Campus Memory Garden


In honor of Mary Beth Mackin

The UW-Whitewater Campus Memory Garden is a place to celebrate, honor and remember our fellow Warhawks.

The garden contains a Memory Wall that memorializes both current students, staff and faculty members we have lost, as well as Warhawks who have made and are making significant contributions to our campus.

Established in 2017 in honor of former Dean of Students Mary Beth Mackin, the garden is a place of reflection and repose. It is also a place of celebration — the tassels that appear on the columns every commencement are a popular backdrop for graduation photos.


Support and recognize

Ways to support and recognize people in the garden

Remembering a Warhawk

Those who wish to recognize a member of the Warhawk family in the garden should contact to learn more.

Charitable donations can be made any time. Donations are used to replace plants, support general garden upkeep and to provide a copper plate at no charge for the family of any current student who loses their life, so that they may honor their Warhawk on the Memory Wall.

  • Give online. Designate "Mary Beth Mackin Memorial Garden."
  • Give by mail. Make a check out to "UW-Whitewater Foundation, Inc.", indicate "Memory Garden-Mary Beth Mackin" on the check, and mail it to:
    UW-Whitewater Foundation, Inc.
    800 W. Main Street
    Whitewater, WI 53190

Supporting the birds

People and life events can also be recognized while supporting the birds in the Memory Garden and across campus. Donations will be recognized with a Memory Leaf, which is a copper leaf with up to 25 characters stamped on it that will be placed on the bird-feeding sculpture.

Donate to the Bird Seed Fund »

Using the memory garden

Out of respect for the memory of those whose passing inspired the garden, the Campus Memory Garden is intended to be a place of tranquility and veneration.

Examples of appropriate uses include: Performances, occasional classroom use, candlelight vigils, special occasions, etc. Use of the space is at the discretion of UW-Whitewater and must follow all university policies.

To reserve the garden for an appropriate use, please contact the University Center Reservations Office at 262-472-1175 or There is no fee.

Care of the garden

Flowers in the Memory Garden.

The Campus Memory Garden is cared for by volunteers, with the assistance and support of the university grounds and landscaping crew.

Members of the campus and general community are welcome to join us! The clean-up schedule is listed below. Tools are not provided — kindly bring your own — and volunteers are welcome to come for all or part of the time listed. Questions? contact us at

Friday 4/19, 9 a.m. to noon: Main annual tidying up from winter
Friday 5/10, 9 a.m. to noon: Weeding and tidy for commencement 5/11
Friday 5/24, 9-11 a.m.: Weeding and tidy
Friday 6/7, 9-11 a.m.: Weeding and tidy
Friday 6/21, 9-11 a.m.: Weeding and tidy
Friday 6/21, 9-11 a.m.: Weeding and tidy
Friday 8/2, 9-11 a.m.: Weeding and tidy
Friday 8/30, 9a.m. to noon: Weeding and tidy for the start of the fall semester 9/2
Friday 9/13, 9-11 a.m.: Weeding and tidy
Friday 10/4, 9-11 a.m.: Weeding and tidy for Family Fest 10/5
Friday 11/1, 9-11 a.m.: Weeding and tidy for Homecoming Parade 11/2
Friday 11/15, 9 a.m. to noon: End-of-season weeding and tidy

If you’d like to help with upkeep, or have general questions about the garden, please email