New awards at Marshall endowed by music professor

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Dr. Leslie Petteys, Marshall University professor of piano, and her husband, Skip Campbell, have made a significant contribution to the College of Fine Arts as an endowment. The gift will provide for awards to an outstanding student in art and music each year.

“Philanthropy is essential to sustaining and distinguishing the College of Fine Arts at Marshall University,” College of Fine Arts Director of Development Melanie Griffis said. “Many individuals and families support the work of COFA. Every gift is meaningful.”

“From time to time a contribution is rooted in an extraordinary story,” Griffis said. “The establishment of the Bob and Chris Petteys Awards in Art and Design and Music represents a gift not only to found a legacy fund for exceptional students in art and music, but to celebrate the history of a family of artists, musicians and writers who, for generations, have made it part of their family culture to give.”

According to Petteys, the endowment has been named the Bob and Chris Petteys Awards in Art and Music for her parents, who instilled strong values of education, support for the arts and the importance of giving in their children from an early age.

“Education has always been a valued commodity in the Petteys family,” Petteys said. Her mother wrote the International Dictionary of Women Artists Before 1900, which was published by G. K. Hall in 1985.

Dr. Jeffrey Pappas, chair of the Marshall Department of Music, notes that Petteys has instilled the same values in her students.

“Leslie had already built a strong legacy of generosity and dedication to her students prior to this gift through her many years of service to our department and the university,” Pappas said. “This scholarship will ensure that legacy continues far into the future and positively affect future students, all the while honoring two people, her father and mother, who obviously had a profound effect on her life and career.”

Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp echoed these sentiments about Petteys’ dedication to the students.

“Marshall University is blessed to have high caliber professors, like Professor Leslie Petteys, who through their knowledge, expertise and passion bring enrichment and inspiration to the learning experiences of our students,” Kopp said. “Under the mentoring of these ‘difference makers,’ our students discover qualities and aptitudes they may not have known they possessed. Leslie and Skip have taken their calling to another level. Through their most generous gift to the College of Fine Arts, they have certainly created a legacy and I am delighted that their endowment will benefit rising stars in art and music for many decades to come.”