organization leaders and Alumni Awards recipients.

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