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Press Release

Cawley Court Dedication


Tammy Leiker
Director Alumni Relations & Development

Urbana, OH (February 1, 2019)

Demonstrating the strength of its alumni and the pride its community shares, Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, is proud to announce that the Lester Baum/Cawley Court campaign has successfully reached – and surpassed - its fundraising goals. 

With its goals achieved, “Cawley Court” graphics have been installed and plans announced for a Saturday, March 2 formal dedication ceremony.  The ceremony will take place during half-time of the Men’s basketball game (game start time is 4 p.m.) in the Urbana University, Grimes Gymnasium.

The campaign to name the Grimes Gymnasium court “Cawley Court” was added as an extension to the existing Lester Baum alumni campaign, and made possibly through the generous donation and support of Dave Ross (UU Class of ’76).

The “Cawley Court” naming rights honor former Urbana University educator, coach, administrator, and 2005 Urbana University Hall of Fame inductee Robert "Bob" Cawley.  Cawley spent more than three decades at Urbana University, serving in a variety of roles including athletic director, chair of the health & physical education department, head men's basketball coach, head baseball coach and head men’s soccer coach. Under his 13-year tenure as head coach of the Urbana University Men’s basketball team, Cawley helped lead the team to a 1980-81conference championship, earning the school's first postseason berth.

Urbana University students, faculty, staff, alumni, community and friends are invited to join in the March 2 formal dedication to help honor the Cawleys who continue to give so much to Urbana University, its students and all who know them.

The Lester Baum plaque dedication ceremony will be hosted during the Urbana University football spring game on Saturday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Urbana University, Grimes Gymnasium.

To learn more about the About the Lester Baum/Cawley Court campaign, visit:

About Urbana University - A Branch Campus of Franklin University

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, prepares students for successful and professional careers within a caring and supportive environment. Regionally well known for education and teacher preparation programs, Urbana was founded in 1850 and acquired by Franklin in 2014. Urbana’s 128-acre, residential campus nestled in heart of Ohio provides a background for students actively engaged in campus activities through 20 student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Blue Knights athletics includes 17 NCAA Division II sports and three intercollegiate club sports. Urbana University is a division of Franklin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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