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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.  


Family Weekend is Sept. 24-26

Registration for Family Weekend events is now open. For details and to register go to Please note at this time, the University is requiring all persons, whether vaccinated or not, to wear masks indoors. Review the current mask guidance policy here. 

Flyer Investments Fund now largest student-managed fund in country

UD’s student-run investment fund is now the largest in the country at nearly $60 million of assets under management. The Davis Center for Portfolio Management’s Flyer Investments Fund allows undergraduates to manage a portion of the University’s endowment as well as a pool of assets for the Dayton Foundation. Students make all investment decisions to buy, hold and sell stocks, and have historically outperformed the S&P 500 and professional money managers. Read the news story here.   

Sounds of UD at the Levitt Pavilion 

Join host Larry Hansgen, the Voice of the Dayton Flyers, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3 for an evening of music by students and faculty from the Department of Music. The performance features the UD faculty Brass Quintet and Jazztet; faculty soloists Jim McCutcheon, guitar, and Minnita Daniel-Cox, soprano; the UD Trumpet Ensemble; Pride of Dayton Marching Band; and Dayton Jazz Ensemble. Click for more information. 


Reminders about campus COVID-19 guidelines

The Path Forward team continues to regularly meet with our medical advisory panel and Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County to review the most up-to-date pandemic information and seek guidance on vaccines, testing, safety protocols and other matters. Here are new information and important reminders from the Path Forward team. 

  • If you have tested positive or are a close contact of someone testing positive, you must report your status through UD's confidential reporting link
  • Wear your mask! Regardless of your vaccination status, if you are a close contact (indoor contact, less than 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes with a 24-hour period) BUT wore a mask throughout the contact, you will NOT need to quarantine. You will need to monitor for symptoms. If you were NOT wearing a mask and are unvaccinated, you must quarantine. 
  • The campus vaccination rate is a key factor in determining whether campus safety protocols will change. Please upload a picture of your vaccination record to UD's confidential reporting site as soon as possible. 
  • With record enrollment this year, on-campus quarantine and isolation housing will be limited. Anyone living within 400 miles of campus who must isolate or quarantine will be required to return home. 
  • Reminder: face coverings are required in most indoor areas on campus and for all occupants of any University-owned or leased vehicles for the duration of the trip. 
  • Students and employees can receive a vaccine at Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care in Marianist Hall 5-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Employees can schedule an appointment through Get the Shot, the state's streamlined vaccine website.
  • Students can receive a COVID-19 rapid test at either the Student Health Center or Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care. Employees can receive a test at the Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care if it is employment related.  

Introducing Flyers Farmers’ Market

The Flyers Farmers' Market takes place 3:30-5:30 p.m. every Tuesday, now through Nov. 2 at KU Central Mall.  

Free daily shuttle return

The daily shuttle service which connects various spots around campus started Aug. 23 and runs 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Pick-up and drop-off locations include Irving Commons, Gosiger Hall, Roesch Library, Curran Place, UD Marriott and 1401 S. Main Street. Follow the link for a full schedule. For more information on the shuttle and the other student transportation options, view this video

Saturday shopping shuttle now operated by RTA

The University's Saturday shopping shuttle is now operated by the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA). The shuttle runs from campus stops to the Governors Place shopping area, which includes Walmart and restaurants on Dorothy Lane and South Dixie Drive. Students need to show a UD student ID to use the service. More information and a schedule can be found here

Students invited to enroll in new late-night Lyft Flyer Ride service

UD has partnered with Lyft to offer discounted ride rates to students via the Lyft Flyer Ride program which  replaces Flyer Ride to provide late night rides to and from campus locations. The new program is designed to reduce wait times and serve more students. A welcome link will be sent to students to join the Lyft program. 

Campus Recreation's On Your PATH to 30

On Your PATH to 30, a four-week Campus Recreation program, is geared towards helping students add 30 minutes of exercise to their daily routine. Week one begins Aug. 30. Students can earn one PATH point each week, with four total points available at the end of the program, by achieving the weekly goal of checking in to the RecPlex and participating in a recreational activity for at least 30 minutes on four separate days and completing a self-guided reflection. Click here for more information.  

UD Community Corps accepting student applications

UD Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program through ServeOhio and facilitated by the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, is recruiting for the 2021-22 academic year. AmeriCorps members provide out-of-school educational activities and social-emotional support for Dayton families. Members receive living allowances, weekly training, and are eligible for a Segal Education Award upon successful completion of the program. Students can apply for the program here or email for more information. 

JCPenney Suit Up

UD Career Services invites UD students and alumni to the JCPenney Suit Up event 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Fairfield Commons JCPenney store (2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Dayton, OH 45431). Receive a coupon for an extra 30% off select career apparel, shoes and accessories at the store, or shop online at and text DAYTON to 67292 to receive the one-time 30% off coupon. Students can take advantage of this opportunity to find an outfit for the upcoming career fair week (Sept. 13, 15-16). 

Summer fellowship students develop solutions to help Cox First Media address changing workplace, sales models

Ten UD students spent summer 2021 as part of the Cox First Media Summer Fellowship program, a partnership between the University and Cox First Media, the parent company of three regional newspapers, including the Dayton Daily News, and a digital marketing agency. Students selected for the paid, full-time summer research opportunity worked remotely with Cox staff and University advisors to develop solutions that address the company’s needs amid the changing media landscape. Read more on the College Newsroom blog.

60 Seconds of Inspiration: Kindness is Key

Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, director of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, offers a new 60 Seconds of Inspiration video for the UD community. To see past videos, visit the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation YouTube channel.

Family News Digest

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