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    Welcome to our Alumni Events page. This is where we post the most up-to-date information about upcoming gatherings and get-togethers. Check this page often for events that may be happening near you, and also for sign-up and registration information. Would you like to host a gathering, or help us plan an event in your area? Please let us know by contacting Dr. Mark Zobel, Coordinator of Alumni Relations at (217) 854-5799 or via email at

    Route 66 10K Run/Walk

    June 11, 2016 – Edwardsville, IL
    Come join current Blackburn students for the Route 66 10K in Edwardsville, IL. Specific race and registration information has yet to be determined by the race director, but once we have it we will post it here. Our plan is to meet up at the starting line, have everyone run his or her own race, and then meet up for lunch at an area restaurant afterwards. The details are still being planned, but this promises to be a fun event and we invite you to save the date. Again, once we have confirmed information from the race director, we will post it here. Are you interested in helping us coordinate this event? Please contact Dr. Mark Zobel, Coordinator of Alumni Relations at (217) 854-5799 or or Mr. Mark Hopping, Cross Country Coach at

    Blackburn Night at the Kane County Cougars

    August 27, 2016 – 4:30 PM – Fifth Third Bank Ballpark – Geneva, IL
    This event has been so much fun the past two years, that we are hosting it again! Save the date, and join us for a fun evening of baseball, food, and fellowship. Tickets are $45.00 for adults, $36.00 for children ages 3-10, and children 2 and under are free. Your ticket includes admission to the ballpark, an all-you-can-eat picnic buffet, a fireworks display, and entry into a raffle drawing, all in the comfort of a private super suite! Tickets will go on sale in January, so check this page often for purchase and registration information.

    Homecoming 2016

    September 30 – October 2, 2016 – Blackburn College – Carlinville, IL
    “Meet Me At The Den” is the theme for this year’s homecoming, as we prepare for the grand reopening of the Claire Jaenke Alumni Center in C.H.C. Anderson Hall. Affectionately known by many as “the den,” this building is the new home on campus for all our alumni. We are renovating, yet preserving the best of what you remember. Come see old friends, relax by the fireplace, and reminisce about old times! We will be sending out a schedule of events with registration materials in the mail early in July, so watch your mailboxes. Also in July, we will post information to this page as well, so be sure to check back often.

    Homecoming 2017

    September 29 – October 1, 2017 – Blackburn College – Carlinville, IL
    Mark your calendars and save the date for what promises to be a memorable weekend. A schedule of events and details about reunion class gatherings will appear on this page in early 2017, so be sure to check this site often for updates. Are you interested in helping plan a reunion for your class at Homecoming 2017? Let us know by contacting Dr. Mark Zobel, Coordinator of Alumni Relations at (217) 854-5799 or