Memorial Garden

Take time to smell the roses — and the peonies — and the lilies — and to honor someone special. Do you want to honor a graduate? A special professor? A friend?

When you purchase a brick or paver in the Memorial Garden, you engrave heartfelt sentiments for years to come — a lasting tribute to your honoree.

About the Garden

Located east of Maucker Union, the Memorial Garden features distinctive gardens, perennials, arbors and a commemorative brick walkway honoring generations of alumni. The garden was created by members of the Student Alumni Ambassadors who had the vision to enhance to the beauty of the UNI campus. The UNI Foundation adopted the project and made the vision a reality by using gifts from the Classes of 2000, 2001 and 2006.

To learn more about UNI's Memorial Garden, contact Amanda Rosel at 319-273-6048.

Panther Sculpture

Former University of Northern Iowa student Duke Oursler created the first panther sculpture to emerge on the UNI campus in 2008. The idea for the panther sculpture originated from the 2006 Senior Challenge Committee and became possible with additional gifts from the Class of 2000 and 2001.

Panther statue in the University of Northern Iowa memorial garden

Carpe Diem. Adjust Your Clocks Accordingly.

University of Northern Iowa graduate Beth Nybeck created a sculptural sundial for the university’s Memorial Garden in 2010. The sundial was a gift to the UNI Foundation from alums Susan and Michael Ward.

Sundial sculpture in the University of Northern Iowa memorial garden

Frequently Asked Questions

When will my brick be installed?

Bricks are ordered annually at the end of the spring semester and placed on campus prior to the start of the fall semester.

How do I personalize my brick?

If you type $100 or more in the donation box on the form, a dropdown will appear and allow you to customize your brick.