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Family News Digest


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

COVID-19 status level 1 – GREEN - CONTAINED

For the most up to date information, check the COVID-19 case dashboard.  


We're almost there! 

We are so grateful to those of you who have received your vaccination so we can have a more normal campus life. With a current rate of 67%, the campus community is close to reaching our 70% COVID-19 vaccination goal and we're confident we’ll achieve the Build Immunity in Our Community goal within the next few weeks. Until we reach the 70% mark, current safety protocols and restrictions will remain in effect on campus. Do your part to help our community -- schedule your vaccination or upload your record to the confidential portal

UD announces new trustees 

The University added four new members to its board of trustees, including two recent alumni invited to join through a new category designed to attract early career professionals to the board. Tom Barker, Lyric Fields, Khristian Santiago and Jen Weed began their terms July 1. In addition, Ray Blakeney, who has served three years as an ex-officio trustee as president of the UD Alumni Association, was elected to the board. Read the full story here

Pinnell named interim engineering dean

Margie Pinnell, professor and associate dean for faculty and staff development and Bernhard Schmidt Chair in Engineering Leadership, has been named interim dean of the School of Engineering. Read more about her appointment here.  


UD renews commitment to lower-income students with ATI

The University renewed its commitment to expanding opportunity and access for talented lower-income students through the latest campaign of the American Talent Initiative, a national alliance of colleges and universities with high graduation rates committed to addressing this important need. Read more on Porches

New executive director named for Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

Nancy McHugh, a community-engaged educator and leader, has been named executive director of the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community. McHugh, who begins Aug. 2, is founding director of the Wittenberg Institute for Public Humanities and Sciences. She is a professor and chairperson of the philosophy department at Wittenberg University, and a fellow in the Hagen Center for Civic and Urban Engagement. Read more on the University's website.

Family News Digest

Every Wednesday and sometimes Friday, the University news and communications team will share news to help you stay connected. Previous issues of Family News Digest are archived at