Blackburn receives land grant for campus environmental studies


August 2, 2023

Blackburn College has received a gift of 40 acres of farmland located east of the College’s campus in Carlinville. The property, known to locals as “Rock’s Patch,” was initially owned by John D. “Rock” Rossetti. The College plans to utilize the undeveloped property to enhance classroom studies for Biology students with fieldwork opportunities. The gift may also support Blackburn’s ongoing sustainability efforts, including Bee Program, Bat Program, and walnut tree projects.

Sarah Koplinski, Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the College, said “The family...

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