Brick by Brick
Northern Illinois University’s alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, and friends are invited to make their mark on the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center by purchasing a brick.
The decorative bricks are available in three sizes (6″ x 8″, 6″ x 12″, and 12″ x 12″), and adorn the center’s entranceways and Nelson Terrace.
Inscribed bricks are an ideal way to remember a loved one, honor someone special, or commemorate a special occasion such as a graduation, birth, or marriage. Thousands of people will pass through the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, and your brick will be a noticeable part of this landmark facility.
Please note that your “purchase” of a brick is recognized by the IRS as a charitable donation.
Brick inscriptions will be displayed in public spaces; therefore, the NIU Foundation will review all brick inscriptions and will contact you if any modifications to your message are necessary. Logos, phone numbers, and Internet addresses are not permitted.
Replica Bricks Now Available!
We are excited to announce that we now offer a replica brick for your home or garden! These bricks match those that have been purchased for installation at the center (6″ x 8″ and 6″ x 12″ brick replicas are 4″ x 6″ and are available for $40; 12″ x 12″ replicas are 5.5″ x 5.5″ and are available for $50. Shipping and handling fees will apply).
You can also purchase your replica brick by calling 815-753-1452 if paying by credit card.
Purchase your brick