Announcement of the death of UNI student Austin Burke

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Dear UNI Family,

It is with tremendous sadness that I share with you the loss of a member of the Panther family. Austin Burke, a senior majoring in textiles and apparel, has died.

Austin was close to graduating from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and  was extensively involved with his professors and peers in the textiles and apparel program.

Nothing can prepare us for the loss of a friend or loved one. The most important thing that we can do during this difficult time is support one another, and remember to cherish our friends and family every day of our lives.

To students who may need some extra support in dealing with this tragic event, on-campus resources are available to help. The UNI Counseling Center has counselors available in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please remember that after-hours services are also available by calling 319-273-2676 and selecting option 2 at the prompt. I strongly encourage you to make use of these services during this time of mourning.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Kearns Funeral Service in Waterloo. A visitation will take place one hour prior to the funeral services.


Jim Wohlpart
Interim President