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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 on Porches.

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.  

REMINDER: Move-in parking changes

To assist with accommodating first-year students for move-in, parking lots S1, S2, S3, S4, SR, C and G will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 18, and Thursday, Aug. 19. Students assigned to these parking lots may park in any RP lot on Aug. 18 and Aug. 19. Students with a disability parking permit are not affected by these changes and can still park in their original locations. 


Welcome weekend worship schedule

All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a worship service on Welcome Weekend. On Sunday, Aug. 22, Catholic Mass will be held on the hill outside Kennedy Union at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (rain location is the RecPlex.) An interdenominational worship service will be held in the Marianist Hall chapel at 5 p.m., with fellowship beginning at 4 p.m. Jummuah Prayer will begin 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27 in the Rike Center. 

 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.


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.

Be part of the UD Chorale

The University of Dayton Chorale is a highly motivated group of students who strive for excellence through the art of choral music. If you want to grow as a musician and learn new and challenging music, submit your Chorale audition 2021-22 materials by Aug. 20. If you cannot submit your audition materials in time, please contact professor Steven Hankle at to work out alternative arrangements. All majors are welcome. For more information about other UD ensembles, click here.

Searching for internal tools and resources? Check Porches first.

As part of ongoing efforts to update and streamline the website, content relevant primarily to students (announcements, tools, resources, etc.) is moving to Porches. Many units have already created their Porches sites, and more will be migrating content over the coming weeks. Porches offers improved search and filtering capabilities.

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