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Lion’s Den Renovation

Invest in the Future of Clarke University

The Lion’s Den in Mary Benedict (formerly West) Hall is a beloved gathering space on campus. It is often used to host events like game nights and musical acts, as well as an open space for students to relax outside of class. However, much of the furniture and fixtures have served well past their life expectancy, limiting when and how students can use the space.

Now, with support from our students and alumni, Clarke has put together a plan to make this a more welcoming space that new and returning students will be proud to call home. Proposed updates include:

  • Accessibility ramp
  • Flooring
  • Furniture
  • Gaming tables including pool, ping pong and foosball
  • LED lighting
  • Sound system and projector
  • New stage for Lion’s Den Sessions
  • Kitchen furnishings and appliances

These upgrades will be completed by early by 2023 – and you can play an important role in this chapter of Clarke’s history!


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Join the Class of 1972 Lion’s Den Renovation Challenge

In honor of its 50th Reunion, the Class of 1972 is leading the charge to renovate the Lion’s Den. To kickstart our efforts, Board of Trustee and Clarke alumna Cathy Schulze ’72 pledged to match every dollar given up to $50,000 for a total of $100,000 in renovations and improvements. 

To date, $81,030 in gifts and pledges have been secured leaving $9,485 left to raise to maximize Cathy’s $50,000 challenge grant.

There is still time to participate, visit and select “Class of 1972 50th Reunion Gift” as your designation to support these important efforts. 

Thank you to our 1972 Reunion Committee for their leadership!

Mary Lane (Neubauer) Blomquist
Darlene (Gingher) Cody
Mary (Boyd) Dunneback
Pat (Kunkel) Mann
Mary (Minnehan) Moothart
Rose (Rowles) Riccordino
Cathy Schulze

View Plans and Progress 

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