Vandal Healing Garden and Memorial
On November 13, 2022 four Vandals, Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, were killed in an off-campus house. In the weeks and months that followed, people from all over the world expressed their compassion and care for our university, and most importantly, our students.
The sad reality is that we lose students each year to a variety of causes. In the wake of loss, we turn to each other for support and healing. The Vandal Healing Garden and Memorial (VHGM) is a visual representation of our #vandalstrong resilience. The space will include a permanent reminder of Xana, Ethan, Madison and Kaylee, as well as a garden space for quiet reflection, remembrance and honor for all.
A Collaborative Vision
In keeping with the educational mission of University of Idaho, students studying landscape design and architecture will draft concepts for the VHGM in Fall 2023. The community can also contribute designs and ideas for incorporation into the final design. The collaborative project is an element of the healing process that will culminate in a space open to all.
Many of you have asked how you can help. Some have asked how to donate. Others want to be part of the design process. No matter how you want to be involved, thank you! Below are ways you can contribute either by making a gift or sharing inspirational design ideas through the Call for Inspiration.
Thank you for supporting our Vandal Family.
Call for Inspiration
What is a Call for Inspiration?
Since the tragedy of Nov. 13, 2022, many of you have reached out to ask how you can help and expressed a desire to directly contribute to our healing process. The Vandal Healing Garden and Memorial at the University of Idaho will be a visual representation of our resilience, while also maintaining the educational mission of our university by keeping this project student focused. The Call for Inspiration provides the opportunity for all to participate in this important project by supporting landscape architecture students with their ideas and design concepts, making this a collaborative project that will be a part of the healing process for everyone and will culminate in a space open to all.
Who is invited?
Anyone is welcome to submit their ideas.
Please submit your ideas, concepts, photographs/images, sketches, written works as sources of inspiration for the design of the new Vandal Healing Garden and Memorial at the University of Idaho.
- Your submission may be a written or sketched idea, poem, words of inspiration, photographs or images, design concepts, or really anything that expresses inspiration to help in the design.
- Develop your submission to fit on three pages or less (maximum size 11x17) and save your submission as a PDF (maximum size 10 MB).
- Upload your submission by clicking the Call for Inspiration button below.
- Submissions are due by August 1, 2023, 12 a.m. PT.
Please note, by providing your submission you agree your ideas may be published and used by the University of Idaho and you understand submissions and use of ideas will not be compensated.
We want to thank you for taking the time to share your ideas and we deeply appreciate your willingness to be a source of inspiration for this important project.
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