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Family News Digest


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

University offices closed Dec. 19-Jan. 3

To allow University faculty and staff to celebrate the holidays and enjoy some rest and relaxation after a challenging year, University offices will be closed Dec. 19 through Jan. 3. Public safety and facilities staff will be on duty for necessary campus operations, but academic and administrative offices, Roesch Library and RecPlex will be closed. For emergencies on campus, please contact UD public safety at 937-229-2121. 

Spring semester questions and concerns

If you have questions after you have visited the spring semester 2021 details page or our frequently asked questions page, please fill out our online question form. Someone from the appropriate area will respond as quickly as possible, but responses will be delayed until after Jan. 4 when offices reopen. Completing the form will be the quickest way for you to receive a response. 

Virtual pomp and circumstance

The University's fall virtual commencement ceremony will take place at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. The ceremony follows the same format as our in-person ceremony with an addition — students had the opportunity to provide a photo, typed message, or personalized video to be displayed after their name is read. The ceremony is divided into five broadcasts: graduate and doctoral, undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences, undergraduate School of Business Administration, undergraduate School of Education and Health Sciences and undergraduate School of Engineering. See the broadcast at and congratulate the graduating class of 2020 using #Flyer20Grad on 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 every week during Advent to open your gift. 

Thanksgiving Food Drive results

Faculty, staff and students raised close to $10,000 for The Foodbank through the University’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. About $6,500 came from online donations and $3,360 was donated from student meal plans/Flyer Express. More is expected from a fundraiser organized by UD’s Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors. Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concern thanks the UD community for its generosity in contributing to this virtual fundraiser in lieu of the traditional food donation drive.  

Get ready for the hybrid world – working virtually and in-person

Because how we work changed dramatically in 2020, employers are seeking full-time employees and interns with in-person and virtual work skills. Embrace virtual opportunities now. Students are building two overlapping skill sets that make them marketable. All work experiences build skills in teamwork, problem solving and organization. Working virtually builds skills in being flexible and adaptable, technology, project management and managing ambiguity. Both formats of work will build communication skills, especially in the virtual format where the mantra is “Communicate, communicate and then communicate some more!” Reminder: Career Services will be closed Dec. 19-Jan. 3.

Professional mentoring is available for your student

Is your student looking for a professional mentor to connect with virtually? Flyer Connection is the University's online mentoring platform where students can build professional relationships and connect with alumni around the world. Your student can even have their own professional mentor by joining the Alumni Mentoring Program within Flyer Connection. Students can view the mentor directory and suggest which alumni they would like to match with. Visit this site to learn more and reach out to with any questions. 

Career camp for College of Arts and Sciences sophomore and juniors

The University of Dayton College of Arts and Sciences and Office of Career Services are offering a virtual Career Camp Jan. 11-12. The program features career-focused programming, professional skills training and guest presentations from attractive employer partners. Career Camp is ideal for students still discerning their academic major, as well as those seeking opportunities to apply their chosen major to the world of work. The registration deadline for Career Camp is Jan. 4. Students are encouraged to apply for Career Camp through Handshake. This program is an exclusive offering for sophomores and juniors in the College of Arts and Sciences. For questions, contact Jason Eckert at 

Vocation mini-grant funding available

The Vocation Implementation Team invites students, faculty, and staff to apply for mini-grants up to $3,000 to support the design and development of programs, activities, and events that offer students opportunities to explore, discern and act on their vocations. Funding for mini- grants is made possible through a NetVUE Vocation across the Academy Grant with support from the Council of Independent Colleges and Lilly Endowment Inc. Proposals will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 29, for Spring 2021 vocation programs, events, or activities inside and outside the classroom. For more information, please see the Vocation Mini-Grants RFP

UD faculty honored for sustainability research

Ryan Shea, Matthew Worsham, Andrew Chiasson, J. Kelly Kissock and Ben McCall were honored by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for excellence in sustainability research. Their paper, A lifecycle cost analysis of transitioning to a fully-electrified, renewably powered, and carbon-neutral campus at the University of Dayton, was one of six projects honored in the campus sustainability research award category. 

Holiday schedule for COVID-19 dashboard 

During the Christmas and semester break, the dashboard will be updated Dec. 21, 28 and Jan. 4, and resume daily updates on Jan. 11. 

Family News Digest will take a break from publication, with no digests during the weeks of Dec. 21 and 28. We'll be back Jan. 6.  

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