Our Tomorrow

Campanile Bells
Campanile Bells

What does the world need from us tomorrow?

This is the question that flows through our history as an institution, as far back as the days of the Iowa State Normal School in 1876.

Across 150 years, we’ve built colleges and programs and iconic spaces. We’ve sent tens of thousands of Panthers out into the world to build schools, businesses and communities across Iowa and beyond. We’ve built a community of people who stand strong and stand together, but never stand still.

Because we never stop thinking about what our students, our state and our world need from us in each new generation — and now it’s time to ask ourselves that question again.

Be part of history in the making

Come home to UNI Friday, Oct. 7 as we launch a tomorrow that’s bolder and more ambitious than we’ve ever dared to imagine — a fundraising campaign that will create a brighter tomorrow for today’s Panthers and those in the generations to come. Join us Friday evening for a celebration of Our Tomorrow: The Campaign for UNI before we cheer the Panthers to victory Saturday.

Tents along the sidewalks leading to UNI's Campanile


Friday, October 7  /  5:30 to 9 p.m.

Gather between the Commons and the Campanile — there’s something for everyone!


Be part of the journey

Hear stories of how UNI shaped generations of Panthers and be part of Our Tomorrow.

For the foodies

Enjoy a variety of food trucks plus a beer and wine garden.

Center stage

See Tony-nominated Michael Cavanaugh live. Handpicked by Billy Joel to star in Movin’ Out, Michael was made famous by his piano/lead vocals in the Broadway musical.

See the bells

A major Campanile renovation begins with the casting of seven new bells for the carillon. Grab a selfie with them before they’re hoisted to the top of the Campanile. Learn more about the Campanile renovation


Fun for all ages

Try your hand at archery tag, ax throwing, badminton, bags, face painting, giant volleyball, ROTC’s joust house and more.

College connections

From the latest news to exclusive college swag, connect with the programs that shaped you.

Our piece of history

Tell your UNI story with University Archives and explore historical photos of UNI’s campus with Mainstreet 360°.

Take home purple and gold

The first 2,000 people to register for Friday’s celebration will receive a commemorative bell keychain AND be entered to win tickets to Gallagher Bluedorn performances, Panther Athletics events, Our Tomorrow gift baskets, UNI Bookstore gift certificates and more! RSVP now!