By Greta Gould, journalism student
This semester marks the end of a 36-year era at Baylor University for Dr. Sara Stone, who will retire at the end of the semester, and a scholarship has been established in her honor.
According to Dr. Marlene Neill, a colleague of Stone’s for the past 13 years and an assistant professor at Baylor University, “to establish a scholarship at Baylor University you have to raise a minimum of $50,000 to be endowed, so that is our goal.” That goal needs to be reached within five years.
The total amount raised will determine how much will be awarded and the number of recipients each year, Neill said.
Amber Adamson, a former student of Stone’s and now a senior lecturer in the department, reflected on the impact Stone has had on her life as a former student and now a fellow faculty member.
“I think it’s a wonderful way to honor Dr. Stone on her retirement,” Adamson said. “She has touched so many students, myself included, throughout the years and been an inspiration to many. I’m really glad that her name will live on in the department. Now, each semester, Dr. Stone’s name will be read aloud as part of [the] ceremony.”
After serving as a professor for 23 years, the undergraduate program director of the department for a number of years, and then assuming the role as department chair in 2012, Stone has been able to interact one-on-one with thousands of students who have come through the department.
“She has been certainly a wonderful role model of a woman in academic leadership who has juggled family and work, and I have been able to look up to her and aspire to be like her,” Adamson said.
Those whose lives have been touched Dr. Stone or know the impact she has made on the lives of others are encouraged to visit the department Facebook page
and click on the link to the Baylor ScaleFunder page
to contribute to the scholarship fund.