Serenity Oasis an outdoor space for reflection, rejuvenation

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

Oasis of serenity

The benches and fountain form the new Serenity Oasis, nestled in a clearing in the American Conifer Society’s landmark garden, at the southern end of Med Labs and EMRB and near the Bowen Science Building.

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

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

Jackson, a long-time advocate for the benefits of physical and mental health and well-being, worked with the college’s Office of Planning and Facilities Management to conceptualize the Serenity Oasis and find the right location. The Planning and Facilities Management team partnered with UI Facilities Management and its Building and Landscaping Services staff, who maintain the American Conifer Society’s Reference Garden, and completed the project.

“Congratulations to everyone involved in this effort,” Jackson said. “It went well, and I think people are going to really enjoy it.”

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