By Jacob Factor, News Editor
OBU’s newest addition has a new name. The former Saint Gregory’s University campus, which OBU is leasing from Hobby Lobby, is now called the “OBU Green Campus.”
Paula Gower, Associate VP for Marketing and Communications, said the new name draws inspiration from a few sources.
“The name carries a double meaning honoring the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, and the color green, as one of OBU’s official university colors,” she said.
In 1970, David Green started a home business with a 600-dollar loan of making miniature picture frames.
Now, Green and his family are worth 7.6 billion dollars, Forbes reports, and Hobby Lobby stores in 47 states have brought in 4.6 billion dollars.
Hobby Lobby also founded the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. in 2017.
In December 2018, Hobby Lobby purchased the campus after SGU ceased operations. They then decided to lease the campus to OBU.
Gower said OBU is already starting to use the campus and has plans for future use.
“Several of our athletic teams have been using the gyms for practices,” she said. “Plans are still underway to use the theatre as a venue for some of our fine arts events. However, inspections had to be completed prior to being able to host any performances there.”
Gower said evaluations are in progress for spaces in Benedictine Hall.
“Science labs and other academic spaces are being evaluated by faculty to determine their use based on need in the coming semesters,” she said. “Other parts of campus will be used for meeting spaces, to host events, and to supplement and enhance our ability to rent spaces for community use.”
OBU recently put signs up as well so visitors know the campus is part of OBU now.