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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.  


A prayer for August 2021

With the joy of a new academic year coming against the backdrop of conflict in Afghanistan, devastation in Haiti and continued suffering and loss from COVID-19, Father James Fitz, S.M., vice president for mission and rector, offers this prayer for the campus community. We invite you to come together in community or individually to offer this prayer of hope for people around the world who are suffering amidst the extraordinary challenges and dangers of this moment in time. Read the prayer here.

Record enrollment, most diverse student body in new school year

UD enters the 2021-22 academic year with record overall enrollment and its most diverse student body in history. Nearly 8,700 undergraduate students start classes Aug. 23, including about 2,150 first-year students. Nearly 10% of the incoming class is the first in their family to attend college. Nearly 20% are eligible for the federal Pell Grant, a financial aid award for undergraduates who demonstrate significant financial need. Nearly 19% are from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups. The University also expects growth in graduate and professional enrollment, with total enrollment expected to exceed 11,500 and to eclipse UD’s record high established last year. Read more here.

REMINDER: COVID-19 vaccination clinics scheduled this week; no appointments needed

The University, Miami Valley Hospital and Premier Health will offer no-appointment, walk-in clinics for UD employees and students Aug. 17-22 at Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care located in Marianist Hall, across from the Student Health Center and above the bookstore. 

  • Hours are: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18 and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 19-22.  
  • The date of your second dose will be booked for this location at the time of your first dose. 
  • There is no out-of-pocket cost, but it may be submitted to your insurance to cover administration fees. Bring your insurance card, UD ID and driver's license or passport. Premier Health will assist those on-site who do not have health insurance. 
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat a meal or snack before your vaccine.
  • After you receive your vaccination, use this confidential reporting form to report your COVID-19 vaccination and upload your vaccination record.   


August Prayers of the HEART canceled

Prayers of the HEART, scheduled for the third Thursday of each month, will be canceled for August because of move-in activity on campus. The next Prayers of the HEART will be Thursday, Sept. 16. 

60 Seconds of Inspiration: Good Samaritan

Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, director of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, offers this take on the parable of the Good Samaritan in a new 60 Seconds of Inspiration. To see past videos, visit the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation YouTube channel.

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