Zimmerman, director of planned giving at Marshall University,
says a recent gift to the school from an MU alumna simply was “a
labor of love.”
At Zimmerman’s request, Sue Sisson, a Huntington resident and Marshall graduate, created a pen-and-ink drawing of the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center.
“I’ve looked at it and looked at it, and it’s flawless,” Zimmerman said of Sisson’s drawing.
Sisson presented the drawing to Marshall as a gift to use however the university sees fit. It currently is on display in the lobby of the Foundation Hall.
“It’s still up in the air exactly how we are going to use it,” Zimmerman said. He said copies of the drawing likely will be made, and it might be used in marketing pieces.
Sisson received her Master of Arts degree, with an emphasis on print making and abstract expressionism, from Marshall in 1993.
“I consider it quite a compliment that I was asked to do the drawing for Marshall,” she said. “It’s a good way to give back.”
Sisson owns a company called Fine Home Portraits. “I’ve now done over 400 pieces,” she said. Sisson bases her drawings on photographs of the subject. For the drawing of the Foundation Hall, she used photos of the building taken by Marshall photographer Rick Haye.
“She is a very proud alumna of Marshall and offered this labor of love to help the school,” Zimmerman said. “She used her talents to give back to Marshall, which I think is great.”
Photo: Sue Sisson created a pen-and-ink drawing of the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center, then presented the drawing to Marshall as a gift.
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