Serenity Oasis an outdoor space for reflection, rejuvenation

Faculty, staff, students and trainees, and visitors on the UI Carver College of Medicine campus may notice three new benches and a bubbling rock fountain located just off the sidewalk between Medical Laboratories and the Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB) patio.

Serenity Oasis

The benches and fountain form the new Serenity Oasis, which sits nestled in a clearing in the American Conifer Society Reference Garden at the south end of Med Labs and EMRB and close to Bowen Science Building.

It’s a quiet spot where anyone can stop to rest, reflect, and rejuvenate, notes Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA, UI vice president for medical affairs and the Tyrone D. Artz Dean of the Carver College of Medicine.

“Here on the health sciences campus, it sometimes feels like we’re constantly on the go,” says Jackson, who conceived the idea for the Serenity Oasis. “I wanted to help create an outdoor setting where people could sit, relax, and enjoy our campus environment—even for just a few minutes.”

Jackson, who has long championed the benefits of physical and mental health and wellness, worked with the college’s Office of Facilities Planning and Management to conceptualize the Serenity Oasis and find the right location. The Facilities Planning and Management team partnered with UI Facilities Management and its Building and Landscape Services staff, which maintains the American Conifer Society Reference Garden and completed the project.

“Kudos to everyone who participated in this effort,” Jackson says. “It turned out great, and I think people will really enjoy it.”

Stop by the Serenity Oasis during the Sept. 15 Science Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and enter a drawing for a free food truck meal voucher that can be used at a future Science Thursday.


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