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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. 

Student Evaluation of Teaching available soon

Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) will be available Dec. 1-11 for students in semester-long fall classes. Students are encouraged to complete SET, which is entirely anonymous, for all their classes. To read more about SET, please click here. For questions about SET, email

Please share your intentions for Spring 2021 study

The office of the provost and department of housing and residence life are planning for spring semester 2021. Please fill out the “Spring 2021 Learning Survey” to let us know if you intend to be on campus and take in-person and/or blended courses, if you intend to take classes remotely, if you're not taking classes at UD at all, or are uncertain at this point. Your 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. You can change your response before the spring term or change to remote learning during the spring term (if your classes are available online) should your circumstances change. Click here for room and board refund information should you 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 you to order your course materials as early as possible and before Monday, Dec. 14 so that materials are ready for pick-up when you 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 your expiration dates on online material or subscriptions as some may be good for the year. When you order, you can select in-store pick up or ship to home. For more detailed information, visit the blog on the Bookstore website or email  

​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. Graduates have 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.

Military and Veteran Advisory Committee seeks members

Faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students who have previously or are currently serving in the U.S. armed forces are invited to inquire about serving on the University’s new Military and Veteran Advisory Committee. The committee, chaired by political science chair and U.S. Navy Commander Grant Neeley, launches in January. See more information on Porches or email Sam Surowitz, director of military and veteran programs and services at

Deadline extended for Romero award nominations 

The nomination period for the 2021 Romero Human Rights Award has been extended to Nov. 27. The theme for the 2021 Romero ceremony and symposium, scheduled for next March, is Environmental Justice, and nominees’ individual work or organization work should fit this theme. Members of the UD and greater Dayton communities can submit through the Romero Human Rights Award nomination form.   

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 you should expect and prepare to interview virtually. Use Big Interview, a free practice tool, to build your confidence and present your best self. With Big Interview you can learn different interview formats, respond to questions and watch recordings of you how did. If you’re 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. 

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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