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Your generosity provides momentum in bettering the lives of our students and continuing the tradition of artistic and academic excellence at the College of Creative Arts. For many students, financial assistance changes their lives by providing opportunities for growth and alleviating stress by allowing them to focus on their studies. Your gift could provide students with new instruments for better practice and performance, new art supplies for experimentation and exploration, or even new props and tools to build set designs for a more authentic and entertaining experience, all while also supporting our faculty in their research endeavors to better advance students. 

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Planned Gifts

Planned gifts are a great way to support our college through different means. You are able to support our goals as well as supporting your own through these gifts. If you are interested in leaving your legacy at the College of Creative Arts with a planned gift, please contact Jennifer Jordan, Director of Development, at or 304-293-4331.


Carole RossCarole Ross: “When we’re students, we don’t realize how many resources are needed at a University of this size…”

The teachings of Professor Herman Godes and faculty along with the superior learning atmosphere in the School of Music made the decision of planning a gift an easy one for alumna Carole Ross.


“Professor Godes gave himself to his students,” Ross said. “He was devoted to his profession, and a great role model. He instilled those same values in me.”


Ross attended WVU on a Board of Governor’s Scholarship as a music major concentrating in piano and began classes the same year as Godes began teaching.


After graduating from WVU in 1964, Ross received her master’s and doctoral degrees in piano from The Julliard School and Catholic University, respectively. She then went on to teach at Shenandoah University and the University of Kansas where she retired.


“There is an incredible amount of opportunity at WVU and it’s very student-focused,” Ross said. “When we’re students, we don’t realize how many resources are needed at a University of this size. I believe it is our obligation as alumni to give back when we can.”


Craig and Suzanne CaesarSuzanne Screen Caesar: “The arts are an integral part of the culture of West Virginia”

Suzanne Screen Caesar received some of her most treasured educational experiences in the West Virginia University School of Music. Because of these experiences Caesar and her husband Craig decided to thank the school through an estate gift.


While participating in WVU Band Camp prior to her senior year, Caesar received a full scholarship to attend the university as a bassoonist.  The scholarship made it possible for her family to purchase a bassoon that helped further her education.


To her, it is important to help future students have every opportunity to grow and get a quality education. With this gift, she hopes that other students will have the same opportunities that she did when he was a student.


“The arts are an integral part of the culture of West Virginia,” Caesar said. “Craig and I are excited to be able to give back to the estate with this fit and play a part in the School of Music’s continued success.

Recurring Gifts

Recurring gifts are a great way to show your support on your own schedule. This recurrence allows you to donate in a simpler way while still supporting our students and programs.


Lotus MacDowellLotus MacDowell: “Donating monthly allows my giving to fit my budget”

For alumna Lotus MacDowell, giving back to the school through a recurring gift was a dedicated way of showing her thanks.


After graduating from WVU with a bachelor’s degree in fine art with an emphasis in painting, MacDowell went on to own her own business in Bridgeport where she still resides today.


“I feel that giving back a portion of my success by regularly donating to the Art Department is a way to say ‘Thank You’ for the education I received while in school,” MacDowell said.


With a recurring gift, MacDowell hopes to make a difference in the lives of those in the Art Department and give them a chance to have a moving experience and find success in the art world like herself.


“Even small gifts add up to be substantial and help to encourage young artists currently studying Art,” she said. “For me, donating monthly allows my giving to fit my budget, and I’m more likely to be intentional and consistent with it.”


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