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Governor DeWine's COVID orders 

Gov. Mike DeWine yesterday issued stricter new orders to help control the spread of the virus in Ohio, due to the rapid spread across the state. With the low incidence of the virus on campus, UD strongly advises students to stay on campus and continue to follow UD's safety protocols, which are helping to protect our campus community. We continue to monitor orders from public health officials and will communicate any changes as soon as we can.  

UD is celebrating our donors

In honor of National Philanthropy Day, we are celebrating donor generosity all week. Our alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends make the University of Dayton better every year through the generosity of their time, talents or financial gifts. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Hear directly from the students our donors support with their generosity. 

Happy Craftsgiving! Ornament decorating, holiday trivia among upcoming events

Upcoming virtual and physically distant activities, thanks to the efforts of several campus departments, include making homemade crafts and ornaments, testing your knowledge of holiday trivia and a movie night ("The Photograph"). 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.  

Keep you and your family safe during the fall and winter holidays

Keep yourself, your family and community safe this holiday season. Follow these tips to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

Save the date for Family Weekend 2021

Mark your calendar for Family Weekend - Sept. 24-26, 2021 - and make plans to join us to connect and celebrate with your family. We anticipate we will be able to gather on campus though this could change based on the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic. More details will be available in the coming months on the Family Weekend web page. For families wanting a reservation at the UD Marriott, reservations will open for 2021 Family Weekend at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20. You can view the Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau's Hotel Guide and Restaurant Guide for more information. Please note: Family Weekend does not block rooms or endorse any particular hotel or restaurant. 

Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center gala

Join the UD community from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, for a virtual gala celebrating MEC’s influence over half a century. The event will honor alumni, current and former staff, leaders, students and families. Take a walk down memory lane, hear about MEC’s impact from current and former students, and share in the vision for our future work. To attend the Zoom event, visit, using the password MEC Lounge. For more information, contact 

International Education Week

International Education Week is Nov. 16-22. UD recognizes the tremendous value international education brings to our community, individual students and the world. Visit our IEW page to watch our welcome video, learn more about education abroad and international students, read about how COVID impacted international education, and see opportunities you can share with students. 

Fall term course withdrawal, spring grading option deadline extended

The Office of the Provost has extended the deadline to Dec. 1 for undergraduate students to withdraw with a record of W from fall term courses. Students must consult with their advisers and professors before withdrawing from a course. Students can also change from letter grades to satisfactory/no credit grading until Jan. 29 for spring term courses. 

Faithful J-term begins Jan. 5

Jump start your prayer life through a 4-week Peer Discipleship Ministry small group experience focused on becoming a praying person. Think of it as a “J term” for your faith life! Virtually connect with your UD peers on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. beginning Jan. 5. Open to all UD students and sponsored by Campus Ministry. Questions may be directed to Colleen Brown, Registration is required and available now at  

UD Bookstore updates

Students can sell books for cash beginning this week at the University of Dayton Bookstore. Books can be from previous semesters and the bookstore also accepts books purchased from Amazon and other online sellers. Students can also sell books online. Students graduating in December can now pick up graduation regalia. More information can be found under the Grad Fair tab and the blog. Print and digital course materials can be ordered starting Nov. 24. We encourage you to order your course materials as early as possible.  Orders will be accepted online only at Students can choose to pick up items on campus or have them shipped to their home addresses. For more detailed information, visit our blog on the Bookstore website or email

Roesch Library due dates, drop-offs, building hours, virtual help services

All Roesch Library due dates are extended to Jan. 29. Check your library account online or email with any questions. Additionally, library staff have placed book return bins in five residential locations through Nov. 24; locations are on our website. Virtual research help services, including chat, text, email and Book a Librarian, are available until 8 p.m. most evenings until finals week. Library building hours are online

Praying from the heart

Join an online version of Prayers of the HEART from 12:15-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. Click here for the Zoom link. Participants will virtually gather around the Peace Pole on the third Thursday of every month for a 15-minute prayer between classes focused on current issues in the world, the nation and in our community. 

Fair trade sale

The social action office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is moving its annual Fair Trade Sale online this year. You can buy excellent fair trade artisan items, chocolate, coffee and more on Nov. 21-22 at The University is once again a co-sponsor of this event for the common good. 

Entrepreneurship program ranked among nation’s best

The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine named UD one of the nation’s best schools for entrepreneurship studies for the 15th consecutive year. UD was ranked 38th on their list of the top 50 schools for undergraduate entrepreneurship studies for 2021. The online feature can be found here, and the list will be featured in the December issue of Entrepreneur, available on newsstands Nov. 24.  

Career Camp

Registration is now open for Career Camp 2021, a virtual intensive professional skills program to prepare second- and third-year College of Arts and Sciences students for success after graduation. Career Camp will take place during two half-day sessions Jan. 11-12 via Zoom. Students will learn how to write resumes and cover letters; create LinkedIn profiles; get tips on interviewing, both virtually and in-person; and have the opportunity to network with UD alumni, among other experiences. The program is free, but registration is required by Jan. 4. Visit this link for more details and registration information. You can also view a YouTube video from this year’s Career Camp. 

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 identity and apply dialogic principles to your field of interest. Classes take place 5:05-6:20 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays, Jan. 20-March 1 over Zoom. Contact with any questions. 

SGA Update

On Nov. 8, the Student Government Association passed S.B. 2021-11 approving the presidential appointments for two vacant positions within the organization: director of campus unity and head of commuter Relations. By a unanimous vote of 16-0-0, the bill passed on the senate floor, welcoming Luis Rogel as the director of campus unity and Courtney Henthorn as the head of commuter relations. To contact the Student Government Association, email or Natalie Coppolino at

Career Services tip of the week - Free money 

Students may qualify for a Economic Impact Payment under the coronavirus tax relief program if you are a self-supporting student not required to file a tax return. You do not qualify if you are claimed as a dependent by your parents or someone else. Visit the Non-Filers tool on to see if you are eligible for payments of $1,200 or more. Review the guidelines and register by Nov. 21 so you can receive the payment before the end of the year, if eligible.     

Academic Senate meeting

The Academic Senate invites all faculty, staff and students to attend its November meeting from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, via Zoom. Visit the Academic Senate website for the agenda and Zoom meeting instructions. 

Key academic dates

Here are a few of the key dates to remember for the remainder of the semester.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 1:  Last day to drop classes with record of W
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24:  Last day of in-person classes, except where prior permission has been granted
  • Friday, Dec. 11:  Last day of formal instruction
  • Dec. 14-18:  Final fall assessment activities – More information forthcoming

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