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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 did it! University achieves 70% vaccination, but we can't let up

Our community met the Build Immunity in Our Community Challenge and will be able to ease COVID-19 safety protocols. While the danger from the virus and its variants continues, the 70% immunization rate we achieved will provide an appreciable level of immunity and should help protect our entire campus community. Please remember, if pandemic conditions change, safety protocols for campus may be reinstated at any time on short notice. The University sent this message to campus with an initial update on COVID-19 protocols; more will follow in the coming weeks. Students are still encouraged to be fully vaccinated before fall semester begins and upload their vaccination record (even if they've only had one dose of a two-dose vaccine) to UD's confidential portal by scanning it or taking a picture with your phone. For more info, visit Building Immunity in Our Community. 

Applications open for two service programs for 2021-22 academic year

The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community is accepting applications for UD Community Corps and Semester of Service. UD Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program through ServeOhio, requires 300 total service hours during the academic year, with members receiving living allowances during their service year. Students should email with questions. Semester of Service is an experiential learning program in which students take time away from traditional academic study to provide 450 hours of direct support to social service agencies throughout Dayton. To learn more and apply to either program, visit the Fitz Center's website.

On the move

Effective Aug. 1, the Brook Center for Empowerment and Wellbeing will relocate from Gosiger Hall to the ArtStreet complex to serve as a center for wellbeing in the heart of the student neighborhood. The Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) will move from ArtStreet to room 401 of Roesch Library, with a second office at The Hub at the Arcade. 


UD grad earns prestigious national accounting award for stellar exam performance

Lauren Barhorst ’19 earned the Elijah Watt Sells Award for her exceptional performance on the CPA examination — placing her in the top 0.1% of people who sat for the test last year. Winners must obtain a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections on their first attempt. Lauren was one of only 89 people who did that in 2020. Read the full story here.  

Marian Library exhibit explores Catholic tourism

The Marian Library gallery will reopen to the public Aug. 17 with a free exhibit on religious tourism. The Journeys of Faith: Shrines, Souvenirs and Catholic Tourism exhibit, which draws from the collections of the Marian Library and the U.S. Catholic Special Collection, explores motivations for Catholic travel, what visitors do at these sites, and the souvenirs they bring back. Read more here.

Sixty seconds of inspiration

Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, director for the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, offers a new 60 seconds of inspiration video here. Visit the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation YouTube channel for more videos on faith and spirituality. 

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