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COVID-19 status level 1 – GREEN - CONTAINED

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


Federal vaccine mandate 

The University is aware of the executive order and other forthcoming rules about vaccines announced by President Biden. Leadership is carefully reviewing what is known and awaiting the promised additional guidance to ensure we are in compliance. We will communicate as soon as decisions are finalized and plans developed. The University continues to urge faculty, staff and students who are not yet vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. The University will host walk-in vaccine clinics open to students, faculty and staff until 4 p.m. today in KU 211 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in Keller Hall 014. You can also schedule an appointment at other locations through the state’s streamlined vaccine tool. 

ROTC training 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15

University of Dayton ROTC cadets will conduct military drills 5-7 p.m. today on Kennedy Union Field. Passersby may see cadets in camouflage uniforms with helmets during their drills, some of which will involve orange-tipped mock rifles. Anyone in the area during this time should be aware activity is part of a scheduled exercise. 

Teach-in, vaccination clinic scheduled for today

UD will host a PATH-eligible event including a walk-in vaccine clinic and teach-in event 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today in Kennedy Union. This all-day event will include a series of 30-minute educational sessions in the KU Torch Lounge aimed at breaking the stigmas and common misconceptions about the vaccine. The sessions will focus on a handful of different discussions such as religious perspectives, political views, philosophical aspects and more. 

Students can earn one PATH point after attending at least one session and completing a form that indicates:

-- they have received a vaccination that day and uploaded their vaccination card. 

-- they have already been vaccinated and uploaded their vaccination card.

-- they choose to not receive the vaccine. 

Only one PATH point will be awarded, no matter how many sessions you attend.  

The free, walk-in clinic will offer the Pfizer vaccine and help uploading vaccination cards in Room 211 of KU. Please bring your insurance card to receive the vaccine and your COVID vaccination card if you have already been vaccinated.  

For more details on sessions and to register for the teach-in, visit 1850. Seating in each session is limited to 100.  


Degreeworks offline Wednesday, Sept 15 

Degreeworks will be down today for an upgrade. Please plan accordingly around this system downtime. 

New Virtual Erma writing seminar free to UD employees and students

UD faculty, staff and students are invited to join the Virtual Erma, a half-day, fully online writing workshop Saturday, Oct. 23. UD participants will receive free, unlimited access to the workshop offerings for six months. View the program and contact Natasha Baker to register for free

Pre-Law Day and the University of Dayton Law Fair gives students feel for law school admission process

The University of Dayton prelaw program will host its prelaw day and law fair 12:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Kennedy Union to give prospective law students a better feel for the law school admission process. It is free and open to the public. Prospective law students can take a sample law class (12:30-1:45 p.m.), observe a mock admission panel (2-3:15 p.m.), hear about law school financing strategies (4-5 p.m.) and talk to representatives from nearly 50 law schools (6-8 p.m.). Visit the site for more information and to register

Hall Hunger Initiative moves to Fitz Center

A new partnership between UD and the Hall Hunger Initiative will leverage the resources of both organizations to address growing hunger problems in the community and create additional opportunities for students, faculty and staff. Under the new partnership, the self-funded Hall Hunger Initiative staff and operations will move to the University of Dayton Fitz Center for Leadership in Community. To learn more or get involved, contact Mark Willis at Read the full announcement online

Fall semester Busy Person's Retreat begins Sept. 20 

Students are invited to register for this five-week retreat, where participants will receive content to engage in at least 30 minutes of daily prayer while also meeting with a spiritual companion once a week. Register here to participate and contact Meaghan Crowley with questions.  

60 Seconds of Inspiration

Loss and new beginnings are the themes of this week’s 60 Seconds of Inspiration video from Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, director of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives. To see past videos, visit the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation YouTube channel

Yom Kippur Sept. 15-16

Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. This is the moment in Jewish time when Jews dedicate mind, body and soul to reconciliation with fellow human beings, themselves and God; committing to self-reflection and inner change in the new year, then turning to God to ask for forgiveness. Read more about Yom Kippur on the Campus Ministry faith traditions, religious observances and holidays page. 

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