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Remembering the students lost this semester

The Northern Iowan editorial team and staff would like to recognize the UNI students who passed away this semester.

Landri Burgart

Landri Burgart, a transfer student majoring in recreation, tourism and nonprofit leadership with a minor in educational studies here at UNI, passed away Aug. 1.

Landri was planning to graduate next semester to use her degree to one day work with children at camps and help plan and attend mission trips. A dedicated member of The Point College Ministry through Crosspoint Church and UNI’s Chi Alpha College Ministry, she attended many conferences and retreats.

According to her obituary, “She lived every day to its fullest and ensured to always put others first in any way she could. She had a genuine deep care for every person she encountered and wanted to always know more about them. She was a living display of grace.”

Erin Young

Erin Young, a first year student in the counseling: clinical mental health graduate program, passed away Sept. 26.

A lover of animals and a vegan for many years, Erin enjoyed writing, philosophy and creating music. Erin’s mother described her love for poetry, particularly Oscar Wilde’s pieces.

She was working towards her master’s degree at UNI in counseling to advocate and help people with mental health struggles. According to her obituary, “She was smart and sarcastic, with a unique charisma and a penchant for melancholia.”

Amelia Folkedahl

Amelia Folkedahl, a second year graduate student in the Communication Sciences & Disorders program, majoring in speech language pathology, passed away Nov. 9.  

Amelia was active in UNI’s Alpha Phi sorority where she held positions as Vice President of Marketing and as a recruitment guide. She was a member of various clubs and was an active member at Candeo Church. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in science and communication disorders with a minor in family studies in December 2021. She then pursued her master’s in speech language pathology at UNI, and was set to graduate in May 2024. 

According to her obituary, “When you think of Amelia you think of happiness and laughter. Her smile was contagious, and her unique abilities to connect with people is how she amassed such a large community who loved her.” 


– Students can call the Counseling Center 319-273-2676 at any time. Press #2 and then press #1 to speak with a crisis counselor through TELUS. 

– Students can go to the Counseling Center during the day for connection to various support services.

– Staff in the Office of the Dean of Students ([email protected]) are available to support students who are in need of assistance in balancing grief, academic, and other personal obligations. 

– Faculty and staff are encouraged to utilize EAP Services (1-800-327-4692) for support, as well.

– In addition, the Statewide Crisis Line can be reached at 1-800-332-4224. The Suicide & Crisis Line can be reached by calling or texting 988.

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