In October 2016, as part of the effort to renovate the former ‘Den’ as the Claire Jaenke Alumni Center, Blackburn made plans to restore the patio as well. Thanks to our generous alumni, friends, parents, faculty, and staff, we have remade the patio as a more attractive and welcoming space for students, faculty, staff, parents and community members.
The renovated patio includes new furniture and a fire pit honoring former President John Comerford, Ph.D., Blackburn College’s president from 2013 – 2018. The fire pit is a gift from the 2018 Blackburn College Board of Directors.
The renovation of the ‘Den’ into the Claire Jaenke Alumni Center was made possible through a generous leadership gift from Ed Jaenke ’50, honoring his late wife Claire (Schmidt) Jaenke ’49.